Joel Ballard

Joel Ballard is a reporter with the CBC in Vancouver. You can reach him at

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Skookum Festival set to return to Stanley Park in 2020

The Vancouver Park Board voted unanimously last night to add Skookum as a yearly major special event.

Dads in drag: Vancouver couple brings dress-up to children's festival

Two local drag queens are set to light up the Vancouver International Children's Festival with equal parts silliness and sass in a child-friendly drag show this weekend.

Fierce Merritt: How one man was inspired to start a hometown LGBT club

Hugo McPherson-Ashmore says the hateful email only gives more validity to his cause, which is Merritt's need for a club where LGBT people can feel safe and accepted. So, he created that club and named it Fierce Merritt.

3 more grey whales found dead on B.C. Coast

Their discovery means more than 60 grey whales have been found beached and dead along the West Coast between California and Alaska this year, according to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Uncorked: Okanagan wine achieves perfect 100-point score

To say Anthony von Mandl was surprised when his winery’s 2015 Little Pawn Chardonnay received a perfect 100-point score from one of B.C.’s top critics would be an understatement.

First month free: Landlords offering pretty perks to attract renters

Landlords and property managers in Metro Vancouver are offering bonuses, such as a free month’s rent, in an attempt to woo potential tenants.

'This is photo radar': Red light cameras at high-risk intersections to begin ticketing speeders in B.C.

Red light cameras will no longer only be watching for impatient drivers looking to shave a few seconds off their commute. The B.C. government plans to activate automated speed enforcement on the cameras at 35 intersections around the province.

How the first documented use of the 'brain bolt' in Canada saved a B.C. man's life

In an effort to save Ryan Jones' life, doctors at Vancouver General Hospital tried an experimental medical technique called the brain bolt. He's now the subject of an article in the Critical Care Medicine Journal. 

'I realized how much power I held': Climate change workshops offer high school students hope for the future

A group of students at the University of British Columbia has started climate change workshops at two high schools in Vancouver to help teenagers feel empowered about the future of the planet, rather than frightened.

Vancouver council votes to shift 2% of businesses' property tax to homeowners

Monday night, Vancouver city council voted to shift two per cent of property taxes from businesses to residences over the next three years to provide some relief for small businesses feeling the squeeze of increasing property taxes.

Metro Vancouver watering restrictions begin May 1

As the long, rainy days of winter turn to the warmer days of summer, Metro Vancouver is reminding the public to do its part conserving drinking water.

Grandpa, 71, mounts treetop protest near Trans Mountain pipeline terminal

Grandfather-of-two Terry Christenson broke onto the property of the Westridge Marine Terminal in Burnaby, B.C., around 4:30 a.m. PT Monday and scaled a tall cottonwood tree to protest the expansion of the Trans Mountain Pipeline.

B.C.-based NÜTRL Vodka apologizes for sharing photo of teen holding alcohol

NÜTRL Vodka, the Delta-made adult beverage brand is apologizing after it shared a photo of a 16-year-old male teenager holding its product on Instagram.

B.C. SPCA investigating after 'troubling' video of an Abbotsford pig farm

The B.C. SPCA is investigating after video from an animal rights organization was released depicting 'troubling' footage of the treatment of pigs at an Abbotsford farm.

Ferry workers' union concerned about lack of consultation over sale of alcohol on board

The union responsible for representing marine and ferry workers says it wasn’t properly consulted about BC Ferries decision to serve beer and wine on certain sailings as part of a pilot this summer.