Joanne Chianello

City affairs analyst

Joanne Chianello is an award-winning journalist and CBC Ottawa's city affairs analyst. You can email her at or tweet her at @jchianello.

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Integrity commissioner's damning report 'unfair,' says Chiarelli

Coun. Rick Chiarelli says a damning report from the city's integrity commissioner — one that recommends the harshest sanctions possible against the College ward councillor — is "unfair" because it was completed without giving him the opportunity to comment, according to a statement sent to some media outlets.

Chiarelli should face harshest penalty for alleged misconduct, integrity commissioner says

After a 10-month investigation into allegations of improper behaviour by Coun. Rick Chiarelli, the city's integrity commissioner is recommending sanctions against the veteran politician reserved for the most egregious misconduct — the suspension of nine months' salary, or more than $79,000.

TSB launches formal investigation of LRT train wheel cracks

Canada's rail safety agency is launching a formal investigation into the wheel cracks on the light rail trains that run on Ottawa's Confederation Line, CBC has learned.

Chiarelli says he's going to court to stop integrity commissioner's report

The lawyer acting for embattled Coun. Rick Chiarelli says he's launching a judicial review against the City of Ottawa and its integrity commissioner in an effort to halt the release of a much-anticipated report on the councillor's alleged behaviour toward female staffers and job applicants.

Masks mandatory as of midnight in Ottawa, region

Residents of eastern Ontario,  including the City of Ottawa, will be required to wear non-medical masks in indoor public places to prevent the spread of COVID-19 starting at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, according to the medical officers of the four local public health units.

Masks could be mandatory in Ottawa as early as Monday

Ottawa and the surrounding regions will join a growing list of cities in Ontario to make masks mandatory in indoor public settings, and the rules could come into effect as early as Monday.

Masks mandatory in Cornwall, other eastern Ontario areas, as early as next week

Wearing non-medical masks or cloth face coverings will be made mandatory to access indoor services in Eastern Ontario, and the new rules could come into effect as early as next week.

Ottawa could make masks mandatory in indoor public settings

On the heels of COVID-19 outbreaks in nail salons in Kingston, Ont., Ottawa's chief medical officer of health said she's "seriously exploring" mandatory masks for anyone who wants to access indoor services.

Options for Ottawa city council include shedding 6 seats, adding 2

Is the current Ottawa city council too big, too small, or just right? That's what elected officials and voters will be asked to judge in coming months, with preliminary consultation suggesting a preference for a slightly larger council.

City facing $192M deficit due to pandemic

The City of Ottawa is projecting a deficit of $192 million by year's end, and that could mean cutting some services unless upper levels of government pitch in, council heard Wednesday.

Councillor 'wholly unsatisfied' with answers to inquiry on Jock River file

The Ottawa city councillor who demanded answers about alterations to the Jock River flood plain says the responses have only raised further questions, which are expected to be discussed at Thursday's planning committee meeting.

Constituents sue George Darouze for defamation

Coun. George Darouze is being sued for defamation and breach of privacy in small claims court by the same Osgoode couple who filed an official complaint with the integrity commissioner about him last year.

OC Transpo boss remains doubtful LRT will be reliable by Labour Day

Ottawa's transit boss remains skeptical the Confederation Line will be running reliably by Labour Day, despite a promise from the light rail system's builder to finally have 15 trains running a month before.

Ottawa public health officials welcome Stage 2 — but with caution

Health officials are welcoming back hugs and kisses, but are also warning that the number of cases of COVID-19 could rise "exponentially" if Ottawans don't continue to take precautions.

Councillor asks for options to reform police

Moments after being officially named council's first-ever liaison on anti-racism, Coun. Rawlson King has asked staff to compile ways to engage the public on reforming the local police service.