Gordon Sinclair Jr.

  • From recycling to riches

    They used to call her the "Bag Lady." And she used to call Winnipeg home.
  • Time to turf police turf war

    We all understand that change is rarely easy for individuals. But change that involves the loss of power and control at the top of police service, an organization with extraordinary power -- is even harder.
  • Fringe flap gets ugly

    I had a conversation with the Virgin Mary Monday. Of course, millions of people of faith around the world talk to the mother of Jesus every day.
  • I say, they've noticed our potential in London

    Hey gang. I'm talking to you, good folks and gentle people of Winnipeg.
  • A century-old love story

    The walls didn't talk in the century-old Wolseley home Lori Dustan Lafond and her husband, Darrell, moved into six years ago. But the floorboards did.
  • Dream bike stolen

    Have you seen this bike? I mean the one in the accompanying photo. Chances are if you were at the Winnipeg Folk Festival during the first three days, you saw Keith Dyck on his custom-crafted Harley-Davidson-styled chopper of a bicycle. He lent his time and an attached trailer to help other Folkies transport their gear around the Birds Hill campsite.
  • Stroll in park highlights meaning of synchronicity

    Monday was a special day, at least it was for me. It was Gratitude Day. So is today.
  • Audit aftermath

    So where do we go from here? Actually, before we go there, an admission.
  • Flooding's bad enough without the gawkers

    While most of us who live away from the declared emergency that is the Assiniboine River flood zone are sitting high and dry, former Winnipeg residents Laurie and Brian Wolfe are feeling wet and low. Very low.
  • Audit should prompt provincial review: expert

    As damning as the real estate audit by the consulting firm EY was when it arrived last week at city hall, it found no evidence of illegality. But a former Manitoba deputy minister of justice doesn't believe it should end there.
  • Katz always proves to be the king of denial

    We all get through life by using a little healthy helping of denial. It's just part of being human.
  • We should say 'merci' to a local hero

    It's been two weeks now since a First Nations man and civic-politics neophyte named Robert-Falcon Ouellette did something that outraged the bigots who lurk in our midst. He spoke French.
  • Diary of a little girl's life

    If someone can be brought back to life, I suppose a cemetery is the right place to start. I visited there on Mother's Day to lay flowers at my mum's grave when I chanced upon the story of a little girl who had laid buried for more than 100 years. Her sketchbook diary brought her back for me, her few relatives who survive and, hopefully, for many more children of today.
  • Fostering hope in underprivileged football players

    You don't have to be a football fan to appreciate this story. It's not really about football.
  • The art of laughing at ourselves

    The invitation was the kind one doesn't say no to. It arrived as an email from former Free Press colleague and National Newspaper Award-winning cartoonist Dale Cummings -- now retired -- and it went like this: "I'm working on a cartoon book, You Might be From Manitoba If... about the uniqueness and peculiarities of Manitoba. I was wondering if you'd be interested in writing a back cover blurb for it. Nothing much, just a sentence or two would do it..."
  • The man who could be mayor, if he ran

    It was a mutual friend -- curiously, a guy who's also a former longtime pal of Sam Katz -- who formally introduced me to the man who should be our next mayor. But hasn't even officially declared.
  • Legendary writer influenced newspaper career

    This is a storyteller's story. A Free Press storyteller's story.
  • Couple hopeful as reunion moves forward

    It was the day after Father's Day when the son's belated gift to his aging, ailing father finally arrived at the Tuxedo Estates condo where the dad now lives alone. The gift was hope.
  • A plea to be together

    Like most of you, I decided long ago there's only one reason I'd want to enter a nursing home. To visit.
  • No excuse for using poison that threatens kids, pets

    If you hate the way the City of Winnipeg does things, but you love all creatures great and small -- or even if you despise them -- the story in Wednesday's Free Press had all the ingredients. Including poison.
  • Bombers set to erect statue of hall-of-fame coach Bud Grant

    I had lost hope in the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Not the team.
  • Royalty or not, is there a right time to retire?

    The last time I saw Prince Charles in person was on one of those endless summer days in the Canadian Arctic. That was 40 years ago.
  • A rich man, but wealth only part of it

    It was last Sunday, while my wife and I were walking our dog in Munson Park, when I had a vision of George Richardson. Not a sighting, just a fond thought of the man. That's because we were walking in a park that had been the Wellington Crescent river property where he lived and played as a child and where his father, James Armstrong Richardson, had suddenly taken ill and died in 1939 when George was only 14. George was 89 now, and I remarked to Athina it had been years since we had seen him in public and I was concerned he was gravely ill.
  • Police chief earns an A for effort after 911 affair

    Winnipeg Police Service Chief Devon Clunis was vacationing in Florida late last March when he read something I'd written that caught his attention. The column told the story of a Grade 6 class at Brock Corydon School, where students researched informative pro-Winnipeg topics that started with the letter C. Everything from charity and conservation to less likely candidates such as climate and city hall.
  • Readers lean toward leniency

    On Saturday, I left you with a question: What would you do? It relates to a traffic incident last week. A 76-year-old Southdale man, who was driving cancer patients to their treatments in rush-hour morning traffic, was pulled over by police for taking a shortcut through a lane reserved for buses and bicycles. Ed Macyk, a cancer survivor himself, has been driving patients five days a week for three years, battling poor winter roads and, in this instance, backed-up traffic while trying to get them to their treatments on time.

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