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

'Grotesque' Château Laurier addition clears final hurdle

The hugely controversial addition to the historic Château Laurier hotel can go ahead, Ottawa's planning committee voted Thursday.

OC Transpo fare freeze extended until LRT opens

Ottawa city council agreed to freeze transit fares because light rail is delayed yet again, but didn't go so far as to reduce them, as some councillors wanted.

Property owners demand to be kept off heritage list

Some two dozen residents turned up at Ottawa City Hall on Tuesday to demand their properties not be added to the city's heritage register.

ByWard Market businesses, councillor want more police patrols

After a homicide in the heart of the ByWard Market on a busy Friday night, the business association and city councillor are again calling on Ottawa police to do more foot and bike patrols.

Road projects unfinished as city updates to-do list

The City of Ottawa is preparing to draft a new master plan for roads, rail lines and pathways, even though half the projects on its last to-do list remain undone.

No LRT by Canada Day, city confirms

Confederation Line builder Rideau Transit Group will miss a fourth deadline to hand over Ottawa's light rail system.

Cybersecurity fixes 'incomplete' 4 years later, city auditor finds

City councillors were baffled to learn Wednesday that none of the eight recommendations in a damning auditor's report on how Ottawa manages its cybersecurity has been acted upon, four years later.

Westboro bus crash survivor sues city for $19M

An Ottawa woman who lost both legs in January's double-decker bus crash at Westboro station is suing the city for $19 million.

City starts redrawing electoral map

The City of Ottawa has started redrawing its ward boundaries for the first time since 2005, with the aim of redistributing the electorate in time for the next municipal vote.

Ottawa granted 'breathing space' as Ford postpones cuts

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson said the province's decision to hold off on funding cuts to public health, paramedics and child care this year gives the city some much-needed "breathing space," but he remains on guard for 2020 and beyond.

Flooding task force meets behind closed doors

Ottawa-area MPPs are holding a closed-door meeting with municipal and industry leaders Friday to look at how to make Ontario more resilient to flooding.

Housing bill threatens funds for parks and rec, city fears

The City of Ottawa has drafted a letter to the Ontario government asking it to remove parts of a sweeping housing bill that could make it more difficult for the city to build new parks and recreation centres. 

Watson turns down Ford's 'strange' offer to help find cuts

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson has no interest in taking Ontario Premier Doug Ford up on his offer to have an auditor comb the city's books to find savings, he said Wednesday.

'Mini-city' for self-driving vehicles launches in Greenbelt

A former research farm in Ottawa's Greenbelt is being turned into a hub for testing the algorithms, sensors and other technology that will allow vehicles to drive themselves.

Certifier sides with city on LRT completion

Despite assurances from Confederation Line builder Rideau Transit Group (RTG) that it's finished Ottawa's new LRT system, both the city and now an independent certifier say there's still work to be done.