Gordon Sinclair Jr.

  • Reader shares positive story about city police officers

    NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT... At the end of last week's police new conference, a reporter asked Winnipeg police Chief Devon Clunis if the recent, less-than-flattering internal affairs cases involving police officers was weighing heavily on him and the rank and file. Chief Clunis suggested there will be cases of misconduct in any organization of more than 1,900 individuals.
  • Chief misses chance to send strong message

    Readers of the Winnipeg Free Press awoke Friday morning to an eye-popper of an exclusive. After all, a police sex scandal involving a supervising officer accused of sexual harassment by a female subordinate has a way of waking one up to a new day in a way even an alarm clock can't.
  • Cameras key to safety in the core

    The issue of downtown surveillance/security/safety cameras -- take your pick -- has reared its unblinking lens again. At least it has for me, if not the front-runners for mayor. Are they too short-sighted?
  • A lesson in forgiveness

    Everyone has a story. But few do what my old high school friend, Wayne Wright, has just accomplished.
  • Changes for high-risk kids come too late for Tina

    Last week, while walking the West End neighbourhood where Tina Fontaine was last seen, I came across something that made me wonder. It was a blackboard on the side of a brick-walled building with a partial sentence that made me wonder how the 15-year-old might have completed it.
  • Senior drives home the point

    Remember Ed Macyk? You may not recall the name, but if you read the column he was featured in last spring, you couldn't forget his story. Ed is a 76-year-old cancer survivor and Canadian Cancer Society volunteer who shuttles patients to CancerCare and other hospital appointments each weekday. At the time, so far as he knew, Ed was the only one of about 80 volunteers who drove five days a week.
  • More cameras might save other Tinas

    This week, I went looking for something on the street where, reportedly, Tina Fontaine was last seen alive. Something that might help find the man she was with when she disappeared.
  • All's well that ends well

    FINALLY A HAPPY STORY (OR TWO)... It may be hard to imagine a dream coming true for someone who's 90, but this week, Erna Junghans' did. It's even harder to imagine a happy ending to a puppy being hit by a truck.
  • Transparency clearly lacking

    Winnipeg police Chief Devon Clunis won't agree with me. But a pattern appears to have developed on his watch that suggests a lack of transparency on a number of high-profile and tragic cases over the last year.
  • The girl they knew

    In death, Tina Fontaine has become the face of the call for an inquiry into Canada's murdered and missing aboriginal girls and women. But who was the 15-year-old before she was the runaway whose body was pulled from the Red River last month, wrapped in plastic? Before she was a lost and preyed-upon child of the Winnipeg streets and a missing girl who, in the days before she was slain, was found by both two police officers and an employee of Child and Family Services who are now part of separate investigations into why they didn't, or couldn't, hang onto her.
  • Premièring a lofty promise

    It seems hard to believe, like something out of the movies. Which it is.
  • Dragging the river of pain in hopes of closure

    On the surface, it may seem futile, even foolish for anyone but police to be dragging the silt-choked bottom of the Red River for the remains of Manitoba's murdered or long-missing aboriginal women. So why, after a test run Saturday, is a group of volunteers scheduled to begin the search late Wednesday evening?
  • The last police witness

    The old cop with the disarmingly big smile sits in the blue bungalow he built in the same West End neighbourhood where he was born 99 years ago. And he remembers. He still remembers.
  • To NFL brass, dogs rate higher than women

    Zero. That's the amount of tolerance Manitoba has for domestic violence.
  • A familiar tragedy

    SAGKEENG FIRST NATION -- The drive from the edge of Winnipeg to Sagkeeng First Nation is only an hour-and-a-half, but the road stretches lifetimes for Tina Fontaine's family. For them, it has become their own highway of tears.
  • Homeless Hero was to be married next month

    There were fewer than 100 people at the two-day traditional First Nations' funeral for Faron Hall, the charismatic aboriginal panhandler who became the most unlikely of national heroes. But a wide variety of people were represented, from well-known politicians to the fiancée he had lived with for more than four years.
  • A hero's end

    She had come alone in the rain to share her story about the drowning of Faron Hall, a story she felt those who loved him should know. But she couldn't do it.
  • Firefighters, real estate board pay for poll

    CLOSING IN ON A MAYORALTY POLL... It seems we might get an early poll on the race to be the next mayor of Winnipeg. On Saturday, I told you about a local public opinion survey company that had decided to try crowd-funding to finance an opinion poll on the October election. At the time, a few days in, Probe Research Inc. president Scott MacKay said the pledges stood at less than $700. By Wednesday, they topped $7,000. The goal is $8,000.
  • Even the Homeless Hero needed to be rescued

    I remember the first time I saw Faron Hall. And all the times, when I called him or he called me.
  • Who'll pay for a poll?

    The race is already a crowded field -- so bunched up at the gate that without the help of a pollster it's hard to know which horse has the best chance of replacing our Old Grey Mayor. And, there are no political polls in sight.
  • Statue of city's greatest golfer seems natural

    Strange the way fate delivers messages. Recently, I'd been contemplating a column on the legendary, long dead, George Knudson. Then last Thursday, for the second time in a month, he was resurrected in my memory. I should have known the greatest golfer this province has ever produced was about to be conjured up again when I saw what the man in front of the TV was watching when I arrived at the house of a friend.
  • Steeves' wife could use a little educating herself

    We've all heard the comment in its various vile forms. "Drunken native guys."
  • Police may learn a lot in the fallout from Andrew Baryluk's death

    We learned a lot more this week about last week's police siege of a barricaded North End home that left the lone occupant dead. And about the cause of Andrew Baryluk's death police were agonizingly slow to reveal. Just like they were reluctant to say whether they had even found a firearm inside the dilapidated house Baryluk had rented for years from a brother who had finally sold it.
  • Where is the transparency?

    It had been a week since an "armed and barricaded" standoff in front of 512 Stella Ave. led to shots fired and the death of its only resident. Yet police hadn't released the cause of Andrew Baryluk's death, or much else about how police handled the tragic incident.
  • Ill will lingers near site of shooting

    On a quiet summer Saturday afternoon, a day after the police identification unit had finished at the scene of a 17-hour house-eviction standoff that ended with the death of the lone resident, the North End neighbourhood appeared quiet and back to normal. Until the resentment resurfaced when a journalist happened by asking questions. A journalist who was unhappy with how little police have shared about the death of 53-year-old Andrew Baryluk.

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