Kirk LaPointe

Everyone has a stake in defending freedom of the press

It seems difficult some days to get what are typically referred to as “the media” to agree on whether the Sun rose from the East or the West, so different are our perspectives. Upon one point,...

Campaign trail tips for B.C.’s rookie municipal election hopefuls

I am in possession of a few tips. It isn’t as if I have been asked for them. Nor necessarily will I be. But when I ran for the mayoralty in 2014, I learned much about candidacy and campaigning. As...

Business of B.C. pro sports teams hits discouraging losing skid

Our major-league sports teams – if not vital indices in our economy, then barometers of our city’s mood – have rarely been so collectively forlorn and at a crossroads. Worry, we should. On paper,...

Political paralysis looming without a better politicians-to-people ratio

Thanks to their provocative premier, Doug Ford, they are asking in Toronto something we might ask, too: do we have too many municipal politicians? No, it’s not a rhetorical question. Yes, there are...

Hot summer topics: demolish BC Place and ditch art gallery plan

The summer heat sometimes spurs dangerous thoughts. Here goes. Two significant buildings in our city need to be rethought. One is built and ought not to have been; one aims to be built and ought not...

More BC NDP detours on the road to ride-hailing services in B.C.

There is natural disruption in business. It hurts, and I know this from personal experience in media. Then there is natural defensiveness against disruption in business. It hurts, too, and again I...

Precarious NDP-Green alliance points to 2019 provincial election

It is not yet a safe bet, but it looks increasingly likely there will be a provincial election next spring. Plenty of political and economic signs point to it, and NDP and Liberal strategists alike...

Soft-spoken investigator sounds loud alarm over dirty money

Peter German is a deceptive package. Soft-speaking, plain-talking, self-deprecating. A listener more than a talker. A laugh-out-louder. Gentle, genial demeanour. Exactly, precisely the...

Report on money laundering shows why casino revenues may be a bad bet for B.C.

There are better and lesser ways for governments to raise revenue. We hold our noses when our province claims more than $1 billion each year through gambling in British Columbia. Even though we have...

City needs more community amenity contributions clarity

When you write columns about disputes and problems, you often hope they can be resolved even by the time someone reads what you’ve published. Such is the case with last week’s disappointing...