Kirk LaPointe

Missing COVID recovery road map redoubles vaccination frustration

With Britons getting jabbed to quell their pandemic, with Americans getting ready to join them, we are still as Canadians in a quandary about the queue we occupy. How long will it take for the...

City budget blind to COVID business, taxpayer revenue realities

I don’t own the business I manage, but most everyone who manages has had to act like an owner since last March. It’s been a wholly serious time of salvaging. In our case, we cut discretionary costs,...

Tight grip on COVID-19 case data throttles the public interest

When we need to fight for information, the cliché we clutch as journalists is that “sunlight is the best disinfectant” – that the public interest is more likely to be served when we know the...

Home is where new employee tax opportunity is: Deutsche Bank

For about 150 years in the 18th and 19th centuries, there was a “window tax,” the precursor of the cursed income tax. Depending on how many views to the outdoors your house had – an indication of how...

BC Lions struggle to gain yards in lopsided match against pandemic

About everything that could go wrong for a business has gone wrong lately for the BC Lions. Start with its heavy investment in 2019 in quarterback Mike Reilly, made the highest-paid player in the...

B.C. needs strategy now to deal with pandemic restrictions fatigue

It is good that the premier and his health minister, and not the public health officer, have taken the lead in enforcing discipline in how the province is behaving during the pandemic. Dr. Bonnie...

Tougher measures overdue to shake B.C. out of its COVID complacency

Dr. Bonnie Henry is the epitome of nice. Maybe, it turns out, too nice for our own good. What seems clearer in recent days is that her public health direction, profoundly skilled and occasionally...

Rewrite needed for city hall’s climate emergency plan sci-fi thriller

As a fan of fiction writing, it has been hard to resist spending time in recent days with the 371-page City of Vancouver staff document on the climate emergency. This, even though I’m not much of a...

Business leaders need to fill wide gap in NDP’s financial expertise

Facts are facts. Business did not come out well in the 2020 British Columbian election. The party it wanted to win, didn’t; the party it definitely didn’t, did. No matter the money and messages, no...

Political misfires, bad timing usher BC Liberal leader to the exit

There was no choice. The poorest showing in a generation by a party that hadn’t lost an election this century meant that BC Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson couldn’t wait for the count of mail-in...