Gordon Sinclair Jr.

  • No peace for Tina's mom

    I had planned to watch the Jets game Thursday night, like almost everyone else in the city. But nearly 15 minutes into the telecast, at 9:44 p.m. to be precise, my iPhone ringing abruptly ended the game for me.
  • An unusual path to press box at the Pond

    Tonight, in Anaheim, Calif., when his hometown Jets take on the Ducks in Game 1 of their opening-round National Hockey League playoff series, a young St. Paul's High School grad named Matthew Lorange will have what is arguably the best seat at the rink they call the Pond. There's only one problem: There's no cheering in the press box, which is where he'll be sitting.
  • An angel who knows she's the only one to blame

    The middle-aged Winnipeg woman had read my recent column about a mother and her runaway 14-year-old daughter; the one headlined Like mother, like daughter. She said she could identify with the mother who blamed the system.
  • How's probe going in Tina's death? Ask BBC

    It's been just over a week since Tina Fontaine's birth mother called the Free Press newsroom asking for me. Tina Duck wanted to know if I knew anything more about the Winnipeg police investigation into her daughter's killing last summer.
  • Forks spooning new chefs

    You can be forgiven if you haven't seen the teaser signs that hang in front of the mysterious curtains in The Forks Market's centre court. "Delicious Things are coming to The Forks Market," they read.
  • Corydon's heart still beats strong

    There was a recent media report suggesting Corydon Avenue -- the place Winnipeg Tourism touts as the city's "place to be seen" on summer evenings -- has seen better days. Businesses are dying, the report contended.
  • 'Like mother, like daughter'

    In retrospect, the timing couldn't have been better. Or, worse, sadly.
  • Young Marco could teach Jets a thing or two

    WHATEVER HAPPENED TO... You might remember Marco the Motivator. He's the 10-year-old house-league hockey player who fist-pumped, and high-fived his way into the heart of Deborah Goodman by constantly encouraging her son, the team goalie, even when he let in a goal. I wrote about the inspiring Marco and his pal, Joey the goalie, the day after Ondrej Pavelec let in a soft, game-losing goal last month. The hope was, if they read it, the Jets might be inspired by Marco's role-modelling, and rally around Pavs, as he's known in the dressing room. Were they? Well, Marco's mom, Gaylene Romero, saw a story right after that referring to a burst of support for Pavs from his teammates. That made her wonder. So I asked Scott Brown, the team's communications manager, if head coach Paul Maurice or Pavelec had seen the column. His emailed response was enlightening, but not for the reason I had hoped.
  • Pulling lunch offer in bad taste

    Jonathan Toews' tip-in goal -- the last-minute one Sunday that left the Jets and their fans so deflated and disappointed -- reminded me of a story I meant to tell you last year about a tip of another kind the Chicago Blackhawks superstar left a local server when he was back home on vacation during the summer. That tip left the young woman who served him feeling deflated and disappointed, too, but not because he wasn't more than generous and gracious. No, it wasn't Jonathan Toews who disappointed, and in fact angered her. It was one of his fans.
  • A local artist has been painting portraits of indigenous people who died tragically

    Before there was a campaign to use expressive photo portraits in an attempt to bring us face to face with racism in Winnipeg, an obscure local artist was painting some of the city's most iconic indigenous visages in ways that almost seem to bring Brian Sinclair, Faron Hall and Tina Fontaine back to life. Especially for the families to whom he gifts them.
  • Police hide in cone of silence

    Devon Clunis can be congratulated for being both progressive and making progress with the Winnipeg Police Service he inherited. But in the absence of a valid reason, waiting three months to release a Crown opinion on the conduct of two police officers who chanced upon, but didn't detain Tina Fontaine days before she was slain, suggests our police chief hasn't made enough progress in an area he easily could: timely and full accountability.
  • Tina Fontaine's aunt wants more answers from Winnipeg's police chief

    The woman Tina Fontaine called “Momma,” who raised Tina as her own, is calling on Winnipeg Police Chief Devon Clunis to release more details about what happened on that summer night last year when two police officers encountered, but didn’t detain, the runaway 15-year-old who would be found slain nine days later. “I want him to let us know what really, really happened,” Thelma Fontaine, Tina's great aunt, said Wednesday in a telephone interview from her home near Sagkeeng First Nation.
  • Our children matter more than fixing potholes

    Last week, Mayor Brian Bowman, as is his style, was all gung-ho about Winnipeg's future when he gave his inaugural state of the city address in front of the troops he used to lead. The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce.
  • The illusion of truth

    One would think — or at least hope — in the aftermath of the Brian Sinclair tragedy, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority officials might have learned something about the importance of truth and transparency. Apparently all they have learned is how to give the illusion of truthfulness and transparency.
  • Societal problems at root of River Heights break-ins

    You might recall my column late last month about the River Heights resident who called to report his car had been broken into overnight and the cop laughed when he heard where it happened. River Heights.
  • Big talent gets behind film by Bosnian war survivor

    The first question was obvious. How did someone who had never produced a film get a guy of Guy Maddin's international stature, and two other local guys with world-class reputations -- WSO musical director Alexander Mickelthwate and legislative building code-breaker Frank Albo -- to volunteer their talents to help him?
  • The kindness of officers deserves reporting, too

    It was near the end of a news conference last year when Winnipeg police Chief Devon Clunis gave reporters a gentle scolding. The chief remarked he receives many emails from the public commending his officers on their conduct.
  • Marco the motivator

    The puck was about to drop at the Winnipeg Jets game with the St. Louis Blues Tuesday night as I arrived at a big, old house in Crescentwood to interview a local player our NHL team could use right now.  
  • He saved people -- and troubled souls

    Passersby at Assiniboine Park's Portage Avenue entrance on Saturday evening must have wondered why there were two rows of candles in little white bags lighting the way across the footbridge like a pathway to heaven. The answer was on the other side.
  • A place of our own

    When the Free Press reported the ranking of the most expensive homes in Winnipeg this week, no one should have been surprised to see several homes along Wellington Crescent still on the Top 10 list. But what follows might surprise and, more importantly, delight you, and not just because it's a feel-good story about more affordable real estate on the old, old-money street.
  • Premier is very public -- and private

    From the beginning of what could be the end of Greg Selinger's time as premier -- since the Gang of Five went front and centre with their backroom revolt -- something has gone unexplored. The human factor.
  • Panhandler sends message with food in café

    "DO you have any change?” It was a late-winter Winnipeg Sunday morning, the nearby Westminster United Church service was about to let out, and I was on my way to have a latte and dessert at the nearby Stella's Café & Bakery on Sherbrook Street when she intercepted me on the sidewalk.
  • 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.

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