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David P. Ball

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David P. Ball is staff reporter with The Tyee, covering housing, work & labour, immigration, law, and other beats.

His four-part investigation of B.C.'s coal export plans won awards from the Canadian Association of Journalists in 2014 and the Jack Webster Foundation in 2013; and his six-part series & film on undocumented immigrants in Metro Vancouver was shortlisted as finalist for both awards in 2015.

He has contributed to The Tyee since 2011, hosts a weekly news/talk radio show on Vancouver Co-op Radio, and has also been published in VICE, National Post, Toronto Star, Daily Mail UK, Toronto Sun, 24 Hours, Calgary Sun, Windspeaker, the Georgia Straight, and five nonfiction anthologies.

Born in Ottawa, raised in Québec and now based in Vancouver, Ball completed the Professional Writing in Journalism program and a Political Science honours thesis at the University of Victoria, and subsequently lived in Lebanon where he reported from refugee camps, from Syria, and on the 2006 Israel-Lebanon war.

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Stories by David P. Ball

news

They Keep Us Safe, but 'Stigma' Is Killing Firefighters, Paramedics and Cops

Emergency first responders hope BC hears their cry for help.

By David P. Ball, 20 May 2016


news

Well-Housed Vermont City Still 'Feels the Bern' after 32 Years

A developer created by then-mayor Sanders made one city more affordable. Now, Vancouver is taking note.

By David P. Ball, 16 May 2016


news

In Montreal, Putting the 'Community' Back in 'Community Planning'

An ultra-dense, marginalized neighbourhood teaches urban planners some lessons in listening.

By David P. Ball, 11 May 2016


news

Workers Must Unite to Fight Global Power, Wealth: Leo Gerard

Top unionist warns TPP threatens 'total domination' unless labour makes its fight international.

By David P. Ball, 5 May 2016


news

That Time Vancouver Led the World in Housing Insight

Why is so little left or remembered from the UN's first-ever Habitat conference?

By David P. Ball, 3 May 2016


news

Postal Workers Ready for New Battle after Harper Law Struck Down

Court rules Tory back-to-work bill violated Charter freedoms of expression, assembly.

By David P. Ball, 30 Apr 2016


news

Vancouver Living Wage Improves, but Child Care Still a Huge Strain

Having kids remains a debt sentence for many families in Metro region.

By David P. Ball, 28 Apr 2016


news

Bangladesh Factory Safety Fixes 'Far Behind Schedule': Investors

Garment factory collapse killed 1,134 workers. But some warn progress is too slow.

By David P. Ball, 23 Apr 2016


news

Ottawa Housing for Homeless Will Need Little Energy

Construction will soon wrap on Canada's first 'Passiv'-style supportive housing complex.

By David P. Ball, 22 Apr 2016


news

TransLink Strike Vote Opens Door to Service Disruptions as Early as May 1

Job action remains 'last resort,' says union spokesman as talks hit speed bump.

By David P. Ball, 21 Apr 2016


news

TPP Consultation Turns Away Scores of Lower Mainlanders

Ralliers outside Richmond hearings air their grievances with 12-country trade deal.

By David P. Ball, 19 Apr 2016


news

Vancouver Wants Victoria to Lay Foundation for Affordable Homeownership

Long-awaited pathway for first-time buyers needs provincial green light.

By David P. Ball, 14 Apr 2016


news

You Wanted Foreign Ownership Data? Here You Go

Housing agency report doesn't answer everyone's questions, but is 'meaningful first step.'

By David P. Ball, 9 Apr 2016


news

Could Unions Ground WestJet's 'Owners Care' Motto?

Company says in-house employee groups a union alternative, but labour relations experts disagree.

By David P. Ball, 8 Apr 2016


mediacheck

Is Collaboration the Key to Journalism's Future?

On the day the Panama papers leaked, three media-watchers agreed it's one crucial element.

By David P. Ball, 5 Apr 2016


news

Vancouver to Consider 'Access Without Fear' for Undocumented Migrants

'It's very important we make an inclusive, welcoming statement,' says city councillor.

By David P. Ball, 31 Mar 2016


news

Is One of These the Answer to Vancouver's Affordable Housing Woes?

City staff give The Tyee an exclusive look at models they're examining.

By David P. Ball, 28 Mar 2016


news

Trudeau Should Follow Dad's Footsteps on Death Penalty, Advocate Says

Prominent US activist in Vancouver on March 24 to call Canadians to action.

By David P. Ball, 24 Mar 2016


news

Budget the 'Re-engagement We've Been Calling For': Housing Advocates

$2.3 billion for rental, non-profit homes and co-ops revives hope in long-sidelined sector.

By David P. Ball, 23 Mar 2016


news

WestJet Fired or Investigated Four Union Activists in Last Year

Airline denies dismissals were linked to employees' union activities.

By David P. Ball, 22 Mar 2016


news

Vancouver Shadow Flipping Shows 'Naked Greed,' Premier Says

Christy Clark vows to close loophole that's driving up housing prices.

By David P. Ball, 18 Mar 2016


news

Big Business Sues Seattle over Uber Union Bylaw

City councillor says suit claiming breach of antitrust law 'not a surprise.'

By David P. Ball, 9 Mar 2016


news

How Do Workers Organize When Their Boss Is an App?

Answers remain scarce as Canadian labour grapples with Uber, Airbnb and the 'gig economy.'

By David P. Ball, 7 Mar 2016


news

How a BC Union Dumped Fossil Fuels and Cashed In

Result? The 68,000-member BCGEU survived the oil crash mostly unscathed.

By David P. Ball, 2 Mar 2016


news

'Everything Is Being Stretched,' Say Refugee Settlement Agencies

Lower Mainland support workers scramble to find permanent homes for newcomer 'wave.'

By David P. Ball, 26 Feb 2016


news

Budget Housing Promises Fail to Address 'Massive Unaffordability': Experts

Closer look reveals little budgeted for British Columbians struggling to live in Lower Mainland.

By David P. Ball, 18 Feb 2016


news

At Ottawa Forum, Housing Sector Readies for Feds' Next Moves

With infrastructure cash on horizon, stakeholders sharpen affordability pitch.

By David P. Ball and Katie Hyslop, 16 Feb 2016


mediacheck

As BC Vows Real Estate Investigation, the Story Behind the Exposé

More than three months of investigation led to reporter Kathy Tomlinson's scoop.

