Gordon Sinclair Jr.

  • Lives shatter so quickly

    It was two weeks ago, on a Saturday morning at the St. Norbert Frmers' Market, when my wife, Athina, and I chanced to meet Barry Gorlick and Maria Mitousis. I knew Barry casually.
  • From Kazakhstan to Winnipeg with love

    If you're looking for an eye-opening cure for the myopia of Winnipeg's Perimeter vision, I have the answer. A trip to Astana.
  • Katz to celebrate 64 with baby No. 4

    Tired of all the angst, anger and fear-filled onslaught of negative news? Well, people say they are, but do they really want to hear something newsworthy that's happy? Even just for a change? Well, I do. So here are some glad tidings. At least I consider it good news.
  • Terrorists aren't all alike: expert

    If you were surprised initially someone such as Aaron Driver, who grew up in a Canadian military family and now lives in our midst, ended up becoming an outspoken supporter of the Islamic State, permit me to introduce an authority on the subject. Michael German is an expert in terrorist-group behaviour, a former counter-terrorism instructor at the FBI National Academy, former legal counsel to the American Civil Liberties Union and now a law school fellow. He's also the author of Thinking Like a Terrorist: Insights of a Former FBI Undercover Agent.
  • Where's the value in the police chopper?

    In retrospect, the police comment about a laser strike on its helicopter Sunday has an ironic ring. “We don’t take matters like this lightly,” Winnipeg Police Service spokesman Const. Jason Michalyshen said Sunday. “Our messaging needs to be loud and clear that individuals making these poor choices, we’ll make every effort to identify who they are and hold them accountable.”
  • Time for old boys to start acting like big boys

    As I learned long ago from painful personal experience, one does not challenge the status quo and the entrenched old boys of Winnipeg without feeling their wrath. So it was after Saturday's column (Scottish society's backward thinking) about the city's oldest old boys club -- the St. Andrew's Society of Winnipeg -- where a group of members has served notice they want to rid the organization of its three-man executive, including president Bill Blaikie, the former NDP MP and MLA. The attempted ouster came after an amendment was passed last November at the annual general meeting permitting women to join the organization.
  • Scottish society's backward thinking

    Usually, I'm proud of my Scottish heritage and the history that goes with it. Not so much today, though.
  • Tour of city could use a tribute to humble hero

    I have a question for you. And my own answer to it.
  • Victoria Cross hero honoured with statue

    If Andrew Mynarski had grown up in Grand Forks, N.D., instead of Winnipeg, the Second World War story that led to his being posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross probably would have been made into a Hollywood movie. Instead, it has finally been celebrated in a somewhat quieter fashion. With a statue.
  • Back to the future:

    Long before this week's report from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission -- a quarter-century before -- Victor Harper sat down with me and shared his own story of being abused in a Manitoba residential school and what it had done to him. And this week, when we spoke again, the now-64-year-old elder and bachelor of education graduate, offered his own recommendation.
  • A conscious effort

    The concept was intriguing. All the more so after being one of the chosen subjects for a high school assignment in consciousness-raising.
  • Our pride of place is missing

    I spent last weekend in the heart of Texas – a heart heavy with loss from flash floods – only to return home this week to a sense of sadness about the place we know, for reasons both geographic and philanthropic, as the heart of the continent. On the surface, my sadness is the result of the city approving a surface parking lot; albeit “temporary.”
  • Karma, and all that jazz

    He believes in karma. Or, as he calls it, "the mystical law of cause and effect."
  • City's homeless deserve change in attitudes

    Faron Hall will finally receive a monument to his memory. Later this month, nearly a year after the homeless man drowned in the Red River, his family will hold a private ceremony at Brookside Cemetery.
  • Survey says... forget it

    For those of us who are of the opinion our civic government doesn't really care what we think -- even when they spend money to ask us -- you might want to take a look at the city's latest version of its annual citizen satisfaction survey. No, not the results, because the two-week telephone survey of 600 Winnipeggers was only scheduled to end Thursday.
  • Side trip down memory lane

    When the news broke Sunday that a fire was consuming an apartment building on Bannatyne Avenue that is a symbol of Winnipeg rock 'n' roll history, Guess Who I went looking for? No, not the Guess Who member who once lived there. Kurt Winter is dead. No, not Burton Cummings, who co-wrote the song So Long, Bannatyne, whose album cover features the band posing in front of the red-brick building.
  • Getting rid of ED: Battling eating disorder a financial and emotional strain

    Her name is Kendra Fifi. She is 27. For almost half her life, she has kept a secret about a stalker who is trying to kill her. Actually, it's a something rather than someone, but she's personified it as a way of fighting back.
  • Sharing best memories of our mothers

    If you're looking for a gift for your mother that goes beyond bonbons and bouquets, I have a question. Actually, that's the gift.
  • Salute to Mynarski enters home stretch

    Trilogy Tuesday: A hero honoured, a Facebook neighbourhood watch created, and an apology offered... Most of Winnipeg, even NHL hockey-watching Canada, knows Leonard (Kroppy) Kropioski as the Second World War veteran who proudly stands rinkside at Jets games, saluting as fans shout out "true north" during O Canada. But next month, the 97-year-old former North End boy is scheduled to salute something else. A statue to his boyhood pal, the famous war-hero Andrew Mynarski.
  • A different kind of backup

    There was a sense of synchronicity -- a meaningful, yet unintended coincidence -- about the timing of Bob Gill's recent decision to reach out again. It was as if the former cop, who has struggled for years as a chronic, sometimes-homeless alcoholic, was calling for backup.
  • CMHR needs to focus on attracting students

    She is the daughter of the father of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, who, when her dad died, inherited the impossible dream she made come true. And with the late Izzy Asper's chutzpah, Gail Asper also inherited all the Winnipeg cheerleading that goes with it. So it was that Monday, all of that rah, rah, rah sis-boom-bah -- and more -- was on display as Gail stood on the ground floor of the city's most iconic building, in Bonnie & John Buhler Hall, speaking at a Chamber of Commerce luncheon.
  • Where are they...

    Ever wonder why police don’t have check-stops, or something like it, the whole year round? I mean, given the obvious danger of drunk driving, and how seriously the justice system deals with impaired drivers.
  • Coach, Buff need new attitudes

    As I began to write this, the Winnipeg Jets were mere hours away from what -- win or lose -- is probably destined to be their last home game of the season, which really doesn't matter to me, one way or the other. Neither does being accused of wearing a black hat instead of a white sweater. What does concern me is the attitude of their head coach and their big, talented, but underperforming- in-every-way defenceman. No, Dustin Byfuglien hasn't been carrying his considerable weight as of Game 3 of the Jets playoff round with the once again "mighty" Ducks of Anaheim.
  • Playoffs aside, go bottoms up

    The Jets may be the biggest story in Winnipeg these days, but in Ottawa, where the Senators are one loss away from the end of a miraculous run, their general manager is in a late-stage run of his own. And it has nothing to do with the quest for his first Stanley Cup. No, it's about his mission to save lives.
  • 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.


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