Kirk LaPointe

2020 visions unclouded by COVID-19 pandemic complications

Welcome to another edition of Hindsight 2020. If there were no pandemic … 1. A restaurant patio would be a novelty, not an economic necessity. 2. WE would be the 2020 version of 2019 blackface and...

Time for governments to start planning path out of pandemic debt

No need to panic about the deficit and debt. Our grandchildren have our backs. Soon as they can talk, they will assure us so. We will tell future generations the pandemic unfurled a spree when most...

Major sports should be benched for the season to run out the clock on pandemic

Ask yourself: who doesn’t love sports, and if that’s the case, what’s wrong? I don’t play much of anything well anymore. But . . . watching them. Watching sports is a wondrous trance, a vicarious...

Interior monologue: was B.C.’s provincewide shutdown overkill?

John Horgan and Bonnie Henry have taken the Saran Wrap off the province and encouraged us at last to dig in. Not that there is a less risky, full-meal deal to feast upon much farther away this...

Canada braces for brass-knuckles birthday present from U.S. trade authorities

This arrival of July 1 this year feels more like something to get through than to savour, so squelched are the celebrations by both the pandemic and the social tensions of the times. It doesn’t help...

Trade, economic priorities trump UN security council aspirations

Yes, prime minister, as you said in 2015, Canada is back. Indeed, Canada is well back. We took third place in a race for the United Nations Security Council seat in which only gold and silver...

A day in the life of working from home: wins, losses, ties, tedium

WFH Today: 7 a.m. Meditate, watching Fox and Friends. Breathe, still the mind, empty it no differently than do the TV hosts. 7:30 a.m. Organize day’s plan, review yesterday’s, contemplate...

Pandemic tax grab pounces on top earners

If you think the Horgan government’s pandemic generosity extends to the higher-incomed, then the 112th Edition of the Canada Revenue Agency Payroll Deductions Formulas is instructive reading. In it...

China and U.S. are huge hurdles for Canada’s COVID-19 comeback

It’s metaphor time: The climbing vine has been pruned. What to do now about the unruly garden? Huawei’s colossal Canadian crash last week was extraordinary. Within hours, the two Canadian...

Trudeau’s long silence shouts complicity with Trump’s outrages

Donald Trump is the cement boot that threatens to take Canada to the bottom of the river if we don’t risk breaking the chain in the final months of his first term. Justin Trudeau paused an agonizing...