Kirk LaPointe

Hong Kong hot potato landing squarely in British Columbia’s lap

A statement: in support of the daily democratic demands in the streets of Hong Kong, rather milquetoast in language by western standards, to speak for the 300,000 there who hold Canadian...

B.C. ride-hailing’s relaunch is dead end for passengers and drivers alike

I suppose the next-best thing for governments to do when they can’t please everyone is to ensure they don’t please anyone. Case in point is the regime emerging in British Columbia to launch –...

Sober-minded Trudeau tale dodges dirt and sticks to the facts

The political book has been reshaped in the last quarter-century, for better and for worse, by the inner-working explorations of high-profile journalists like Bob Woodward and Michael Wolff. Their...

Trudeau’s excuses won’t shield him from fallout of bombshell ethics report

Justin Trudeau has been handed a live grenade as he enters the critical period to retain office. We might wonder: what might he do? Thumb into the hole? Toss it down the road? He has no easy call....

China-U.S. trade war collateral damage intensifying for Canada

Donald Trump and Xi Jinping are on a course of mutual harm, if not destruction, in a trade war gaining fuel. But their nuclear episode’s fallout is in our backyard, and there is no hopeful political...

Canada outflanked by strongarm superpowers

When it comes to Canada’s choices of pleasing or displeasing America or China, we are not caught between a rock and a hard place. We are caught under two rocks. Like the James Franco character in...

Strategic errors, unsuitable venue threaten to defeat Vancouver sports franchises

If a local media outlet is a business with a community’s soul, a local sports franchise is a business with a community’s mood. The joys and sorrows attached to their accomplishments serve as...

Public input is increasingly an inconvenience down at city hall

As I watched hotel workers last week tearfully present to a city council committee on their disturbing job experiences – constant harassment, episodes of assault, indifferent employers – I had to put...

We'll have serious climate change before serious sewage change

We are naturally proud of the natural beauty where we live. There are many astoundingly stunning places in Canada, each with its own character, but few match Vancouver for its ocean/mountain/climate...

Canadian chamber chief wants us to advance the discussion

When I arrived in Ottawa as a reporter in the Parliamentary Press Gallery at 23, Perrin Beatty was already an ancient 31. He was by then a long-serving Progressive Conservative MP, elected at the...