Gordon Sinclair Jr.

  • Homeless Hero was to be married next month

    There were fewer than 100 people at the two-day traditional First Nations' funeral for Faron Hall, the charismatic aboriginal panhandler who became the most unlikely of national heroes. But a wide variety of people were represented, from well-known politicians to the fiancée he had lived with for more than four years.
  • A hero's end

    She had come alone in the rain to share her story about the drowning of Faron Hall, a story she felt those who loved him should know. But she couldn't do it.
  • Firefighters, real estate board pay for poll

    CLOSING IN ON A MAYORALTY POLL... It seems we might get an early poll on the race to be the next mayor of Winnipeg. On Saturday, I told you about a local public opinion survey company that had decided to try crowd-funding to finance an opinion poll on the October election. At the time, a few days in, Probe Research Inc. president Scott MacKay said the pledges stood at less than $700. By Wednesday, they topped $7,000. The goal is $8,000.
  • Even the Homeless Hero needed to be rescued

    I remember the first time I saw Faron Hall. And all the times, when I called him or he called me.
  • Who'll pay for a poll?

    The race is already a crowded field -- so bunched up at the gate that without the help of a pollster it's hard to know which horse has the best chance of replacing our Old Grey Mayor. And, there are no political polls in sight.
  • Statue of city's greatest golfer seems natural

    Strange the way fate delivers messages. Recently, I'd been contemplating a column on the legendary, long dead, George Knudson. Then last Thursday, for the second time in a month, he was resurrected in my memory. I should have known the greatest golfer this province has ever produced was about to be conjured up again when I saw what the man in front of the TV was watching when I arrived at the house of a friend.
  • Steeves' wife could use a little educating herself

    We've all heard the comment in its various vile forms. "Drunken native guys."
  • Police may learn a lot in the fallout from Andrew Baryluk's death

    We learned a lot more this week about last week's police siege of a barricaded North End home that left the lone occupant dead. And about the cause of Andrew Baryluk's death police were agonizingly slow to reveal. Just like they were reluctant to say whether they had even found a firearm inside the dilapidated house Baryluk had rented for years from a brother who had finally sold it.
  • Where is the transparency?

    It had been a week since an "armed and barricaded" standoff in front of 512 Stella Ave. led to shots fired and the death of its only resident. Yet police hadn't released the cause of Andrew Baryluk's death, or much else about how police handled the tragic incident.
  • Ill will lingers near site of shooting

    On a quiet summer Saturday afternoon, a day after the police identification unit had finished at the scene of a 17-hour house-eviction standoff that ended with the death of the lone resident, the North End neighbourhood appeared quiet and back to normal. Until the resentment resurfaced when a journalist happened by asking questions. A journalist who was unhappy with how little police have shared about the death of 53-year-old Andrew Baryluk.
  • Looking for the smoking gun: Questions surround weapon possession

    I went looking for a gun Friday. What I found made the curious death of Andrew Baryluk even more puzzling.
  • Drivers don't care that 60 means 60

    It may not be the hottest summer on record, but in my business, these are still the dog days of summer. So on Wednesday, when the Winnipeg Police Service assembled reporters for an unanticipated stunner of a news conference, it turned out they had a welcome gift to more than just the story-starved media. Hundreds of Winnipeggers were about to get something to really howl about.
  • Sad story of an underpass and a home lost

    There's a reason they say there is no place like home. Our homes gives us shelter, security, a degree of privacy and maybe even a sense of pride.
  • From recycling to riches

    They used to call her the "Bag Lady." And she used to call Winnipeg home.
  • Time to turf police turf war

    We all understand that change is rarely easy for individuals. But change that involves the loss of power and control at the top of police service, an organization with extraordinary power -- is even harder.
  • Fringe flap gets ugly

    I had a conversation with the Virgin Mary Monday. Of course, millions of people of faith around the world talk to the mother of Jesus every day.
  • I say, they've noticed our potential in London

    Hey gang. I'm talking to you, good folks and gentle people of Winnipeg.
  • A century-old love story

    The walls didn't talk in the century-old Wolseley home Lori Dustan Lafond and her husband, Darrell, moved into six years ago. But the floorboards did.
  • Dream bike stolen

    Have you seen this bike? I mean the one in the accompanying photo. Chances are if you were at the Winnipeg Folk Festival during the first three days, you saw Keith Dyck on his custom-crafted Harley-Davidson-styled chopper of a bicycle. He lent his time and an attached trailer to help other Folkies transport their gear around the Birds Hill campsite.
  • Stroll in park highlights meaning of synchronicity

    Monday was a special day, at least it was for me. It was Gratitude Day. So is today.
  • Audit aftermath

    So where do we go from here? Actually, before we go there, an admission.
  • Flooding's bad enough without the gawkers

    While most of us who live away from the declared emergency that is the Assiniboine River flood zone are sitting high and dry, former Winnipeg residents Laurie and Brian Wolfe are feeling wet and low. Very low.
  • Audit should prompt provincial review: expert

    As damning as the real estate audit by the consulting firm EY was when it arrived last week at city hall, it found no evidence of illegality. But a former Manitoba deputy minister of justice doesn't believe it should end there.
  • Katz always proves to be the king of denial

    We all get through life by using a little healthy helping of denial. It's just part of being human.
  • We should say 'merci' to a local hero

    It's been two weeks now since a First Nations man and civic-politics neophyte named Robert-Falcon Ouellette did something that outraged the bigots who lurk in our midst. He spoke French.

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