Gordon Sinclair Jr.

  • Ex-Bombers boss finds new dream job... in B.C.

    NAMES IN THE NEWS... I was sorry to learn last week Garth Buchko and his family are leaving Winnipeg to take a management and part-ownership position in a cluster of radio stations in British Columbia's interior. It was in local broadcasting, as an executive with CJOB and its sister FM stations, where Buchko made his good name with clients and employees alike.
  • Big talent fought for the little guy

    Val Werier, the last of the great Winnipeg journalists from the Greatest Generation, who wrote unrelentingly as a champion of the environment long before it was fashionable, died Monday. He was 96.
  • It's not a good month for distracted drivers

    Distracted drivers, beware . . . We've all heard of RoboCop, but until this week I had never heard of a hobo cop. Then a pal called to report he heard plainclothes Winnipeg police officers had been spotted posing as panhandlers and patrolling the median in search of drivers picking up their cellphones while stopped at red lights. At first, the report sounded plausible. The so-called hobo-cop sting has been going on for at least two years in some Canadian cities.
  • Wheel problems

    The wheels really are coming off now... Emterra, the city's primary contractor for waste pickup, has had a rough ride since it started hauling our garbage two years ago, and that has little to do with our potholed roads. Last year, its drivers and trucks missed 16,000 trash collections and another 15,000 recycling pickups, which reportedly cost the company hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines. Then there were the reports about inspectors pulling some Emterra trucks off the road for not passing safety standards, and 40 per cent of Emterra's compressed-natural-gas-driven fleet breaking down because of the extreme winter cold. That left its competitor, BFI, to do some of Emterra's routes.
  • Tribute to young woman's dream of castle

    A FITTING FAREWELL TO AMY: Nearly 600 of Amy Gilbert's friends, admirers and family members packed a seventh-floor ballroom of the Fort Garry Hotel Saturday afternoon to say a formal goodbye to the 23-year-old who was fatally injured a week earlier when she was struck by a car on Broadway, just two blocks from where the service was held. Many had to stand around the perimeter of the room and even out into the hall.
  • Savour our city

    We Winnipeggers have a tendency to focus on what's wrong with our city -- which is understandable given all that's wrong with it these days -- but there's lots that's getting better. And there are people who are trying to make it better in ways we don't often consider. Restaurants, for example.
  • A beautiful spirit taken away

    You didn't have to know Amy Gilbert to know who she was. The 23-year-old painted a self-portrait on her Facebook wall. Photos of lakes and forests that represented the environment she sought to protect. More photos of the real friends she adored and cherished. And they her.
  • Courier keeps seniors' cash from scammers

    Scam alert, the sequel... Last month, on the 10th anniversary of Fraud Prevention Month in Canada, I wrote a column about a chartered-accountant friend who almost got bilked out of thousands of dollars in the so-called emergency or grandparent scam. The telephone conversation usually opens something like this, according to a national website on the subject:
  • Trafficking in traffic tickets

    It was on one of those ice- and snow-rutted motoring mornings that made driving so tricky last winter, and a 21-year-old University of Manitoba student was on his way back to class, not knowing that just up ahead a city police officer was waiting. So was a traffic ticket.
  • Who's most worthy of Walk?

    How many of us would like to have our names bronzed and placed on a public sidewalk for everyone to walk on, forever? Eventually, that will happen to the most famous of us who were born, got our start or made our reputations here.
  • Ultimate Guess Who reunion highly unlikely

    Winnipeggers wore Juno Awards weekend as if we had received the best award of all. Which we did, in a way.
  • Welcome to Hotel Rescue

    You like plot twists? Then you gotta love the local reality show that only needs a producer, because it's already been cast.
  • New York success story

