David P. Ball
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.
Stories by David P. Ball
Emergency first responders hope BC hears their cry for help.
A developer created by then-mayor Sanders made one city more affordable. Now, Vancouver is taking note.
An ultra-dense, marginalized neighbourhood teaches urban planners some lessons in listening.
Top unionist warns TPP threatens 'total domination' unless labour makes its fight international.
Why is so little left or remembered from the UN's first-ever Habitat conference?
Court rules Tory back-to-work bill violated Charter freedoms of expression, assembly.
Having kids remains a debt sentence for many families in Metro region.
Garment factory collapse killed 1,134 workers. But some warn progress is too slow.
Construction will soon wrap on Canada's first 'Passiv'-style supportive housing complex.
Job action remains 'last resort,' says union spokesman as talks hit speed bump.
Ralliers outside Richmond hearings air their grievances with 12-country trade deal.
Long-awaited pathway for first-time buyers needs provincial green light.
Housing agency report doesn't answer everyone's questions, but is 'meaningful first step.'
Company says in-house employee groups a union alternative, but labour relations experts disagree.
On the day the Panama papers leaked, three media-watchers agreed it's one crucial element.
'It's very important we make an inclusive, welcoming statement,' says city councillor.
City staff give The Tyee an exclusive look at models they're examining.
Prominent US activist in Vancouver on March 24 to call Canadians to action.
$2.3 billion for rental, non-profit homes and co-ops revives hope in long-sidelined sector.
Airline denies dismissals were linked to employees' union activities.
Christy Clark vows to close loophole that's driving up housing prices.
City councillor says suit claiming breach of antitrust law 'not a surprise.'
Answers remain scarce as Canadian labour grapples with Uber, Airbnb and the 'gig economy.'
Result? The 68,000-member BCGEU survived the oil crash mostly unscathed.
Lower Mainland support workers scramble to find permanent homes for newcomer 'wave.'
Closer look reveals little budgeted for British Columbians struggling to live in Lower Mainland.
With infrastructure cash on horizon, stakeholders sharpen affordability pitch.
More than three months of investigation led to reporter Kathy Tomlinson's scoop.
In wake of recent headlines, we offer these ready-made ideas.
Liberals to repeal two controversial laws, but some say 'piecemeal' reforms don't go far enough.
But activists say affordable housing deal could leave out Vancouver's homeless.
Tyee asks Cindy Blackstock what's next after landmark First Nations child welfare ruling.
The housing charity Jimmy Carter made famous considers a controversial new approach in Canada.
Exploding land costs risked driving out talent. So Whistler carved fresh tracks.
Prison time for scaffold deaths, lawsuit over sawmill explosion prompts strong words from labour.
His two-year deportation ordeal over, José Figueroa thanks Canadians who offered support.
Five one-time asylum-seekers sponsor a family. Many more open their arms. Last in a series.
This Tyee reporter didn't expect hosting an asylum-seeker to turn out the way it did. Second in a series.
A New West family of five takes in a refugee family of six. First in a series.
End to 'very difficult way of life' in sight, says Shoal Lake 40 chief.
Experts puzzled by claims move will help tame affordability crisis in Vancouver, Toronto.
Families of missing and murdered women to be consulted, but insist on being more involved.
Merritt fishers see trespassing charges stayed, but say they won't stop fishing privately enclosed lakes.
A cup of tea on the rocks with West Van's former mayor.
Jody Wilson-Raybould now faces rifts over how to protect women.
Geoff Dembicki talks tipping points, clean energy and, yes, if we're screwed.
Ex-World Bank top economist talks unaffordability, the TPP, and being a fiscal 'black sheep.'
Our housing crisis might just be a carbon-beating opportunity.
Event to raise funds for 'tapped' nonprofits that will support newcomers.
Report based on 200 interviews with workers makes four recommendations.
Where many despair, our solutions-oriented panel of experts found rays of hope.
Various groups drew on master organizer Marshall Ganz's model to mobilize members.
BC tribunal rejects argument that firm isn't responsible for franchisee's treatment of workers.
New foreign affairs minister, a long-time vote reform advocate, dishes on fixing our system.
After deadly Tofino sinking, closure of two nearby facilities, under-equipped light stations raise warnings.
Toronto ex-councillor talks about big reforms in the works, from CMHC to social housing.
Liberals have promised billions for social housing, co-ops and new rentals.
