Kirk LaPointe

Departure time: why these two political leaders should step aside

From the heart in one case, from the head in another, I implore John Horgan and Doug McCallum: Step aside. Two significant political leaders are at critical career junctures. For vastly different...

Gang of four needs cohesion not fragmentation in 2022’s fight for city hall

News flash: the 2022 Vancouver mayoralty challengers are mathematically challenged. They think that one of the four of them will emerge in the weeks ahead to out-poll the incumbent. They think that...

Recessionary storm casting dark clouds over economic optimism

At any other recent time, our economic indices would be considered enviable. We live amid full employment, with more jobs than pre-pandemic, as evidenced by a labour shortage. We are flush with...

Public health suffers when pro sports goes all in on gambling

On this issue I am prepared to be called a prude, a fogey and a knuckle-dragger. I am braced to be the wet blanket. While we’re batting around clichés, I suppose I can add that I am here to rain on...

How much bark and bite is left in this Tory leadership underdog?

How is it possible to be the underdog in a political party leadership race when you are: a) a former leader who kept the lights on at the party’s lowest point; b) a former cabinet minister who...

Totally vacant: City of Vancouver’s push for an empty stores tax

The pandemic has ravaged many businesses. But hey, why stop there? Vancouver council has a mind to go further. No joke: It has asked the province to explore granting it permission to tax . ....

BC Liberal leader Kevin Falcon set to make provincial politics a lot more interesting

Typically, historically, graciously, when a byelection is called to permit a brand new party leader to gain a legislative seat, the opponent parties typically, historically, graciously run candidates...

Agritech investments needed now to shore up B.C. food security

The well-worn line is that economists have predicted nine of the last five recessions. The 2022 version ought to be that nine of the last five have insisted the inflation was a passing problem, gone...

City takes a wrong turn with low-wattage EV charger plan

Vancouver’s idea to gouge gas stations $10,000 annually if they don’t install electric vehicle chargers is one of the sillier schemes in memory. The city staff’s theory that a zippy in-and-out gas...

Aiding Ukrainians facing Russian brutality is in tech exec’s blood

There is no small international irony, and no small intergenerational harmony, to be found in the recent exploits of Peter Lukomskyj. His is one of the more beautiful stories to be found in the...