By David P. Ball, 11 Feb 2016


news

Nine Ways to Turn Vancouver's Housing Crisis from 'Breaking Point' to Tipping Point

In wake of recent headlines, we offer these ready-made ideas.

By David P. Ball and Katie Hyslop, 10 Feb 2016


news

Tory Era Anti-Union Laws Still Walking Un-Dead, Say Observers

Liberals to repeal two controversial laws, but some say 'piecemeal' reforms don't go far enough.

By David P. Ball, 9 Feb 2016


news

Leveraging City Land for Federal Bucks 'Very Positive Move': Prof

But activists say affordable housing deal could leave out Vancouver's homeless.

By David P. Ball, 4 Feb 2016


news

Scared and Spied On Under Harper, Why Child Advocate Didn't Give Up

Tyee asks Cindy Blackstock what's next after landmark First Nations child welfare ruling.

By David P. Ball, 29 Jan 2016


news

As Real Estate Soars, Habitat for Humanity Rethinks Its Model

The housing charity Jimmy Carter made famous considers a controversial new approach in Canada.

By David P. Ball, 25 Jan 2016


news

How Canada's Hottest Resort Town Learned to Put Down Roots

Exploding land costs risked driving out talent. So Whistler carved fresh tracks.

By David P. Ball, 19 Jan 2016


news

Time Has Come: 'Kill a Worker, Go to Jail,' Says Steelworker Boss

Prison time for scaffold deaths, lawsuit over sawmill explosion prompts strong words from labour.

By David P. Ball, 14 Jan 2016


news

Salvadoran Refugee Calls for Canada to Fix Asylum Bureaucracy

His two-year deportation ordeal over, José Figueroa thanks Canadians who offered support.

By David P. Ball, 29 Dec 2015


news

A Tyee Series

Former Refugees 'Pay It Forward' to Welcome Syrians

Five one-time asylum-seekers sponsor a family. Many more open their arms. Last in a series.

By David P. Ball, 28 Dec 2015


news

A Tyee Series

Christmas with My Newest Friend, a Refugee

This Tyee reporter didn't expect hosting an asylum-seeker to turn out the way it did. Second in a series.

By David P. Ball, 24 Dec 2015


news

A Tyee Series

From Biafra to BC, a Home for the Holidays

A New West family of five takes in a refugee family of six. First in a series.

By David P. Ball, 22 Dec 2015


news

Waterless Reserve Celebrates New 'Freedom Road' Funding

End to 'very difficult way of life' in sight, says Shoal Lake 40 chief.

By David P. Ball, 17 Dec 2015


news

Feds' Down Payment Hike to Cool Housing Prices? Don't Bet on It

Experts puzzled by claims move will help tame affordability crisis in Vancouver, Toronto.

By David P. Ball, 12 Dec 2015


news

Launching Inquiry, Indigenous Affairs Minister Says 'Racism and Sexism in This Country Kill'

Families of missing and murdered women to be consulted, but insist on being more involved.

By David P. Ball, 8 Dec 2015


news

In Nicola Valley, Anglers Battle Billionaire Rancher over Lake Access

Merritt fishers see trespassing charges stayed, but say they won't stop fishing privately enclosed lakes.

By David P. Ball, 7 Dec 2015


news

Rich Riding, New Politics: MP Pam Goldsmith-Jones on Environment, Bill C-51 and Change

A cup of tea on the rocks with West Van's former mayor.

By David P. Ball, 1 Dec 2015


news

New Justice Minister Says She'll Listen to Sex Workers on Prostitution Reforms

Jody Wilson-Raybould now faces rifts over how to protect women.

By David P. Ball, 27 Nov 2015


tyeenews

End of Coal? Tyee's Climate Reporter on Paris Predictions

Geoff Dembicki talks tipping points, clean energy and, yes, if we're screwed.

By David P. Ball, 25 Nov 2015


news

Joseph Stiglitz on Canada's Housing Inequality: 'It's Very Disturbing'

Ex-World Bank top economist talks unaffordability, the TPP, and being a fiscal 'black sheep.'

By David P. Ball, 23 Nov 2015


news

Could More Affordable Housing Also Curb Climate Change?

Our housing crisis might just be a carbon-beating opportunity.

By David P. Ball, 20 Nov 2015


culture

Tonight, Surrey Artists Band Together for Wave of Syrian Refugees

Event to raise funds for 'tapped' nonprofits that will support newcomers.

By David P. Ball, 19 Nov 2015


news

Seasonal Farmworkers in BC Face Health Care 'Apartheid': Researcher

Report based on 200 interviews with workers makes four recommendations.

By David P. Ball, 18 Nov 2015


news

Answers to Affordable Housing Are 'Everywhere'

Where many despair, our solutions-oriented panel of experts found rays of hope.

By David P. Ball, 18 Nov 2015


news

'Snowflake' Organizing, Used by Obama, Imported by Canadian Campaigners

Various groups drew on master organizer Marshall Ganz's model to mobilize members.

By David P. Ball, 11 Nov 2015


news

Human Rights Complaint against Tim Hortons Moves Ahead

BC tribunal rejects argument that firm isn't responsible for franchisee's treatment of workers.

By David P. Ball, 7 Nov 2015


news

Time to Repair Our 'Damaged' Democracy: Stephane Dion

New foreign affairs minister, a long-time vote reform advocate, dishes on fixing our system.

By David P. Ball, 5 Nov 2015


news

Vancouver Island Coast Guard Cuts Put Safety At Risk, Staff Say

After deadly Tofino sinking, closure of two nearby facilities, under-equipped light stations raise warnings.

By David P. Ball, 2 Nov 2015


news

Liberals to Get 'Back into the Game' on Housing, Says MP Adam Vaughan

Toronto ex-councillor talks about big reforms in the works, from CMHC to social housing.

By David P. Ball, 23 Oct 2015


news

Advocates Hopeful for 'Real Progress' on Housing Crisis

Liberals have promised billions for social housing, co-ops and new rentals.

By Katie Hyslop and David P. Ball, 22 Oct 2015


news

Liberals Take Vancouver Granville: 'We Did Something Amazing'

Jody Wilson-Raybould handily wins new riding, reflecting nation-wide red sweep.

By David P. Ball and Doug Ward, 20 Oct 2015


news

Printing Error? Some Voters Confused by Marked Ballots

Democracy campaigner counts ballot bungles in 11 far-flung ridings.