Jody Wilson-Raybould handily wins new riding, reflecting nation-wide red sweep.
Democracy campaigner counts ballot bungles in 11 far-flung ridings.
It once met needs the market couldn't, or wouldn't. Advocates say it could again. Last in a series.
'In any election process, there is always room for improvement,' says vet vote watcher.
We need to be smarter with economic opportunities, says Indigenous entrepreneur. Part of a series on dreams beyond Oct. 19.
Before it was mainly mortgages, CMHC was about putting people in homes. First in a new series.
Time to restore our commitment, says veteran aid worker. Part of a series on dreams beyond Oct. 19.
'Accessible' spaces needed, says mom. Part of a series on dreams beyond Oct.19.
The death of Oanh Pham, 33, has residents of a converted church pondering her gifts.
'People are being left behind big time,' says one low-earner. Part of a series on dreams beyond Oct.19.
Freed from Egyptian jail threat, reporter discusses return to BC and press freedom fight.
Singer, artist and activist's 'Power in the Blood' nets album of year and $50,000 prize.
Alex Neve on Canada's response to the crisis, and how citizens can keep pushing the issue.
Take time to reflect this holiday with these 12 stories of note.
Baby Beluga star made himself a social media politico (who drives Paul Wells nuts).
'We would never leave them in the field, ever. You're not going to leave them on the street.'
Eight years after an overcrowded farm van crashed, victims' families warn not enough has changed.
In a surprise campaign vow, Conservative leader echoes NDP, Vision Vancouver.
Retiring MP says feds pledged to cover construction costs, then backpedals.
Urgent action needed to cool housing market, but Gregor Robertson says he needs help. Last in a series.
Watchdog asks gov't to review expenses for five-star hotels, spa resorts and fine chocolates.
Experts find much to be done, with inspiration from abroad and at home. Third in a series.
We know the data we need. Time to demand it, critics say. Second in a series.
Fishing guide supports mine's reboot, but says more is owed to those hurt by 2014 spill.
Governor General award winner talks election politics and the power of words.
Housing is personal, but some problems go coast-to-coast and demand a national response.
Region votes 62 per cent against referendum. 'We can't expand,' says TransLink CEO.
Alberta's oilsands, Newfoundland's mines, BC forests: how to manage a housing rush -- and how not to. Latest in a series.
They're netting more degrees than ever, but face greater housing barriers than the average millennial. Latest in a series.
It's not just money that worries seniors. Age-unfriendly cities add to housing fears. Latest in a series.
The First Nation of Shoal Lake 40 are surrounded by water they can't drink but Winnipeg can. But they have a dream.
Renters and aspiring homeowners face rising costs, but some are discovering workarounds. Second in a series.
Amid national affordability crisis, new series spotlights eight housing-stressed demographics.
Industry minister's departure due to son's health is nonetheless 'bad optics' for Harper, observers say.
Total days detained in CBSA custody spiked to 200,000 last year, U of T law group finds.
Dissecting the campaign, and what it might mean for key elections to come.
'To do it well, you need to be really, really sure that you're right.'
Time to put affordable homes on the federal agenda, say advocates. First in a solutions series.
'What does it take to get people above the poverty line?' asks BC labour chief.
'There was no delay in our response,' spokesman says.
'Maybe this one will be enough of a wake up call,' muses marine lawyer.
Those in Canada more than four years must leave.
Too many 'facts' giving you a headache? The Tyee's here to help.
Lack of information concerns budget watchdog.
UBC computer prof doubts there weren't qualified locals to employ.
Social media warnings to stay inside during port fire didn't reach some Vancouver residents.
With $7.5 billion transport plan at stake, The Tyee joins a hospital cleaner on her nightly commute home.
Expect feisty debate at this Vancouver event honouring late councillor Jim Green.
The late Jim Green's legacy project in Vancouver continues to generate buzz. Last in a series.
In Solheim Place, late councillor Jim Green helped create a Vancouver rarity. Second in a series.
But can the late Jim Green's project survive rising rents? First in a new series.
Constitutional challenge adds to concerns over 'most austere' form of segregation.
Yes, really. Groups of frustrated renters are snapping up urban acreages, and spend less on housing than the rest of us.
Kinder Morgan case resurfaces a law reform debate 20 years in the making.
A retired Tory senator says it's the best way to alleviate poverty. The Fraser Institute: Not so much.
