Kirk LaPointe

With no alternatives, Site C project now John Horgan's to wear

Alternative would be to send the $6 billion spent and another $4 billion down the chute

Ottawa’s wage subsidy silence unsettling for Canada’s economy

The federal government is fast approaching a Decision Day on wage subsidies that will have critical implications for the economic recovery in the pandemic. Its late-day silence on this score is...

Justin-and-Joe show brings return to startlingly normal political programming

If Donald Trump was the crazy uncle he wished to see as little as possible, Joe Biden represents a return to the father figure Justin Trudeau has needed regularly in his life. In one virtual meeting...

IMF report raises concerns over Canada’s fiscal fundamentals

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) walks tall and carries a big stick, so when it pronounces on our national government’s performance in trying to walk tall and carry a big stick in the pandemic,...

Canada’s patchwork pandemic response has failed the public

The Third Wave about which I am familiar was the sequel to my high school-era, alerting-to-the-world-out-there futurist book, Future Shock, by the generally on-point Alvin Toffler. It heralded the...

Nothing funny about replacing local sports talk with comedy filler

The TSN 1040 we have known broke from its morning show around 9:30 last Tuesday. That TSN 1040 never returned. A monotone corporate message announced the station’s sport talk format was no more,...

Vaccine vacillation brings Canadians late to the immunization party

Today we are enduring quite the coronavirus combo. Variant infecting. Insufficient vaccinating. Impatient awaiting. Ambiguous directing. Weak revitalizing. Uncertain supporting. Tardy...

Barber returning dignity to Downtown Eastside, one trim at a time

“How would you like to look?” For most, it’s an innocent question in a hair salon or barber shop when we book a time and place. We answer a variation of the question without much thought every few...

City’s parking-permit plan is turbocharged cash grab

The 1994 movie The Paper was a hot mess, but it has one great scene that reminds me of Vancouver’s plan to later this year require permits to park on city streets. Remember the scene? A half-dozen...

Alarm over long-term care report revelations and delayed release

At a critical juncture last October 22, as the pandemic was racing through our province’s long-term care facilities, Ernst & Young reported to John Horgan’s BC NDP-led minority government on an...