We can't afford poverty. Stop the cuts.

"The true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable members."

- Mahatma Gandhi

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Downstream disaster: the Husky Oil Spill and the social determinants of health

The upstream metaphor — for a better way to think about maintaining a healthy society — may never ring more true than it does right now in Saskatchewan.

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Upstream Radio: The Precarity Problem

After decades of policies of deregulation for the fantasy of trickle-down economics, we've created such a gap of wealth, and health, that we can't ignore anymore.

With more and more Canadians working in temporary, casual and part-time jobs than ever, the precarity problem has risen to the top of our political and social agenda. In this fourth episode of Upstream Radio, Jared Knoll speaks with Andrew Cash and Dr. Ritika Goel to dive deep into these critical issues.

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Climate action is healthcare outside the clinic

We entreat leaders to attack the low-carbon transition with the same ethos we use during the cardiopulmonary resuscitations that work: push hard, push fast, don’t stop.”

- Dr. Nick Watts

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It's time to make National Aboriginal Day statutory

We’ve recently recognized two important days in this country: Canada Day, and Aboriginal Day. The contrast between the two tells us some important things about health and cultural equity in this country.

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Food Security

Below you'll find a compilation of recent work at the intersection of Food Security and health. Please feel free to submit your additions to this list by emailing upstream@thinkupstream.net

Check out the work that Upstream and it's partners and contributors have done around Food Security here.

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Public health must address our most 'wicked problems'

Dr. David Butler-Jones was the first Chief Public Health Officer of Canada holding the position from 2004 to 2014. He is returning to Saskatchewan to speak to an audience brought together by the Saskatchewan Public Health Association on June 9th.

Upstream's Ryan Meili caught Dr. Butler-Jones on the phone recently to chat about the state of Public Health and it's role in addressing the 'wicked problems' our society faces.

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It's time to make National Aboriginal Day statutory

We’ve recently recognized two important days in this country: Canada Day, and Aboriginal Day. The contrast between the two tells us some important things about health and cultural equity in this country.

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Light Bulb Moments - Contribution Guide

Most health professionals have some point in their career where all of a sudden, a lightbulb seems to turn on.

It happens often and powerfully with nurses, who spend so much time and emotional energy with their patients, that eventually, inevitably, there will come a time when they see that the greatest sources of our sickness, or our health, are not microbial or behavioural. They're social, political and economic.

We want to help you tell the story of when this first happened to you. It can focus on your own perspective, or the lives and experiences of your patients. Keep reading for a useful list of these social determinants of health, and the questions you can ask yourself to get the ball rolling.

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