A canny Nova Scotian idea aims to pump millions into affordable rentals in Victoria.
Religious communities are putting their faith, and their property, behind affordable housing.
Dam's approval viewed as 'courageous' by some, a '$9-billion gamble' by others.
Approved today, a sampler from years of reporting on the $8-billion-plus mega-project.
Free-market paradise over the Rockies is tackling housing crisis with a bold city-owned experiment.
'Options from Homes' made homeownership possible for thousands in Ontario. Why hasn't it caught on here?
An architect's trek around the world serves as a brainstorm for Vancouver solutions.
From saving refinery jobs to leading a revolution in civic powers, Derek Corrigan has bigger plans.
Architect Avi Friedman scoured the globe for new housing forms we could apply in Canada.
With strife on Burnaby Mountain rising, a sampler of a decade's reporting on the US pipeline giant.
Jack Caldwell says peer review process, convened by firms during a mine's life, could avert disaster.
Launched today, new Rental Housing Index hopes to transform knowledge into power.
Group's 'guerilla art' installation injects some virtual reality into Saturday's municipal elections.
Priced out, working families and nonprofits take matters into their own hands. Start of a new solutions series.
Under cross-exam, shipping safety expert admitted flaws in data backing Enbridge case for Northern Gateway.
Officials says powerless, fuel-laden Russian vessel not currently headed towards land.
Ministry defends miners' exclusion from WorkSafeBC.
CBSA outsourcing under the microscope as custody death inquest concludes.
Clerical mistake kept Lucía Vega Jiménez from a mental health appointment before her death, inquest hears.
Transit Police officer testifies at inquest into Lucía Vega Jiménez's hanging death.
Lucía Vega Jiménez died nine months ago awaiting deportation at a Vancouver airport.
Confab of municipalities passes resolution in favour of greater oversight.
First Nations declare pact to 'protect the Salish Sea' from oil risks.
Fraser Surrey Docks says review of dust, diesel emissions is 'voluntary.' Not so fast, counters Metro Van.
Probe into Lucía Vega Jiménez's hanging at Vancouver airport last winter starts Sept. 29.
BC Fed brokers interest-free cash for union, while ministry wants to get back to bargaining.
Plans to submerge 10,000 hectares of fertile Peace River land continue to spark outrage.
Province insists new funds, pilot projects increase access to justice.
Lower Mainland transfer facility to export thermal coal to Asia given green light.
Corner-cutting, cost savings a 'pattern of behaviour,' mining consultant alleges.
Watchdog wants correspondence between firm and government released.
Documents show government aware of dam safety concerns, including tailings ponds.
Imperial Metals describes substance spilled from dam as 'very close to drinking water.'
Political gag rules in Australia coincide with concerns across the Pacific.
Many undocumented families, fearing deportation, don't enrol kids in school. Last in a series.
Issues beyond local jurisdiction, warns Corrigan. Latest in a series.
How the "don't ask, don't tell" approach to non-status immigrants evolved amongst police forces in North America. Part of a series.
VPD hopes policy will reassure undocumented migrants. Latest in the Sanctuary City series.
This short video is part of a Tyee series on the city's support for undocumented migrants.
Many deportations start with checks of SkyTrain riders. Second in a series.
For the city's undocumented immigrants, fear of discovery lurks in emergency rooms, schools, the local bus. With video report, first in a series.
After Lac-Mégantic, corporate culture must reward improvements.
'There won't be any more Disneyland trips,' says new head of beleaguered nonprofit.
Despite new reforms, foreign temps still face fears of deportation.
Company 'respects' citizens' rights to hold a referendum on approved pipeline.
Indigenous leaders outline plans to hold steady against Enbridge pipeline, approved today.
Offer extended yearly to 26,000 Vancouverites who can't pay top dollar to see the dolphins.
Workers awarded nearly $1 million for abuse suffered in a Golden camp may never receive it because their boss is bankrupt.
Delivered today in Vancouver, 26,000-signature petition opposes Bill C-24.
Legal challenge filed over green-lit growth of Texada Island facility.
Retired Vancouver health exec Ted Bruce set to be appointed Friday.
Policy would let municipal agencies refuse to give info about 'illegals' to immigration authorities.
After four years of legal battle, 55 refugee and immigrant workers awarded $700,000.
Congregations raise flags over BC thermal coal exports.