By David P. Ball, 19 Oct 2015


news

A Tyee Series

Can Canada's Housing Agency Be Restored?

It once met needs the market couldn't, or wouldn't. Advocates say it could again. Last in a series.

By Katie Hyslop and David P. Ball, 19 Oct 2015


news

International Election Observers to Monitor Monday's Vote

'In any election process, there is always room for improvement,' says vet vote watcher.

By David P. Ball, 15 Oct 2015


news

A Tyee Series

After the Election, I Hope for a Sustainable Economy

We need to be smarter with economic opportunities, says Indigenous entrepreneur. Part of a series on dreams beyond Oct. 19.

By David P. Ball, 14 Oct 2015


news

A Tyee Series

Back When Ottawa Created a Housing Agency for All Canadians

Before it was mainly mortgages, CMHC was about putting people in homes. First in a new series.

By David P. Ball, 12 Oct 2015


news

A Tyee Series

After the Election, I Hope Canada Rethinks Its Aid Overseas

Time to restore our commitment, says veteran aid worker. Part of a series on dreams beyond Oct. 19.

By David P. Ball, 5 Oct 2015


news

A Tyee Series

After the Election, I Hope for Affordable Child Care

'Accessible' spaces needed, says mom. Part of a series on dreams beyond Oct.19.

By David P. Ball, 1 Oct 2015


news

Winnipeg Housing Community Mourns 'Instrumental' Member

The death of Oanh Pham, 33, has residents of a converted church pondering her gifts.

By David P. Ball, 30 Sep 2015


news

A Tyee Series

After the Election, I Hope for a Living Wage

'People are being left behind big time,' says one low-earner. Part of a series on dreams beyond Oct.19.

By David P. Ball, 29 Sep 2015


mediacheck

'Media Is Our Last Line of Defence': Mohamed Fahmy

Freed from Egyptian jail threat, reporter discusses return to BC and press freedom fight.

By David P. Ball, 26 Sep 2015


culture

Up Where She Belongs: Buffy Sainte-Marie Wins Polaris

Singer, artist and activist's 'Power in the Blood' nets album of year and $50,000 prize.

By David P. Ball, 23 Sep 2015


news

'Troubling' and 'Toxic' to Imply Refugee Terror Links, Says Amnesty Chief

Alex Neve on Canada's response to the crisis, and how citizens can keep pushing the issue.

By David P. Ball, 21 Sep 2015


news

A Year's Worth of Big Labour Moments, in BC and Beyond

Take time to reflect this holiday with these 12 stories of note.

By David P. Ball, 7 Sep 2015


mediacheck

Raffi vs. Maclean's: Election Coverage Will Never Be the Same

Baby Beluga star made himself a social media politico (who drives Paul Wells nuts).

By David P. Ball, 2 Sep 2015


news

Veterans Deploy 'Boots on the Ground' to Help Homeless Comrades

'We would never leave them in the field, ever. You're not going to leave them on the street.'

By David P. Ball, 31 Aug 2015


news

Golden Tree to Honour Farm Workers Killed on Job

Eight years after an overcrowded farm van crashed, victims' families warn not enough has changed.

By David P. Ball, 17 Aug 2015


news

Foreign Money Influencing Our Housing Market? Harper Wants to Know

In a surprise campaign vow, Conservative leader echoes NDP, Vision Vancouver.

By David P. Ball, 12 Aug 2015


news

Tories 'Support' Shoal Lake's Freedom Road, but No New Funds Attached

Retiring MP says feds pledged to cover construction costs, then backpedals.

By David P. Ball, 11 Aug 2015


news

A Tyee Series

Vancouver Mayor: City Is 'At a Breaking Point'

Urgent action needed to cool housing market, but Gregor Robertson says he needs help. Last in a series.

By David P. Ball, 27 Jul 2015


news

Advocates Question 'Luxury' Spending by BC Children's Ministry

Watchdog asks gov't to review expenses for five-star hotels, spa resorts and fine chocolates.

By David P. Ball, 22 Jul 2015


news

A Tyee Series

How to Cool Vancouver's Home Price Fever

Experts find much to be done, with inspiration from abroad and at home. Third in a series.

By David P. Ball and Katie Hyslop, 20 Jul 2015


news

A Tyee Series

What Vancouverites Don't Know Is Hurting Our Housing Hopes

We know the data we need. Time to demand it, critics say. Second in a series.

By David P. Ball, 16 Jul 2015


news

As Mount Polley Re-Opens, Neighbours Feel Like 'Collateral Damage'

Fishing guide supports mine's reboot, but says more is owed to those hurt by 2014 spill.

By David P. Ball, 9 Jul 2015


culture

Canadian 'Totalitarianism'? Hope Can Win, Says Author Thomas King

Governor General award winner talks election politics and the power of words.

By David P. Ball, 8 Jul 2015


news

A Tyee Series

A Foot in the Door: An Unaffordable Country's Next Steps

Housing is personal, but some problems go coast-to-coast and demand a national response.

By David P. Ball, Chris Wood and Katie Hyslop, 3 Jul 2015


news

Even Vancouver Said No to $7.5B Transit Plebiscite

Region votes 62 per cent against referendum. 'We can't expand,' says TransLink CEO.

By David P. Ball, 2 Jul 2015


news

A Tyee Series

A Foot in the Door: Housing in Boomtowns a 'Rollercoaster'

Alberta's oilsands, Newfoundland's mines, BC forests: how to manage a housing rush -- and how not to. Latest in a series.

By David P. Ball, 2 Jul 2015


news

A Tyee Series

A Foot in the Door: Next Aboriginal Generation's Social Leap

They're netting more degrees than ever, but face greater housing barriers than the average millennial. Latest in a series.

By David P. Ball, 30 Jun 2015


news

A Tyee Series

A Foot in the Door: Seniors Ask, 'Will I Have to Move?'

It's not just money that worries seniors. Age-unfriendly cities add to housing fears. Latest in a series.

By David P. Ball, 29 Jun 2015


news

Updated: Will Canada Unblock this People's 'Road to Freedom'?

The First Nation of Shoal Lake 40 are surrounded by water they can't drink but Winnipeg can. But they have a dream.

