Kirk LaPointe

B.C. now needs an astute public economic health recovery officer

If she had a fan club, Dr. Bonnie Henry would have a sore hand from autographing photos. She has steered the province with unbridled authenticity through the first of many COVID-19 phases. It has...

PM shows discipline, leadership and restraint that isn't being matched south of the border

The art of leadership involves a steady hand through layer upon layer of challenge. Today Justin Trudeau has many layers on his hands: the pandemic, the social and economic health of the nation, the...

Business distress signals: how can we help each other rebuild?

These are the best and worst of times to be in journalism. Never in memory has our work been so necessary for public health. Never has it been so important that it be accurate and trustworthy. Never...

Mayor’s doomsday COVID-19 scenario is good for a laugh at Vancouver’s expense

On the one hand, I don’t think anyone would want to be mayor right now. On the other hand, I wish the fellow who was elected would. We seem to have Mayor Kennedy Worrywart on our hands. Kennedy...

Widespread testing needed as we navigate between normal and the new normal

It might soon be time, but not before. . . The reopening of the economy will need to come in baby steps, even if the Easter weekend probably made many feel we can take larger strides.  British...

Replacing Trump with Biden might make America great again

For as long as I’ve lived – and these days, it feels like a very long time – America has been an object of our envy and our smugness in Canada. It’s in so many ways the greatest country, if one step...

Stark figures about pandemic’s toll will help us find the way forward

Thursday is a grim, gloomy day of data. But it’s a good day because the skies are clearing through the fog. On the day that Canada got the first glimpse of the economic toll, we also got the first...

Trudeau is playing dangerously with Canadians’ COVID-19 expectations

Yes, at times, the truth hurts. But in this swirl of conflicting COVID-19 information, the truth from the federal government would help, even if it hurts, even if it carries uncertainty, even if it...

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...