'Distressing' conditions in indigenous communities at odds with Canada's resource wealth, says James Anaya.
In the wake of Linden MacIntyre's resignation, event argues investigators' 'vital' role.
Federal moratorium on restaurants hiring tempers makes many afraid they'll be forced home.
Province admits there's much more to be done for 700 kids who 'age out' yearly.
Civil liberties group shows how to unearth dirt government has on you.
Meet the young Christian suing BC for approving a law school he says discriminates against gay people.
A party united. A party divided. A party that must listen. Insiders weigh in.
Environmental advocate alleges pro-oilsands group a 'front' for Tories.
Now, experts wanting to weigh in must prove they'll be 'directly affected.'
Public hearings for TransMountain's oilsands pipeline expansion begin next January.
Green businesses are cashing in, but can they reverse our warming crisis?
Five months after launching its prototype, Atira aims for a seven-storey recycled tower.
PM extols value of evidence during BC visit, but questions about dismantled research libraries linger.
A deal that made Vancouver's urban housing experiment possible now clouds its future. Last in a series.
Eccentric False Creek South nailed one goal: creating real community in Vancouver's core. Part of a series.
Decades ago, three levels of gov't agreed to build something a little crazy. Funny thing: it mostly worked. Part of a series.
Clock ticking for a Trudeau-era attempt at a visionary utopia in Vancouver.
Townhouses along key SkyTrain line must be torn down to make way for big development, city says.
First set of data since long-form census axed suggest affordability progress, but others doubt.
Journalists are fed up with canned talking points in response to questions, but are they better than nothing?
Province, First Nations coalition in jurisdictional battle over controversial trophy hunt.
In a blur of sandals and tie-dye, music fans run in the annual folk festival rite: the Birkenstock 500.
Eroding incomes and plunging rental stock leave 380,600 households in 'severe' need.
BC premier promises her team will 'accelerate' jobs plan and 'run a tight ship.'
Renaming of Saanich mountain latest in campaign to reclaim indigenous landmarks.
The NDP leader announced his party will launch post-election review sparing 'nothing and no one, least of all me.'
Have we gone too far in preventing Rob Ford-like outbursts and gaffes on the campaign trail?
Named: RCMP, VPD, City of Vancouver, justice minister, crown prosecutors. Pickton siblings accused of 'abetting' murders.
Proxy challenge over First Nations dealings figures into some investors' reticence.
The Tyee talks to Fraser Surrey Docks' CEO about how his project to expand exports should interest BC.
Vancouver event unites advocates, developers, architects, politicians and more.
Plans to ramp up exports from Washington, Oregon and BC are uniting opposition across 49th Parallel.
Expansion for Asia export puts BC in middle of climate, jobs fight in Washington state.
Carnegie Community Action Project's conclusions disputed by Vision councillor Jang.
Idle No More movement throws sharp spotlight on showcase of aboriginal creativity coming to Vancouver.
Province pledges fast implementation of Commission recommendations. Critics demand more action on racism, systemic problems.
Terminal expansion plans need community input: Vancouver mayor.
The City says a new method of mixing wax into streets is emissions-lite, but critics are wary of hidden bumps.
Fraser Surrey Docks aims to boost US coal exports; opponents warn climate impacts worse than Northern Gateway.
While BC municipalities back marijuana decriminalization, others argue it should go further.
In the new web extension land grab, this BC company aims to stake a domain for enviro groups globally.
One year after the movement sparked, The Tyee talks to two members still fired up.
Rebel page Brigette DePape co-edits myth-busting book. Who says today's young generation is apathetic?
Forty years ago today he was elected BC's first NDP premier. Last year you voted him The People's Order of BC.
Hoping to stop people in their tracks, three designers have transformed the heart of Vancouver.
Scholars left out of 2006 settlement's 'common experience' compensation seek redress.
Elizabeth May, other MPs say they want less acrimony, more cooperation. Realistic?
Group sends letters to companies to 'end unjust mining' and honour victims.
As commission redraws boundaries, experts discuss potential winners and losers.
At Stó:lō ceremony, talk of waning Fraser River sockeye returns and political clashes with some commercial fishers.
'Groundswell' of anger by MDs, other health providers, against hit to Interim Federal Health Program.
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.
Victoria artist who overdosed at Occupy Vancouver was passionate, magnetic, say those who loved her.
One death, one near-fatal overdose. How deep goes drug culture at the tent village?