Joanne Chianello

City affairs analyst

Joanne Chianello is an award-winning journalist and CBC Ottawa's city affairs analyst. You can email her at or tweet her at @jchianello.

Latest from Joanne Chianello

Province questions including Tewin lands in Ottawa's growth plans

The Ontario government wants the City of Ottawa to double-check whether creating the new Tewin suburb is the best choice for expanding the city.

Planning committee to be run by another suburban councillor, and a rural one

A month after Coun. Jan Harder stepped down as planning committee chair in the face of a damning integrity commissioner's report, council voted to replace her with two co-chairs for the first time ever — one from the suburbs, and another from the rural area.

North side sucks, and so does the arena at Lansdowne, report says

Ottawa city council should look into rebuilding the 54-year-old north-side stands at TD Place stadium, as well as replace the former Civic Centre with a scaled-down new arena to improve the long-term viability of Lansdowne, according to a new city report.

Lansdowne's north-side stands a monument to false economies

Many of the issues with the TD Place arena and north-side stands were known more for more than a decade. So why are we only dealing with them now?

Lansdowne redevelopment should have included north-side stands, mayor admits

The city should have replaced the north-side stands of TD Place stadium, and the arena underneath, during the massive redevelopment of Lansdowne less than a decade ago, Mayor Jim Watson said Wednesday.

Former Prince of Wales Bridge gets renamed, and $14M in city funding

Residents are one step closer to being able to walk, cycle and perhaps even cross-country ski across the Ottawa River at Bayview Station after council voted Wednesday to commit $14 million to rehabilitate the bridge, and rename it Chief William Commanda Bridge.

Freezing police budget may take more than a year, says board chair

The Ottawa Police Service may not be able to freeze its 2022 budget, but the board that oversees the service is hiring a consultant to help reach that goal.

Jan Harder resigns from committee as gloves come off at city council

Coun. Jan Harder stepped down from her influential role as chair of the committee responsible for urban planning and development in Ottawa, and that was followed by harsh acrimony at city council rarely seen this term.

Council to decide whether to boot Coun. Harder from planning committee

The lawyer acting for Barrhaven Coun. Jan Harder has obtained an outside legal opinion that Ottawa's integrity commissioner was wrong to recommend she be removed as chair of the powerful planning committee.

Integrity commissioner recommends Coun. Jan Harder be removed as planning chair

Veteran Barrhaven Coun. Jan Harder faces the prospect of losing her position as chair of the powerful planning committee after an integrity commissioner's investigation found she has "tainted" the planning process by creating a perceived conflict of interest through her close relationship with a planning consultant and his daughter.