Just Care: From medicine to politics in pursuit of equity

Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott knows that politics is the strongest form of medicine we have, and how to apply it to the social and economic roots of ill health in Canada.

In this excerpt from Upstream Medicine: Doctors for a Healthier Canada, her daughter Bethany finds out how we can legislate beyond healthcare, to take better care of Canadian health.

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From endless growth to a steady state

We only have one planet, so we'd better learn to start living within it's limits.

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Basic Income has opportunity costs

Basic income may eventually become necessary — it may alleviate or even help to eliminate poverty — but it won't automatically fix all our problems. It also may not be the best use of our resources. And no matter what, it warrants immense consideration from all angles.

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On motivations, mentors, and medicare

In this excerpt of Upstream Medicine: Doctors for a Healthier Canada, Upstreamist Danielle Martin has some big ideas about how to improve Canadian health.

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Child poverty is outrageous and unhealthy

In one of the wealthiest nations on earth, at a time of greater wealth than ever before, how can we have such incredible rates of child poverty and not take action?

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Defunding funerals makes us sick

Giving our loved ones dignity and honour in death is an important part of individual, family and community well-being. The new Saskatchewan budget cuts funeral services for those on social assistance, but it bears asking — can we afford these "savings"?

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Basic income: a roof over their head?

A guaranteed annual income has the potential to prevent or end the homelessness of thousands of Canadians.

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A system that puts health as its ultimate goal

In this excerpt of Upstream Medicine: Doctors for a Healthier Canada, Upstream's Executive Director Monika Dutt shares her experience of thinking and working Upstream.

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The Story of Closing the Gap

Our incredible, national Upstream Community made our second annual Closing the Gap conference an outstanding success. Check out the Twitter Moment here, and read on further for Christine Soon's Storified version of the conference.

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Planetary Health: The new frontier for 21st century public health

An ecologically sustainable way of life may be the only truly "healthy" life available to us, in the long run.

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