Shachi Kurl
Shachi Kurl asks questions and writes things, often in her role as Executive Director of the Angus Reid Institute.

Kurl spent more than 10 years as a journalist in B.C., with stints as legislative reporter for CTV Vancouver Island, Global Vancouver, CBC Radio, and as a contributing columnist for the Vancouver Sun. She is a recipient of the prestigious Jack Webster Award for best TV News Reporting.

Kurl, who grew up in Richmond, B.C., is a graduate of Carleton University’s schools of Journalism and Political Science.

Follow her on twitter, @shachikurl.

Entries by Shachi Kurl

Will The U.S-Cuba Thaw Give Canadians A Chill?

(7) Comments | Posted March 21, 2016 | 10:05 AM

This week the eyes of the world -- and certainly of Americans -- will once again turn to Cuba with intense focus. The reason, of course, is President Barack Obama's visit -- the first of the holder of the United States' highest office since Calvin Coolidge in 1928....

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How Canadians' Moral Code Shape Opinions On Doctor-Assisted Death

(3) Comments | Posted January 18, 2016 | 10:00 AM

On the subject of doctor-assisted death in Canada, the federal government now finds itself in a somewhat similar position as some proponents: running out of time. Now, with an extra four months granted by the Supreme Court to draft new legislation, government's task ahead is also heavy. Even if the...

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David Bowie, Iman's Marriage Showed Me The True Colours Of Love

(4) Comments | Posted January 12, 2016 | 1:27 AM

I was too young to have experienced in real time the brilliance of Ziggy Stardust. It was the Let's Dance-era pop that (literally) moved me most.

Instead, his deep and enduring impact on me was not the music, fashion, or performance art of the man known as David Bowie. It...

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What Will Be the Political Impact of the TPP?

(3) Comments | Posted October 6, 2015 | 5:32 PM

Not sure what to think about the Trans-Pacific Partnership?

Don't worry, neither are 46 per cent of your fellow Canadians. That can't come as gobsmacking news, given that until Monday morning, there was scant detail to be had on the 12-country trade deal involving nations that line...

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Bullying At School: I Am The 75 Per Cent

(6) Comments | Posted February 25, 2015 | 1:39 PM

My life in polling often includes being asked by journalists for my own views on the opinions that other Canadians offer up. I don't usually want to go there, because my work is not about me, it's about all of us -- what we as a country are thinking and...

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5 Things Roberto Luongo Taught Us About Resilience

(1) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 4:19 PM

Bye bye Bobby Lu. We'll miss you.

People much smarter about hockey than me will analyze what your departure means to the game and the Vancouver Canucks. I'm sure somewhere, at some point, some law school will run a clinic for general managers and agents on how not...

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Puck Politics: When Sports Turns Government On

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2014 | 8:26 PM

Hands up -- how many of you have been "watching" the Olympics on Twitter? And how many of you are noticing all the politicians tweeting about it? It was the same with the Super Bowl: Barack Obama in "beast mode" with Bo the Dog. Canadian Premiers Brad Wall and Kathleen...

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Talk Vancouver: Tell City Hall What You Think

(1) Comments | Posted September 15, 2013 | 9:38 PM

What do you do when democracy fails? What do you do when a city holds an election and two-thirds of the people eligible to vote don't bother showing up to the polls? Can the successful candidates really claim a mandate to govern? And if they can't, is it their fault...

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British Columbia: Brought to You by Financial Desperation and Gin

(1) Comments | Posted August 8, 2013 | 8:30 AM

Along a lonely, winding stretch of the Trans-Canada Highway, past Sicamous and prior to that last turn towards Revelstoke, there is a place forlorn and forsaken, its significance hardly reflected by its physical location.

It is Craigellachie B.C. The place where the Last Spike was driven into the Canadian Pacific...

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5 Reasons B.C. Millennials Should Vote Today

(6) Comments | Posted May 14, 2013 | 11:50 AM

I've said it before. Voters can be fickle. Capricious. And at times, frustratingly lazy.

Everything is relative, but in B.C., we enjoy some of the most responsible, corruption-free government in the world.