By David P. Ball, 24 Jun 2015


news

A Tyee Series

A Foot in the Door: Millennial Families Priced Out of Cities

Renters and aspiring homeowners face rising costs, but some are discovering workarounds. Second in a series.

By David P. Ball, 23 Jun 2015


news

A Tyee Series

A Foot in the Door: Canadians on the Housing Brink

Amid national affordability crisis, new series spotlights eight housing-stressed demographics.

By Katie Hyslop, Chris Wood and David P. Ball, 22 Jun 2015


news

'Rising Star' James Moore Latest Off the Tory Train

Industry minister's departure due to son's health is nonetheless 'bad optics' for Harper, observers say.

By David P. Ball, 20 Jun 2015


news

Migrant Detention in Canada Sparking Mental Health Crisis: Report

Total days detained in CBSA custody spiked to 200,000 last year, U of T law group finds.

By David P. Ball, 18 Jun 2015


news

Four Campaign Vets and Insiders Dish on Historic Alberta Vote

Dissecting the campaign, and what it might mean for key elections to come.

By David P. Ball, 2 Jun 2015


mediacheck

Journalist Kevin Donovan Dishes on Breaking the Ghomeshi Scandal

'To do it well, you need to be really, really sure that you're right.'

By David P. Ball, 13 May 2015


news

Canada's Housing Crisis 'A Failure of All of Us'

Time to put affordable homes on the federal agenda, say advocates. First in a solutions series.

By Katie Hyslop and David P. Ball, 5 May 2015


news

Labour Wages $15-an-Hour Campaign across Canada

'What does it take to get people above the poverty line?' asks BC labour chief.

By David P. Ball, 15 Apr 2015


news

Private Clean-up Firm Defends Oil Spill Response

'There was no delay in our response,' spokesman says.

By David P. Ball, 14 Apr 2015


news

Vancouver Toxic Fuel Spill Flags Questions about Shipping Regs

'Maybe this one will be enough of a wake up call,' muses marine lawyer.

By David P. Ball, 10 Apr 2015


news

Foreign Worker Exodus Expected as New Rules Kick in

Those in Canada more than four years must leave.

By David P. Ball, 1 Apr 2015


news

Top Five Myths about the Transit Vote

Too many 'facts' giving you a headache? The Tyee's here to help.

By David P. Ball, 18 Mar 2015


news

Canada Doesn't Know What 154,000 Foreign Workers Actually Do

Lack of information concerns budget watchdog.

By David P. Ball, 13 Mar 2015


news

Facebook Hired Temporary Foreign Software Engineers in Vancouver

UBC computer prof doubts there weren't qualified locals to employ.

By David P. Ball, 12 Mar 2015


news

Are You at Risk in a Public Emergency if You're Not on Twitter?

Social media warnings to stay inside during port fire didn't reach some Vancouver residents.

By David P. Ball, 6 Mar 2015


news

A Metro Vancouver Midnight Transit Odyssey

With $7.5 billion transport plan at stake, The Tyee joins a hospital cleaner on her nightly commute home.

By David P. Ball, 5 Mar 2015


news

A Tyee Series

Event: Social Housing Experts Look from Legacy to Future

Expect feisty debate at this Vancouver event honouring late councillor Jim Green.

By David P. Ball, 26 Feb 2015


news

A Tyee Series

Inside Woodward's, a Still-Contentious Social Housing Experiment

The late Jim Green's legacy project in Vancouver continues to generate buzz. Last in a series.

By David P. Ball, 25 Feb 2015


news

A Tyee Series

'At My Age, All I Expect Is a Place to Live'

In Solheim Place, late councillor Jim Green helped create a Vancouver rarity. Second in a series.

By David P. Ball, 24 Feb 2015


news

A Tyee Series

At Four Sisters Co-op, an Affordable Housing Dream Realized

But can the late Jim Green's project survive rising rents? First in a new series.

By David P. Ball, 23 Feb 2015


news

Canada's Prisons Watchdog Slams Solitary Confinement

Constitutional challenge adds to concerns over 'most austere' form of segregation.

By David P. Ball, 20 Jan 2015


news

A Tyee Series

Low-Rent Mansion Living? In Vancouver? Really?

Yes, really. Groups of frustrated renters are snapping up urban acreages, and spend less on housing than the rest of us.

By David P. Ball, 19 Jan 2015


news

Burnaby Mountain Lawsuit Renews Anti-SLAPP Calls

Kinder Morgan case resurfaces a law reform debate 20 years in the making.

By David P. Ball, 13 Jan 2015


news

Two Views of a Guaranteed Annual Income

A retired Tory senator says it's the best way to alleviate poverty. The Fraser Institute: Not so much.

By David P. Ball, 6 Jan 2015


news

A Tyee Series

Retirement Saving Could Help Build a Better Community

A canny Nova Scotian idea aims to pump millions into affordable rentals in Victoria.

By David P. Ball, 29 Dec 2014


news

A Tyee Series

When God Is Your Developer

Religious communities are putting their faith, and their property, behind affordable housing.

By David P. Ball, 25 Dec 2014


news

Site C Mega-project Set to Break Ground Next Summer

Dam's approval viewed as 'courageous' by some, a '$9-billion gamble' by others.

By Andrew MacLeod and David P. Ball, 16 Dec 2014


news

Site C Dam Approved: A Tyee Reader

Approved today, a sampler from years of reporting on the $8-billion-plus mega-project.

By David P. Ball, 16 Dec 2014


news

A Tyee Series

Calgary's $2,000 Homeownership Hack

Free-market paradise over the Rockies is tackling housing crisis with a bold city-owned experiment.

By David P. Ball, 12 Dec 2014


news

A Tyee Series

With Friends Fleeing Unaffordability, Vancouver Architect Looks East for Solutions

'Options from Homes' made homeownership possible for thousands in Ontario. Why hasn't it caught on here?

By David P. Ball, 9 Dec 2014


news

A Tyee Series

Slideshow: Global Experiments in Affordable Homeownership

An architect's trek around the world serves as a brainstorm for Vancouver solutions.

By David P. Ball, 5 Dec 2014


news

Cities 'Thrown to Wolves' by Province: Burnaby Mayor

From saving refinery jobs to leading a revolution in civic powers, Derek Corrigan has bigger plans.

By David P. Ball, 29 Nov 2014


news

A Tyee Series

If You Can Afford to Rent, You Could Be a Homeowner

Architect Avi Friedman scoured the globe for new housing forms we could apply in Canada.

