Vancouver Courier Columnists

  • Alia Dharssi

    Alia Dharssi is a freelance journalist and proud Vancouverite who writes about immigration, women’s rights, cities and international affairs, among other social and political issues. As the recipient of the 2016 Michelle Lang Fellowship, she spent a year working on an investigative project on Canadian immigration policy for the Calgary Herald and the National Post that revealed ways in which immigration policies cost the Canadian economy billions of dollars each year and have forced thousands of migrant workers into Canada's underground economy since 2015. Her writing has also appeared in the Guardian, VICE, the Thomson Reuters Foundation's news service and Global BC, among other media. You can find her on twitter @alia_d or reach her by email at

  • Mike Klassen

    Mike Klassen was born in Vancouver and grew up in the Killarney neighbourhood. A UBC graduate, Mike began writing for alternative publications such as Terminal City Weekly and Discorder, before becoming a pioneering political blogger at A long time community volunteer and organizer in his Fraser Street neighbourhood, Mike serves as board president of PAL Vancouver, a society providing social housing for long time members of the arts community. Mike is a former vice-chair of the Vancouver City Planning Commission, and former vice-chair of DOXA documentary festival board. A veteran of local political campaigns, Mike was a one-time candidate for city council (NPA), and ended his NPA membership in 2012.

  • Allen Garr

    A veteran reporter and political commentator in print and broadcast and one of the best-known beekeepers in the city, Allen Garr analyzes the goings on behind closed doors at city hall. Garr won the Jack Webster City Mike Award for commentator of the year in 2014.

  • Barry Link

    Barry Link is a producer, creator and host with the podcasts This is Lotusland and The Practical Geek on the Press Play Network. He is also PPN's show coordinator. He was the editor of the Vancouver Courier from 2009 to 2015 and prior to that was the Courier's assistant editor, downtown editor and eastside editor. He's worked at the Richmond News, Medicine Hat News, Vancouver Sun and in campus/community radio. He has won provincial and national awards for writing opinion, arts and features and was a 2012 recipient of a Jack Webster Foundation fellowship for the Poynter Institute. Long ago he was the author of Zombietown, USA.

  • Les Leyne

    Born in Rivers, Manitoba, Les Leyne was raised in Qualicum Beach. Leyne attended Carleton University and UVic, where he graduated after working on the university newspaper. He worked at weekly newspapers in Duncan, where he covered the incineration of 13 tons of marijuana, and the west shore before joining the Times Colonist. Leyne was banished from the newsroom to the Legislature bureau in 1985 and has been there ever since. His budget scoop in 1995 got him nominated for a Jack Webster Award and he claimed a share of the TC's 2003 Webster Award for political coverage. He was nominated for a National Newspaper Award for column writing in 2008 and won the Jack Webster "City Mike" Award for commentary in 2009. He writes four days a week on provincial affairs for the Times Colonist and other Glacier papers.

  • Geoff Olson

    Writer and artist Geoff Olson has provided incisive cultural and political commentary and provocative, witty cartoons every week to the Courier for more than two decades.

  • Davidicus Wong

    Physician Davidicus Wong shares the spiritual side of medicine and health with readers in newspapers across Metro Vancouver.

  • David Chao

    David Chao covers the automotive scene for newspapers across the Lower Mainland.

  • Michael Geller

    Michael Geller has had a career as an architect, planner, real estate consultant and property developer. He also serves on the Adjunct Faculty of Simon Fraser University and is an affiliate of the University of British Columbia Masters in Urban Design program. He has been honoured as a Life Member of the Architectural Institute of BC and a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Planners.