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Ottawa councillor asked job applicant about going braless, woman alleges

Sep 12 2019 — Joanne Chianello — A woman has filed a formal complaint with Ottawa’s integrity commissioner alleging a city councillor asked her inappropriate questions of a sexual nature during a job interview, including whether she was comfortable not wearing a bra to work events. The woman told CBC that during the interview at a Starbucks one Sunday afternoon in late […]

NCC pulls plug on RendezVous LeBreton deal

Dec 19 2018 — Joanne Chianello — The National Capital Commission is ending its deal with RendezVous LeBreton Group after its board of directors voted late Wednesday afternoon to terminate the agreement signed in January. This final nail in the coffin of a tortuous process to redevelop LeBreton Flats comes after the two partners in RendezVous LeBreton — Ottawa Senators owner Eugene […]

John Baird, Ottawa’s other mayor

Dec 27 2014 — Joanne Chianello — There’s only one political appointment John Baird has ever lobbied for: being the minister responsible for the National Capital Commission. “I remember when I met the prime minister a week after the election in ’06, he asked me to be president of Treasury Board,” Baird told the Citizen’s editorial board earlier this month. The Ottawa […]

Watson and Baird call 100-day truce — finally

Nov 28 2014 — Joanne Chianello — The best thing to come out of the latest debacle over the western LRT expansion is the announcement that Mayor Jim Watson and Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird are going to stop talking about it. Or, more accurately, stop talking about it in public for at least 100 days. The long-standing squabbling between Watson and […]

Damning Orgaworld audit shows staff misled council

Jul 10 2014 — Joanne Chianello — It is difficult to imagine a more damning denouncement of city staff’s incompetence than the audit delivered by Ken Hughes at City Hall examining the Orgaworld contract. Fiasco does not begin to do justice to the utter mess made of this $140-million deal. That 80,000-tonne minimum of green-bin waste that we’re obliged to deliver to […]

Western LRT extension: Lincoln Fields to Bayshore

Jun 22 2014 — Joanne Chianello — You can understand Scott Plunkett’s slight skepticism. He’s really looking forward to light rail reaching his Queensway Terrace community — eventually — but he wants to keep an eye out for one thing: the planned pedestrian bridge that will connect the future Queensview station to the neighbourhoods on the south side of Highway 417.

Hello, Redblacks fans? Don’t drive!

Jun 17 2014 — Joanne Chianello — Redblacks organization to public: Please, for the love of God, do not drive your car to Lansdowne Park on game day. And in case you didn’t hear him the first 12 times, the chief executive of Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group has this to say to Redblacks ticket holders: “Do not leave home in your […]

What’s a middle-of-the-road Ontarian to do?

Jun 12 2014 — Joanne Chianello — If you’re a red Tory or a blue Liberal, you’re likely facing a tough choice at the ballot box Thursday. Ontarians are known — and not necessarily in a good way — for being middle-of-the-roaders, balancing the needs of business with a social safety net. But what is the middle option in this provincial election? […]

Why run if you have no chance of winning?

Jun 11 2014 — Joanne Chianello — Running for office requires an obscene amount of work. It often means putting off family and friends, fending off competitors’ attacks, and dealing with the pesky media, all while trying to raise money and convince people to put their trust in you. The whole process devours a huge amount of life energy. Considering how demanding […]

Having a Green MPP would be good for Ontario

Jun 7 2014 — Joanne Chianello — Mike Schreiner’s chances of winning a seat in next week’s election are slim. The leader of the Green Party of Ontario is running in the riding of Guelph against Liberal Education Minister Liz Sandals who’s held the provincial seat since 2003. And while Schreiner is polling quite well in the 23-per-cent range by some estimates, […]