By David P. Ball, 27 Nov 2014


news

A Tyee Kinder Morgan Reader

With strife on Burnaby Mountain rising, a sampler of a decade's reporting on the US pipeline giant.

By David P. Ball, 24 Nov 2014


news

An Engineer's Idea to Prevent Future Mount Polleys

Jack Caldwell says peer review process, convened by firms during a mine's life, could avert disaster.

By David P. Ball, 20 Nov 2014


news

A Tyee Series

Novel Map Targets Hidden Opportunities for Affordable Housing

Launched today, new Rental Housing Index hopes to transform knowledge into power.

By David P. Ball, 17 Nov 2014


news

Burrard Inlet Binoculars Imagine Oil-Slicked Disaster

Group's 'guerilla art' installation injects some virtual reality into Saturday's municipal elections.

By David P. Ball, 12 Nov 2014


news

A Tyee Series

The Silver Lining to Vancouver's Homeownership Crisis

Priced out, working families and nonprofits take matters into their own hands. Start of a new solutions series.

By David P. Ball, 7 Nov 2014


news

Danger Adrift: Fed Panel Warned of Simushir Scenario in 2013

Under cross-exam, shipping safety expert admitted flaws in data backing Enbridge case for Northern Gateway.

By David P. Ball, 22 Oct 2014


news

If Drifting Ship Hits Haida Gwaii, 'It's Going to Be a Mess'

Officials says powerless, fuel-laden Russian vessel not currently headed towards land.

By David P. Ball, 17 Oct 2014


news

In Wake of Mount Polley, Union Wants New BC Safety Regime

Ministry defends miners' exclusion from WorkSafeBC.

By David P. Ball, 14 Oct 2014


news

Private Security Outnumber Border Services in Big Cities

CBSA outsourcing under the microscope as custody death inquest concludes.

By David P. Ball, 7 Oct 2014


news

Prison Nurse Flagged Mexican Deportee's Scars, Mental Health

Clerical mistake kept Lucía Vega Jiménez from a mental health appointment before her death, inquest hears.

By David P. Ball, 2 Oct 2014


news

Deceased Deportee's Accent Led to Border Services Arrest

Transit Police officer testifies at inquest into Lucía Vega Jiménez's hanging death.

By David P. Ball, 30 Sep 2014


news

As Inquest into Border Services Death Opens, Questions about Private Security

Lucía Vega Jiménez died nine months ago awaiting deportation at a Vancouver airport.

By David P. Ball, 29 Sep 2014


news

BC Cities Demand Review of Thermal Coal Exports

Confab of municipalities passes resolution in favour of greater oversight.

By David P. Ball, 26 Sep 2014


news

Cross-border Indigenous Treaty Takes on Kinder Morgan Pipeline

First Nations declare pact to 'protect the Salish Sea' from oil risks.

By David P. Ball, 23 Sep 2014


news

Coal Port CEO, Regulator at Odds over Air Quality Permit

Fraser Surrey Docks says review of dust, diesel emissions is 'voluntary.' Not so fast, counters Metro Van.

By David P. Ball, 18 Sep 2014


blogs

COPE largely loses labour's blessing

By David P. Ball, 18 Sep 2014


news

Inquest into Mexican's Death Will Hear from Cellmates, Private Guards

Probe into Lucía Vega Jiménez's hanging at Vancouver airport last winter starts Sept. 29.

By David P. Ball, 17 Sep 2014


news

Labour Hands Teachers $8-Million 'Solidarity' Loan

BC Fed brokers interest-free cash for union, while ministry wants to get back to bargaining.

By David P. Ball, 11 Sep 2014


news

Site C Review Process Lacked Independence, Says Northern Mayor

Plans to submerge 10,000 hectares of fertile Peace River land continue to spark outrage.

By David P. Ball, 10 Sep 2014


news

With Legal Aid Strained, BC Lawyers Hold Free 'Advice-a-Thon'

Province insists new funds, pilot projects increase access to justice.

By David P. Ball, 8 Sep 2014


news

Port Metro Vancouver OKs Massive US Coal Terminal

Lower Mainland transfer facility to export thermal coal to Asia given green light.

By David P. Ball, 21 Aug 2014


news

Imperial Metals Faces Scrutiny over Other Mines' Safety

Corner-cutting, cost savings a 'pattern of behaviour,' mining consultant alleges.

By David P. Ball, 15 Aug 2014


news

Imperial Metals' Political Gifts to BC Liberals Total $234,000

Watchdog wants correspondence between firm and government released.

By David P. Ball, 9 Aug 2014


news

Mine, Dam Inspections Dropped Since 2001

Documents show government aware of dam safety concerns, including tailings ponds.

By David P. Ball, 8 Aug 2014


news

Company's Claims of Clean Tailings 'Misleading': Ex-Employee

Imperial Metals describes substance spilled from dam as 'very close to drinking water.'

By David P. Ball, 6 Aug 2014


news

Aussie Advocacy Crackdown Echoes Canadian Charity Fears

Political gag rules in Australia coincide with concerns across the Pacific.

By David P. Ball, 4 Aug 2014


news

A Tyee Series

Vancouver's Hidden Children

Many undocumented families, fearing deportation, don't enrol kids in school. Last in a series.

By David P. Ball, 18 Jul 2014


news

A Tyee Series

Burnaby Mayor, NPA Question Sanctuary Cities Push

Issues beyond local jurisdiction, warns Corrigan. Latest in a series.

By David P. Ball, 16 Jul 2014


news

A Tyee Series

TIMELINE: Policing Sanctuary City

How the "don't ask, don't tell" approach to non-status immigrants evolved amongst police forces in North America. Part of a series.

By David P. Ball, 14 Jul 2014


news

A Tyee Series

Vancouver Police Look to Los Angeles, Toronto for Migrant Guidelines

VPD hopes policy will reassure undocumented migrants. Latest in the Sanctuary City series.

By David P. Ball, 14 Jul 2014


news

A Tyee Series

VIDEO: Inside Vancouver's Sanctuary City Movement

This short video is part of a Tyee series on the city's support for undocumented migrants.

By David P. Ball, 10 Jul 2014


news

A Tyee Series

Transit Police Report Riders to Immigration Nearly Every Day

Many deportations start with checks of SkyTrain riders. Second in a series.