    She is the woman from Winnipeg who has become a New York Times bestseller of a different kind. Sarah McNally has never written a book. But over the last decade, the 38-year-old -- who learned to love bookselling while growing up and hanging out at her parents' former McNally Robinson store in Osborne Village -- has become the media darling of New York City's independent bookstore survivors. It's been that way since 2004, when she wasn't supposed to survive, and the New York Times flagged her for her "I'll take Manhattan" chutzpah in the face of bookstores across America being buried by the changing times.
  • Writer's best legacy: respect for her peers

    Heather Robertson had been getting progressively more ill with the cancer that began in her breast five or six years ago, then spread to the colon and finally her brain. But she wasn't supposed to die. Not yet.
  • Accentuate the positive

    Susan Pereles has heard and read enough complaining. Enough of the bad local news about the potholes and frozen pipes and our long, cold winters running into spring. Oh yes, and enough of columns about violent attacks on visitors to The Forks.
  • Almost duped

    Sometimes -- even in these all-a-Twitter times -- news still travels slowly. I was walking the dog around the block Tuesday night when a neighbour's car approached slowly and stopped. It was Hans Hasenack, the former honorary Dutch counsel, and he had a couple of stories to share.
  • This time, I'm in ex-Bombers CEO's corner

    Someone once asked me if I have ever regretted something I've written. Yeah, it happens.
  • Cold-hearted move on a bitterly cold day

    Georgina Garrett was haunted by what she witnessed on her way home from work late last month. So disturbed, that a few hours later the 59-year-old West End resident emailed 311, as she would later write me.
  • Humane society can't stop all the abuse

    We all know what kind of a long, cruel and cold winter it's been for humankind. Imagine, then, what it's been like for cats and dogs exposed to -30 C tempertatures plus the stinging wind. Late last month, in the depths of our "I-wouldn't-send-a-dog-out-on-a-night-like-this" kind of weather, a concerned animal lover contacted the Winnipeg Humane Society about a case in which at least one dog owner in the Grant Park area didn't see it that way. On Feb. 21, the informant actually arrived in person at the shelter to report the mistreatment of the white German shepherd cross. But when the humane society didn't respond within hours, and after another late-night call to the shelter, the dog lover began an email to me. As I would learn, it wasn't the first time she reported the owner.
  • This was no isolated incident

    It's been nearly a week now since a former University of Manitoba Bisons offensive lineman was forced to play defence when he was stabbed and beaten Sunday by three would-be robbers while cross-country skiing at The Forks. The next day, The Forks North Portage vice-president of marketing and communication seemed to downplay the overall significance of what happened to the 6-3, 300-pound university student and Health Sciences Centre security staffer.
  • Mugged skier had eerily prescient dreams

    Sam Nemis has what he calls a recurring dream that's really a nightmare. The 31-year-old, 6-3, 300-pound member of the 2007 Vanier Cup-winning University of Manitoba Bisons football team, who is working as a security guard at Health Sciences Centre while he finishes his economics degree, has been having the nightmare since he began cross-country skiing about five years ago.
  • Picking up the pieces after Wellington Crescent mansion fire

    There was an aura of mystery about the Austrian couple with the two young children when they arrived in Winnipeg six years ago and moved into the mansion at 1021 Wellington Cres. that had been home over the decades to some the wealthiest and most prominent families in the city. Next-door neighbour Archie Cham was particularly curious.
  • The king of food

    I was 10 years old and Oscar Grubert was 29 in 1958 when we both discovered what success tasted like. Oscar, the lawyer turned drive-through hamburger-stand owner, had invited my Free Press city editor father and my mom, among others, to meet Col. Harland Sanders at the opening of the city's first Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise at Sherbrook and Notre Dame. Later that night, my parents brought home some of the truly finger-lickin'-good chicken from the Colonel's secret recipe for my kid brother David and me to sample.
  • For Chipman, it really is about the kids

    I owed Mark Chipman one. And Thursday seemed like a good day to settle up.
  • Bid to preserve the Gates

    There's something new about to happen in good old Winnipeg. And I really do mean "good old" Winnipeg. It's something that's bound to create controversy, and even confusion, among certain good old residents of our good old neighbourhoods.

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