Kirk LaPointe

Three Vancouver business leaders offer hope for change in Downtown Eastside

Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside has in the pandemic taken on a new density of despair. Once again, the summer heat has driven the traumatized and victimized out of sweltering warehousing riven with...

We may never have the luxury of a post-pandemic victory lap

It’s true, you can sense palpable relief now that pandemic restrictions are easing. Near-normal is new-normal. But does anyone really think it is time for a victory lap with the coronavirus? The...

Canadians’ trust eluding O’Toole but sticking to tarnished Trudeau

You could understand, as a federal election beckons, if Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole felt entitled to a little sympathy. He is less popular than his party, which is less popular than the...

Why Horgan should rethink his opposition to hosting World Cup games

In recent days sports bars were saturated and living room couch cushions compressed as men’s teams sought the Euro 2020 and Copa América soccer titles. This is not news: We know the Lower Mainland...

Will she run? Jody Wilson-Raybould holds potential to redefine Vancouver mayor’s job

For a couple of weeks now, the most intriguing political rumour locally was that Jody Wilson-Raybould was being encouraged to run for the Vancouver mayoralty and was taking the idea seriously. Her...

How to finish first in Liberals’ multi-ballot leadership race: be second

In the puzzling world of the preferential ballot for the BC Liberal Party leadership, there are candidates striving to be … No. 2. The safest money is on former cabinet minister-cum-real estate...

Discrimination faced by LGBT+ business owners hurts everyone

Let’s try a visualization exercise.  Picture, if you can, owning a business.  Scenario one: Picture there are two other owners. Think about what it would be like if one of the three of you...

Housing challenges panel treated like ‘fratboys on a bender’ by government

How remarkable. How bizarre. And, I suppose, how predictable, too. A federal-provincial panel on our housing challenges, led by a dyed-in-the-wool NDPer but featuring rock-solid free-marketers, has...

Welcome to the City of Vancouver: B.C.’s taxpayer shakedown capital

The City of Vancouver is not wrong. It is indeed in a climate emergency. The emergency is the climate of ceaseless shakedown of our personal finances. In recent weeks it has become clear that the...

Election post-mortem dangles slippery lifeline to BC Liberals

In reading the BC Liberals’ report about its October 2020 election campaign, it is hard to believe it was a North American political juggernaut only three years earlier. And as its post-mortem...