By David P. Ball, 10 Jul 2014


news

A Tyee Series

Inside Vancouver's Sanctuary City Movement

For the city's undocumented immigrants, fear of discovery lurks in emergency rooms, schools, the local bus. With video report, first in a series.

By David P. Ball, 8 Jul 2014


news

Railway Executive Pay Should Reflect Safety: Shareholder Advocates

After Lac-Mégantic, corporate culture must reward improvements.

By David P. Ball, 3 Jul 2014


news

Can Portland Hotel Society's New Boss Restore Faith?

'There won't be any more Disneyland trips,' says new head of beleaguered nonprofit.

By David P. Ball, 26 Jun 2014


news

'My Hope Is Justice': Ex-Tim Hortons Worker Speaks from Mexico

Despite new reforms, foreign temps still face fears of deportation.

By David P. Ball, 24 Jun 2014


news

'It's Prompted Debate': Enbridge CEO

Company 'respects' citizens' rights to hold a referendum on approved pipeline.

By David P. Ball, 18 Jun 2014


news

First Nations on Gateway: 'When We Say No, We Mean It'

Indigenous leaders outline plans to hold steady against Enbridge pipeline, approved today.

By David P. Ball, 17 Jun 2014


news

Aquarium Makes Good on Free Passes for Low-income Visitors

Offer extended yearly to 26,000 Vancouverites who can't pay top dollar to see the dolphins.

By David P. Ball, 12 Jun 2014


news

BC Refuses Calls to Compensate African Tree-planters

Workers awarded nearly $1 million for abuse suffered in a Golden camp may never receive it because their boss is bankrupt.

By David P. Ball, 5 Jun 2014


blogs

Activists say police drew guns during 'No Pipelines' graffiti raid

By David P. Ball, 5 Jun 2014


news

Citizenship Reform Bill Needs 'Sober Second Thought': BCCLA

Delivered today in Vancouver, 26,000-signature petition opposes Bill C-24.

By David P. Ball, 3 Jun 2014


news

BC Stands By Approval of Large Thermal Coal Storage Expansion

Legal challenge filed over green-lit growth of Texada Island facility.

By David P. Ball, 3 Jun 2014


news

Anti-Poverty Advocate Poised to Lead Portland Hotel Society

Retired Vancouver health exec Ted Bruce set to be appointed Friday.

By David P. Ball, 29 May 2014


news

Vancouver Council Supports 'Sanctuary' for Undocumented Migrants

Policy would let municipal agencies refuse to give info about 'illegals' to immigration authorities.

By David P. Ball, 29 May 2014


blogs

Under deportation threat, 17-year Langley resident can't attend his own case review

By David P. Ball, 23 May 2014


news

African Tree Planters Win Racial Discrimination Case

After four years of legal battle, 55 refugee and immigrant workers awarded $700,000.

By David P. Ball, 23 May 2014


blogs

BC human rights tribunal to release African tree planter ruling

By David P. Ball, 23 May 2014


blogs

Komagata Maru centennial linked to temporary foreign worker controversy

By David P. Ball, 22 May 2014


blogs

Ten unheeded calls for a national inquiry into missing, murdered aboriginal women

By David P. Ball, 15 May 2014


news

Religious Leaders 'Faith Off' Against Texada Coal Terminal

Congregations raise flags over BC thermal coal exports.

By David P. Ball, 14 May 2014


news

Pipelines Risk 'Social Peace': UN Envoy

'Distressing' conditions in indigenous communities at odds with Canada's resource wealth, says James Anaya.

By David P. Ball, 12 May 2014


mediacheck

A Case for In-Depth Reporting

In the wake of Linden MacIntyre's resignation, event argues investigators' 'vital' role.

By David P. Ball, 9 May 2014


news

'Don't Blame Foreign Workers,' Says Fast Food Employee

Federal moratorium on restaurants hiring tempers makes many afraid they'll be forced home.

By David P. Ball, 3 May 2014


blogs

Metro Vancouver 'living wage' rises to $20 an hour

By David P. Ball, 29 Apr 2014


news

Extend Foster Care Supports Past 19: Youth Watchdog

Province admits there's much more to be done for 700 kids who 'age out' yearly.

By David P. Ball, 29 Apr 2014


blogs

BC to review tenancy laws that may trap women in bad relationships

By David P. Ball, 24 Apr 2014


news

Are You Being Monitored? New Tool Helps Find Out

Civil liberties group shows how to unearth dirt government has on you.

By David P. Ball, 24 Apr 2014


news

'I'm Not Welcome at School Because of Who I Am'

Meet the young Christian suing BC for approving a law school he says discriminates against gay people.

By David P. Ball, 16 Apr 2014


news

What to Make of the BC NDP's One-Horse Race?

A party united. A party divided. A party that must listen. Insiders weigh in.

By David P. Ball, 11 Apr 2014


news

Greenpeace Complaint a Foreign-Funded 'Outburst': Ethical Oil

Environmental advocate alleges pro-oilsands group a 'front' for Tories.

By David P. Ball, 9 Apr 2014


news

Who Gets in on NEB Pipeline Hearing? It's 'Kafkaesque' Says Planner

Now, experts wanting to weigh in must prove they'll be 'directly affected.'

By David P. Ball, 7 Apr 2014


news

'No Rationale Given,' Say Rejected Kinder Morgan Intervenors

Public hearings for TransMountain's oilsands pipeline expansion begin next January.

By David P. Ball, 4 Apr 2014


news

Clean-tech 'Bulls' Battle Climate 'Bears': A Walrus Talk Preview

Green businesses are cashing in, but can they reverse our warming crisis?

By David P. Ball, 22 Mar 2014


news

'Inspiring' Shipping Container Housing Set to Multiply

Five months after launching its prototype, Atira aims for a seven-storey recycled tower.

By David P. Ball, 30 Jan 2014


blogs

Neil Young lashes out against oilsands

By David P. Ball, 14 Jan 2014


news

Harper: On Energy Projects, Feds Follow 'Best' Science

PM extols value of evidence during BC visit, but questions about dismantled research libraries linger.

By David P. Ball, 6 Jan 2014


news

A Tyee Series

Second Life for False Creek South?

A deal that made Vancouver's urban housing experiment possible now clouds its future. Last in a series.

