Naheed Nenshi becomes the Mayor of Calgary today. What a great way for Calgary to make the news all over North America. Chastised for being totally Conservative, if not downright redneck, Calgary shows its true maverick (not to be confused with the Sarah Palin branding of this word) character and becomes the first city in Canada to elect an urban and urbane professional, who just also happens to be a Muslim and a longtime Calgarian.
I have viewed a number of interviews with Naheed and have been impressed with his emotionally intelligent approach to the importance of, and the need to change how civic politics are conducted. I look forward to seeing how he progresses in his first year on the job.