Kirk LaPointe

Press and politicians imperilled in the new age of rage and cynicism

In the environment I’ve occupied for four decades, it has never been this unstable and unsafe, this disabled and distrusted. Our craft of journalism is facing a heightened physical threat, in part...

Anjali Appadurai’s campaign threatens to derail David Eby’s BC NDP coronation

Could the politically unbelievable happen?  Might we soon have NDP Premier Anjali Appadurai?  Sources in the party say her campaign has persuaded significantly more British Columbians to buy NDP...

Canada moving at geological speed in tapping its resource riches

This ought to be Pierre Gratton’s moment. The 11-year CEO of the Mining Association of Canada, by any objective measure, ought to be beaming at the confluence of events making possible an historic...

Wilsons' B.C. parkland philanthropy makes sound business sense

If you had to guess the most popular thing to visit in British Columbia, and if you had to guess where the most accommodation is provided, you wouldn’t necessarily think of our parks. Yet there they...

In Pierre Poilievre, Justin Trudeau has at last found a true rival

If you could spare about 45 minutes Saturday late afternoon to come indoors to the television set, you got to see the end of the moderate, centrist Conservative Party of Canada.  The most intriguing...

An updated inventory of long-haul inflation implications and angst

Sigh, argh, crying out loud: Inflation and higher interest rates are back and staying put. For nearly a generation those two economic menaces were gone and staying so. Central banks and...

A telling tale of two political polar extremes in Canada

In the space of a few days in the last week, I was able to experience the polar extremes of Canada’s politics. Not so much A to Z as AA to PP. In the personae of BC NDP leadership candidate Anjali...

Surrey stadium pitch is more political grandstanding from Mayor McCallum

Out of nowhere, his familiar spawning ground for policy pronouncements, Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum has dropped a 10-figure idea for the community in desperation to save his skin. A 60,000-seat...

We are swimming in opportunities for our most important resource, but will we miss the boat?

We can take for granted the resources around us. Water, for instance, has a good case for feeling left out. As we agonize over how and whether we use our fossil fuels, while we explore the...

Initial steps to seed quantum leaps in B.C.’s business of physics

We can focus unduly about incompatibility and a lack of common ground. If you want to find a real need for meaningful, world-changing unity, though, look no further than into the world of physics,...