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Naheed Nenshi (Naheed Kurban Nenshi) was born on 2 February, 1972 in Toronto, Canada. Find out about the life of this billionaire, including Naheed Nenshi’s net worth, age, family, dating life, salary, and assets.
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The city constructed its first of many bicycle lanes in the downtown core. By 2020, it is estimated that the city will have 30 km of cycle lanes. In 2014, a plan will be submitted to begin to extend the network and enact a bylaw.
In 2017 Calgary, as with many municipalities in Western Canada, recorded an increase in the number overdoses and fatalities related to an opioid epidemic. During conference of Canadian mayors, Nenshi invited the federal government to use Calgary as a test city to implement harm reductionist pilot projects and gather research indigenous to Calgary’s unique needs.
Nenshi ordered an investigation to find cost-effective solutions for a sanitary capacity issues affecting residents of northwest Calgary. If the $50 million expansion of the at-capacity Bowness sanitary line is not implemented, development in new and established communities in the quadrant may be delayed until 2017. The sanitary line also provides the town of Cochrane, contributing to the strain.
During the Liberal Party caucus retreat to Calgary in 2017. Nenshi advocated for Calgary to be the base of the ‘Canadian Infrastructure Bank’. He cited that Calgary was an ideal location as many talented finance professionals reside in Calgary and the decision would help create diversification of economic development into Western Canada.
In 2017 During a Technology trade mission to California Nenshi convinced a company to establish an office in Calgary. He states that it is a well-known company but has not as yet revealed. He also states that there have been inquiries from prospective technology companies.
In 2017 The Langevin Bridge spanning the Bow River was voted to be renamed the Reconciliation Bridge to downtown Calgary after the public expressed misgivings about naming the structure after Sir Hector-Louis Langevin. He was a principal architect of the Residential School system.
In 2017, Nenshi was awarded the ‘Honorary Peace Patron’ by the Mosaic Institute for contributions to strengthening the fabric of Canada.
Nenshi indicated his intention to run for a 3rd term on November 4, 2016. On October 16, 2017, Nenshi won a third term winning over 50% of the vote. The third election has been wrought with controversy as select neighbourhoods ran out of ballots and waiting lines to vote were hours long, resulting in lost votes.
In summer 2016, the city officially voted in favor of funding $5 million to the Calgary Bid Exploration Committee to report about the economic viability of hosting the 2026 Olympics.
Nenshi also vacationed in Rio during the 2016 Summer Olympics and discussed the prospects of Calgary hosting the 2026 Winter Olympics with IOC officials. According to Nenshi they were very receptive to the prospective bid.
Since 2015, Nenshi and the Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation (CSEC) have been struggling to reach an agreement on the construction of a new arena for the Calgary Flames. In 2015, the Flames proposed “CalgaryNEXT”, an arena which would include both a hockey rink and a fieldhouse for the Calgary Stampeders. After deeming the costs too high, the City counter-proposed with “Plan B”, a hockey arena for the Victoria Park area in Downtown Calgary. After the Flames ended arena talks with the City in 2017 following financing disputes, the City revealed their proposal to the public: 1/3 of the money would come from the City, 1/3 from CSEC, and 1/3 from profits.
In accordance of 2015 Trudeau’s campaign promise for reconciliation with First Nation (FN) people of Canada. The Federal, Provincial, and Municipal governing bodies of Canada began the dialog intended to redress the historical deficits and misgivings caused by centuries of abusive political inequalities. Calgary’s city council commissioned it’s citizen based Aboriginal advisory board the ‘Calgary Aboriginal Urban Affairs Committee’ to research on social conditions and advise an action plan to implement. The report entitled the ‘White Goose Flying’ report enacts on the Truth and Reconciliation Commissions (TRC) agreement to begin dialog to redress the abuses of former residential school students; as well as acknowledge the inter-generational traumas of the human rights abuses suffered by aboriginals. The report is named after 18-year-old ‘Jack White Goose Flying’ who was formerly an unknown Calgary Indian industrial school\St. Dustan’s student buried in a grave in what would become the industrial-residential neighborhood of Ogden. White Goose Flying was taken from Brocket within the Piikani Nation
On December 14, 2015, Justiceordered Wenzel to pay Nenshi $10,000 over the plaintiff’s unsuccessful bid for a summary judgment.
The lawsuit had been scheduled for February 2016, but on December 15, 2015, the two parties agreed to an out-of-court settlement, apologizing to each other and effectively ending the lawsuit. On May 11, 2016, it was revealed the city paid nearly $300,000 in legal fees during the lawsuit, which Nenshi will pay back via a fund-raising campaign.
