Kirk LaPointe

No surprise in Trump’s shot at hijacking Canada-bound respirators

When the going gets tough, the tough get going. Tough guys sometimes just run. Or hide. Or hoard. The leader to the south, never without his hands on a large spoon to stir the pot, has ordered 3M...

How COVID-19 crisis has turned what I would do to what I can’t do

I would love to be holding my newborn granddaughter. She lives in the Netherlands. I would be in my beer-league hockey playoffs this week. I’m the goalie, so admittedly our prospects would be...

Federal government’s subsidy improvisation is way off the beat

In an ideal world, every government would like its programs to play out with the confidence and elegance of time-tested classical music. These COVID-19 days, though, it’s improvisational jazz,...

Trudeau unveils COVID-19 Plan B for businesses; Plan C might be needed

In politics, it’s called a pivot. And in politics, a weekend is an eternity. Thus the move Monday by the Justin Trudeau government to widen the breadth of its proposed wage subsidy. Plan A was...

Trudeau should reconsider decision to snub bigger companies in need of wage subsidies

At first blush, Justin Trudeau’s announcement Friday to subsidize employee wages got the principle dead right, but the application dead wrong. It is baffling how his government determined that small...

Lessons in judgmental adjustment courtesy of COVID-19

I am learning more about myself in the COVID-19 era. I’d expect you’re doing the same, even if you or I don’t instantly notice. I am newly aware of how much time I was spending on things I cannot...

Swift action needed to prevent pandemic from devouring Canadian economy

With each day that passes with no word from Ottawa on a wide-ranging wage-subsidy program, our economy is slipping into perilous shock. We can buttress employment insurance programs with greater...

A note to our readers and advertisers from BIV's publisher, March 24, 2020

To our readers and advertisers: I hope you are safe and well during this unprecedented time as we deal with COVID-19. Our team is working from home to keep you abreast of news and to provide our...

Only bold, immediate action can keep economy from plunging off pandemic’s cliff

It is time for big decisions from governments of all sizes and stripes in Canada. One week of workplace hemorrhaging from COVID-19 has punched a sinkhole into the economy, with a half-million...

Tough COVID-19 questions: how long will, how long can this go on?

I hear a lot of people asking: how long will this go on? What I wonder is: how long can this go on? First, the “will” question. The first bout of COVID-19 social distancing and self-isolation...