All recording, writing, interviewing and editing done by Jared, unless otherwise indicated.
Homelessness is complicated. There’s not one easy or simple solution. But we cannot let those remain excuses for doing nothing, or even too little.
We face several overlapping, interconnected public health crises, like homelessness, addictions and overdoses, crime and justice, and all the downstream costs we all pay for. Could the solution that really works, be the simplest one of all, right in front of our noses?
We’re sick with poverty. And we have the data to prove it.
If we want healthier communities, we must stop thinking of health only as a matter of personal responsibility and lifestyle choices, and dive deeper to the greater social determinants.
Hunger isn’t an issue of charity. It is an issue of justice.
Environment is foundation for health. We don’t last long without air, water and food.
What would you do if your income were taken care of?
We have a lot of nice, pretty talk in Canada about “reconciliation”, as though it’s the obvious next step to transition out of a colonial history. The problem is, it’s not history.
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.
Jared 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. Recording by Don Kossick and Brendan Flaherty at CFCR Radio in Saskatoon.
Canada’s forty-second federal election is nearly upon us, and already we’ve seen record numbers of voters coming out for the advance polls. It seems like the health of our democracy is definitely on the rise… but are we any healthier than we were last election? Today we talk about how your vote at the ballot box might mean a lot more for your personal and community health outcomes than you may have thought.
In Upstream’s very first podcast, this piece explores real, policy-based solutions to addressing, reducing and even eliminating poverty in Canada and beyond.
Poverty is incredibly complicated, and has all sorts of causes and factors. That’s why the Saskatchewan government last winter appointed an advisory group to examine what opportunities we can seize to raise people out of poverty. Just this week, the advisory group dropped a list of recommendations for what we should do.
In Journalists for Human Rights’ very first podcast, this piece includes several prominent members of the Tanzanian media, including Zephania Uhwari, Jonathon Njaidi and Rotlinde Achimpota. It addresses the current state of press freedom in the East African nation, focusing on recent events like the state shutdown of the print outlet Mwananchi, and recent tabled amendments to further discourage reporters from covering matters of political or religious substance.
Interview with Andrew Stroehlein, European Media Director for Human Rights Watch, former Director of Communications at the International Crisis Group, writer and speaker on a multitude of conflict issues, and avid watcher and participant in the world of social media. His writing has appeared in the Financial Times, the Guardian, theWashington Post, and the International Herald Tribune, among others. He has also been an instructor for the Auschwitz Institute’s Raphael Lemkin Seminar for Genocide Prevention.
Interview with Dr. Elisa von Joeden-Forgey, a scholar and activist on the topic of gender and gender-based violence in the context of genocide and mass atrocities. Last year she published an article titled “Gender and the Future of Genocide Studies and Prevention” in the journal Genocide Studies and Prevention, and in addition to having been an instructor at the Auschwitz Institute’s Raphael Lemkin Seminar for Genocide Prevention, she will be contributing to a forthcoming volume on the prevention of mass atrocities, edited by the Auschwitz Institute.
Interview with Andrew Feinstein, former South African MP for the anti-apartheid African National Congress, and a writer, speaker, critic and campaigner in the effort to better regulate the global arms trade. His most recent book, The Shadow World, looks at the connections between political corruption, the arms trade, and the atrocities that result. His work is especially relevant right now, as the UN is on the verge of adopting the first ever international arms trade treaty.
Interview with Kate Doyle, a senior analyst for the National Security Archive in Washington, DC, whose work has been key to putting together the facts of the genocide against Guatemala’s Mayans under the country’s military dictatorship in the 1980s. She went into Guatemalan records and tracked the chain of command that allowed lawyers representing victims to get a ruling in Spain classifying the case as a genocide. Last year she received the ALBA/Puffin Award for Human Rights Activism last year, and currently she is conducting new research into mass atrocities in Guatemala.
Interview with Bridget Conley-Zilkic, lead researcher on the How Mass Atrocities End project. Conley-Zilkic did her PhD on cultural responses to humanitarian interventions in Bosnia and Haiti, has been research director for the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Committee on Conscience, and currently serves as Research Director for theWorld Peace Foundation.
Interview with Mickey Jackson, Student Director of STAND, the student-led movement to end mass atrocities. Jackson has been part of the movement since 2008, when he served as a high school outreach coordinator.
Interview with Samuel Totten, a pioneer of genocide studies in the United States, a co-founding editor of the journal Genocide Studies and Prevention, and, in 2004, an investigator with the U.S. State Department’sAtrocities Documentation Project, interviewing refugees along the Chad–Sudan border to ascertain whether genocide had been perpetrated in Darfur.