Stop excluding the provincial north from Canada's food insecurity crisis

The ‘ice roads’ that connect remote communities in northern Canada are like busy highways in the winter. Many people travel on the winter road to get perishable goods at lower prices, or non-perishable stuff in bulk quantities. Some foods just aren’t available at all in remote northern communities. 

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Food self-sustainability is both possible and necessary

The price of fruits and vegetables seems to be on everyone's mind these days, as costs rise, especially imports. Canada had food import sales of $32.3 billion in 2012, with 61 per cent coming from the US.

As exporters like California struggling to maintain production in the face of challenges like climate change, Canada must aim to improve our own self-sufficiency. The key to a successful transition is to start early, with small changes.

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Canada must 'grow' its capacity for health and food security

Fruits and vegetables, the necessary foods that keep us healthy, are getting more expensive all the time. Hyper-processed foods, on the other hand, are too cheap. The game is rigged for unhealthy diets in Canada.

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Hungry Canadians: Changing the conversation from food charity to the right to food

Graham Riches argues that there is a need to reframe the issue of food insecurity in terms of rights, not charity. First published for Impact Ethics.

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Did you get enough to eat yesterday? Four million Canadians didn’t.

More than ten per cent of Canadians experience food insecurity, which means they lack access to “sufficient, safe and nutritious food.”

But if Canada is one of the wealthiest nations in the world, why do we let so many go hungry? What should be done about it, and by whom?

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Upstream Radio: From isolation to inclusion

Upstream talks with Renata Cosic, organizer and activist for refugees and immigrants in Saskatchewan, and Don Kossick on Making the Links, on the Canadian health crises of social isolation and economic exclusion.

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We must address Canada's Indigenous suicide epidemic

Speaking of Truth and Reconciliation, Justice Murray Sinclair said “the truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.” Its story is one few wish to hear – but avoiding these topics has left us in the dark.

My name is Jared Brown, a Nēhiyaw and Métis man from Treaty Six territory, working toward legal advocacy against injustice in Canada. The health and well-being of all Indigenous peoples, and our nation as a whole, depends on finding our courage to turn on the lights.

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My Lightbulb Moment: Canada's vaccination gap

I am a Canadian nurse. I realized that our health is socially determined while working with children from northern communities in a pediatrics ward.

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Food bank stats don't tell the story of food insecurity

‘Food insecurity’ refers to the inadequate access to food because of financial constraints — and it’s a larger problem in Canada than most realize.

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Choosing the better story

Acclaimed Canadian author Yann Martel has just released a new novel: The High Mountains of Portugal. He sat down with Upstream’s Ryan Meili to discuss his new book, the importance of story, and his hopes for Canada’s future.

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