The Wellesley Institute and Upstream have partnered to bring to you a closer look at the health impacts of the policies that our national parties are putting forth. We know that social factors — where you live, age, play and work — have a big impact on your health, so we ask, what are our political leaders doing to address them?
Over the next few weeks as we count down to election day, we will be looking at social issues that impact our health and reporting on how the party platforms lineup. Our health should be considered in all policies.
Beyond a multitude of healthcare savings, a basic income would improve educational outcomes, lower crime rates, and provide financial remuneration for care work – to say nothing of the moral imperative of eradicating poverty and food insecurity in Canada.Read more
Poverty is incredibly complicated, and has all sorts of causes and factors. That's why the Saskatchewan government last winter appointed an advisory group to examine what opportunities we can seize to raise people out of poverty. Just this week, the advisory group dropped a list of recommendations for what we should do.Read more
Upstream is encouraged by the recommendations, released today, by the Advisory Group on Poverty Reduction and urges the Government to adopt and implement these recommendations to the benefit of all Saskatchewan residents.Read more
After being elected to the students' union for the first time, nohta (my father) told me, "Okimawak (chiefs) didn't used to have very much for themselves — they would give away most of what they had to those who needed it."
In nehiyaw (Cree) culture, those who accepted the responsibility of leadership were expected to sacrifice for the community, while being rooted in compassion and selflessness. This was a powerful lesson that stayed with me, and was cemented by many more Indigenous knowledge keepers throughout my journey as an elected person.Read more
194 physicians signed a letter sent today to Ontario's Minister of Health requesting his leadership to introduce a Basic Income Guarantee for the people of Ontario.
It is a reflection of pervasive income-related health problems they see every day. Adequate, stable income is the only treatment.Read more
Remember Raffi? Of course you do. Which means you should probably also remember “Baby Beluga”, “Bananaphone”, and “Down by the Bay” – songs we loved as kids and still love today. The Canadian children’s singer is touring Canada with a new album after having taken time away to focus on and develop the Centre for Child Honouring.Read more
A young child arrives at the hospital emergency room in respiratory distress, his asthma worsened by smoke exposure. An elder has uncontrolled blood pressure because there wasn't time to get her medications when the evacuation orders came through. Scabies and other illnesses related to crowding spread quickly through the close quarters of the evacuees. Sudden departure from, and worry about home, bring significant mental stress.Read more
When we talk about climate change it can often seem like something abstract, or like something that our grandchildren will have to deal with.
According to the World Health Organization climate change is the biggest global health threat in the 21st century, and it’s not just being felt by people with breathing problems. climate change means more heat stress, more injuries from extreme weather; more prevalent diseases such as West Nile and Lyme disease - which is on the rise. So we are going to explore the link between climate change and public health in the present and in our future.Read more
Ed Maibach, professor and Director at the Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University, was recently on CBC's The Current speaking to Priya Chattopadyay, following an interview with Ryan Meili, to discuss the relationships between Climate Change and Public Health in Canada.Read more