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.

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Child-care centres say they're ready to accept larger groups

Child-care centres in Ottawa can increase the size of their groups today to 15 children, which in many cases will mean double the kids, as part of Ontario's Stage 3 reopening plan.

Coun. Rick Chiarelli has 'no intention of resigning'

Even though his council colleagues have decided to dock his pay for 270 days, College ward councillor Rick Chiarelli intends to stay on in his job.

OCDSB endorses back-to-school plans despite 'navigating without a map'

Trustees with Ottawa's largest school board endorsed high-level reopening plans at a special meeting, but some worried about giving their stamp of approval with so many questions unanswered.

OCDSB survey suggests staff discomfort with full-time school

Parents and students might be looking for a full-time return to schools in September, but many teachers and staff at Ottawa's largest school board are less comfortable with the idea, according to the results of a survey that saw 28,000 people give their feedback.

Council seeks 6th electoral map option amid 'meddling' concerns

Ottawa city council has sent consultants back to the drawing board to come up with a sixth option for redrawing the municipal electoral map, despite concerns over political interference.

Council to vote on Chiarelli's 9-month pay suspension

Ottawa city council will decide Wednesday whether to mete out one of the harshest penalties of its kind ever imposed in Ontario against Coun. Rick Chiarelli, accused of inappropriate behaviour toward female job applicants.

Cumberland byelection could take place Oct. 5

Residents of Ottawa's eastern-most ward could head to the polls Oct. 5 to choose a new city councillor, despite COVID-19.

City's mandatory mask bylaw calls for fines up to $400

Ottawa bylaw officers could soon be given the power to issue fines of up to $400 to people who aren't wearing masks in indoor public spaces, but the city says it has no plans to launch a crackdown.

'Get out of your condos': BIA hopes Bank Street closure will give businesses a needed boost

A 15-block stretch of Bank Street in downtown Ottawa will close to vehicles every Saturday for at least the next month, becoming the latest area to try to recover customers during the COVID-19 pandemic by making more space for pedestrians and cyclists.

Ward redistribution 'a slap in the face,' councillors complain

Some Ottawa city councillors are strongly objecting to proposed changes to the electoral map that could be in place by the next municipal election, arguing they arbitrarily divide neighbourhoods and make little sense.

Political staffers fear speaking up, councillors told

City councillors and their staff shared personal stories Tuesday as a committee considered a review of hiring and interview practices at city hall, which was sparked by last fall's allegations against Coun. Rick Chiarelli.

Hiring guidelines proposed in wake of Chiarelli allegations

Ottawa city councillors could get extra training and new tools to help them hire their political staffers, after allegations last fall against Coun. Rick Chiarelli triggered a review of recruitment methods at city hall.

NCC steers clear of picking location for 6th interprovincial span

The National Capital Commission has updated technical studies for a sixth interprovincial crossing, but as for where it should go — they'll cross that bridge when they come to it.

Photo radar coming in July to streets near Ottawa schools

The long-planned pilot project to cut speeding near schools will see the cameras installed in eight zones on July 13.

Sale of prime LeBreton parcel hinges on affordable housing

The City of Ottawa is hoping to dispose a prime parcel of land it owns at LeBreton Flats, but only if it can get at least 100 affordable housing units out of the deal.