A basic income could improve the health of all Canadians

Income isn't just a determinant of health — it's the determinant of determinants.

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When inequality becomes too great

If the past year has taught us anything, it's that we can no longer ignore inequality.

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Basic income solutions in an era of slow growth

The basic income conversation has freed imaginations around the world, and Canadian hopes for closing our gaps in wealth and health. But it's worth asking the question: are we better off when we have more income, or need less of it?

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The health case for basic income

Income is the determinant of the other determinants of health.

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Making money while creating health

Who are the real producers of good health, and how can we craft policy that supports them, in order to promote greater communal and societal well-being?

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What basic income could do for our health

In this sixth episode of Upstream Radio we speak with Dr. Evelyn Forget, Armine Yalnizyan and Dr. Danielle Martin about the costs and benefits of a Canadian basic income policy, including opportunity costs, focusing in on what it could all mean for our health.

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Canadian opioid crisis plan must address social causes

Canada lacks a system to track co-existing mental health conditions or co-ingestions in opioid-related fatalities, and our evidence base on opioid overdoses is disappointingly sparse.  As we seek to build upon it, we will need to do so with a view to the significant role that mental health and substance abuse can play in worsening opioid misuse. 

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My Lightbulb Moment: Our worst epidemics have social roots

In nursing school I learned about the social determinants of health. I read countless pages, wrote lengthy papers and sat in many lectures all dedicated to the topic.  But despite this 'knowledge' I gained at university, the reality of how our health has social sources didn’t really hit me until I ventured out into the real world.

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Saskatoon Health Equity Impact Assessment

Developed jointly by the Saskatoon Health Region and Upstream, this report applies a health equity lens to the City of Saskatoon’s Growth Plan to Half a Million. Find the report here.

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Upstream Radio: Colonialism isn't behind us

In this fifth episode of Upstream Radio we speak with Cindy Blackstock, Max Fineday and Janelle Pewapsconias about the colonial sources of our greatest national health emergencies, and how the processes of colonization aren't in Canada's history, but still grow and perpetuate in our politics and communities today.

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