Gordon Sinclair Jr.

  • A city full of generous hearts

    I was going to bring you one of those nothing-but-good-news stories today. But then...
  • Trying to take away special friend

    One never knows from where or from whom the next big story will arrive. Last week, in what could be a first, the Free Press received a letter to the editor purportedly penned by a cat.
  • Delivering good news to a family in need

    I spent the weekend trying to contact Rinelle Harper's family over the phone. No answer.
  • So chief, where are you now?

    A weather warning was in effect at 5:11 p.m. Thursday when her phone call came; both out of the blue, and, more appropriately perhaps, out of the grey gathering of storm clouds in the distance. It was Rinelle Harper's grandmother. She was calling because the family was in desperate, almost immediate, need of help. As it turned out, I wasn't the first person Carol Harper had called or spoken to that day in hopes of finding help. As usual, I was the last. What, I wondered, had happened now.
  • Project strictly for the birds

    It's amazing what one can learn by taking the time to simply stop and ask. I was driving through Wolseley earlier this week -- on Arlington Street just south of Portage Avenue -- when I reflexively glanced over at the place where my father was born.
  • Take it from the potheads: It's time to chill

    OF BITS AND SPITZ... It was supposed to be a mellowest of protests on the most perfect of summer mornings. And that's the way it started.
  • Winnipeg man shares painful memories of the Holocaust

    He appeared around the gentle bend of an Assiniboine Park pathway. A white-haired man seated on a park bench.
  • How satisfied are you with the Winnipeg Police Service’s service?

    The Winnipeg Police Service has some questions for you. Relax.
  • Winnipeg's littering problem much more than trash talk

    Monday’s column about a city cop who gave a motorist a littering citation for tossing sunflower-seed husks out his sunroof — and whether the ticket treatment was deserved — has inspired broader, more important questions. About our environment and littering in general. About all the discarded cigarette butts, candy bar wrappers and Slurpee cups on our streets and in our parks, about the scourge that is roadside dumping, and about the responsibility we all have to keep our city clean.
  • Driver spitting mad over ticket for littering

    Welcome to traffic court, where you are a judge for the day. Actually, this Highway Traffic Act ticket will never see a courtroom because, well, I'll let the guy who got it tell you why.
  • Postal staff live in fear

    They arrived out of the blue. The blue sky that is. Two former high school mates of package-bomb victim Maria Mitousis flew into Winnipeg this week on a mission to bring comfort and cheer to their severely injured and still-hospitalized friend.
  • Apparently it takes more than a bomb to wake up Canada Post

    They arrived out of the blue. The blue sky that is. Two former high school mates of package-bomb victim Maria Mitousis flew into Winnipeg from points east and west this week on a mission to bring comfort and cheer to their severely injured and still hospitalized girlfriend.
  • An explosive question: Why didn't RCMP do more in 2013?

    The explosive sound in the dark Dave Kane heard in the early morning of Dec. 13, 2013 probably would have woken him up. But he was still reading at 3 a.m.
  • Police actions saved lives as bomber frightened city

    I hope you're sitting down as you're reading this. As usual.
  • 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.

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