Colin Butler


Colin Butler covers the environment, real estate, justice as well as urban and rural affairs for CBC News in London, Ont. He is a veteran journalist with 20 years' experience in print, radio and television in seven Canadian cities. You can email him at

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The house is packed. They're ready to move in, but the tenants refuse to leave

The buyers of a four-bedroom home in White Oaks says a standoff between them and an uncooperative family of tenants who live there has caused them weeks of emotional hardship, sleepless nights and threatens to sink the $527,000 sales of their new home.

The average single-family home in London is now $743,195. Here's what that buys you:

The average price of a single-family home, the crown jewel of residential real estate, is now $743,195 in London, Ont., nearly doubling in value in just four years.

Want a house like this? There might be a bidding war in your near future, realtors say

Since the Bank of Canada made a series of eight successive interest rate hikes last year, buyers are pouncing on the best deals, often well below $640,000, which was the average price of a London home in April. 

Just released, the 1931 census begins to bare its secrets about London, Ont., and Canada at-large

The federal government begins its online release of the forms belonging to the 1931 census, a jackpot for genealogists, historians, demographers and the curious alike.
In Depth

Farmers say Bill 97 imperils 'the future of agriculture' in Ontario

New provincial legislation that would loosen farmland protection is getting a cold reception from Ontario farming groups, which are urging the government to abandon proposed changes that would see more homes built on prime farmland.

London's homeless winter response was well used but need has doubled, says city hall report

A report to London city council says the number of people living on the southwestern Ontario city's streets has doubled as relief workers intensified their winter outreach program to meet growing demand.

Western University indicates no plans to end research ties with China amid security concerns

CBC News has learned Western University is collaborating with China on 16 joint-research projects and has indicated no plans to end them — despite growing suspicion such projects are being exploited at the behest of Beijing.

Pricey cottage rentals may be making labour shortages worse in Ontario beach towns

Some businesses in Grand Bend say they're struggling to hire low-wage staff as the summer draws near — underscoring a struggle in lakeside communities across Ontario where there aren't enough workers to fill open positions and meet rising customer demand. 

This London, Ont., couple's $2M hillside home faces 'scary' erosion threat

Scott and Andrea Ysebert are searching for answers after they were forced to demolish their detached garage on their Riverside Drive property in London, Ont., because of concerns over erosion.

Whether you're walking in the 'burbs or in a grassy field, watch out for ticks

While the balmy April weather has brightened moods across the city, it's also awoken the creepy, eight-legged arachnids that burrow under our skin to drink our blood.