Metro: Mayor Naheed Nenshi calls on all of Calgary to help eliminate poverty

(May 20th, 2015)

Rates of poverty have barely changed in Calgary “in a generation,” Mayor Naheed Nenshi said Wednesday, and it’s time the city – as a whole – did something about it.

“It’s our issue, because it’s our community,” the mayor said during a lunch speech at the posh Ranchmen’s Club in the city’s Beltline area. “And we’ve got to do something to take leadership of this, because no one else is.”

Calgarians living in poverty tend to be younger, often with young children – “particularly but not exclusively single-parent families,” the mayor told the gathering of the Canadian Club of Calgary.