Nenshi: ‘I’ve never in my life thought of myself as the guy shaking hands and kissing babies’ – The Globe and Mail

There was a moment this week when Naheed Nenshi seemed ready to lose it. The strain of leading his city through its devastating flood finally seemed to catch up with him as he knelt outside Calgary’s emergency operations centre to accept a hand-made card from five-year-old Anna Selk. “Dear Mayor Nenshi,” it read. “Thank you…

Flooding in Alberta: Exemplary Role of Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi – Statement by: Senator Mobina S. B. Jaffer

Hon. Mobina S. B. Jaffer: Honourable senators, I want to associate myself with the statement that Senator Black made on Friday regarding floods in southern Alberta and the heroic efforts of so many public servants and volunteers. Today I also want to recognize and celebrate the exemplary leadership that Mayor Naheed Nenshi of Calgary has…

CNN’s Fareed Zakaria’s feature: Immigration lessons for the U.S. from around the world – citing Canada’s Muslim Mayor Naheed Nenshi

-Excerpt- When Nahed Nenshi became the first Muslim mayor of a major Canadian city in 2010, he shattered Calgary’s “redneck” stereotype. “When I was running for office, it was only people who were not from here who said ‘Whoa, is Calgary ready for a mayor like that?’” he says. “The people in Calgary just said,…

Article by Mayor Naheed Nenshi on Democracy

Quotes His Highness the Aga Khan. By Naheed Nenshi, For the Calgary Herald March 2, 2012 Late last week, reflecting on the ongoing robocall scandal, Post-media columnist Andrew Coyne wrote on Twitter: “Always remember: everyone in politics is trying to con you in one way or another. Some go to greater lengths at different times…

Naheed Nenshi: Crucial players in 2011′s revolutions – The Globe and Mail

Naheed Nenshi Old-style politics leaves people cold, the young most of all. Where time-serving cynicism abounds, creativity is silenced and hopefulness scorned. The sudden and joyful arrival of 39-year-old Naheed Nenshi as mayor of Calgary drastically altered that dreary template and supplied a powerful shock of delight to a moribund political system. There’s a place…