The Samara Centre for Democracy celebrated our 15th anniversary by welcoming former Mayor of Calgary Naheed Nenshi for the In Defence of Democracy public lecture.
After 15 years of studying, defending, and strengthening Canadian democracy, the Samara Centre is looking ahead to its next chapter. Partisan division, civic alienation and regional disparities continue to perpetuate barriers to meaningful democratic engagement and political representation. This event aimed to answer: how can we respond to these new and emerging challenges?
To inspire this reflection, Naheed Nenshi shared his story of courage, public service and kindness. In conversation with host of CBC Radio’s IDEAS, Nahlah Ayed, Mr. Nenshi discussed the importance of local democracy, the impact of online toxicity as a barrier to civic engagement, and what we can do to build democratic capability in Canada.
A recording of the event was featured on an episode of CBC Radio's IDEAS. Listen now.