Kate Porter


Kate Porter covers municipal affairs for CBC Ottawa. Over the past 15 years, she has also produced in-depth reports for radio, web and TV, regularly presented the radio news, and covered the arts beat.

Latest from Kate Porter

City to reduce LRT trains for 2 months to save $160K

Ottawa's Confederation Line will operate with just 11 trains for two months, but some councillors question why the city would ask to reduce LRT service to save only $160,000.

City grant to help homeowners reduce runoff

The City of Ottawa will launch a pilot program this spring to help homeowners capture more stormwater on their own properties, diverting runoff from city sewers and helping keep gardens green.

Westboro zoning changes could direct 'relentless' pace of intensification

More than two years after ordering a freeze on new triplexes in Westboro, the city's planning committee has approved regulations to guide construction in a neighbourhood that's long been a magnet for infill development.

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. 

We're 'real Algonquins' too, says group behind Tewin suburb plan

The Algonquins of Ontario say a plan to create an environmentally friendly suburb in south Ottawa will give their people a chance to be part of the city's society and economy — and is indeed, despite what critics have said, a step toward reconciliation.

Tewin: The land at the centre of Ottawa's reconciliation controversy

When a pair of city committees suddenly voted last week that fields and forest on the city's outskirts should become Ottawa's next major suburb, those hundreds of hectares were suddenly thrust into the limelight in a way not seen since the 1970s.

Algonquin chiefs denounce urban expansion as 'wreck-onciliation'

Chiefs of Algonquin First Nations say a decision by municipal politicians to allow the Algonquins of Ontario to urbanize a large swath of land in Ottawa's rural southeast isn't reconciliation, and say they weren't consulted.

Newest Château Laurier design faces fewer foes

Yet another redesign for an addition to the historic Château Laurier goes before a city committee next week for approval, but this time, a local heritage group has been involved and sees it as a victory.

Watson seeks reconciliation with Algonquins of Ontario development

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson says he fully supports allowing the Algonquins of Ontario to develop a community in Ottawa's rural south-east, calling it an "innovative" step toward reconciliation with First Nations.

ByWard businesses say it's their turn for a revamp

A $129-million plan to rejuvenate Ottawa's historic ByWard Market heads to city council for approval next week, and business owners say it’s about time the area saw some civic love by way of upgrades.