David P. Ball

David P. Ball is a freelance writer and photojournalist in Vancouver, B.C., on Coast Salish territories. Find him at davidpball.net and @davidpball on twitter. 

In love with photojournalism since he was eight, David studied professional writing and political science at the University of Victoria, following that passion to the Middle East where he reported from the 2006 Israel-Lebanon war. He has been published in more than 20 publications.

NDP leadership debate in Vancouver: live blog

Seven hopefuls to replace late NDP leader Jack Layton square off in Vancouver. The Vancouver Observer reports live from the final debate before the March 24 party vote.

Missing women inquiry lawyer resigns, saying police given priority over Aboriginal voices

The Pickton inquiry faced a new setback today, as the lawyer for Aboriginal interests quit – the latest in a string of boycotts and criticisms which some say has cost the commission its legitimacy.

Fukushima anniversary: B.C. looks south to closest nuclear plant

Sitting a six-hour drive south of Vancouver, the Columbia Generating Station is B.C.'s closet nuclear plant. As we near the one year anniversary of the Fukushima disaster, VO investigates.

Vic Toews targeted in second Anonymous smear campaign

Hacktivist group Anonymous launched its latest privacy-invading attack on safety minister Vic Toews' 'online spying' bill today – only a week after they revealed the name of a girlfriend.

Robocall scandal by the numbers: 200 ridings allege election fraud

Opposition vote-stealing allegations are unproven, but misleading election phone calls are now reported in up to 82 ridings - some of them razor-thin Conservative wins as low as 18 votes.

Robo-call scandal and Conservative bills: Parliament Hill live blog

Conservatives are under fire for a growing election scandal, sweeping legislation and an increasingly hard-line tone. VO staff reporter David P. Ball reports live from Parliament Hill in Ottawa today.

National Geographic explorer Wade Davis on Enbridge, First Nations and mining

Speaking out on the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline and mining near his home, the author of Sacred Headwaters spoke with VO on nature, industry and First Nations.

Tories' robo-call fraud leads to cries of election stealing from NDP, Liberals

The Official Opposition reacted with fury to a breaking 'Robo-Gate' scandal in which a Conservative campaign firm phoned thousands of voters, spreading misinformation about voting station changes.

Online spying, "foreign radicals" and faux patriotism: Conservatives bare draconian teeth

Jailing refugees and pot growers wasn't enough to whet the Tory appetite for change. They've now labelled critics child pornographers, foreign radicals, anti-Canada – even Nazis. What can we do?

Canada’s poor seniors targeted by Tory OAP cutbacks, CARP says

After the Conservative HR minister hinted at Old Age Security reform in next month's federal budget, Canada's 'new vision of aging' advocacy group ramps up 'Hands off OAS' campaign.