Justin McElroy

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

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548 letters, 9 hours of speeches, 1 rezoning: Are public hearings an effective way to rezone Vancouver?

On Thursday, Vancouver is expected to vote on whether to rezone a plot of land on Granville Street - which sits next door to a hospice - for 21 town homes.

District debates whether councillors should disclose developers' donations

The policy, if enacted, would go further than any other Metro Vancouver municipality for disclosure rules.
Analysis

'Nothing lasts forever': small towns in B.C. concerned this spate of mill closures won't be last

For decades, it was said that forestry was responsible for fifty cents of every dollar generated in British Columbia. Those days are likely gone, no matter what political parties promise to do.

China's annual reception for local B.C. politicians slated to go ahead

The reception is traditionally the only one at UBCM hosted by another country, and was initially not listed on the UBCM's online program, which was released earlier this month.

Vancouver's homeless count rises to highest number since survey began

The homeless count in Vancouver has risen to 2,223, up two per cent from 2018. This is the fourth straight year the number has gone up. 
Analysis

The only thing surprising about Ben Isitt's Remembrance Day comments is that anybody is surprised

For many in the rest of the country, Isitt's amendment quickly became a major issue, for the obvious reason of asking the military to pay for an event that honours the contributions of those in the military.

Vancouver aims to increase compensation for demovicted renters by up to 400%

In a report that will be presented to council next Tuesday, staff recommend hiking the compensation given to displaced renters based on length of tenancy.

Several questions but few firm answers for Vancouver Art Gallery's future after director's departure

In the absence of information or comment by Bartels, some in the art community are wondering whether it will mean a change in the longtime strategy of raising funds for a new downtown building. 

Surrey targets April 2021 start date for police force, city says in transition plan

The city made the announcement in the release of its long-anticipated transition plan detailing what a new policing model for the municipality would look like.

'Greg Adams! Greg Adams!' Jim Robson breaks down his most famous calls during Canucks' 1994 cup run

Some of Jim Robson's calls from the Vancouver Canucks' 1994 Stanley Cup run can still be cited by fans today. The former play-by-play announcer says he's not entirely pleased with any of them.

Why the 1994 Canucks continue to be the most-loved losing team in B.C. sport history

It was 25 years ago this month the Canucks faced off against the New York Rangers in the Stanley Cup finals, ultimately losing in Game 7 by a single goal.

Halfway through term, B.C. NDP three-quarters of the way through election promises

The government has followed through or made positive progress on 90 of the 122 pledges in its platform. Another 18 are incomplete, while 14 have seen no progress. 

Burnaby council floats huge reforms to rental housing policy

The City of Burnaby may soon have a brand new rental policy that has no comparison in Metro Vancouver.

Metro Vancouver politicians vote to keep their pay the same — sort of

After having an independent panel study how much they should be paid, Metro Vancouver board members have approved the status quo. 

Fossil-fuel, pharma, development companies could be banned from sponsoring Vancouver events

Staff warns the city may forgo opportunities to partner with corporations because the categories are so broad.