In early 2015 Nenshi’s city council became marred in a scandal involving frequent drunken celebrations and substance abuse among council members, which the media dubbed “Blottogate”. On January 20, 2015, Councillor Druh Farrell made allegations during a council ‘Priorities and Finance Committee’ meeting. She accused council members of engaging in drunken revelries and drinking while on duty or during city sponsored functions. Nenshi further added that he had received numerous complaints of councillors getting “blotto” (drunk) and abusing narcotics.
However, according to an interview with the Calgary Eye Opener of the CBC News, Councillor Ward Sutherland explained that the titular “wild party” that Farrell referenced in her accusations occurred during the Christmas of 2007, years before Nenshi’s current sitting council. Sutherland counter charged that Farrell was making unsubstantiated accusations, and that sober councillors are upset for being generically summed in her allegations. He also stated that her charges were an insult to his colleagues. Councillor, and Councillor Andre Chabot likewise recalls the singular ‘wild Christmas party’ years before contradicting Farrell and Nenshi’s claim of frequent inebriated celebrations. Councillors have claimed that Farrell and Nenshi’s accusations were not based on evidence, and they demanded that Nenshi either offers an apology if he could not support his claims. They complained their professional reputations were damaged and Sutherland claimed that he has been occasionally ridiculed by the public. Councillor Magliocca claimed that his offices was inundated with phone calls from his worried constituency. Sutherland and Magliocca’s children suffered harassment from their classmates. Magliocca intends to pressure Nenshi for an official statement during a question period on January 26, 2015. Nenshi has since refused to recant his statement.
In 2014, Nenshi refused to present musician Neil Young with a Calgary White Hat, a traditional token of the city’s hospitality to prominent guests. Nenshi stated that he did not normally present honours to entertainers. Young was performing his Honour the Treaties benefit tour to raise legal funds on behalf of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation. The ACFN is appealing government approval to expand fracking on their territory.
In 2014, Nenshi delivered a speech to the Calgary Economic Development speakers’ series on diversity. Nenshi explained that there was a lack of ethnic and gender diversity among senior city staff. Nenshi stated that although the city had an excellent record hiring minorities and women they may experience a ceiling to promotions and advancement.
For the 2014 budget the city voted to return the initial $52 million provincial tax refund as debated early in 2012. The refunded tax gap afforded the city to reduce an initial planned 6% increase in residential property tax to a 5% increase.
During deliberations of the 2014 budget majority of the councilors voted in favor of returning the 2013 provincial $52 million tax refund. The council has allocated the future $52 million per year tax refunds for the next decade towards transit options such as an express bus route entitled the ‘Green Line’. The ‘Green Line’ is optioned for upgrading to a C-train line at a later date. The rebate will amount to $100 returned to each Calgarian household.
Nenshi’s council have voted to halt council salary raises, and limit salaries of non-unionized city staff to 1.8% raises for 2014. According to councilors Shane Keating and Diane Colley-Urquhart economic factors decided the austerity measures. City unionizes however remains skeptical as Calgary city council have employed such austerity measures in the past prior to renegotiating term contracts and awarding themselves with opulent raise increases.
For the two weeks duration of the 2014 Winter Olympics, Nenshi decided that city hall would fly the rainbow gay pride flag to protest the anti-gay stance of the Russian government.
In 2014, Nenshi’s council had decided on the fate of a city-owned ‘Midfield Mobile Home Park’. The city decided to cease operations as of September 2017. The property’s aging utilities such as obsolete water works have rendered the site un-viable as upkeep have become difficult and costly. Residents will be given $10,000 to assist with moving costs, and be given an additional $10,000 for compensation. Residents will also have access to counseling services.
On October 7, 2014, Alberta Premier Jim Prentice, Nenshi, and Edmonton mayorsigned a framework agreement enabling the provincial and municipal governments of Edmonton and Calgary to formalize the charter by the spring of 2016. According to the agreement although the municipalities won’t be granted authority to levy new taxes; they will have the authority to create unique solutions that addresses the problems of their respective municipalities.
On September 14, 2014, Nenshi was honoured by the Elderof Kainai First Nation, Blood Tribe with the Blackfoot name, A’paistootsiipsii, meaning “Camp Moving Leader [Clan Leader]”, or “he who moves the camp and others follow”. The name signifies his leadership role for the people of Calgary.
Nenshi was awarded the World Mayor prize in 2014 by the City Mayors Foundation. He became the first Canadian mayor to win this award.
