Kirk LaPointe

Big Taxi’s big roadblocks stalling ride-hailing competition in B.C.

We got ride-sharing last week in the Lower Mainland. People hopped a lift from neighbours in the cold and snow. We had ride-hailing, too. People waved their arms to flag a taxi. But we had neither...

B.C. stands to profit regally from having Duke and Duchess of Sussex as residents

Many of us have come to British Columbia to reinvent, even escape. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle picked up on this fact somehow amid the fake facts that dog them in the tabloids. Now they will be...

Time for government to pull the plug on electric vehicle subsidies

I switched to an electric vehicle a year ago. Quick-accelerating, so quiet its sound system seems it’s in my living room – and, of course, no fuel charges. When I draw near a service station now, I...

City council needs to build Vancouver’s economy, not bleed it dry

It is time in 2020 for city council to walk and chew gum at the same time. Fine as it is to be claiming to tackle the behemoth crises in housing, climate change and opioid use – and these are...

Spare some pity for the incompetence that gave us our latest property tax outrage

The most predictable response to Vancouver council’s decision to raise property taxes 7% next year (nearly 8% if utilities are included) is visceral infuriation. After all, how many of us will...

A 2019 inventory of mea culpas, reflections and 2020 predictions

A column is one part reflection, one part conclusion, one part prediction, one part contrition. At times I thought, decided, anticipated and erred in 2019. Here are some mistakes: 1. I assumed that...

City’s inability to economize sticks taxpayers with a bigger bill

The last person I met who agreed he liked taxes thought I was asking about the Lone Star State. On this matter, we need to accept consensus: Houston, we have a problem. The City of Vancouver has...

Trudeau needs to make a play now in the game of What Do You Do?

The game is called: What Do You Do? What Do You Do when your largest trading partner says no and your second-largest says yes? What Do You Do when one of your intelligence agencies says sure and...

Western stew on PM’s new minority government cabinet menu

As he starts his second term as prime minister, Justin Trudeau does not dare betray the challenges ahead: national unity, climate change, trade problems, housing affordability in a couple of big...

Spending cold winter night outside a reminder of the plight of being homeless

The first taste of winter cold was thankfully dry for the few hours of sleep outdoors, a morsel of what those inside the building knew all too well. The parking spaces behind the freshly built...