Kirk LaPointe

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...

Horgan and BC NDP face tough tests in their mid-term exams

It is easy to overstate junctures in a government’s history as important, but there is no doubt that John Horgan’s BC NDP administration finds itself neck deep in mid-term competence tests. Start...

Green party’s top post-May challenge: find new leadership vision

Elizabeth May’s departure as the federal Green party leader is a loss and a gift. If, as the saying goes, 80% of life is showing up, it is also true that 80% is knowing when to leave. May led a...

The City of Vancouver’s new council logs a year of living lazily

A year ago, Vancouver municipal voters sent an unambiguous message to change course. The decade-old governing Vision party was eviscerated and a diverse council and independent mayor were...

Trudeau-Horgan two-step promises to be intriguing political dance

Father Pierre famously said the state has no business in the bedrooms of the nation, but son Justin knows that doesn’t mean the state can’t curry strange bedfellows.  A minority government, after...

Leading a minority government will be Trudeau's biggest test

He will never be the prime minister he wanted us to believe he is – the offences won’t erase, even if their memories will abate – but Justin Trudeau’s political survival Monday is testament to the...

Why Covenant House crisis program fundraiser needs your help

I suppose I can screen everyone for this test here and now: have you ever been taken in from the streets by a crisis program? I suppose the answer is no, so what I describe now will explain why you...