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Tim Tierney to represent Ottawa in Federation of Canadian Municipalities Laura Mueller
EMC news - Coun. Tim Tierney is putting Ottawa back on the map in the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. The Beacon Hill-Cyrville councillor was elected as one of 16 members of the federation’s board representing Ontario, and will join an organization represented by 73 members nationwide. It’s been about four or five years since a representative from the capital was elected to participate in shaping the national message of Canadian municipalities, Tierney said. The group represents the interests of municipalities on policy and program issues within the federal government’s jurisdiction, which is why it’s especially significant for Ottawa to have a voice at that table, Tierney said. “We’re the National Capital Region,” he said. “It only makes sense that we have a seat at the table.” Some of the unique challenges Tierney said Ottawa faces include its vast geography and urban-suburban-rural divide, issues related to interprovincial connections with nearby Gatineau, and other federal jurisdictional issues created by overlap with the National Capital Commission. Tierney is especially inter-
ested in advocating for costsharing programs that pair federal funds with contributions from municipalities and perhaps the province, such as the federal Economic Action Plan that led to many infrastructure projects “Being in Ottawa, I will be able to bring that kind of rationale to the table and say, ‘Look, this is something we should be looking at,’” Tierney said. The experience was not unlike the municipal election he won in 2010.
Some of the major benefits will be the personal and professional connections built through his relationships with fellow FCM board members, Tierney said. It will expose him to ideas being examined in other cities and towns across the country, and some of the research done in other areas could be useful in Ottawa, Tierney said. “Anytime I look at doing something in our city, now I can contact my friends within the FCM and say, ‘Hey, what are you doing on this issue?’”
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Published on Jul 19, 2012