Joel Ballard

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

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B.C. Lottery winners have lost more than $20M in expired prizes over last 10 years

When a winning lottery ticket worth $1 million was set to expire last January, the BCLC went on a media blitz in an attempt to warn the public that a potential millionaire was unknowingly passing up a lucrative windfall. 

Striking Vancouver hotel workers to vote on tentative agreement

The union representing around 1,500 striking Vancouver hotel workers has reached a tentative agreement with three out of the four hotels involved.

B.C. First Nations in line to receive around $100M of BCLC's annual earnings

The B.C. government is introducing new legislation that would see First Nations receive a chunk of the B.C. Lottery Corporation's yearly earnings.

Adaptability key to woman with cerebral palsy's success as a structural engineer

When Julia Halipchuk walks onto a construction site, it’s clear she’s one of the people in charge. With a hardhat on top and an iPad showing construction designs in-hand, she surveys the day’s work.
Growing Vegan

A naturopath told this bodybuilder to go vegan. He laughed then did it

As a bodybuilder, meat was an important staple of Ravi Bohgan’s diet. But that all changed after a bad case of food poisoning.

Trudeau pitched family doctors for everyone. But B.C. already tried that and failed

A campaign promise by federal Liberal leader Justin Trudeau about making sure all Canadians have access to a family doctor might feel a little bit like déjà vu in British Columbia.

Chilliwack school board approves rainbow crosswalk in parking lot after heated debate

Chilliwack’s Board of Education voted Tuesday evening to paint a rainbow crosswalk in the school district parking lot.

Fatal logging road accident reignites concerns over condition of road to Tahsis

The road between the small village of Tahsis and Gold River on Vancouver Island is long and windy. The forest service road — the only way in and out of Tahsis — has a paved section, but the rest is made up of gravel.

Here's where the leading candidates at the centre of the overdose crisis stand on safe supply

Angel Gates has lived in the Downtown Eastside for more than 31 years. Altogether, she has lost 75 people to the opioid crisis, including her best friend and the father of her eldest child.

Honeybee-eating invasive hornets found in B.C. But they're still asleep — for now

Three Asian giant hornets have been found dead in Nanaimo, marking the first time they’ve ever been seen on Vancouver Island.

'Everybody deserves a shot': Job offers more than a paycheque to man with Down syndrome

Brion Kurbis-Edwards knows exactly what he wants to do with the money he makes from his job clearing trays and cleaning tables at the Lonsdale Quay Market.

Dozens rally in support of racecourse migrant workers expelled from Canada

Dozens of protesters lined up outside the main gate of Vancouver's Pacific National Exhibition Monday afternoon, demanding protection and fair treatment for migrants workers arrested last month.

How political protests in Hong Kong are fracturing families in Canada

Political viewpoints are often split over generational lines, says UBC Professor Miu Chung Yan. But while arguments over the Hong Kong protests may have begun with black-and-white, pro-democracy or pro-government viewpoints, it has now evolved, he says, especially as the protests have turned violent.

Man stabbed during alleged early-morning carjacking in Burnaby

Burnaby RCMP responded to reports of a stabbing and carjacking near Lougheed Mall early Monday.

New Uber-esque bus service coming to Bowen Island

A new style of transportation is coming to Bowen Island, as TransLink launches an on-demand bus service pilot for residents.