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Winnipeggers reflect on mayor's first year in office

Brian Bowman celebrates one year as mayor of Winnipeg this week. He ends his first year on a high note, after leading Winnipeg through a range of unexpected challenges.

Brian Bowman elected in October 2014

Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman's first year in office has been a bit of a roller-coaster ride 2:06

Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman's first year in office has been a bit of a roller-coaster ride.
Brian Bowman was elected Winnipeg's mayor one year ago. (Instagram)

Bowman, a political newcomer, won last October's municipal election head and shoulders above his closest competitor, experienced politician Judy Wasylycia-Leis.

Not long after taking office, Bowman faced criticism for the way he handled the True North Square proposal, dealt with Winnipeg being labelled the most racist city in Canada and oversaw a city-wide boil water advisory

There was a range of reaction on Twitter to the mayoral anniversary. Supporters included the former president of CEO Manitoba, Mohammad Almaleki, and Lisa Webinger, who ran for school trustee.

The owners of Thom Bargen Coffee and Tea on Sherbrook Street had this suggestion for the mayor's office, perhaps a reference to an earlier story about renovations happening at Winnipeg's City Hall.

Others angled for some credit for what the city has accomplished. Dave Gaudreau is an NDP MLA for St. Norbert.

Not everyone who weighed in supports the mayor. Brian Kelcey, a frequent city commentator on CBC's Information Radio, was once a staffer in former mayor Sam Katz's office. 

And finally, there were was this:

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