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

LRT public inquiry has cost taxpayers $14.5M so far

The results of the public inquiry into what's caused the array of problems with the Confederation Line won't be known until next week, but the price tag is already becoming clear.

Premier Ford cancels meeting with Mayor Sutcliffe

Ottawa Mayor Mark Sutcliffe's first official trip to Queen's Park on Tuesday was one meeting short of expected after Premier Doug Ford cancelled. The premier's office didn't give a reason why he had to "unexpectedly cancel" but the mayor did meet with a number of other cabinet members.

Feds, province announce $92M for 5 housing projects in Ottawa

The federal and provincial housing ministers chose National Housing Day to announce $91.85 million in funding for 272 affordable units in Ottawa. More than half the funds are earmarked for a federal low-cost loan to local developer Taggart to build affordable 122 units in Little Italy.

Ford government's Bill 39 is 'against the basic democratic instinct'

The PC government stunned many in Ottawa and Toronto with legislation that will allow the mayors of those cities to pass local laws with only one-third of council support. If Bill 39 goes ahead, it could stir up talk of a constitutional challenge.

Ottawa's new mayor heads to Queen's Park Tuesday to talk money, housing bill

A week after he is sworn in, Mayor Mark Sutcliffe will head to Queen's Park next week for meetings with Premier Doug Ford and Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Steve Clark.

'A gross abuse of democracy': Some Ottawa city councillors slam province's bylaw plan

The surprise move by the provincial government to allow the mayor of Ottawa to pass certain bylaws with just over one-third of council's support is being called undemocratic by some members of city council.

Mayor Mark Sutcliffe vows to leave divisiveness of past councils behind

The largest Ottawa city council ever was sworn in on Tuesday at a ceremony at city hall, with newly elected Mayor Mark Sutcliffe calling on his 24 council colleagues to put the divisiveness of the past behind them.

Councillors walk out on Rick Chiarelli, the darkest cloud over stormy term

For many council members, the outgoing College ward representative remains a piece of unfinished business.

Rick Chiarelli docked another 90 days pay on his way out of council

Coun. Rick Chiarelli ends three decades on city council with his colleagues voting unanimously to dock him 90 days of pay after they approved the third damning integrity report that found the outgoing College ward councillor harassed yet another woman.

4 ways the PC government's new housing bill could override city powers

Cities are scrambling to figure out what  Bill 23, known as the "More Homes Built Faster Act", means for them. They are sure of one thing, though: the Progressive Conservative government's new legislation overrides some of the powers municipalities have to oversee the planning of their own cities.