• published The Next 150: Reconciliation and Health in Blog posts 2018-04-11 13:19:43 -0600

    The Next 150: Reconciliation and Health

    For the better health of all of us, how do we get from colonialism to reconciliation, and what will that future look like?

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  • published Housing is health care in Blog posts 2018-02-28 16:04:10 -0600

    Housing is health care

    A novel solution to the health crisis of homelessness: get people into homes.

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  • published Peggy Taillon 2018-01-11 11:05:31 -0600

    Peggy Taillon


    Peggy Taillon is president of the Bruyère Foundation. An upstream thinker and passionate advocate for equality and social justice, Peggy has led one of Canada’s longest established organizations the Canadian Council on Social Development, influencing public policy and the changing landscape for the third sector in Canada over the last several years.

    Prior to the CCSD, Peggy served as senior vice-president at The Ottawa Hospital, and previously led Ontario's Mental Health Implementation Task Force, a sweeping reform process. Peggy served as an Advisor to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care and to the Premier on the implementation of Ontario’s Regional Health Authorities, Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs), along with a number of other major health reform processes.

    Today she sits on the Council of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario and is co-chair to the Canadian Council on the Social Determinants of Health under the Public Health Agency of Canada.

    Peggy has a long established track record in fund development and philanthropy, raising funds for a number of health partners in the region and across Canada. A dynamic and compelling public speaker, Peggy is often called upon to present on the health and well being of Canada’s most vulnerable, and issues of gender, race, human rights, social development and inequality. A proud Canadian, Peggy believes we can create a strong, resilient and caring nation that values the well-being and contributions of all of its citizens.

    Peggy founded the HERA Mission of Canada in 2008, a foundation that supports women leading development projects empowering widows, children and grandmothers in Western Kenya. Through this work, Peggy honors the community where her son Devlin was born. She is the recipient of CTV’s Amazing People Award 2012 for changing adoption laws in Kenya that enabled her to bring her son home to Canada and her Hera Mission work. CTV’s W5 profiled her journey in Kenya in The Love of a Child which aired on March 8, 2014 – International Women’s Day. Over 1.2 million viewers across Canada and beyond tuned in or watched online, with many more since then. Most recently, Peggy received Ontario’s 2015 Leading Women, Building Communities Award.

    Originally from the small northern Ontario town of South Porcupine, Peggy was educated in Toronto and Ottawa and holds degrees in Social Work and Law, as well as advanced diplomas in mediation and negotiation.

  • published To cure hunger, prescribe income in Blog posts 2017-09-26 12:43:55 -0600

    To cure hunger, prescribe income

    In this ninth episode of Upstream Radio, we zoom out and look to the deepest sources of hunger and food insecurity, and what can be done to address these urgent Canadian public health crises.

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  • published We can't separate health from environment 2017-04-03 20:39:38 -0600

    We can't separate health from environment

    In this seventh episode we’re looking at a determinant that’s sometimes ignored not because of how small it is, but because of how big! We're talking about what we call “the wider environment”, and the “ecological determinants of health”.

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  • published Upstream Radio: The Precarity Problem in Blog posts 2016-07-11 23:12:29 -0600

    Upstream Radio: The Precarity Problem

    After decades of policies of deregulation for the fantasy of trickle-down economics, we've created such a gap of wealth, and health, that we can't ignore anymore.

    With more and more Canadians working in temporary, casual and part-time jobs than ever, the precarity problem has risen to the top of our political and social agenda. In this fourth episode of Upstream Radio, Jared Knoll speaks with Andrew Cash and Dr. Ritika Goel to dive deep into these critical issues.

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  • Upstream Radio: #Vote4Health in #Elxn42

    Brendan Flaherty from the CBC joins Upstream's Ryan Meili and Jared Knoll to discuss what we can do with our vote this election, to determine community and individual health in Canada's future.

    Click here for Upstream Radio on iTunes — Please subscribe, and leave us a rating.

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  • A basic income guarantee may be the best medicine

    194 physicians signed a letter sent today to Ontario's Minister of Health requesting his leadership to introduce a Basic Income Guarantee for the people of Ontario.

    It is a reflection of pervasive income-related health problems they see every day. Adequate, stable income is the only treatment.

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  • commented on Expanding Our Criteria for Healthy Living 2015-07-14 12:53:22 -0600
    Thanks for the resources Mark!

  • commented on Vivian Belik 2015-06-05 08:52:40 -0600
    Hi Monique! The documentary by Jayden and Vivian is still underway, but we’ll be posting about it more as it progresses.

  • commented on learning_from_laronge 2015-05-15 11:25:19 -0600
    It’s great to hear your perspective Tina – thanks for sharing!

  • commented on riversdale love 2015-04-21 08:59:03 -0600
    Hi Gwen, The Roxy Theatre is in Saskatoon. It’s located at 320 20th St. W.

  • published campaign 2000 charles in At Work 2014-11-25 10:28:07 -0600

    25 years later - There's still a lot of work to do

    Upstream Policy Director Charles Plante talks to Kevin Stanfield on the Global morning news about where Canada and Saskatchewan are on child poverty - 25 years after a unanimous vote in the House of Commons to eradicate poverty.

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  • published Health Effects of Income Inequality in At Work 2014-11-25 10:26:11 -0600

    The Health Effects of Income Inequality: A Jet with 110 Canadians Falling Out of the Sky Each Day, Every Day, 365 Days a Year

    An article for Upstream from

    Dennis Raphael, York University &
    Toba Bryant, University of Ontario Institute of Technology

    The crash of an airliner is a tragic disaster that triggers major investigations and quick action to make sure the same problem doesn’t occur again. As a result, these are events are, thankfully, extremely rare.

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  • published Best of Saskatoon 2014 in In The Community 2014-11-19 16:40:32 -0600

    Best of Saskatoon 2014

    Congrats to our Executive Director, Ryan Meili for getting two Best of Saskatoon Awards from Planet S's annual survey! Best Local Hero and Best Family Doctor at Westside Community Clinic.

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  • published Housing First in At Home 2014-11-09 16:33:07 -0600

    Housing First = Results

    The premise of Housing First is that providing people with the stability of housing allows them to address the other challenges they face. In the first 6 months, the numbers show that this is an extremely effective approach. 

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