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.

Latest from Kate Porter

State of emergency ends in Ottawa on Thursday

The state of emergency declared in March 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic was beginning will be lifted at 12:01 a.m. Thursday, Ottawa's mayor has announced.

Police spending freeze up to police board, committee says

Amid calls to freeze the Ottawa police budget in 2022, the City of Ottawa's financial staff and politicians say the police services board will have to make that call.

Planning committee to be run by another suburban councillor, and a rural one

A month after Coun. Jan Harder stepped down as planning committee chair in the face of a damning integrity commissioner's report, council voted to replace her with two co-chairs for the first time ever — one from the suburbs, and another from the rural area.

Before vote on Ottawa's official plan, councillor wants to see 'missing pieces'

Time is running out before Ottawa city council votes on a new official plan and one councillor wants staff to make public detailed costs for expanding the suburbs and "robust modelling" of the intensification proposed for older neighbourhoods.

Big change coming to Ottawa's Billings Bridge area

Ottawa's planning committee approved a 26-storey tower at the intersection of Bank Street and Riverside Drive near Billings Bridge mall, the first of many changes planned for that busy area.

Auditor to study City of Ottawa's $1 billion electric bus plan

Ottawa's new auditor general will investigate the risks involved with the City of Ottawa's $1 billion plan to convert half its OC Transpo fleet to electric buses before any agreements are even signed.

City of Ottawa to launch its own home retrofit program

The City of Ottawa plans to launch its own home retrofit program this fall aimed at helping owners upgrade older homes to waste less energy.

Trio of towers approved for 'gateway' to Vanier

Instead of an aging strip mall, people who cross the Cummings Bridge into Ottawa's Vanier area could soon be greeted by three towers.

Former chair Jan Harder thanked at planning committee

One day after Jan Harder resigned as chair of Ottawa's planning committee following an integrity investigation, Stittsville's Glen Gower took her place in the interim and asked committee to thank Harder for her service.

Jan Harder resigns from committee as gloves come off at city council

Coun. Jan Harder stepped down from her influential role as chair of the committee responsible for urban planning and development in Ottawa, and that was followed by harsh acrimony at city council rarely seen this term.