"The future of our nation rests in our ability to foster that kind of citizenship, to foster that kind of community," says Nenshi, point to the slide of the sign nailed to the tree. His lecture has been very focused on building a community and "everyday people using their everyday hands to do extraordinary things."
"We actually want to create a lifetime habit of service," says Nenshi of his 3 Things campaign.
But the top secret fourth thing (the secret's out), according to Nenshi: "Don’t be shy about your service. Tell them loudly and proudly, tell them about the joy that your service brings you, and the joy your service brings others."
Nenshi: "No matter who you are, you have the chance right here, right now to live a great Canadian life."
Standing ovation for Nenshi as he wraps up his lecture. Opens things up to an audience question period.
First audience question asks Nenshi how we make sure that our communities are resilient in the face of climate change. Says he knows there will be another flood in Calgary, have to think about what to invest in now together to prioritize.
"If you ever say senior levels of government, I will punch you in the throat. Unless you're talking about mayors," Nenshi jokes.
Audience fronting a question on peer-to-peer services like Uber now. Nenshi respond: "I’m a tech guy, I love the idea of Uber. I do not love the fact that when you get in an Uber car, you are not covered by insurance of any kind. Uber is not iTunes, Uber is Napster. It’s in its infant stages. And that to me is a big, big problem."
Plans on what's next for Nenshi? "I was just re-elected. Why are you bothering me?" Says he keeps reminding the university he's only on leave and expects a "good fall-back option" if the mayor thing doesn't work out.
"None of us can afford a society that's not healthy," Nenshi says of public health.
Nenshi: "When you're mayor you want everyone to love you, and that can be very challenging."
An audience member notes a complacency of Torontonians and asks: "How do you encourage people into action when there isn’t just one big problem?" Nenshi answers: “I don’t know, and I wish I had a better answer."
Nenshi: "Text everyone on your phone, did ya vote yet?"
Final question of the evening: "Will you endorse Olivia Chow?" Nenshi gives a lengthy answer about the importance of voting, "And I’m telling you right now that it will be a disgrace if you don’t beat Calgary’s voter turnout in 2010 after everything you’ve been through this city."
Many numbers of the Layton family being recognized in the crowd now including Doris Layton and Toronto councilor Michael Layton.
Nenshi speaks with a media scrum after the lecture, tune into the Ryersonian tomorrow for further coverage and video comment.