Justin McElroy

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Justin is the Municipal Affairs Reporter for CBC Vancouver, covering local political stories throughout British Columbia.

Latest from Justin McElroy

Proposal for tallest tower on West Broadway will be Vancouver council's next big vote

For years and years, the empty lot at Broadway and Birch Street was home to a Denny’s restaurant.
Analysis

Why B.C. will be 'right on the brink' of a COVID-19 resurgence for months to come

British Columbia is seeing a sustained rise in the virus for the first time in months, with hospitalizations at their highest point since June 7 and the five-day rolling average of new cases the highest since May 17. 

Home prices in Vancouver haven't gone down because people affected by COVID couldn't afford them to start with

Even with unemployment in B.C. at 13 per cent and a forecast GDP reduction of 7.8 per cent this year, the benchmark price of a property in Greater Vancouver has essentially stayed the same — going from $1.02 million in February to $1.028 in May. 
In Depth

UBC's board chair is gone. But the issues that led to his departure won't go away

Being a board member at UBC is an inherently public and political position. But partly because of its governance structure, members don't always realize this in time to do effective damage control, not realizing they will be held responsible by the media.

Local government in Metro Vancouver is 90% white — but it doesn't have to stay that way

Visible minorities — which combined, represent 49 per cent of the region’s population — are dramatically underrepresented in local government, even more so than in provincial or national politics.

Several bands pull out of Surrey Canada Day concert over city's lack of anti-racism policies

The controversy comes in the aftermath of Black Lives Matter protests across North America, as city governments grapple with criticism they could do more to combat racism in their communities.

Here's what Metro Vancouver municipalities are doing to combat racism — or, more accurately, aren't

Some have citizen-led committees dedicated to diversity issues, while others — like Bowen Island, which has 28 separate committees — don’t.   

Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart calls for province to review policing across B.C.

In the wake of protests in Vancouver calling for systemic changes to the Vancouver Police Department, Mayor Kennedy Stewart is calling for a comprehensive review of all policing in the province. 

Percentage of municipal funds for protective services — mostly police — rising across B.C.

The amount of money being given to police and fire departments in British Columbia isn’t just going up — it’s taking up a greater share of city budgets.

Efforts to allow drinking in some Vancouver parks and beaches stalled

Motion asking for alcohol consumption at some parks and beaches has been withdrawn so staff can look into getting approval from the provincial government.

Strains from Europe and Eastern Canada account for most COVID-19 cases in B.C., genomic data shows

Strains traced to Europe and Eastern Canada are by far the largest source of COVID-19 infections in B.C., according to new modelling presented by the provincial government Thursday.

Here's how many communication staff are in every Metro Vancouver city

The man in charge of the bureaucracy at Vancouver’s city hall knows about the controversy over the size of its communications department, in part because it comes up often.
Metro Matters

Port Coquitlam councillor taking city to court after being censured

After being censured by the rest of her colleagues on Port Coquitlam council, Laura Dupont is taking them to court.
Analysis

Should B.C. remain an outlier when it comes to releasing locations of COVID-19 cases?

Henry has been consistent in her explanations for why releasing city-by-city data isn’t helpful but says “more data” will likely be provided next week. 

TransLink forced to delay next step in Surrey SkyTrain extension due to COVID uncertainty

A step in beginning construction on a SkyTrain extension to Surrey’s Fleetwood neighbourhood has been delayed due to “uncertainties in projection future revenues.”

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