Kirk LaPointe Blog

As a journalist, you don't really get to "know" political figures. Even if they've known you for years, I think they have in the back of their minds a concern that if they truly let down their guards, something...
Largely but not universally speaking, Donald Trump strikes Canadians as the embodiment of what can be wrong with power: bossiness, unapologetic and unlistening, aggressive and underinformed. What's a radio show to do with this? Talking about Donald Trump fairly --- that...
I'm sorry, but it is a cheap and easy dig to suggest that political figures are in it for themselves. I've spent nearly four decades now in some sort of intersection with political journalism: in Ottawa, Toronto, Hamilton and here....
One of our obligations as a program, and as a station, is to serve the public interest and deliver vital local information as we engage and entertain. The provincial election is upon us, and in the last two weeks of...

Music & Me

I saw The Beatles live when I was six. The home record player was our entertainment. I was hard-wired early to love current music, and it has stayed with me. I listen to everything new that I can and music...

Boxing Therapy

I don't believe I've ever thrown a punch at someone in my life. But every Sunday for about the last three years I have spent much of an hour at a gym walloping bags or hitting pads. Every so often...
I am off in an hour or so to play goal. I've been doing so for three decades now, putting about 30 pounds of gear around me and slipping inside a mask, and there are good reasons. First and foremost,...
A note of gratitude. Thirty-five years ago today, my life changed --- perhaps was saved --- by running. I was a year or so out of school and took a typical, immortal/delusional dare with a colleague, Nazeem Mohammed, to...
March 12, 1987, saved my life. Which is why I am writing about it well in advance. That was the day I took up running. Three-and-a-half decades later, I have no doubt it is what keeps me relatively fit and healthy...
I bought enthusiastically into the movement of fitness trackers about a year ago. I wanted more data on what I was doing. I bought a Jawbone, then a Moov, then one FitBit, then another --- all with the intention of...

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