Kirk LaPointe

No one can blame Horgan for cashing out before political stock drops

The premier British Columbians say they’d like to have a beer with will now get his choice of drinking companions without worryingly looking at his watch to get back to work. John Horgan’s...

Economic outlook on the near and far horizon: dark clouds of misery and gloom

The following is not news. It’s not fake news, because it is accurate. It’s just not news, per se, in that it’s just not surprising. It’s just not anything any business leader didn’t know or...

Cullen Commission on B.C. money laundering is only the starting point of a long road

The release Wednesday of the 1,804-page Cullen Commission report on money laundering in British Columbia landed like a block of cement.  It is, however, really just a piece of the structural...

Recommendations, yes, apologies, no, in wake of heat dome tragedy

For almost all of the 619 victims of last June’s heat dome, the blazing temperature outdoors didn’t kill them.  Solitude indoors did.  Their immobility contributed. Their age, their poverty, their...

Departure time: why these two political leaders should step aside

From the heart in one case, from the head in another, I implore John Horgan and Doug McCallum: Step aside. Two significant political leaders are at critical career junctures. For vastly different...

Gang of four needs cohesion not fragmentation in 2022’s fight for city hall

News flash: the 2022 Vancouver mayoralty challengers are mathematically challenged. They think that one of the four of them will emerge in the weeks ahead to out-poll the incumbent. They think that...

Recessionary storm casting dark clouds over economic optimism

At any other recent time, our economic indices would be considered enviable. We live amid full employment, with more jobs than pre-pandemic, as evidenced by a labour shortage. We are flush with...

Public health suffers when pro sports goes all in on gambling

On this issue I am prepared to be called a prude, a fogey and a knuckle-dragger. I am braced to be the wet blanket. While we’re batting around clichés, I suppose I can add that I am here to rain on...

How much bark and bite is left in this Tory leadership underdog?

How is it possible to be the underdog in a political party leadership race when you are: a) a former leader who kept the lights on at the party’s lowest point; b) a former cabinet minister who...

Totally vacant: City of Vancouver’s push for an empty stores tax

The pandemic has ravaged many businesses. But hey, why stop there? Vancouver council has a mind to go further. No joke: It has asked the province to explore granting it permission to tax . ....