In September 2013 when Nenshi’s campaign began in earnest, he revealed the donors of his campaign before the election and urged his opponents to do likewise. Nenshi promised to instigate changes to improve the transparency of City Hall’s municipal affairs as one of his 2010 campaign statements. According to the documents Nenshi’s 1631 supporters derive from a wide range of core supporters. Among Nenshi’s larger contributors were contractors from the housing construction industry, which according to Nenshi indicates that not all among the trade were antagonistic to Nenshi’s anti-urban sprawl policies enacted early in his term.
In October 2013, Nenshi and Councillors Andre Chabot and Gian-Carlo Carra proposed to realize a 2008 plan by then-Mayorto redevelop International Avenue (17th Ave SE) as a vital transportation hub. Since inception the plan in 2010 the project has been delayed due to costs. The plan incorporates a C-train line and rapid bus lanes, proposed in Calgary Transit’s ‘Route Ahead’ plan. As well the revitalization incorporates urban renewal projects like renovated apartments and business buildings. Carra studied the circumstances for Forest Lawn’s urban decay and planned the neighborhood’s restoration as his master thesis. Carra explains that the neighborhood has not been adequately integrated since the neighborhood was incorporated into Calgary since 1961.
In 2013, Nenshi supported the proposed Keystone XL pipeline network. He explained that opposition and protests were foolish as the pipe network could mitigate environmental damage caused from the transport of oil.
Nenshi’s policies of exercising greater city control over urban growth to manage urban sprawl is one of his key campaign promises. As expected, Nenshi’s council has regularly collided with key associations of Calgary’s housing industry. Frictions between the Nenshi council and key housing industry associations are an ongoing, overlapping, and escalating affair. Grievances continuously surfaced during the 2013 election, for example the “Cal Wenzel video”, rumour-mongering about a pro-development slated council, and upcoming Wenzel slander lawsuit of 2014.
Early in 2013, Nenshi’s council suspended relations with the Calgary branch of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association. The CHBA as a result was banned briefly from attending planning sessions. This action was conducted after the Calgary branch president Charron Ungar commented that the city was enacting a policy of “suburban freeze”. Ungar commented upon a city plan which scheduled two suburb developments within 10 years.
In 2013, a video was leaked of Cal Wenzel, the CEO and founder of Shane Homes, speaking to panel of Calgarian home builders about a plan to influence the decisions of the city council after the upcoming elections. In the video Wenzel spoke of plans to raise $1.1 million to enlist the support of Preston Manning’s conservative foundation the Manning Centre for Building Democracy. According to the speech, former Mayorcounselled Wenzel on how to control council motions with eight votes. “So for whatever and however, we have to ensure that we end up with the eight votes.” Wenzel proposed as a solution to circumvent direct confrontation with Nenshi’s popularity. Wenzel named councillors the industry could rely on to support motions in favor of the lobby and he supported with donations. Nenshi has ordered a probe into what he described as distasteful and shadowy possible violations of electoral laws. In the wake of the release of this video, and violations of campaign fund limits set at $5,000, the Manning Centre has come under scrutiny.
In late 2013, Wenzel filed a $6 million slander lawsuit against Nenshi after he stated that Nenshi did not apologize after sufficient time given. Wenzel stated that his reputation was tarnished and he was vilified as a subject of political opportunism during Nenshi and his allied counselor’s platform campaigning. Wenzel stated that his comments in the video were taken out of context and manipulated by Nenshi to promote an agenda. Wenzel also complained of Nenshi tentatively comparing him to ‘Godfather’, as a reference to the titular character of Mario Puzo’s novel and screenplay The Godfather. Nenshi in an interview with David Gray, host of CBC Radio’s Calgary Eyeopener, described the meeting as scene from the film The Godfather. When asked to clarify if called Wenzel the “Godfather”, Nenshi ambiguously responded “maybe”. The two reached an out-of-court settlement in December 2015, under which Nenshi agreed to apologize for and retract several comments he had made, while Wenzel expressed regret for any harm done to Nenshi’s reputation and agreed that Nenshi has raised legitimate concerns about the potential chilling effect of lawsuits against politicians. Nenshi’s legal bill of nearly $300,000 was paid by donations.
However, according to a paper entitled “Managing the Cost of Growth” published by the Manning Centre in October 2013 the report’s recommendations coincided with Nenshi’s campaign policy to abolish the subsidy to home building companies As long as inner city communities are likewise subjected to contributing to growth costs. The study also advocated increased taxes for newer outlying communities that need specialized utilities such as water and roads.
The goals of urban revitalization are planned to be realized through initiatives such as Supporting Partnership for Urban Reinvestment (SPUR). Nenshi’s council debuted SPUR’s pilot project as the restoration of the Kingsland neighborhood. The city solicited feedback from the community and expects to budget $230,000. The project was delayed until August by the floods of 2013.
