Kate Porter


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

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Developer gave little warning ahead of Tewin tree cutting, emails show

Ottawa city planning staff were not expecting dozens of hectares of trees to be clear-cut in February at the site of the future Tewin suburb because developer Taggart had made only one inquiry seven months prior to the cutting, documents show.

Province designs new Barrhaven interchange, but has no money for it

The Ministry of Transportation has presented its preliminary design for a new Highway 416 interchange to meet the needs of booming subdivisions in Barrhaven, but has no timeline and no funding set aside for its $80 million construction.  

Their mother died after an ambulance delay, but it's taken 20 years for change

Ambulance dispatchers in Ottawa will finally get software to triage the most urgent 911 calls with far greater nuance and accuracy — 20 years after a coroner’s inquest recommended it be installed.

City to speed up 14 paramedic hires as it misses response time targets

Faced with paramedics unable to meet response times for the most life-threatening calls, and a record number of ambulance shortages, Ottawa city councillors not only agreed to a three-year strategy to boost paramedic hiring but also called for it to be sped up.

Council approves 3-container limit for curbside garbage

Ottawa residents will be limited to three containers of garbage every two weeks after 22 of 24 city council members voted in favour of the new plan, replacing the contentious idea of having to put tags on bags.

Bye bag tags: 3-container limit the newest garbage policy up for debate

Ottawa's mayor wants to limit households to three garbage bins at the curb each collection day, in a move he hopes will have more buy-in around the council table, even if it leads to a more lenient policy than city staff had originally recommended. 

City seeks to triple new paramedic hires as ambulance demand soars

The City of Ottawa wants to triple the number of new paramedic hires next year as emergency responders struggle after several high-stress years, and calls for ambulances soar.

'Pay as you throw' garbage plan in limbo as debate ends in stalemate

Ottawa residents might not need to put tags on all garbage bags after all, after a city committee failed to reach a consensus on how to move forward with a curbside strategy. 

City of Ottawa employee took work vehicle to convoy protest, then resigned

The auditor general's office has detailed the 2022 crop of tips to the City of Ottawa's confidential fraud-and-waste hotline, including one about a city employee who took a work vehicle to the convoy protests.

Lansdowne decisions put hockey arena move in spotlight

The City of Ottawa is poised to approve moving the home of the Ottawa 67's hockey team to a spot overlooking the end zone of TD Place stadium, on what is now the grassy hill of a city park, and critics say it's happening without enough scrutiny.