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.

Laura’s Story: A Journey Toward Mental and Physical Health

Though they may not be the first to leap to mind - gender and social inclusion are important determinants of health. Socially excluded Canadians are more likely to be unemployed and earn lower wages. They have less access to health and social services. Discrimination, based on gender expectations, leads to... read more
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Wild Idea - Paul Kershaw

In Vancouver last month Paul Kershaw presented his wild idea - to relieve the burden of GenSqueeze - at the Transforming Society: 5 Wild Ideas for a Better Future event hosted by Changemakers Vancouver, Upstream, and Next Up.  Watch the video below to learn about how Paul believes we should be building... read more
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How a Pink T-shirt Became a Catalyst for Change

This blog comes to us from Amanda Guthrie, Youth & Education Coordinator at the Avenue Community Centre for Gender & Sexual Diversity.  Last week, Transgender Awareness Week and the Pink Revolution campaign coincided. You may have seen some of the events on the news or in the paper. Today, Amanda takes... read more
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Harsha Walia's Wild Idea

In Vancouver last month Harsha Walia presented her wild idea - to Connect the Heart and Mind - at the Transforming Society: 5 Wild Ideas for a Better Future event hosted by Changemakers Vancouver, Upstream, and Next Up.  Watch the video below to learn where Harsha believes our social change... read more
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There's more to progress than GDP

By Dr. Trevor Hancock How we measure progress hinges on what we mean by progress, and what business we think we are in, as a society and as governments. Too often, it seems the central purpose is to grow the economy, but I believe there is more to life than... read more
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The View from Upstream: Unearthed Poverty

By Cameron Dearlove  On the eastern edge of downtown, near an expressway onramp, under streets and residential properties, lie the remains of some of Kitchener’s poorest citizens. Years ago this was the property edge of the House of Industry and Refuge, Kitchener’s (then Berlin) “poor house.” The house’s “inmates,” as... read more
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First Call & Upstream

For too long, we have been suffering from “downstream thinking,” that is, responding to immediate problems rather than seeking long-term solutions. Upstream and First Call share a belief in the importance of preventing ill-health by addressing the root causes that undermine child and family well-being. read more
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Wait a minute. We don't use evidence?

Growing up in Whalley, a low-income working class neighbourhood in Surrey, BC, I wasn’t exactly surrounded by policy makers. Policy was made by people with fancy degrees that lived in different, wealthier neighbourhoods, located on the other side of town, or in entirely different cities. read more
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Transforming Society: 5 Wild Ideas for a Better Future

Needing inspiration? Feeling stuck at work/life and needing some new ways of thinking?  Have some crazy bold ideas on changing how we do things but not sure where to share them? read more
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Health care a small part of true health

Dr. Trevor Hancock has a weekly column in the Times Colonist about health, which we are excited to begin bringing you regularly! We start with a piece about the road to true health. This column was originally posted in Victoria's Times Colonist. read more
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