Gordon Sinclair Jr.

  • Calli's not out of the woods, yet

    I had a question for Lt.-Gov. Janice Filmon last Friday after she gave a stirring address on the occasion of the St. Andrew's Society of Winnipeg's annual dinner that finally welcomed women. "Could I get a copy of your speech?" was my question.
  • A toast to all those deserving women

    If ever there was a day that evoked the spirit of both a historic and a modern Manitoba, it was last Friday. First, there was the late afternoon news Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye -- a recently unveiled rye whisky distilled and aged at Gimli -- had been declared 2016 Whisky of the Year by Jim Murray's Whisky Bible. It was an event so stunning, British newspaper the Telegraph trumpeted it with the headline: Scots left reeling as Canadian whisky named world's best.
  • Should you call police if you suspect a driver is impaired by marijuana?

    I came bumper to bumper with a dilemma on a Sunday evening two weeks ago. A dilemma that forced me to make a decision I'm still debating. Later, it would make me wonder what most of you would have done if you had been there. It was just before closing time at the Chamois Car Wash on Waverley Street when I pulled up, rolled down my window and the pleasant young woman asked what kind of air freshener I preferred with my wash. That's when the strong, pungent smell of marijuana hit me. It was coming from the decal-decorated blue Honda hatchback in front of my car.
  • Midnight in The Village of the Homeless and Hungry

    It is just before midnight on the day before Winnipeg's first winter weather is forecast to arrive, and I am standing in front of the Osborne Village fire hall when I notice the police car parked in the driveway beside a bus stop. I get the sense they recognize me from a police "unwanted" poster. Or maybe my newspaper mug shot. So I walk over.
  • East, west, home

    Today, I'm happy to report the recent surfacing of a local underground restaurant extraordinaire. Actually, the report comes via my wife. Athina arrived home from a night out with a girlfriend last weekend raving about the new restaurant -- which is a high praise coming from a woman who grew up in a Greek restaurant family and whose secular bible is Bon Appetit magazine. But it wasn't just the experience that delighted her.
  • Wrestling with his demons

    There's always more to a story. Especially a news story in which a politician decides it's in his self-interest to add details that had been withheld.
  • Understanding the trauma experienced by police involved in deadly shootings

    I remember my first feeling after hearing Friday afternoon about yet another police-involved shooting. Thank God the officers are OK.
  • Fizzled war; generous gift; hopes for magic

    Today we have more on a wounded girl, a missing man and, to start with, more on the Battle of the St. Andrews Society of Winnipeg. -- -- --
  • Mom seeks changes after suicidal son disappears

    Two mothers who had never met spoke for the first time over the phone Friday morning and, when they had stopped, they were just getting going. Getting going on changes to Manitoba's rigidly restrictive health-privacy law that could help some of our most vulnerable children.
  • Father credits shot teen's friend with saving her life

    This one felt personal, deeply so. But only after I learned who had been shot.
  • The reluctant thief

    A lot of us -- maybe even most of us -- know what it's like to be the victims of a break-in. But not the way it happened last week to one River Heights resident. It was such an unusual experience -- at least the outcome was -- that when the 62-year-old physician who was victimized shared it with friends over the weekend, they all told him he should share it with the Free Press. The doctor asked not to be identified because, as he said, the story isn't really about him.
  • Lesson of J.J. Harper still not learned: Perceived conflict of interest ignored

    It seems to me the recent series of high-profile police-involved deaths in North America has sparked unprecedented public concern about law enforcement attitudes about, and treatment of, minorities. Which makes the Craig Vincent McDougall case all the more notable. And curious.
  • Fletcher not ready to give up public service

    I had been trying to reach Steven Fletcher even before reading the headline in Wednesday's Free Press: Defeated Conservative indicts party, media. Actually, I had been looking for him the day before, but the one-time Harper cabinet minister hadn't been at his Charleswoods-St. James-Assiniboia-Headingley office when I dropped by the day after Liberal Doug Eyolfson won the riding Fletcher had represented for 11 years.
  • Animal tales with happy endings

    Late this summer, a curious and caring reader, Sharon Robin-Linden, sent a query via email requesting followup information on a couple of columns. Both concerned the importance of pets to people. And both touched her.
  • The silent treatment

    Nearly a year after Rinelle Harper's story of surviving a sexual assault and brutal beating thrust her into the national spotlight, the indigenous teenager is still being asked to lend her inspiring voice at conferences related to the abuse of women and girls. And she's still making headlines. As is Julie Harper, the mother who has featured prominently in stories about her daughter's recovery and the family's struggles since the attack in early November last year.
  • The remains of a tragic day

    She remembers the knock that evening in early June. “I answered the door,” the woman we’ll call Janice recalled. An RCMP officer stood there.
  • The remains of a tragic day

    She remembers the knock that evening in early June. "I answered the door," the woman we'll call Janice recalled. An RCMP officer stood there.
  • Mining memories to last a lifetime

    So, are you up for a party? Well, then, you've come to the right place. Today's story involves the hopefully World Series-bound Toronto Blue Jays and a team of major league partiers that has come to be known as the Snow Lake 25. The baker's two dozen of sports super-fans are mostly current or former hard-rock miners from the proud northern Manitoba community of Snow Lake (population 900).
  • Counting on the homeless: Volunteers sought to undertake massive street census

    I have a question for you. Do you know anyone who is, or has been, homeless?
  • Different definition of 'immediately'

    The timing is interesting. In more ways than one, as it turns out.
  • Where does Maria Mitousis get her resilience?

    How do people carry on when their world implodes in the flash of an instant? How do people carry on when they are horribly injured by violence. When — for whatever reason — they can’t work. Or when a future that looked so clear and unobstructed is suddenly clouded and cluttered because of circumstances that were unimaginable the day, the hour, even the life-shattering moment before.
  • Jailed son allowed to bid dad farewell

    Haki Sefa's former wife of 20 years called last Friday looking for the help she shouldn't have needed right now. It appeared as if Lisa and Haki's oldest of four children -- Adrian, who turned 24 Thursday, mere days after his father died in a police-involved shooting -- wouldn't be able to attend the funeral Monday.
  • A pothole-free city?

    It was the kind of offer I couldn't refuse. "If you are interested to see the VERY WORST street in Winnipeg," the email started, "go to Ashburn between Ellice and Sargent. The residents would really appreciate that."
  • Wall of silence higher than ever in shootings

    I had waited a long time for this -- since the night in March 1988, when native leader J.J. Harper was shot by Const. Bob Cross and police investigating the case themselves inspired the creation of the Aboriginal Justice Inquiry. Finally, this week, we're witnessing the long-awaited major improvement that was needed in the way police-related shooting deaths are investigated in Winnipeg.
  • Dream burns bright amid the ashes

    So how was your weekend? I only ask because chances are it was better than Kelly Butler's.


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