Joel Ballard

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

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These Vancouver hotels help pay for social programs. COVID-19 is threatening to put an end to that

From the outside — and even the inside — the YWCA Hotel Vancouver seems like any other hotel. Budget accommodations that offer travellers a clean and comfortable place to stay. 

'Everybody loved him': Homicide victim identified as overdose prevention volunteer

Staff at the Overdose Prevention Society in Vancouver say that the man who was killed Monday night behind St. Paul’s Hospital was their colleague Thomus Donaghy.

Health officials urge British Columbians to exercise caution this long weekend to avoid another COVID-19 surge

Even though cases have been ticking upwards over the last two weeks, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry noted on Thursday that most of the recent surge came from Canada Day events in and around Kelowna and commended British Columbians for doing their part to keep the disease in check.

COVID-19 curve continues upward trend, as B.C. records 41 new cases but no additional deaths

B.C. health officials announced Wednesday that 41 more people have been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus, bringing the provincial total to 3,562 cases.

Equipment failure, disorientation led to deadly Gabriola Island plane crash, TSB says

The data from the final moments of the small twin-engine Piper Aerostar that crashed on Gabriola Island, B.C., last December paints a harrowing picture.

Search and rescue calls climb in B.C. as hikers head to mountains

During the first two weeks of July, search and rescue calls across the province increased sharply compared to the same period last year, according to the B.C. Search and Rescue Association.

'They should not be going ashore': U.S. vessels in B.C. waters rattle Vancouver Island boaters

Boaters on Vancouver Island are concerned that private American vessels may be entering Canadian waters on a promise to travel to Alaska but are, instead, entering marinas, docking their boats and coming ashore.

VPD investigating after man shot dead in South Vancouver

The Vancouver Police Department says it's investigating the death of a 30-year-old man who was shot in South Vancouver last night.

B.C. premier concerned about Americans using 'Alaska loophole' to visit province

Despite Canada’s borders being closed to non-essential travel, some British Columbians continue to see American licence plates in their communities, stoking fears of a potential spread of COVID-19 from the U.S., where case numbers are surging.

Province appoints 7 people to Surrey's first police board

Ahead of the City of Surrey’s transition from the RCMP to a municipal force, the province has named seven people to sit on the city’s police board.

LifeLabs failed to protect personal health information of millions, commissioners say

LifeLabs failed to protect the personal health information of millions of Canadians, resulting in a "significant privacy breach," according to a joint investigation by Ontario and B.C.'s information and privacy commissioners.

Cannabis was legalized 20 months ago. But it appears to be business as usual for Vancouver's illegal pot shops

It took the owners of ARCannabis more than 18 months to become a fully licensed marijuana dispensary in Vancouver.

Former Vancouver TheatreSports performers call for leadership change amid allegations of discrimination

Two female comedians who felt racial discrimination while part of Vancouver TheatreSports Rookie League say the company's commitment to change needs to go further, beginning with its board members stepping down.

'We all got a little bit lackadaisical,' says mayor of Haines, Alaska after 1st reported case of COVID-19

In the small, isolated town of Haines, Alaska, longtime resident Heather Lende says there was a sense that everything was finally going back to normal.

Vancouver park and beach parking lots to remain closed after weekend decrease in physical distancing

The Vancouver Park Board has decided to extend the closure of parking lots at many parks and beaches after a decrease in public compliance with physical distancing over the weekend.