Gordon Sinclair Jr.

  • 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.
  • Home is calling E.T.

    It's been two years now since I promised myself I would tell you the story of Edith Turner. What took me so long?
  • Getting money back from convicted bike thief an uphill climb

    Daren Jorgenson isn't the only crime victim who's mad as hell and isn't going to take it anymore. While the high-profile city businessman has proudly paraded his Rottweiler on Facebook and in the Free Press as a way of showing how serious he is about protecting his Wellington Crescent home, and has been heading out overnight with his posse to surveil the neighbourhood, another victim, a senior citizen in a nearby 'hood, has taken a more methodical, less aggressive approach to the plague of property crime.
  • Taking crime into his own hands

    It was late Sunday night when I texted often outspoken local businessman Daren Jorgenson, wondering what he's been up to. I was wondering how things were going at the still-shuttered bar and restaurant at the Royal Albert Arms Hotel he once co-owned with the late Ray Rybachuk. You remember Ray; the cocaine-trafficking, money-laundering, chainsaw wielding, reputed Most Dangerous Man in Winnipeg. Until, at age 42, when Rybachuk tumbled off a slow-moving snowmobile and died.
  • She thought bridge locks were a sweet idea -- until she was injured

    And now the rest of the story. You may recall the column from last week in which I described the search for why and when all the so-called love locks had been removed from the pedestrian/bike path on the railway bridge between Wellington Crescent and the Omand's Creek Greenway.
  • City removes romantic markers from bridge

    It started with a report about missing padlocks. Love locks, to be more precise.
  • His life's story a tale of a city with a big heart

    He is the most beloved person in Winnipeg. No, not Mark Chipman.
  • Unique birthday wish

    It sounded like an appeal from a vigilante. "Anyone want to join me in cleaning up the streets today?" the Facebook post read.
  • Ashley Madison, with a twist

    Gee and Tee were seated in the Palm Room at the Fort Garry Hotel remembering how their happy ending started with so much unhappiness. What brought them together -- what started it -- was cheating on that now infamous website with that sinful marketing motto "Life is Short; Have an Affair." But it wasn't Gee and Tee who were on the site.
  • Homeless Hero called role model for many

    The identity of one of the first donors to the Faron Hall statue project may surprise some people, but not those who know Larry McIntosh and his wife Shelley. The quick and enthusiastic support of the Peak of the Market CEO certainly didn't surprise me.
  • Be thankful for our trees... and those who take them away when they die

    Every so often, usually on a summer day while driving in River Heights or Wolseley, I have the same thought you've probably had. I wonder what Winnipeg would look like without its urban forest of majestic American elms. Worse still, what if a windstorm of apocalyptic proportions felled all of the city's estimated eight million trees? And left us as a truly naked city.
  • Oxford House woman — who may be Manitoba's oldest citizen — celebrates 109th birthday

    They came bearing birthday gifts for a Cree woman with a face for the ages and a life story to match. But in the end it was 109-year-old Sarah Harper who gave them the greatest gift.
  • Katz leads charge to honour Faron Hall, a year after his death

    Who, you might properly wonder, could ever bring former mayor Sam Katz and current Mayor Brian Bowman together for a shared cause? Maybe the last person most people might imagine.
  • Ex-cop's evolving thought on pot

    Once, as a staff sergeant of detectives, Bill VanderGraaf was a warrior leading Winnipeg's version of the war on drugs. Now, the retired former cop is the leading local voice on the decriminalization and regulation of street drugs. Pot in particular. So what happened to VanderGraaf between then and now?
  • Raise your glass: The Forks prepares to welcome a craft-brewing facility on-site

    This week’s hot weather is perfect to invite people to drop by for a beer. So why not invite the world’s small brewing businesses to compete for a state-of-the-art craft-brewing facility at The Forks?

    It's one thing to think about doing something. It's another thing to start to do it. And it's a whole different matter to finish what you've set out to do. Especially when it's a 2,487-kilometre solo bicycle ride along a dangerous road from Vancouver to Winnipeg. All of this when you're approaching that time in the cycle of life when many people your age have trouble walking, much less completing a marathon journey. But that's what John Wichers, who's soon to be 78 years old, did this summer.
  • Liberal leader doesn't know how right she is about booze

    I don’t think Rana Bokhari could have known just how right she got it this week when the rookie leader of the provincial Liberals held a news conference to say Manitobans are paying too much for booze. Otherwise, she would have come armed with numbers.
  • City, police service mired in reefer madness

    There are the obvious differences: the mountains, the sea, the climate and, of course, the housing prices. But this week, our police service officially delineated another difference between Vancouver and Winnipeg.


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