Kirk LaPointe

Quality helping Knowledge ascend television network rankings

The pandemic has been bad for many, but good for Knowledge. Not pandemic knowledge, per se – that is a beguiling hot mess at times – but capital-K Knowledge. As in the Knowledge Network, the...

Fight over who will foot city’s climate change bill is far from finished

The defeat at city council of a proposal to broaden parking permits in 2022 and introduce vehicle ownership fees in 2023 was a walk-back, a crawl-down, but not a back-down. Make no mistake: The game...

Ill-timed Tofino holiday augurs early retirement for Trudeau

To you and me, the decision by a national leader to hold a national day to build momentum for Indigenous reconciliation would mean that the national leader would, in fact, very obviously lead that...

City’s war on automobile owners set to shift into overdrive in 2022

The City of Vancouver’s incessant guerilla assault on car and truck owners has taken on many shapes over the years. But 2022 offers the prospect of an inflection point, from a period of annoyance to...

Journalism must break its silence on government secrecy

Tuesday is the Right To Know Day. It ought to be a celebration of information freedom. Instead it is more a day of mourning. No matter where you look – to the left, to the right of the political...

Superpower spat over Meng Wanzhou highlights Canada’s lightweight international clout

The sorry saga of the detentions of Michael Kovrig, Michael Spavor and Meng Wanzhou appears at last, at last, at last, to have reached its senses – thankfully, of course, that the two Michaels and...

Canada in need of a total federal political leadership makeover

They put on brave faces last Monday night about their parties’ showings. But not one, not two, but all three major federal leaders ought to go before we next elect a prime minister. Justin Trudeau,...

Post-election road looks rockier for prime minister

When we hear a politician was proud to take the high road, he has gone low. When a prime minister says he has a clear mandate, it is anything but. Notwithstanding what he said and was said about...

Tough choices await still-minority Liberals after $600 million election interruption

Third time, not so lucky. Justin Trudeau bet on himself Monday, practically dared the country in the throes of the pandemic to deny his bid for a majority government, and for a time it looked like...

We gotta be green, who cares if we’re clean?: City of Vancouver

John Clerides arrived at his Marquis Wine Cellars outlet one morning earlier this month to find that a chef-style blowtorch had shattered the front window into shards and that his delivery e-bike was...