Canada's housing crisis is a public health emergency

In emergency rooms and front-line clinics, patients are triaged based on the urgency of their illness. The sickest are seen first, followed by those in less immediate danger. A high-quality health system would connect these efforts to a larger plan to prevent illness and keep people healthy, but still make sure help is there in a hurry when things go wrong.

Unfortunately, in Canada, we aren't there yet.

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Our National Housing Strategy can be a foundation for better health

The Trudeau government’s first budget announced new investments in affordable housing. Its decision for a National Housing Strategy was warmly welcomed by social housing providers and right to housing supporters. These developments inspired hope for the 1.6 million Canadians struggling to pay their rent, especially the 770,000 who spend more than 50% of their income on rent.

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My Light Bulb Moment: We need housing for health

I remember how little my jeans, sneakers and light jacket did against the -30 degree cold of a Saskatoon winter. I’d just woken up on a cold cement floor, shivering under the thin fleece I had for a blanket. I was given a plate with some bread and boiled egg, then left to roam the downtown streets. The idea was to get a sense of what it’s like to be homeless.

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Co-operate on the path to food security

Having a choice in what we eat is something many of us take for granted, but four million Canadians aren't sure where their next meal will come from. Food insecurity is a real and imminent threat to the health of us all — but there's a lot we can do to improve things.

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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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