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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Vancouver council to consider ban on buying fireworks

Coun. Pete Fry has put forward a motion calling for a ban on consumers buying fireworks in the City of Vancouver, beginning in 2021.

Minister in charge of B.C. municipalities calls on Port Moody mayor to 'do the right thing'

The controversy over Port Moody Mayor Rob Vagramov staying on as mayor despite his sexual assault charge has gone from a local issue to a provincial one.
Analysis

Rob Vagramov's sexual assault charge is political, whether he likes it or not

Many of Vagramov's supporters accuse Port Moody, B.C., councillors of trying to refight the last election by asking him to step down over sexual assault charges. At the same time, the mayor is taking firm opinions on controversial issues.

Port Moody council asks mayor to step down until his court case is heard

Port Moody council has voted in favour of asking Mayor Rob Vagramov to take a leave of absence while his sexual assault charge remains unresolved.

Port Moody council prepares to vote on mayor's big promises — and will consider asking him to leave

It's not normal for a city council meeting to involve international celebrities and motions for the mayor to take a leave of absence, but very little is normal in Port Moody politics these days. 

Metro Vancouver moves forward with new taxes for housing and parks

If passed in the final budget, around a million homes in Metro Vancouver will see the increase reflected in their bills. It's part of about $500 a year that Metro Vancouver collects from the average household.  

Metro Vancouver bus drivers to hold strike vote

Issues include wages and benefits, with the union hoping to increase pay for drivers to a level closer to the level seen in Toronto's transit system.  

Vancouver council approves fees for ride-hailing trips in the city centre

People taking an Uber or Lyft within the confines Vancouver's central core will be paying nearly $1 in municipal and provincial fees, in addition to the ride-hailing trip charge.

Metro Vancouver mayors recommend 8-lane tunnel for new Massey crossing

A Metro Vancouver committee created to provide input to the provincial government on what a new Massey crossing should look like has recommended as its preferred option an eight-lane tunnel, with two lanes dedicated to transit.

Barking mad: After months of controversy, dogs can now go on White Rock's promenade

Effective Tuesday, dogs will be permitted on the promenade — a 2.19-kilometre long stretch of grass and walking trail between the railway and the beach — for a six-month pilot project. 
Analysis

'Hunky-dory' no more: UBCM conference shows new areas where B.C. NDP is playing defence

Being in the same building as virtually every mayor and councillor in B.C. for five days is a good way to judge the province’s political temperature.

B.C. municipalities want province to end library funding freeze

At the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention, a resolution was passed calling on the province to provide $20 million in annual funding to libraries, a $6 million increase from the status quo. 

B.C. municipalities want to lower the voting age in local elections to 16

"They are fiscally prudent. They're urging us to use our resources well. They're asking us to think long term. These are precisely the kinds of qualities that we want in our voters."

B.C. government offers support for logging communities but says they need 'to bend and change'

On a day where hundreds of logging trucks drove across B.C. to protest the loss of jobs in the forest industry, the provincial government said some change in their work was inevitable. 

Suburban, rural cities worry Class 4 licence rule will restrict ride-hailing service

B.C. municipalities outside Vancouver are worried that the province's rules around ride-hailing mean there will be a shortage of drivers in their communities when companies start operating over the new few months.