By David P. Ball, 3 Jan 2014


news

A Tyee Series

A Hippie-era Urban Experiment Hits 40

Eccentric False Creek South nailed one goal: creating real community in Vancouver's core. Part of a series.

By David P. Ball, 2 Jan 2014


news

A Tyee Series

Stars Aligned for False Creek South

Decades ago, three levels of gov't agreed to build something a little crazy. Funny thing: it mostly worked. Part of a series.

By David P. Ball, 1 Jan 2014


news

A Tyee Series

False Creek's Urban Experiment Seeks a Second Act

Clock ticking for a Trudeau-era attempt at a visionary utopia in Vancouver.

By David P. Ball, 31 Dec 2013


blogs

Judge again orders Abbotsford homeless camp eviction

By David P. Ball, 20 Dec 2013


news

Latest in Vancouver Density Battle: Demolition at Marine Gardens

Townhouses along key SkyTrain line must be torn down to make way for big development, city says.

By David P. Ball, 19 Dec 2013


blogs

BC oil and gas regulator faces fracking lawsuit

By David P. Ball, 13 Nov 2013


news

Are Stats Glossing over Vancouver's Housing Crisis?

First set of data since long-form census axed suggest affordability progress, but others doubt.

By David P. Ball, 24 Sep 2013


blogs

'It's the time to reach higher': Dix to supporters

By David P. Ball, 19 Sep 2013


blogs

BC labour leaders praise premier with launch of LNG jobs training committee

By David P. Ball, 9 Sep 2013


mediacheck

Cutting Through BC Government Boilerplate

Journalists are fed up with canned talking points in response to questions, but are they better than nothing?

By David P. Ball, 9 Sep 2013


news

Coastal First Nations Vow 'Good Fight' to Stop Grizzly Hunt

Province, First Nations coalition in jurisdictional battle over controversial trophy hunt.

By David P. Ball, 5 Sep 2013


blogs

Advocates take Harper to court over 'pattern of muzzling' energy critics

By David P. Ball, 14 Aug 2013


opinion

The Running of the Folkies

In a blur of sandals and tie-dye, music fans run in the annual folk festival rite: the Birkenstock 500.

By David P. Ball, Geoff D'Auria and Maryse Zeidler, 20 Jul 2013


news

Study Details Canada's 'Perfect Storm' Housing Problem

Eroding incomes and plunging rental stock leave 380,600 households in 'severe' need.

By David P. Ball, 20 Jun 2013


blogs

Advocates call for 'social impact' assessments of new Downtown Eastside developments

By David P. Ball, 12 Jun 2013


news

New Gas, Trade and Tech Ministries in Clark's Cabinet

BC premier promises her team will 'accelerate' jobs plan and 'run a tight ship.'

By David P. Ball and Andrew MacLeod, 7 Jun 2013


blogs

Feds have 'no choice but to listen' to municipal pressure on affordable housing

By David P. Ball, 5 Jun 2013


blogs

No public hearings possible on coal terminal expansion, says port authority

By David P. Ball, 4 Jun 2013


blogs

Senate scandal a 'major crisis,' but Liberals Trudeau and Dion cautious on reform

By David P. Ball, 3 Jun 2013


blogs

Housing Justice Project puts affordable lodging and legal advocacy into action

By David P. Ball, 30 May 2013


news

A People's Geography of BC

Renaming of Saanich mountain latest in campaign to reclaim indigenous landmarks.

By David P. Ball, 27 May 2013


blogs

Vancouver Rent Assembly explores deeper questions around tenant rights, gentrification

By David P. Ball, 25 May 2013


news

Dix to Sit Tight, For Now

The NDP leader announced his party will launch post-election review sparing 'nothing and no one, least of all me.'

By David P. Ball, 22 May 2013


news

What If Political Parties Stood behind Their Bozos?

Have we gone too far in preventing Rob Ford-like outbursts and gaffes on the campaign trail?

By David P. Ball, 20 May 2013


blogs

Liberals given 'clear mandate' on resource development: Clark

By David P. Ball, 15 May 2013


blogs

Cummins blames Conservative defeat on big money, special interests, and ghosts of NDP's 'dark decade'

By David P. Ball, 14 May 2013


blogs

John Cummins fails to unseat Liberals' Polak

By David P. Ball, 14 May 2013


blogs

'Full-on battle stations,' urges BC Liberal campaign director to faithful

By David P. Ball, 14 May 2013


news

Families of Four Pickton Victims File Sweeping Lawsuit

Named: RCMP, VPD, City of Vancouver, justice minister, crown prosecutors. Pickton siblings accused of 'abetting' murders.

By David P. Ball, 9 May 2013


news

Enbridge Shareholders Revolt Resonates a Year Later

Proxy challenge over First Nations dealings figures into some investors' reticence.

By David P. Ball, 9 May 2013


blogs

At Kits rally, Dix calls for hearings on coal port expansion

By David P. Ball, 5 May 2013


blogs

Rejected Green candidate hopeful to file human rights complaint

By David P. Ball, 3 May 2013


news

A Tyee Series

Burning Questions over Coal Port Plan

The Tyee talks to Fraser Surrey Docks' CEO about how his project to expand exports should interest BC.

By David P. Ball, 1 May 2013


blogs

Social housing group left wanting more from both Libs, NDP on 'urgent' crisis

By David P. Ball, 3 Apr 2013


blogs

Deported migrant workers seek apology over 'dehumanizing' filmed raids

By David P. Ball, 28 Mar 2013


blogs

Vancouver foreign investment panel tackles 'safety deposit' condos for wealthy

By David P. Ball, 25 Mar 2013


blogs

'What's your green jobs plan?' coalition asks parties

By David P. Ball, 20 Mar 2013


news

Symposium Shares 'Down-to-Earth' Fixes to High-Cost Housing

Vancouver event unites advocates, developers, architects, politicians and more.

By David P. Ball, 13 Mar 2013


news

A Tyee Series

Coal Opponents Forging Cross-border Ties

Plans to ramp up exports from Washington, Oregon and BC are uniting opposition across 49th Parallel.

By David P. Ball, 8 Mar 2013


blogs

Mining worries raised amid celebration of Sacred Headwaters deal

By David P. Ball, 7 Mar 2013


news

A Tyee Series

South of Border, Hot Debate Involves BC Coal Port Plans

Expansion for Asia export puts BC in middle of climate, jobs fight in Washington state.

