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

Rookie councillor facing audit over campaign finances

The City of Ottawa will hire an outside auditor to look into Coun. Laura Dudas's financial statements from her 2018 campaign after a resident in her ward complained she didn't follow municipal election laws.

Streaming wars an exciting time for Ottawa's animation industry

With streaming services all eager for shows and new soundstages about to be built in Nepean, the city's animation studios say they can feel the excitement of their exploding industry.

Heron Gate residents hoping to hold developer to social contract

Residents of Ottawa's Heron Gate neighbourhood are hoping a legally binding agreement will hold Timbercreek to its community-minded pledges as it redevelops the site.

What's next for the controversial Château Laurier addition?

As far as Ottawa city council and the owner of the Château Laurier hotel are concerned, it's time to move on with a controversial addition, but critics say they will keep fighting for the national historic site.

'Betrayal of democracy': Reviled Château Laurier addition to go ahead

Ottawa city council has upheld a decision to allow a reviled addition to the historic Château Laurier hotel, voting down an attempt to reopen the controversial matter Thursday afternoon.

Vision for denser, taller Heron Gate draws mixed reviews

The Ottawa city councillor for Alta Vista says Timbercreek has "work to do" on its ambitious plan to redevelop the partially demolished Heron Gate neighbourhood.

New city trucks a bad fit for plowing duty, auditor finds

The City of Ottawa had to buy six new trucks after the ones it initially purchased were unable to handle the weight of the plows they were meant to push, the city's auditor has found.

Barrhaven residents turn on councillor as gridlock worsens

With yet another major subdivision awaiting approval at Ottawa city hall, many Barrhaven residents are growing increasingly frustrated by lagging infrastructure in their neighbourhood — and some are pointing the finger at their own councillor. 

'Developers control city hall,' city councillor charges

A frustrated city councillor is blaming developer influence at Ottawa city hall as the reason behind a controversial decision made at the planning committee this week.

Residents 'betrayed' by city as 9-storey building on former Oblates land gets OK

A group of Old Ottawa East residents say they've lost any remaining faith in the planning process at city hall after a developer was given the go-ahead to build a nine-storey apartment block in front of a heritage building in the heart of their neighbourhood.

Council punts handgun motion to police board

Ottawa city council has opted against taking its own stand on banning handguns, deciding instead to send the matter to the police services board.

Salvation Army to slash beds at Vanier shelter

On the eve of a city council vote that could determine the fate of its planned shelter on Montreal Road, the Salvation Army is proposing to dramatically reduce the number of emergency beds at the facility and cancelling plans to offer addictions treatment there.

Salvation Army open to changing controversial shelter project

The Salvation Army now says it is open to changing the size of its controversial proposed shelter in Vanier, but critics question the timing and sincerity of the charity's latest overture, just days before a crucial Ottawa city council debate.

Flood repairs to cost NCC up to $10M

Repairing the capital's bridges, pathways and shorelines after this spring's floods could cost the National Capital Commission between $6 million and $10 million, its board heard Thursday.

OC Transpo looks to add 2 electric buses to fleet

Just four months after saying electric buses wouldn't work in Ottawa, the general manager in charge of OC Transpo is urging council to skip a pilot project and add two of the vehicles to its fleet.