Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz says the number of days he takes off is no reflection of the work he puts in, even though he appears to have booked more time off than some other big-city leaders.

Katz had booked 34 days off work between October 2010 and October 2011, according to the mayor's day planner, which CBC News obtained through an access to information request.

The day planner showed several more days in which nothing was in Katz's schedule. Religious and statutory holidays are not included in the total.

But the mayor said one should not judge his work by his calendar, as he works even on his days off.

"This job, unlike a typical job, you're basically working 365 days a year and you're on call 24 hours a day," Katz said.

"There are times I'm on the phone until one, two in the morning. I get phone calls at five or six in the morning. It happens every day, Monday through Sunday."

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi and Halifax Mayor Peter Kelly told CBC News they took no days off last year.

Saskatoon Mayor Donald Atchison said he took eight days of vacation in both of the last two years, but he added that he was often on the phone, conducting city business, during those days off.

Former mayor Glen Murray said he averaged about two weeks off a year when he was in office.

Katz said the fact that he has never missed a city council meeting shows that he's one of the most devoted, hardest working mayors Winnipeg has had.

Day planner excerpts

The following are random pages from Mayor Sam Katz's day planner from October 2010 to October 2011, which was obtained by CBC News through an access to information request.

Phone numbers and names of private individuals have been redacted.