By David P. Ball, 7 Mar 2013


blogs

BC Conservatives promise to abolish carbon tax, avoid labour strife

By David P. Ball, 5 Mar 2013


news

'Upscaling' of DTES Eroding Low Income Housing: Report

Carnegie Community Action Project's conclusions disputed by Vision councillor Jang.

By David P. Ball, 21 Feb 2013


blogs

Union support, affidavits boost lawsuit's efforts to halt Canada-China investment deal

By David P. Ball, 21 Feb 2013


culture

Talking Stick Fest: Aboriginal Artists at a Critical Moment

Idle No More movement throws sharp spotlight on showcase of aboriginal creativity coming to Vancouver.

By David P. Ball, 4 Feb 2013


blogs

'This is our future we have to fight for': Idle No More movement launches weekend of protests

By David P. Ball, 21 Dec 2012


news

'Colossal Failure' By Police on Missing Women: Oppal

Province pledges fast implementation of Commission recommendations. Critics demand more action on racism, systemic problems.

By David P. Ball, 18 Dec 2012


blogs

After teen death, calls for national inquiry into missing and murdered women

By David P. Ball, 13 Dec 2012


blogs

Poets rally their verse to keep Langley forest from development

By David P. Ball, 8 Dec 2012


news

A Tyee Series

Backed by Poll, Activists Rake Port Metro Vancouver over Coals

Terminal expansion plans need community input: Vancouver mayor.

By David P. Ball, 7 Dec 2012


news

Is Vancouver's Road to Green Paved with Plastic?

The City says a new method of mixing wax into streets is emissions-lite, but critics are wary of hidden bumps.

By David P. Ball, 28 Nov 2012


news

A Tyee Series

Coal Port to China Barges ahead without Public Support: Activists

Fraser Surrey Docks aims to boost US coal exports; opponents warn climate impacts worse than Northern Gateway.

By David P. Ball, 26 Nov 2012


blogs

Withhold judgment until missing women's commission report is issued, Oppal tells critics

By David P. Ball, 20 Nov 2012


blogs

Canada unique for lack of xenophobic sentiment in public discourse: Kenney

By David P. Ball, 10 Nov 2012


blogs

Kinder Morgan launches BC consultations on controversial pipeline expansion

By David P. Ball, 7 Nov 2012


blogs

Memorial plaques in Vancouver unveiled to honour missing and murdered women

By David P. Ball, 29 Oct 2012


news

Keep Drug Law Conversation Alive, Say Advocates

While BC municipalities back marijuana decriminalization, others argue it should go further.

By David P. Ball, 27 Sep 2012


news

Can .eco Become the First Protected Internet Park?

In the new web extension land grab, this BC company aims to stake a domain for enviro groups globally.

By David P. Ball, 26 Sep 2012


news

Occupy Wall Street's Rebel Spirit: Where Next?

One year after the movement sparked, The Tyee talks to two members still fired up.

By David P. Ball, 17 Sep 2012


blogs

Armada of ocean-going canoes paddles against Kinder Morgan

By David P. Ball, 4 Sep 2012


books

'Power of Youth' Unleashed

Rebel page Brigette DePape co-edits myth-busting book. Who says today's young generation is apathetic?

By David P. Ball, 1 Sep 2012


news

A Tyee Series

Dave Barrett's Rich Legacy to British Columbians

Forty years ago today he was elected BC's first NDP premier. Last year you voted him The People's Order of BC.

By David P. Ball, 30 Aug 2012


culture

Pop Rocks Turns Robson Square into Sea of 'Otherworldly' Blobs

Hoping to stop people in their tracks, three designers have transformed the heart of Vancouver.

By David P. Ball, 18 Aug 2012


news

'The Gloves Are Off': Residential School Day Students Launch Lawsuit

Scholars left out of 2006 settlement's 'common experience' compensation seek redress.

By David P. Ball, 17 Aug 2012


blogs

War on Terror threat to democracy in Canada: American Civil Liberties Union

By David P. Ball, 16 Aug 2012


news

Can You Be Nice in Today's Cutthroat House of Commons?

Elizabeth May, other MPs say they want less acrimony, more cooperation. Realistic?

By David P. Ball, 6 Aug 2012


news

In Vancouver, Memorial for Killed Anti-Mining Protesters

Group sends letters to companies to 'end unjust mining' and honour victims.

By David P. Ball, 3 Aug 2012


blogs

Atleo's challengers for National Chief include four women

By David P. Ball, 17 Jul 2012


news

Who Wins with BC's New Election Ridings?

As commission redraws boundaries, experts discuss potential winners and losers.

By David P. Ball, 6 Jul 2012


blogs

Slight reversal in federal refugee health cuts 'too little too late,' say doctors

By David P. Ball, 3 Jul 2012


blogs

Immigration Minister Jason Kenney besieged by critics during BC visit

By David P. Ball, 27 Jun 2012


news

Tensions Rise over Dismal Salmon Forecast

At Stó:lō ceremony, talk of waning Fraser River sockeye returns and political clashes with some commercial fishers.

By David P. Ball, 27 Jun 2012


blogs

Civil liberties concerns raised after Vancouver protest arrests

By David P. Ball, 26 Jun 2012


blogs

Don't want coal mines? Then don't buy steel: Compliance Energy CEO

By David P. Ball, 20 Jun 2012


news

Conservatives' Refugee Health Cuts Rile Doctors

'Groundswell' of anger by MDs, other health providers, against hit to Interim Federal Health Program.

By David P. Ball, 19 Jun 2012


blogs

Vision Vancouver critic Sean Antrim appointed COPE executive director

By David P. Ball, 18 Jun 2012


news

Protestors Seek 13 Conservative 'Heroes'

At least 80 MPs -- including 24 in BC -- faced calls last night to heed Conservative MP Wilks' suggestion to break ranks on Bill C-38.

By David P. Ball, 14 Jun 2012


news

Ashlie Gough 'Didn't Want to Die'

Victoria artist who overdosed at Occupy Vancouver was passionate, magnetic, say those who loved her.

By David P. Ball, 9 Nov 2011


blogs

Mayoral homelessness debate a sham: DTES residents

By David P. Ball, 8 Nov 2011


news

Occupy Vancouver: Drug Den or Harm Reduction Haven?

One death, one near-fatal overdose. How deep goes drug culture at the tent village?

By David P. Ball, 7 Nov 2011