2019: Trends to watch this year

Here at Upstream, we’re promoting ideas aimed at rethinking our traditional approach to public policy in Canada. We’re looking at the root causes of social and economic ailments instead of just treating the symptoms. Our goal is to change the conversation about the key challenges of our time—income inequality, climate change, and the need for collective action. Will 2019 be the year Canada’s decision-makers take an upstream approach to policy making? Here’s what I’ll be tracking.

Trish Hennessy

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Upstream Radio: When the big employer ghosts a town - now what?

Oshawa is reeling from GM’s decision to stop auto production there. How does a community bounce back from such a jolt?

 

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Food Security and Your Health

Did you get enough to eat today?

More than four million Canadians didn't.

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Solving Canada’s Housing Affordability Crisis

Making the link between house ownership and public pensions is key to a way forward.

By Alex Paterson

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What if we replaced child care deserts with universal child care?

Kids could access great early learning and socialization opportunities; parents could stop ‘working to pay for child care’—it’s a win-win.

Trish Hennessy

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Basic Income Cancellation Impacts on Ontario

The study tried to resolve questions of best practice. The answer is now, “we won’t know”.

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Poverty Costs

Poverty is a disease that is much cheaper to cure than to treat.

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Think upstream on pesticides

The wider environment is critical to human health. What are we putting into it?

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Population growth is only part of our ecological problem

Population growth is a complex issue that is only partly responsible for this crisis — the solution is not just a matter of family planning.

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Climate adaptation is critical for health, especially if you're poor

Adapting to climate change is a public health crisis but also an opportunity.

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