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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LRT tunnel waterproofing 'compromised,' transit commission hears

The waterproofing system for the Confederation Line tunnel is compromised, causing higher-than-expected leaks and ice buildup in the winter, the transit commission heard Thursday morning.

Communications among biggest failures of LRT ice storm woes this week

Liz Haig was one of about 100 people stuck on an eastbound train on a bridge above the Rideau River during Wednesday morning's icy commute. She says the passengers were told nothing about what was happening.

Mayor Mark Sutcliffe's campaign raised $300K from just 250 supporters who donated the max

The top two contenders for mayor in last fall's municipal election spent about the same amount on their campaigns, but they raised the money in very different ways. While Mark Sutcliffe had fewer contributors than Catherine McKenney, as individuals, his donors gave far more money.

Pros, cons and head-scratchers: The possible new NHL arena locations in Ottawa

Despite the fact the Ottawa Senators inked a preliminary deal with the National Capital Commission to build a new arena on the western end of LeBreton Flats, there are a number of alternate rink sites being floated around.

NHL commissioner puts non-LeBreton Flats arena locations in play

In 2017, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said a downtown Ottawa arena was "vitally important to the long-term future, stability and competitiveness of the Senators." These days, he's not so definitive.

The big 3 Ottawa Senators unknowns: The arena, the owners, and the money

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly touch down in Ottawa today, so cue the speculation on the identity of the Senators' owners, tentative dreams of a downtown arena, and a contentious debate on the use of public funds.

Ottawa Hospital CEO, departed city manager among top earners on Sunshine List

Health-care executives and university leaders were among the city's highest-paid provincial public servants in 2022, with The Ottawa Hospital's CEO Cameron Love topping the list with a salary of $647,124.

Ontario budget delivers nothing for Ottawa to cover transit, derecho costs

The provincial budget could provide Ottawa with millions of dollars for new supportive housing, but is silent on the city’s request for many millions more to fund everything from a transit shortfall to derecho costs.

Sutcliffe to meet NHL commissioner Gary Bettman next week

Ottawa Mayor Mark Sutcliffe is scheduled to meet with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman on Monday as the sale of the Ottawa Senators remains a hot topic in the capital and around the league. The mayor is leaving open the possibility of investing public money into a new arena.

Tewin owners signed farming lease weeks after clear-cutting the area

A lease to farm lands owned by the partners developing the future Tewin suburb wasn’t signed until March 3 — weeks after the controversial clear-cutting of the property — a city committee heard Tuesday.