Kirk LaPointe

Social housing proposal aims wrecking ball at long-established development guidelines

It is an extraordinary proposal: 12-storey rental housing extensively in Vancouver, with no public hearings. Under the guise of expanding the supply of “social housing,” Vancouver council is...

Proposed broadcast regulation legislation not ready for prime time

In an earlier age – when water was free and you paid for music – there was some reason for a broadcast regulator. Today: not so much, and in the expansive proposal now before Parliament, not at...

City fumbles park community, cultural potential during pandemic

We have in Vancouver 230 ways to deal with the languid, incessant pandemic. They are called parks. They, and we, are waiting and waiting and waiting for civic leaders to recognize and invest in...

COVID data leak highlights B.C. public’s right to ‘no’

Last week I used the province’s freedom of information law to ask the B.C. Office of the Premier for any records to support, even justify its 30% budget increase this fiscal year. I will a) fall off...

Committee muddies waters of COVID-19 vaccination

The messaging in the last day by the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) is a case study in how to fumble a football with a clear field to the end zone and a cheering crowd. You know...

Short-term thinking threatening to extend long tail of COVID-19

Studies on the “long tail” of COVID-19 are emerging. They make you wonder if the pandemic’s effects will ever end. They feed into the view that our public health crisis will punch a permanent hole in...

Business leadership missing in the battle to end B.C.’s opioid crisis

The pandemic has intensified our mental health challenges. The stress of loneliness, of loss and sorrow, of job disruption and desperation, of business problems and pressures, of daily uncertainty...

B.C.’s safety-first budget strewn with dangerous details

Repeat after me: We are better off than we thought we’d be. We are better off than we thought we’d be. We are better off than we thought we’d be. Tuesday’s British Columbia budget has that...

Good and bad bets in Trudeau government’s pandemic budget

You can dream a lot in two years, even when one of them is a living nightmare. The Justin Trudeau government’s at-long-last budget Monday fulfils much of a Liberal vision that had been held back for...

B.C. government’s withholding of COVID-19 data sows harmful distrust

An Open Letter to Premier John Horgan, Health Minister Adrian Dix and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry: In my capacity as vice-president, editorial, of Glacier Media, I am writing to...