Gordon Sinclair Jr.

  • 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.
  • 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.

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