As part of his campaign, Nenshi advocated to legalize “secondary housing” as a solution to housing shortage. A proposed bylaw is intended to create standardized safety requirements for the estimated 10,000–40,000 secondary suites which exist in the city. As one of the last decisions of Nenshi’s term in 2013, the city motioned to waive the $4,485 application fee for rezoning of secondary suites. However, the decision will have to be brought into effect during the next government’s term.
In 2013 the city approved a project to convert a block of derelict heritage buildings adjacent to the Central United Church into a first-of-its-kind robotic carpark. The facility will accommodate 338 cars and incorporate the renovated buildings, which the managing firm agrees to restore. Nenshi states this will improve the aesthetics of the eyesore skid row-like buildings. The project is planned to be self-funding as Calgary firm Heritage Property Corporation will attempt to raise the $40 million through private investment.
Nenshi expressed distaste of the free-standing public art project entitled the “Travelling Light” completed in 2013. He described the work as “awful and not the best use of tax dollars”. The sculpture was sited along Airport Trail and drivers could not appreciate the “Big O” according to Nenshi. Travelling Light is described as a balanced 17-metre circle ring topped with balanced street lights. The motif of Travelling Light is supposed to represent transportation. The sculpture cost Calgary $471,000 and was paid through a grant from the Public Art Program, which reserves 1% of the annual budget for public art projects. The sculpture was chosen during Bronconnier’s term by a panel of 5 Calgarians out of a pool of 55 submissions. Travelling Light’s submission was from a German artist, although three submissions were from Calgarians.
In 2013, Sun Media journalistsaid the city of Calgary contracted $340,000 to Pembina which he accused of being an anti-oil lobby group with insufficient scientific credentials.
In late 2013, the city has entered into speculative agreement with the Tsuu T’ina to resume negotiating the extension of Stoney Trail through a portion of Tsuu T’ina land for a ring road. The band members were to vote in a referendum in October of the same year to decide on the issue. The city was in negotiations for over 50 years, with the last proposal in 2009 being rejected. Nenshi described the proposal as “win-win-win”, however, should the band decide to ratify the agreement, construction won’t commence for two years. On October 24, 2013, Tsuu T’ina tribe members voted in a referendum to permit the construction of the ring road on their territory. In exchange for 450 hectares of land, the nation will be compensated with 2,150 hectares of Crown land to expand their territories. The nation will also receive $340 million.
Nenshi rebuked CP over the collapse of the 101-year-old Bonnybrook Bridge. The bridge was weakened by the 2013 Alberta floods, as its structural supports were washed away by surging flood waters. He blamed a massive layoff prior to the accident for lax inspection standards and called for cities to have greater management of CP affairs within their cities.
Nenshi and CP agreed to improve communication in the future and improve relationships after several cars transporting petroleum derailed in late September 2013.
In 2013, Nenshi implemented the ‘Enough for All’ program to half the demographic of 50,000 Calgarians living in poverty by 2023. The plan doesn’t call for more spending, but to uncover and administer effective solutions to connect disadvantaged Calgarians with resources and the community. Nenshi made implementing this solution as one of his campaign promises.
The town of Airdrie passed an anti-bullying bylaw that was advocated by Airdrie teen Mackenzie Murphy in 2013 after she survived a suicide attempt in December 2012. She was persecuted for two years by online bullying and at school as her classmates suggested that she should kill herself. Airdrie Mayor Peter Brown, who was sympathetic to her distress, tasked his council to investigate the legal precedence to enact the bylaws.
In 2013, the city council enacted a bylaw banning smoking in playgrounds and other places where family and children play.
In 2013, community service groups and the Calgary Police Service banded together to form the Safe Communities Opportunity and Resource Centre (SCORCe) as a cooperative effort to improve effective services for vulnerable Calgarians. Nenshi opened the centre in a ceremony.
In September 2013, the city extended the contract of Police Chief Rick Hanson until 2017. Nenshi credits his leadership as a factor for Calgary’s low crime fortunes.
In December 2013, Nenshi warned of prospective tax raises of 5% over the next four-year budget. He suggested that the best way to avoid or mitigate the increases was to implement a policy diversified sources of funding besides property taxes. Nenshi disfavors property tax as being archaic and unable to effectively collect revenue for capital civil works such as upgrading transportation. He favors a mixture of sources such as business taxes. Nenshi states that currently only the province have the authority to enact legislature that fundamentally defines sources of revenue. Nenshi and his Edmontonian mayor counterpartsand have been negotiating with the Albertan government to enact a city charter. The charter would clarify the responsibilities of the Municipal and Provincial governments such as taxation. Nenshi anticipates the ratification of the charter in 2014.
