City of Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi hugs volunteer. He has been a comforting presence with flood victims and volunteers helping in the cleanup.
Photo Credit: John Rieti/CBC

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi – reassuring presence during city’s flooding


“A roar of applause greets Mayor Naheed Nenshi as he ambles up upon a riser above thousands of Calgarians gathered in a stadium parking lot to volunteer with flood relief efforts.” That’s the first sentence in a CBC news report on the mayor of the City of Calgary on Wednesday (June 26).

It’s an indication of how his almost continual presence throughout a flooded city and on Twitter have garnered him almost hero status, at a time most politicians try to just get respect.

But the mayor can also be tough, chiding citizens for risking their lives and that of others by going too close to flooding rivers, and by questioning inspection standards of a railway bridge.

RCI’s Wojtek Gwiazda has a report.


More information:
CBC News – Alberta floods: Keeping up with Calgary Mayor Nenshi – here
National Post (March 17, 2013) – Despite high approval ratings, forces are aligning against Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi – here – Naheed Nenshi hailed as flood hero – Calgary mayor lovefest all over social media – here

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