Kirk LaPointe

Executive exhaustion alert: rethinking ways to salvage top-end talent

Have sympathy for the boss. The era of executive exhaustion is upon us. It is fair to say that pity is tough to muster for those up the pay grade with the privileges and the prime parking spot. But...

Court’s decision leaves security of anonymity for the press and the public unclear

A journalist’s protection of a source is vital for the public interest. Many crime victims and whistleblowers would not step forward with sensitive information without a commitment to shield their...

‘Moonshot politics’ may help Vancouver council in next election

Vancouver council does a great job of doing a job other than its own. The road ahead and the jurisdiction it holds do not seem interesting enough. It seeks and needs detours and diversions. And,...

Deeper we go into the dark valley of over-taxation and divisiveness

I am tired of all this unchartered territory: The resilient coronavirus, the rickety supply chain breakdown, the freakish frequency of climate episodes and the humungous financial commitment to...

Ladies and gentlemen: Are you ready for Premier David Eby?

We aren’t quite entertaining yet the idea of Prime Minister Pierre Poilievre, but we need to accept the notion of Premier David Eby before long. He is on Coronation Street, BC NDP style. For the...

Economic opportunities for B.C. were missed during Horgan’s reign

There are three ways to discuss this. 1. As premier, John Horgan didn’t finish off business. 2. As premier, John Horgan is leaving unfinished business. 3. As premier, John Horgan has business to...

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...