In The Community

Our community consists of not just our physical environment, but also the many institutions and customs that make up our social environment.When we foster diverse, inclusive communities with effective, proactive social services, in harmony with the natural environment, we are thinking and acting upstream.

Climate action is healthcare outside the clinic

“We entreat leaders to attack the low-carbon transition with the same ethos we use during the cardiopulmonary resuscitations that work: push hard, push fast, don’t stop.” - Dr. Nick Watts read more
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It's time to make National Aboriginal Day statutory

We’ve recently recognized two important days in this country: Canada Day, and Aboriginal Day. The contrast between the two tells us some important things about health and cultural equity in this country. read more
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It's time to make National Aboriginal Day statutory

We’ve recently recognized two important days in this country: Canada Day, and Aboriginal Day. The contrast between the two tells us some important things about health and cultural equity in this country. read more
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Canadians’ Health through Basic Income: A prize worth fighting for

“A nation’s greatness lies not in the quantities of its goods but in the quality of its life.” -          Tommy Douglas read more
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We can close the Canadian health gap

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Basic income could end food insecurity

Eating is an essential act of survival that we do every day. But eating is much more than biology. It's also social, cultural, psychological, emotional and political. The food we eat and the circumstances we eat it in tell us who we are and where we belong in our society.... read more
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Canadian interest in basic income surges

Canada first experimented with universal income in the 1970s.  For decades, the evidence has told us that providing everyone with enough income to meet basic needs can be an effective, and cost-effective as a way to eliminate poverty and improve our health and well-being. With trials beginning in Ontario, policy... read more
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Upstream Radio: From isolation to inclusion

Upstream talks with Renata Cosic, organizer and activist for refugees and immigrants in Saskatchewan, and Don Kossick on Making the Links, on the Canadian health crises of social isolation and economic exclusion. read more
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We must address Canada's Indigenous suicide epidemic

Speaking of Truth and Reconciliation, Justice Murray Sinclair said “the truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.” Its story is one few wish to hear – but avoiding these topics has left us in the dark. My name is Jared Brown, a Nēhiyaw and Métis... read more
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Food bank stats don't tell the story of food insecurity

‘Food insecurity’ refers to the inadequate access to food because of financial constraints — and it’s a larger problem in Canada than most realize. read more
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