Human rights have so much to do with health and wellness at both individual and community levels. The ability to defend one's rights on the basis of Gender Identity is no exception. In honour of International Human Rights Day, Saskatoon activist and artist Miki Mappin tells her story of working toward equal rights for transgender-identified people in the province of Saskatchewan.
"There are many issues impacting transgender people that have serious implications for our health; caused by intolerance, discrimination in housing, employment, education and in accessing health care. We felt that if we could get explicit human rights protection under the Code, it would be the most important first step to removing the barriers against transgender people leading healthy and productive lives."Read more
Earlier this week an article on the evils of public health officials thinking upstream was featured on the Globe and Mail's Debate page entitled "Public health officers should focus on disease, not politics". In this piece, the author, Peter Shawn Taylor, a contributor to Maclean's and the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, said that "Public health ought to stick to their needles, and leave the economy alone."Read more
This Remembrance Day, the poppies on lapels hold new meaning for many Canadians . . . our remembering needs to go beyond black-and-white photos of the great wars and include the very real effects of recent and current conflicts.Read more
A blog from Jayden Soroka.
In September of this year I had a living estate sale. Basically, I went around my house and sold off everything I didn’t need or use on a regular basis.
Why did I do this? Over a year ago my friend Vivian and I started a campaign to recreate a guaranteed income experiment, called Mincome, that happened in the 1970’s in Dauphin, Manitoba.
Exciting news, Sir Michael Marmot is president-elect of the World Medical Association!
Sir Michael has been one of the leaders in establishing and popularizing the concept of the social determinants of health (SDOH) and their role in influencing whether people lives will be long or short, whether they will be ill or well. Here at Upstream, we want to recognize and celebrate the work people are doing around the SDOH. Sir Michael Marmot is perhaps the pre-eminent example of an upstream thinking in action.
A Blog by Vivian Belik
In 2006 I was working as an editor at my university newspaper, the Uniter, when I came across a fascinating story. One of our writers, Whitney Light, wrote a piece on a professor that was studying a town in Manitoba that had managed to eliminate poverty. It sounded like a fairytale story.Read more
We're pleased to announce the release of the Poverty Costs report, entitled Poverty Costs Saskatchewan: A New Approach to Prosperity for All. The report gives an overview of poverty in Saskatchewan and its costs, and provides evidence for the need for a comprehensive poverty reduction plan for Saskatchewan. You can find the report and the Executive Summary on the Poverty Costs Resources page.
We hope that you'll take a look at the report and circulate it widely. Thanks so much to the report authors: Upstream Policy Director, Charles Plante and Upstream Think Tank Coordinator, Keisha Sharp. And a big thanks to all of the campaign team members that contributed their time and expertise to this project!
In poll after poll Canadians rank our Healthcare system as one of our top policy priorities. Rightly so, Canadians care an awful lot about health: their own health, the health of their family and friends, and the health of their communities.
Yesterday in clinic one of my patients phoned to say she wouldn't make her appointment. Buses aren't running in Saskatoon this week because of a lockout of transit workers, and she had no way to get to clinic.
Earlier today I began to consider why upstream thinking is so damn difficult, and now I’m going to look at three reasons as to why this is the case. Take a look at that before diving in here if you'd like a bit of a background on what I mean by "downstream" "upstream" and the metaphor of the river.Read more