Kirk LaPointe Blog

Tuesday there is real business of the province taking place. The government is sworn in, John Horgan becomes premier officially, and he introduces his cabinet. We were fortunate at Roundhouse to interview candidates in all 11 Vancouver-area ridings in the...
I've written before about my 35-year passion --- frustrating at times but fulfilling mostly --- for running. It has been a life-saver, a go-to place for some reflection, and an opportunity to connect with surroundings and seasons. You don't get...

The new premier

It didn't come easily and it won't remain easily, but in giving John Horgan the opportunity to govern, the lieutenant-governor chose to put the will of the people over a risk to the historical conventions of parliament. The new legislature...

The week ahead

I've been around minority governments before as a journalist in Ontario, but what we face ahead in the next weeks --- perhaps months and years --- is unchartered territory. Next week we will see the Liberals appoint a Speaker, resume...
I studied the craft of interviewing some years ago and particularly got to understand the work of a Canadian --- a former Vancouverite, actually --- who I knew in Ottawa and who went on to teach it at the...

Sports

I spend what could only be called an oversized amount of time following --- and occasionally playing --- sports. Mostly following. We are lucky in Vancouver to have excellent fan experiences here. The Whitecaps, Canadians, Lions and Canucks all distinguish themselves in treating...
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...