The city council asked Calgarians for their opinion of how to invest a $52 million surplus from an over collection of property taxes. A debate was held in May 2013 and offered five options: return the money to Calgarians as a rebate, invest in revitalizing older neighborhoods, improve Calgary Transit, reduction in taxes for businesses, and reducing the city’s debt. A live debate inspired by the reality show “Dragon’s Den” was held at the Devonian Gardens. In the wake of the devastating flood of 2013, the city council voted to implement Nenshi’s proposal to use the surplus towards flood relief. However, the Canadian Taxpayer Federation warns that motion could become a permanent tax grab. That the money was intended to be returned to citizens.
Nenshi proclaimed the week of November 7–14, 2011, as “Town Planning Week”, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Calgary Planning Commission’s achievements. He presentedthe Chair of the Commission with a commemorative scroll honoring the names of past and present members.
In 2013 Nenshi was invited as part of the Canadian delegation attend the World Economic Forum to share his ideas of sustainable urban growth, a rarity for a mayor. At forum Nenshi supported the controversial Keystone Pipeline by commenting that protesters were foolish and that transporting Bitumen by conventional transportation such as trains would cause more atmospheric pollution.
Nenshi closed the 2013 inaugural “Tour of Alberta” cyclist marathon with a speech thanking Calgarians who have banded together after the 2013 summer flood.
Nenshi proclaimed April 5, 2013, asDay to honour the contributions Klein made to Calgary as mayor: the founding of the Calgary Economic Development an agency that promotes the prosperity of Calgary, the construction of the C-Train LRT, and host of the 1988 Winter Olympics. His widow Colleen Klein was presented with the civic flag of Calgary. Klein’s life was remembered in a city organized gala entitled “Celebration of Life” that celebrated his contributions as a public servant and adopted son of the Siksika Nation. Nenshi along with other Canadian politicians past and present spoke at the gala reflecting on the life of Klein.
Nenshi’s rally to boost morale in the wake of a devastating flood that ravaged Southern Alberta in 2013 was well received by the press and Calgarians. He urged Calgarians to seek assistance for mental distress urged support for their neighbors mental and emotional well being during the disaster recovery. Calgarian approval from his supporters has made him the subject of internet memes parodying him as Supermayor as 2013 Summer blockbuster movie Superman. His name was used as a verb for a parody of the British WWII morale slogan “Keep Calm and Carry On”, as “Keep Calm and Nenshi On”. The likeness of Nenshi wearing Scuba gear, was designed by Calgarian artist “Mandy Stobo” on T-shirts, to raise relief funds for the Red Cross.
Nenshi co-launched book published by the Calgary Herald entitled The Flood of 2013: A Summer of Angry Rivers in southern Alberta, which archived the paper’s coverage of the flood. Proceeds from the book supported The Calgary Foundation’s Flood Rebuilding Fund which helped victims most devastated. Nenshi wrote a foreword describing the events.
In September Governor General David Johnston, presented the people of Calgary with the “Governor General Commendation of Outstanding Service”. As the community effort Calgarians banded together for the city and surrounding region after the 2013 Alberta floods. Nenshi accepted the award on behalf of the city.
In November 2013, the Government of Alberta granted the City of Calgary $250,000 to study the viability of constructing a water diversion tunnel. Nenshi suggested that the city acquire the tunnel-boring machinery. After the project the machinery could be used for infrastructure projects the city has planned.
Soon after winning the 2013 mayoral elections in October, Nenshi chaperoned disabled Calgarian children to Disneyland for Air Canada’s 21st annual ‘Dreams take Flight’ charity service.
Early in November 2013, Nenshi delivered a comic ‘roasting’ speech to outgoing Edmontonian mayorhighlighting the joys and frustrations of a colleague, mentor, and rival relationship. Nenshi made light remarks alluding to Rob Ford’s narcotic addictions, their religious heritage as mayors of ‘redneck’ cities, and Mandel’s council decision to construct massive public works projects such as the Edmonton Downtown arena.
However some Midfield residents who have built equity with their mobile homes believe that the compensation is inadequate and worry that there may not a place to relocate to. The city decided against developing the proposed East Hills Estates, mobile home park. According to community President Rudy Prediger the secretive nature of the dealings have caused problematic worries among his neighbors. Some neighbors sold their mobile homes at a loss. Elderly Midfield residents who have deep rooted ties of affinity with the community are reluctant to move. Resident’s relocation stresses are further compounded with the complications caused by low vacancy in Calgary in the wake of the devastating 2013 flood.
