For reasons I've written elsewhere (my Ottawa City Journal column), I believe the Kilrea scandal at Ottawa's city hall is a non-starter. It's not that I believe Larry O'Brien is completely clean and above-board. Far from it. Instead, I think this thing will die a slow death because (a) nothing came of the supposed negotiations. In fact, Kilrea made a real deal with Bob Chiarelli; and (b) it's Kilrea's word against O'Brien's, affidavits and lie detector tests carrying no weight in Canadian courts.
As an impartial member of the jury pool, my take on it is that two pols shooting the shit in an outdoor cafe, and who cook up a plan in which no overt action takes place, are unconvictable.
The Citizen has the only "evidence" in this scandal, and yesterday it stopped all its "freedom of the press" yodeling and handed the stuff over to the OPP. Now, let's see what the cops do with it. My bet: nothing.
Probably the libel suit launched by O'Brien against the Citizen will be the only court action that will come from all this. And handing the "evidence" to the OPP is probably a way for the Citizen to try to derail that lawsuit.