To cure hunger, prescribe income

In this ninth episode of Upstream Radio, I 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.

The real problem is poverty — something we spend tens of billions on just to maintain, but might actually be cheaper and easier to simply eliminate. I’m joined by PROOF’s Valerie Tarasuk, Canada Without Poverty’s Harriett McLachlan and Upstream’s Cody Sharp to discuss what can be, and must be done.

 

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Colonialism isn’t behind us

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.

In this episode, Jared speaks with Cindy Blackstock, Max Fineday and Janelle Pewapsconias about the colonial sources of our greatest national health emergencies, and how the processes of colonization aren’t in Canada’s history, but still grow and perpetuate in our politics and communities today.

(Recorded, edited and published by Jared for Upstream).

Want to hear the full, unedited interview with Cindy Blackstock? The audio quality isn’t great, but the content is fascinating!

Stop the Cuts

Saskatchewan’s socially conservative, fiscally reckless government has sought to shore up it’s many years of deficits, short-sighted spending and cronyism with dangerous and unjust cuts to social safety nets, like benefits for the disabled and shelters for the homeless. These two short videos document recent local demonstrations of the citizenry’s unwillingness to see long-term health and well-being of both people and economy, sacrificed on the altar of face-saving by career politicians.

(Recorded, edited and published by Jared for Upstream).

The Precarity Problem

After decades of policies of deregulation for the fantasy of trickle-down economics, we’ve created such a gap of wealth, health and even hope for the future, that we just can’t ignore it 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.

(Recorded, edited and published by Jared for Upstream).

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