Category: Policy Brief

POLICY BRIEF: The last government employee pay cut

This policy brief examines when the last time was that governments in Canada reduced employee pay. We asked the federal government, provincial governments, and 13 major cities for information on their last employee pay reductions.

POLICY BRIEF: Canadians’ thoughts on relaxed regulations

Since COVID-19 took hold in Canada, governments across the country have relaxed a number of restrictions and rules to help people and businesses cope with the pandemic. From allowing restaurants to serve alcohol with their delivery orders to allowing doctors to video conference with their patients, governments have been able to help people by simply getting out of the way.

POLICY BRIEF: Oil and gas polling

As part of SecondStreet.org’s ongoing research into natural resource development, we contracted Leger to conduct some public opinion research. This policy brief summarizes the results of four oil and gas industry questions that we posed to the public between March 13 -16, 2020.

POLICY BRIEF: The implications of keeping oil in the ground

The demands of certain environmental organizations to completely phase out oil and gas development and to “keep it in the ground” have been gaining in popularity. These demands are now reaching the ears of some politicians, whose decisions reflect a growing aversion to the use and development of petroleum and gas products.

POLICY BRIEF: Canadians’ thoughts on health care

As part of SecondStreet.org’s ongoing research into health care, we contracted Nanos Research to conduct some public opinion research. This policy brief summarizes the results of six health care questions that we posed to the public between February 29-March 3, 2020.

POLICY BRIEF: Private MRI options have grown substantially

In 1993, Canada’s first private magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) clinic opened in Calgary – the Western Canada MRI Centre. Critics accused the clinic of “undermining” Canada’s public health care system and predicted negative consequences.
More than a quarter-century after that clinic first opened, SecondStreet.org decided to investigate what options Canadian patients now have when it comes to paying for private MRI scans.

POLICY BRIEF: Double and Triple Municipal Pensions

SecondStreet.org examined double and triple pension situations in 11 major cities across Canada, filing freedom of information requests with Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Brampton, Mississauga, Montreal and Halifax.

POLICY BRIEF: Canadian milk prices much higher than in U.S.

Canadian consumers have long been subject to artificially expensive poultry and dairy products. This is largely due to price-and-supply controls on those products, known as “supply management.” This form of protectionism and price manipulation is enabled by federal and provincial legislation. This study examines the on-the-ground effect on consumers in one easy-to-measure consumer item: milk.