Kathleen Petty was just about to leave Ottawa, after five years of hosting CBC Radio's The House and the local morning show, to move back to Calgary, when she announced she's staying in Ottawa to deal with a “significant health challenge”.

Petty told Ottawa listeners she went public with her news because said she was not taking up new job in Calgary, hosting CBC Radio's morning show, The Eyeopener, as soon as planned.

She made the announcement the day before her last Ottawa show, saying her future “is less certain than it was just a few short weeks ago.”

Petty did not say how long she would remain in Ottawa or specify the nature of the health challenge.