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.

Gabor Maté Part 2: On Storytelling, Health, and the Ruling Class

Recently, Upstream's founder Ryan Meili got the chance to sit down and interview Dr. Gabor Maté about his new writing project and the intersection between health & politics. Dr. Gabor Maté is the award-winning author of the books When the Body Says No, Hold On To Your Kids, and In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts.... read more
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Reviving Riversdale: Gentrification and reconciliation in one of Saskatoon's poorest neighbourhoods

Upstream received national attention last week in an article by Allan Casey in the Walrus magazine. Executive Director Ryan Meili shared his thoughts on the changes happening in Saskatoon's Riversdale neighbourhood where Upstream is based. He talks about his hopes for the neighbourhood and invites us to think about how... read more
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People's Climate Mobilization

A healthy planet is an essential component of a healthy society, and many are now pointing to climate change as the greatest threat to human life and wellbeing. This Sunday, September 21, thousands of citizens from around the world will gather in New York City to bring attention to the global... read more
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Portrait of a Scared Scientist

The world is not acting fast enough about climate change and now scared scientists are starting to tell their stories.  Photographer Nick Bowers invites us to look the truth in the eye through these portraits of climate scientists as they reveal their greatest fears about climate inaction. We know that our environment... read more
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The end of neighbours: How our increasingly closed-off lives are poisoning our politics and endangering our health

Do you know your neighbors? Could you pick them out of a police line-up? As our urban landscapes shift and adapt to 21st century life (much of which is experienced online), researchers are seeing some startling health effects. read more
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Trees Save Lives

A new study by U.S. Forest Service scientists reveals the life-saving power of trees (and no, we're not actually talking about Groot*). By removing just 1% of pollutants from the air, trees save Americans about $7 billion annually. 1% might not sound like much, but it's making a big difference-... read more
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Our Health Matters: Dogwood Initiative

Health begins in the spaces we live and the air we breathe. It is shaped by the choices we make together. Check out this Dogwood Initiative campaign seeking environmental and health impact assessments for a proposed coal export project. They are calling on British Columbians to ask their representatives for a... read more
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SK Public Looking Upstream for Better Health

Saskatoon residents are looking upstream for better health, says a recently published public opinion poll. The report indicates that 80% of respondents listed income as the most important factor affecting health. This is an encouraging upstream shift from 2006 data where nearly all respondents (98%) listed nutritious food as the... read more
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Three Ideas to Improve Canadian Healthcare

“Health care is one thing that affects health, but there are many more powerful forces at play in determining whether or not people grow up and age in good health.” Dr. Danielle Martin has three big ideas to improve Canadian health care, and they have 'upstream-thinking' written all over them.... read more
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Let's talk... Moving upstream

We are loving the upstream language we are seeing over at the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health. This great organization is committed to equipping the Canadian public health community with the resources and knowledge they need to address the social determinants of health. Take a look below at... read more
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