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.

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Vaccination of those 80 and older to start March 5

Seniors 80 and older living in several high-risk communities in Ottawa will be able to get vaccinated against COVID-19 at a pop-up clinics on March 5, councillors heard Wednesday morning.

Patios could stay open until 2 a.m. starting in April

In an effort to help the beleaguered hospitality sector recover from the pandemic, the city is proposing to let restaurants and bars take up more street space to make their patios larger and to stay open longer during this year's outdoor dining season.

Runny nose? Stay home from school, get tested, OPH tells students

Students in Ottawa with just a single potential symptom of COVID-19, such as a runny nose or unexplained nausea, will now have to stay home and be tested for the illness.

City aces legal dispute over Kanata golf club

An Ontario court judge has upheld a 40-year-old agreement that says the Kanata Lakes Golf and Country Club must remain open space and not be redeveloped into a housing community.

Council greenlights Algonquins of Ontario land for future suburb

City council has voted to let Ottawa grow by way of a whole new suburb in the rural south-east, and shot down a motion to give city staff more time to analyze the proposal and consult with all Indigenous groups. 

E-scooters to hit the streets again despite safety concerns

Ottawa's e-scooter pilot project that started last year will keep rolling into 2021, despite deep concerns among accessibility advocates that the machines pose a barrier — and even a danger — to those with limited mobility or sight.

Tewin has councillors making up planning policy on the fly

The city should view its planning decisions through a lens of reconciliation. The problem is that it has never discussed how to do this, and instead used a walk-on motion to grant a planning exemption based, in part, on the concept of reconciliation. This action has sparked one of the biggest development controversies in recent memory.

Algonquin elder 'shocked and insulted' over Tewin land deal

A week ago she offered a blessing to the city at the start of council's first meeting of 2021. Now, Algonquin elder Claudette Commanda says she was "shocked and insulted" to hear that Mayor Jim Watson characterize a land deal with the Algonquins of Ontario and its partner Taggart as "reconciliation."

Schools in Ottawa to reopen Monday

Elementary and secondary schools in Ottawa and some surrounding areas will be allowed to reopen their classrooms on Monday, the provincial government announced Thursday morning.

Let shops reopen or limit big-box retailers, council urges province

Ottawa city council wants the province to either allow small businesses to reopen or restrict what big-box retailers are allowed to sell, arguing it's a question of fairness.