Gordon Sinclair Jr.

  • Vandalism victim not amused by police response

    The Winnipeg Police Service has a mantra of sorts, a message it repeats in hopes of citizens helping them to ultimately help themselves. "Working together we can and will keep crime in check."
  • Lunch with a side of love for the 'Peg

    As I was lamenting last Saturday, Winnipeg has rarely received much positive national press, much less international accolades. Especially recently.
  • Bright spots break gloom of family's grief-filled days

    For me, it's always the best part of the Academy Awards telecast. The photo tribute to those in the Hollywood family who passed away over the last year; all those famous faces of people we didn't know personally, yet felt a warmth toward.
  • Winnipeg undeserving of all the bullying

    Winnipeg has a problem. OK, yeah, we have lots of problems, just like every other place in the country and on the planet.
  • Investigation goes international

    There is no bigger police story in Winnipeg. Even six months after it happened.
  • A switchboard operator made in heaven

    Before the advent of the annoying, automated, push-number, telephone-answering, voice-prompts-from-hell, there were switchboard operators. But none quite like the heavenly Lorraine Slama.
  • Undercurrent of compassion

    A river ran through the stories I told in 2014. Three rivers, really, with contrasting themes.
  • Birthright

    It was Christmas Eve, a time when families traditionally come together, and this year I had a family question for my 37-year-old daughter. I asked Erin if she remembered a specific day when we told her she was adopted?
  • Tina's great-aunt moved to tears by cards, letters

    If you haven't finished your Christmas shopping, today's offering should make you feel better. That's because the best gifts in life can't be bought, much less wrapped. As you'll see.
  • 'I don't want to die a drunk'

    Bob Gill called again Tuesday night. He has phoned periodically over the years, since that first time on March 12, 1999, almost a decade after his inability to stay sober finally got him fired by the Winnipeg Police Service.
  • A doggone happy reunification

    It was late last week when Richard Pesti called with the good news. He said Winnipeg Humane Society CEO Bill McDonald had contacted him at the Salvation Army, where the homeless man has a dorm bed.
  • Daughter makes her mom proud

    It was late Sunday night when the story arrived like a modern rendering of a biblical parable. The email was signed at the bottom by a woman who gave her full name, Joanne Lussier-Demers. Followed by another: "Proud mother."
  • Whatever happened to Joe Kapone?

    It has been just over a decade since Manitobans -- Free Press readers among them -- donated more than $40,000 toward "legal fees" so a young Winnipeg man accused of being a low-level drug smuggler could be set free from a hellish South American prison where prosecutors wanted to leave him for 25 years. It would have been a death sentence. The headline on my first column about Joe Stone Lamontagne in May of 2003 -- three months after was arrested at an airport in Ecuador carrying half a kilo of cocaine in a suitcase -- posed a question.
  • Four women, one ring, and fate

    Mathematicians will tell you there is no such thing as fateful coincidences. That it's simply laws of chance at work.
  • Family makes appeal for permanent grave markers

    We all know Christmas tends to be a trying time for a lot of families, but it's uniquely so for the people Tina Fontaine called mother and father. As you might imagine.
  • Dogged pursuit of digs for Doogie

    The homeless man wasn't home when the Winnipeg Humane Society's CEO left a message at the Salvation Army on Main Street, where Richard Pesti sleeps. Bill McDonald wanted Pesti to call him.
  • Mystery boy at Jets game gets reward

    He was the mystery boy. The older kid who, after a Winnipeg Jets win last month, had a Jets team-autographed stick land in his hands.
  • Lost ring returned after nearly 30 years

    BITES FOR BREAKFAST... Ever lost anything with sentimental value -- searched everywhere you could think of -- then given up hope of ever finding it? Not an uncommon story. But this is. Rob Stanger was fresh out of university 28 years ago when he lost something precious and gave up hope of ever finding it. What he lost was the birthstone ring his parents gave him -- inscribed with his name and the name of his school, Brandon University -- when he graduated in 1986.
  • Defining the meaning of humane

    I know what kind of feedback I got over Saturday's column. A lot of emails dripping tears.
  • An inhumane decision?

    The "thank you" email -- meant for Winnipeggers and others who had helped him along the way -- was sent to our Random Acts of Kindness column by a man to whom life has been less than kind. And who, for the most part, had little for which to be thankful.
  • Boy's honesty warms Winnipeggers' hearts

    IN SEARCH OF A LITTLE GENTLEMAN... Last week, for a change of pace, I shared a Winnipeg feel-good story about how excited eight-year-old Connor McDaniel was to be handed a Jets stick autographed by Mark Scheifele, the first star of a recent win over the New Jersey Devils. It wasn't Scheifele who handed it to Connor. He tried. But after the Jets forward singled Connor out and dropped the stick over the glass, it landed in the seats where it was picked up by a boy who looked to be about 12. Of course, the older boy could have run off with the prize. Instead, he handed it to the little guy.
  • All eyes on our Métis mayor

    It's Monday afternoon, and Brian Bowman is in his city hall office explaining to a visitor he still hasn't framed the gift of a Goldeyes jersey Sam Katz left for him in a closet; or the Jets sweater Mark Chipman delivered to hang on his wall. Although the Bombers sweater, he points out, came framed, courtesy of Wade Miller. But decorating his office with Winnipeg sports memorabilia is not what I have come to discuss with our hip, handsome and immensely likable young mayor.
  • All Rinelle wanted was to keep her face hidden

    The media horde, national and local alike, came galloping to a news conference Thursday afternoon; one unlike any I've attended, and hopefully never will again. Not that it didn't sound like a great story at the time.
  • Fans confirm city is special

    It's easy to forget how blessed we are to live in Winnipeg. Say what?
  • Osborne station leaves bus riders shivering in the cold

    It started the way it so often does. With one person.


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