In November 2013 Cal Wenzel, CEO of Shane Homes, attempted to sue Nenshi for $6 million, alleging slanderous remarks to his character promote his campaign agenda. In particular Wenzel was offended when Nenshi compared him to the Godfather during an interview with David Grey of CBC One.
To address the challenges of evolving into metropolises Nenshi and former Edmonton mayornegotiated a memorandum of understanding with the Alberta government. This motion will enable both mayors to work with the provincial government to draft city charters, effectively articulating the powers and responsibilities the municipalities have to deal with unique issues of development such as taxation. Nenshi and Mandel wanted to seek the approval for the new city council’s approval after the elections of the 2013 before proceeding to resume discussions.
Nenshi was ranked second most important person in Canada, next to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, by Maclean’s magazine 50 top Canadians list for 2013.
Although the comparisons are allegorical examples of the differences of the administration, there was an actual “Nenshi vs Ford” challenge issued by Nenshi. Nenshi challenged Ford to a friendly bet during the 2012 Grey Cup where the Calgary Stampeders played the Toronto Argonauts. In 2012 Ford challenged Nenshi among other mayors to a fitness weight loss challenge.
The “Greening the Grid” program’s objectives are to empower city facilities by renewable sources by 2012. Calgary Transit’s C-trains’ electrical needs were partially provided by wind power in 2001, by 2009 the inception year of “Greening the Grid”, the CTrain were fully empowered by “Ride the Wind”, a program launched by Enmax and wind power engineers Vision Quest Windlectric. committed $250 million on the ‘Greening the grid’ program.
The Nenshi administration initiated many programs to improve civic administration and clarify transparency of city political affairs, organized around themes such as “transforming government” and “cutting red tape”. These initiatives are intended to improve the business and quality of life for Calgarians. The Cutting red tape initiative was estimated to have saved Calgarians 33,000 in hours and $1.12 million in productivity. Nenshi sought the advice of Calgarians for further feedback and ideas of how to make city services easier to access in 2012 for its third phase of cutting red tape.
The city created the Community Investment Fund to grant $252 million between 2012 and 2016 to renovate and construct new Calgarian public recreation and community facilities such as libraries. The fund provides funding for community groups to renovate their facilities that provide services to Calgarians. The fund is composed from major sources such as annual rebate of $42 million from the Alberta government, $4 million from GST refund, and $150 million from a fund created by urban developers for community growth. The fund was a response to address the need for access for recreational services, especially sports and physical facilities for children. Such as ice rinks and swimming pools. The fund also addresses the need for renovations for many aging facilities providing essential services for Calgarians. The city will construct four new facilities providing access for 84,000 Calgarians.
Nenshi presided over the 100th anniversaries of many important city institutions and traditions, including the Calgary Public Library, Calgary Stampede, Mount Royal University, and Calgary recreation. He proclaimed March 29, 2012, a “dress Western day” as a prelude to the 100th Calgary Stampede. The city was assisted in preparations for these celebrations with a $1.6 million grant from the federal government.
Nenshi donated $660 to two Toronto food banks, after the Calgary Stampeders lost the 2012 Grey Cup as per the terms of a friendly bet made with Toronto mayor Rob Ford.
In 2012 the federal government designated the city for the inaugural “Cultural Capital” program.
Nenshi was awarded the President’s Award of the Canadian Institute of Planners in 2012, for implementing progressive ideas such as transparency.
Nenshi donated 10% of his 2012 salary, amounting to CA$20,000, to a Calgary charity in response to a 6% pay raise approved for city councillors.
Throughout his term, Nenshi has met extensively with Chief Roy Whitney leader of neighbouring Tsuu T’ina Nation, and former Chief Sandford Big Plume to discuss matters of mutual assistance with growth. In 2011, Nenshi and Big Plume negotiated tentative agreements to ensure the security of greater access safety services such as emergency medical services, police, and fire.
Nenshi’s council voted to discontinue fluoridating Calgary’s water supply in February 2011.
In 2011, Nenshi performed the ground breaking ceremony for Enmax’s Shepard Energy Centre, a natural gas power plant capable of generating 800MW, more than half the electrical needs of Calgary. The facility is scheduled to come on line in 2015. The facility is described as Calgary’s biggest project and will cost $1.3 billion. Nenshi’s council approved of the project which was planned during Bronconnier’s term. The Shepard Energy Centre is connected to the Albertan power grid.
In 2011, Nenshi was advised by civil advocacy group Civic Camp to challenge the citizens of Calgary with an initiative to personally take responsibility and encourage their neighbours do three things to improve their community for ‘3 Things for Calgary Program’.