Scoff at that if you like, but when you turned on the tap this morning, you...

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With Friends Like Gordon Wilson, Who Needs Enemies?

(1) Comments | Posted May 7, 2013 | 12:27 PM

So who's in worse shape? The BC NDP or the Canucks?

It's the Canucks, of course, who not only feel their momentum but their fan base slipping away in yet another dismal playoffs outing.

Now, switch to the "nerd playoffs" aka the election, where the party that looked like...

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Breaking Down TOIFA Vancouver: Was It Worth It?

(10) Comments | Posted April 7, 2013 | 10:43 PM

Was the Times of India Film Awards (TOIFA) worth it to B.C. taxpayers? Just over two months ago in a blog for The Huffington Post, I likened the B.C. Liberals' $11 million gambit to bring economic development -- and voter love -- to a Bollywood movie, rife with...

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TOIFA Vancouver: Top 5 Bollywood Scandals of All-Time

(0) Comments | Posted April 6, 2013 | 11:40 PM

Think Lindsay Lohan is messed up? Turned off by Bieber's weird shirtless behaviour? Are you done with Mel Gibson's meltdowns?

In honour of the Times of India Film Awards in Vancouver this week, I present to you Bollywood's top 5 scandals of all-time. Totally subjective of course.

5) Did Big...

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TOIFA Vancouver: Music And More Scrutiny

(1) Comments | Posted April 5, 2013 | 6:39 PM

In Hollywood, they take away stars' Grammy Awards and jeer them off stage if they're caught lip syncing. But ever since the dawn of Bollywood talkies, lip syncing has been music to movie goers' ears.

When you watch a Hindi movie -- it's not Shah Rukh Khan or Katrina Kaif...

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TOIFA Vancouver: Opa Shiamak Style!

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2013 | 2:33 PM

When dancers take the stage at the Pacific Coliseum and BC Place at the Times of India Film Awards in Vancouver this week, it won't be the Harlem Shake we'll see. Not Gangnam style, not even Indian Classical style. It will be Shiamak style.

Named for Shiamak Davar,...

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Before Downton: Happy 200th Anniversary, Pride and Prejudice

(2) Comments | Posted January 28, 2013 | 1:53 PM

Before there was Downton Abbey, there was Derbyshire, the county in which stood the fine grounds of Pemberly, the house whose brooding, handsome master, Fitzwilliam Darcy, turned Colin Firth into an instant star, capturing the hearts of viewers around the world when BBC first aired its miniseries, Pride...

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Times Of India Film Awards: B.C.'s Political Bollywood Brawl

(6) Comments | Posted January 23, 2013 | 11:14 PM

Timing is everything in B.C. politics. And wouldn't you know, it's also the essence of thousands of Bollywood films.

A chance meeting that develops into forbidden love? Bollywood. The moment the evil uncle clunks granny on the head and makes off with the family fortune, leaving the heroine a...

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The Secret, Occasionally Crappy Lives Of B.C. Caucus Staffers

(2) Comments | Posted January 3, 2013 | 5:25 PM

It often feels as though oversimplification is the default setting for political discussions. Take a sound-bite universe, some leaked documents and add in a B.C. government fighting for its political life and you get this fall's outrage over B.C. government caucus staff using their work email accounts and office time...

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Kate Middleton Pregnancy: Happy Royal News Turns Into Macabre State Of Affairs

(11) Comments | Posted December 7, 2012 | 1:41 PM

Enough already. It's just a baby. It is not Rosemary's baby. It is not even the Virgin Mary's baby. Frankly, if you don't subscribe to the idea that life begins at conception (and not everyone does) you could argue that is isn't even a baby yet.

And under no...

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Canadian, U.S. Cities Sound Similar Notes On Infrastructure Funding

(1) Comments | Posted December 3, 2012 | 3:28 PM

Canadians and Americans may not agree on every issue of public policy, but when it comes to the issue of infrastructure, municipal leaders on both sides of the border appear to be singing from the same songbook.

Just a couple of weeks ago, mayors and councillors from across Canada...

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