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Mayor Nenshi chats with 660News

2012 has been a banner year for Calgary.

That from Mayor Naheed Nenshi, who tells 660News in a year-end interview he has a lot to be proud of.

Looking back at the last 12 months, Nenshi says the largest public works project in history – the west leg of the LRT – was completed on time, the Stampede celebrated its centennial, and Calgary was dubbed a cultural capital of Canada.

But the year also brought some challenges and disappointments for the mayor.

He says he would have liked to have seen more progress in charters for Alberta’s big cities and better rules for municipal elections.

One of the biggest let-downs he believed was the failure to move on secondary suites.

Nenshi says right now if anyone wants one in an R1 neighborhood they have to come and beg for it.

“I don’t think people are illegal, I don’t think renters should be illegal, and I think most Calgarians agree that a safe and regulated system of secondary suites makes much more sense than what we’ve got now; I wish that council would understand that as well,” says Nenshi.

On Friday morning, 660News will have more from the mayor including his priorities for the coming year.