Nenshi approved a pilot project in 2011 for mobile food van servers. The project debuted during the first “YYC Taste the Trucks” an annual festival in 2011. After a two-year pilot trial, the city council approved a process draft a bylaw to permit the food truck industry permanently in late 2013.
In 2011, Nenshi was grand marshal of Calgary Pride, the city’s gay pride parade. He was the first mayor of Calgary to do so. In 2013 Nenshi proclaimed a day of “Trans Day of Visibility” as an awareness day for the challenges transgender and transsexual Calgarians face. Nenshi together with Albertan Premierwho became the first Premier to Grand Marshal the parade, opened the 23rd Calgarian Pride parade. In his speech Nenshi addressed Québécois, inviting them to come to Calgary as the city didn’t discriminate. He criticized Quebec’s proposed ‘Charter of Quebec Values’ legislature as contrary to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
The church accused Nenshi of anti-Christian-Judeo discrimination. Nenshi partook in the lighting the fifth light of the menorah ceremony in 2011 as the Calgarian Jewish community celebrated the 23rd Menorah lighting ceremony. Other groups are free to celebrate at City Hall and other venues on city property provided they apply for permission such as agreeing not to celebrate during business hours.
Nenshi and two other Canadian delegates won a Young Leader award by the World Economic Forum in 2011 for his innovative ideas of urban planning.
On September 11, 2010, 20 of Nenshi’s campaign advertisements in the city were vandalized or destroyed and a brick was thrown through one of his campaign office’s windows. The attacks, which commemorated the ninth anniversary of the September 11 attacks in New York City, were accompanied by a series of racially antagonistic emails. They were therefore widely assumed to be racially motivated.
Nenshi ordered a corruption graft probe into the finances of city-owned utility company Enmax after an unknown senior employee revealed lavish spending by former Enmax CEO Gary Holden in 2010 in an email report. Holden was reported to have organized extravagant house celebrations entertained by rock stars, using Calgarian taxpayers’ funds. Holden also gradually raised his salary from $700,000 to $2.7 million Holden resigned in 2011 after CBC News revealed a business trip to Monaco in 2008. Holden was a guest of German software company SAP and conducted business and watched the Monaco Grand Prix. Holden violated Enmax ethics policy to disclose incidents of gifts over $100. Holden earned the 5th place distinction of Forbes top 10 CEO screw ups for 2010. By the terms of contract Holden was granted a significant severance pay of $4.6 million.
Prior to the 2010 election, mayoral candidates McIver and Nenshi debated the justification for extravagant privileges of senior Enmax staff in their debates. Candidate Nenshi warned that Enmax was a city-run company and funds were taxpayers’. McIver described Enmax as an “Air of Entitlement”. In 2011, in the wake of Holden’s resignation, Nenshi’s council and Enmax’s board implemented reforms such as decreasing the salaries of senior staff, and a higher meritorious standard for bonuses. Enmax hired new management and a new CEO Gianna Manes, who is experienced in mass project completion such as the Shepard Energy Centre for which Holden advocated.
Nenshi stated that taxes remained the lowest in Canada when compared to other major Canadian municipalities. However, during Nenshi’s two terms in office, median property taxes were increased by 52% between 2010–2016.
Towards the end of first Nenshi’s term, the Manning Centre published a study entitled “Growing the Democratic Toolbox: city council vote tracking” by Jeromy Farkas. The research measured the performance of 2010 city council on the economic stances of councilors (taxpayer friendly scale), frequency of open meetings, and attendance of council meetings. According to the study these topics were of importance to Calgarians. Contrary to Nenshi’s critics, who were frustrated with tax increases and capital spending and had nicked named Nenshi as “Spendshi”, Farkas gauged Nenshi to be a moderate spender. Nenshi scored 50.7% and was ranked 5th out of 14 councillors on the “Taxpayer Friendly Scale”. Nenshi’s score was based on how many times he voted against motions of capital spending with a sample of 73 motions pertaining to city finance.
He has co-founded two citizens’ groups aimed at improving Calgary’s civic government. In 2009, Nenshi was invited to become a founding member of Civic Camp, an active citizenship forum that encourages and enables Calgarians to actively engage and collaborate ideas in civic affairs. He co-founded city hall watch dog group “Better Calgary Campaign”.
Mounting international, domestic, and celebrity criticism of Alberta’s underdeveloped green technology infrastructure prompted former Premier Ed Stelmach’s government to commit $4 billion to a province-wide green capital projects plan in 2009.
In 2009 former Calgary Mayorand Pembina Institute were awarded the ‘Reaching Out to Global Energy Award’ at the UN Climate Change Summit for the technical and engineering collaboration with Calgary’s “Greening the Grid” program.
