What was Tim Tierney Thinking?

So just what was Beacon Hill-Cyrville Coun. Tim Tierney thinking when he decided to phone his soon-to-be opponent Michael Schurter?
Impossible to know, incredibly difficult to understand. Painful, in fact.
It just doesn’t make sense. None at all. But in the end, Tierney will carry the cost of whatever he did or didn’t do.
Tierney was on his way to an easy and overwhelming election victory when he apparently phoned Schurter who was actually in an Ottawa elections office registering.

Schurter was not known in the ward, didn’t live there and admitted to liking Tierney and the work he was doing in the ward. Oh, and he didn’t have a platform
There was just no way he was a threat to Tierney in any way.

As an aside, even being under investigation, Tierney breezed to an easy and overwhelming victory. So again, why make the call?Just so ridiculous and inappropriate.
There’s no place that the call would have been considered acceptable.
Now of course Tierney has bee charged under the Municipal Elections Act, and while it’s not a criminal offence, he has had to hire a lawyer, faces a stiff fine if found guilty – and could be ousted out of his seat.
His life, regardless of the outcome, will never be the same.
And that’s so sad.

While nothing has been proven, it’s been suggested Tierney offered to make a donation to the Ottawa Food Bank if Schurter didn’t
run.
Again, why?

If Tierney wasn’t opposed, there’s no doubt he would have the hit the streets of his ward during the campaign anyway. He loves the job – and he and his wife Jenny are a real team in the ward.
There are lots of briefings for newly-elected councillors. And more than eight years ago, when Tierney had a meeting with the city’s clerks department, he wanted to bring his wife – but it was suggested to him that was totally out of the ordinary. Tierney made it clear he
and his wife were a team – and she was embarking on this journey right along side of him. That’s lovely.
(And as I always do when I write about people I have a connection with, many moons ago, I partied during many summer days and nights with Jenny’s parents Sue and Rick at a trailer park on Little Rideau Lake. And believe somewhere in the mess of loose photos, there’s one with a very young Jenny sitting on my lap on one of those summer days.)

And I can’t help but wonder, given Tierney’s close relationship with former mayoral candidate Terry Kilrea, if he thinks back to the time when former mayor Larry O’Brien was faced with a very similar situation as Tierney is in now. Tierney was working on Kilrea’s campaign for mayor. Kilrea eventually withdrew from the race and threw his support to incumbent Bob Chiarelli. But after O’Brien was charged, the Ontario Provincial Police got Tierney’s computer, reading through thousands of his emails.

Wonder if he now has more sympathy for O’Brien than he did a the time? On the City, From the Burbs reached out to O’Brien for his thoughts on what Tierney is facing. The former mayor declined to comment.

There’s the high road we hear about. Not sure if Tierney knows where that road is, judging by his treatment of late of people around him who expected better. He’s shut out people who believed in him and that will hurt him down the line.

None of this makes any sense. And now, Tierney – once living the good life with a close-knit family and a constituency happy with his representation – is going to appear in provincial court.

Imagine.

He’s stepped down from the Ottawa Police Services Board, and isn’t making himself available to talk about the ramifications on the new Central Library now that the Lebreton redevelopment is crumbling down.

Tierney has said he’ll continue to work hard in his ward, clearly not planning on stepping aside.

It’s hard to believe he’ll be given a committee chair – that would be foolish on the part of Mayor Jim Watson – with Tierney’s political future now up in the air.

And again, you have to ask, why?

Ottawa Police Chief Vern White?

So guess who wants to be the next police chief in Ottawa?
Times up.
It’s former police chief Senator Vern White!
What a fascinating idea!

And as a confession of sorts, On the City, from the Burbs spent a fair amount of time checking this rumour out, and talking to several off-the-record sources who confirmed the story. But as well, of course, I left a message for White at his Senate office – with not much hope I’d ever hear back.
Wrong

White returned the call, confirming it’s a job he realized he still wants.
“I know now I left the job too early,” White admitted. “There are things I still want to get done there.”
“So yes, if it’s an open competition for the job, I’ll by applying,” White said.
Ottawa Police Chief Charles Bordeleau’s term – which was already extended – ends in May.
An open competition isn’t mandatory, but given White’s popularity in the city – his reputation as a take charge cop – there’s a good chance politicians will want to allow him the opportunity to compete for the job.

White has already talked to both Mayor Jim Watson and the present police board chair councillor Eli El-Chantiry – so both are aware of his desire to get his old job back.

He said his interest to go after the job has nothing to do with his decision not to run for mayor.
“No, not at all, I couldn’t have beaten Jim if I tried,” he said.

And of course, White’s desire to fight to get his job back certainly means – as was expected in any case – most certainly means El-Chantiry won’t be seeking the job again.
The two are close friends – and their tight relationship was criticized during White’s last reincarnation as chief.

White has lots of ideas of how he’d like to change the present climate at the Ottawa Police Force – including a return to community policing – which is sure to win support with many city councillors unhappy with the present state of the Ottawa Police.

In 2017, police shifted many officers from specialized community units to patrol units. In the eyes of many, it hasn’t been a success.
Both politicians and community members have been calling for a more visible police presence in their communities.
Added to that issue is an ever-growing concern over increased crime and a guns and gangs problem, that isn’t going away.
Both are issues for White, who isn’t at all satisfied the present strategy is working.

It’s really no surprise White wants back in. When he left the job and headed for the Senate, not everyone was convinced it was a good fit for the man who seemed to juggle a dozen tasks at the same time without breaking a sweat.
But he said the idea of getting his old job back has nothing to do with leaving the Senate, pointing out he’d always made it clear it wasn’t a long-term job for him.