Under the Dome

with Larry Kusch and Bruce Owen

Email Larry Kusch & Bruce Owen

  • Dear Vic, I can be your patsy, too

    Dear Vic;

  • Hell's Clubhouse

    So what will become of the Hells Angels clubhouse on Scotia?

  • Go Sam Go

    Here’s some cheap advice for Sam Katz as he campaigns to keep his job as mayor:

    Sam, maybe you or one of your minions should give Paul Soubry  over at New Flyer Industries a dingle.

    Like, before you buy a bunch of electric street cars.

    Just give Soubry a call and say, “Hey, let’s do coffee,” so the two of you can chat about what New Flyer is doing in Cleveland and Halifax and Ottawa with its swanky buses  being built right here in River City.

    And maybe, just maybe, you can do another rapid transit newser, but this time to say that you’re gonna support a local company and create jobs for local people, instead of spending millions on something we got rid of in the 1950s because they were so unreliable and so freaking cold in the winter.


    Your pal, Bruce

    (P.S. Thanks again for the Stones tickets in ’94).

    bruce.owen@freepress.mb.ca

  • NDP crapshooters

    Two words I hadn’t heard in my life until this spring? Sewage ejectors.

  • Photo radar poll

    I’ve covered the photo radar in Winnipeg since its very beginning almost 10 years ago.

  • “Stand and deliver!”

    There was a Monty Pythonesque moment in question period the other day (OK, insert your own joke here) when the opposition Tories accused Agriculture Minister Stan Struthers of behaving like Robin Hood when it came to the NDP’s treatment of the family farm, and how the government is trying to whittle down spending to deal with the deficit.

  • The Jets and my brain

    All this stuff about the NHL and the future of the Phoenix Coyotes brought back all those memories I thought I had snuffed out.

  • What’s Jon thinking?

    So there we were on Tuesday sitting up in the legislature press box for question period wondering when things might actually get interesting.

  • Will summer come to Broadway?

    Despite appearances, the business of government works by schedule.

  • The $1.4-billion question

    He’s the former mayor of Brandon, a former MP and now the Progressive Conservative MLA for Brandon West.

  • Hells Angels clubhouse days numbered?

    It only took a couple of minutes in a committee room at the back of legislative building, but it was enough.

  • A nose-diving tailspin?

    It’s stuff like this that leave you wondering if Jon Gerrard’s Manitoba Liberals are truly crashing.

  • More jail cells and the NDP

    A curious thing is happening in Manitoba.

  • If not the NDP, who? Hugh McFadyen?

    This past weekend’s provincial NDP convention in Winnipeg is now but a bitter-sweet memory.

  • 20 cents of separation

    It wasn’t surprising that this week’s minimum wage announcement pleased neither organized business nor organized labour.

  • Comparing apples and oranges

    Wednesday's provincial budget in Saskatchewan will likely become part of the debate here Under the Dome as Manitoba politicians pick apart Rosann Wowchuk's financial blueprint.

  • Nellie's place in our past is now

    Which way will Nellie McClung face?

  • Angus Reid: Out to lunch or finger on the pulse?

    So what the heck are we to make of pollster Angus Reid’s take on political party support in Manitoba?

  • The good, the bad and the undecided

    Five months after he was elected premier, close to half of Manitobans still can't make up their minds whether they think Greg Selinger is doing a good job.

  • Building trust out of tragedy

    “Justice has nothing to do with what goes on in a courtroom; Justice is what comes out of a courtroom”

About Larry Kusch and Bruce Owen

Larry Kusch has been a journalist for 30 years, the last 20 with the Winnipeg Free Press. His is one of the newspaper's two legislative bureau reporters.

Raised on a Saskatchewan farm, he received an honours journalism degree from Carleton University in 1975.

At the Free Press, Larry has also worked as a general assignment reporter, business reporter, copy editor and assistant city editor.

Bruce Owen joined the Winnipeg Free Press in 1990 after four years working in other media.

He's worked in a number of positions at the Freep, including pet columnist, assistant city editor and police reporter. Right now he takes up space at the Manitoba legislature.

Bruce is one of five reporters who won a National Newspaper Award for the paper’s coverage of the 1997 Flood of the Century. He's also the recipient of the 1996 Volunteer Centre of Winnipeg Media Golden Hand Award and the 1995 Canadian Federation of Humane Societies Media Commendation Award.

In a past life Bruce worked at YMCA-YWCA Camp Stephens. He has a blog where he and others write about camp and the people who worked and played there.

You can also find Bruce on Twitter where he posts and retweets all sorts of stuff.

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