Address the problem of inaccessibility of housing for families and attain success with the Plan to End Homelessness which began before his term. The city operates non-tax non-profit corporation, ‘Attainable Homes’ which partners up businesses to help provide for impoverished Calgarian families. However the corporation was not initially Nenshi’s initiative as it was founded in 2009. Mass building projects were completed and initiated during his term.
As Calgary grew into a metropolis with challenging needs the city experienced typical increased incremental costs of living such as rises in property taxes. Taxes began to rise before Nenshi’s government as both the provincial and city governments have increased taxes since 2007 for several years and Mayorcommissioned civic work projects, as Ctrain extension. Tax rates increased on average 5–10%/year for city taxes and 3–8%/year for provincial taxes. The increase in taxes was a source of frustration for many Calgarians over the years, especially after rising 33% during Nenshi’s first three-year term, and an additional 14.37% property tax increase through three years of Nenshi’s second four-year term in office.
The City of Calgary has ongoing friction with the Calgary Street Ministries since 2005, although this relationship has existed prior to Nenshi taking office, Nenshi is accused of being anti-Christian by the journalist. He wrote an article condemning Nenshi after members of the church entered city hall to sing Christmas carols and were escorted out in 2012.
Nenshi first ventured into politics in 2004, running unsuccessfully for a seat on Calgary’s city council. His 2010 campaign for mayor, dubbed the “Purple Revolution”, was uniquely a viral campaign which relied heavily on using social media to promote his platform and hyper-engage voters. According to Nenshi’s campaign I.T. specialist Richard Einarson, the name “Purple Revolution” was chosen because the campaign wanted broad appeal across the socio-economic spectrum of liberal red and conservative blue voters.
In 2002, Nenshi wrote about how cities can retain young professionals and use resources effectively in a publication entitled “Building Up: Making Canada’s Cities Engines of Growth and Magnets of Development”. In 2006, Nenshi was the chief author for “ImagineCalgary’s 100-year plan”.
Although Nenshi’s second term council voted to end addition of fluoride to Calgary’s drinking water, he personally supports water fluoridation. He does however support more depth in the research literature related to municipal water fluoridation. Calgary has undertaken five plebiscites on water fluoridation, initially voting in favor of the practice in 1998. In 2016, the city council rejected a call for another vote, but in January 2019, Ward 11 Councillor Jeromy Farkas requested a report on the history and cost of water fluoridation from the city administration in preparation for a possible 2021 plebiscite.
He was educated at the University of Calgary, serving as President of the Students’ Union and receiving a Bachelor of Commerce in 1993, and completed a Master of Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 1998. Nenshi worked for McKinsey & Company for several years before starting his own consulting firm ‘Ascend Group’ which advised non-profit, private and public sector organizations to grow. The firm also advised the United Nations on ways to encourage wealthy corporations to engage in Corporate Citizenship. As a young professional, he developed his administrative capabilities by joining Canada25, a federal networking organization that mentored professionals under 35 of public policy and leadership. Nenshi was a constant debate opponent of Toronto Sun journalist Ezra Levant; Levant later became a recurring critic of Nenshi’s policies.
Continuing on a downward trend of violent crimes since 1991, Calgary’s together with Canada’s crime rate has dropped. As of 2013 the national crime rate has dropped below levels since 1971. It is unknown what has caused the decline in violent crimes; however, Statistics Canada analystcorrelates that communities with higher standards of socio-economic conditions tend to have low crime rates. Many other urban areas have experienced similar decreases in crime rates, and recent studies suggest this may primarily be due to decreased environmental levels of lead. Calgary has experienced significant percentage drops since 2011, such as a 23% drop in robberies. In 2012 Calgary’s Crime Severity Index of 60.5 is below national rating of 75.
Calgary Transit presented Nenshi’s administration with the “RouteAhead” plan for review. The plan calls for $13 billion to be invested over 30 years to expand and upgrade Calgary Transit’s capabilities, for which funding is still pending. To address the problem of congestion of rush hour ridership, the city is upgrading busy C-train platforms to accommodate four-car trains. The city council has approved $200 million for the acquisition of 60 new four-car trains to replace obsolete U2 units which have served Calgary Transit since 1981. It is expected that the increased frequency of the trains will relieve crowded and full trains.
Naheed Kurban Nenshi (Gujarati: નાહિદ કુર્બન નેનશી ; born February 2, 1972) is a Canadian politician who is the 36th mayor of Calgary, Alberta. He was elected in the 2010 municipal election with 39% of the vote, and is the first Muslim mayor of a large North American city. He was re-elected in 2013 with 74% of the vote. He was again re-elected in 2017 to a third term with 51% of the vote.