James Kwantes

B.C. gone mad?

When it rains, it pours: As CFL football teams battle their way towards Edmonton, workers in Vancouver are plugging away on the stadium that will host next year’s Grey Cup: BC Place. Specifically, on the $458-million retractable roof that will replace the old marshmallow.

The sad decline of Liberal rule in B.C.

It was Thursday, March 18, 2010, and Team Canada was facing off against Japan in the Paralympic sledge hockey semifinal. Between periods, grinning B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell stopped by the rink to shake some hands and give the crowd an upbeat message.

At heart, we are all Vancouver Canucks

Both Vancouver Canucks star Daniel Sedin and I broke bones in our feet playing hockey recently.

Vancouver falls short of transit goal

It’s been a big month for the Kwantes boys. My son Evan started his first day in Grade 3. I experienced the first taste of my new commute.

Vander Zalm efficient, controversial

B.C.’s 28th premier, Wilhelmus Nicholaas Theodore (Bill) Vander Zalm — aka The Zalm — was never far from the limelight during his tenure at the helm, from 1986 to 1991.

Gone, not forgotten

By winning a third consecutive election on May 12, Gordon Campbell served notice that he’s a survivor in a province known for running its political leaders through the shredder.

Let’s pray the dispute in Iran ends peacefully

I was waiting for my bus in downtown Vancouver the other night when an unconventional gathering grabbed my attention.

Taser fiasco has damaged RCMP’s credibility

Since 2000, when B.C. became the first province to approve the use of Tasers by police, stun guns have been a readily available weapon for officers who want to disable a dangerous suspect without killing him.

Result of B.C. vote far from certain

Tuesday’s election is between Liberal Premier Gordon Campbell and NDP Leader Carole James, but the guy named Roberto is stealing the show in B.C. these days.

Gang wars casting cloud over upcoming Olympics

With the 2010 Games opening ceremonies less than 10 months away, Vancouver’s Olympic glow is getting warmer.