BRANDON -- Cory Popplestone wants to make your life easier.
Distracted drivers, beware . . . We've all heard of RoboCop, but until this week I had never heard of a hobo cop. Then a pal called to report he heard plainclothes Winnipeg police officers had been spotted posing as panhandlers and patrolling the median in search of drivers picking up their cellphones while stopped at red lights.
OK, so spring is finally here. You can tell because the giant snowbanks have turned into slumping, filthy mounds of black road silt.
Reconciliation, truth and reconciliation, words so often intoned in Canada as the struts of a bridge between one and another.
Say what you will, Gerry Lester Watson Jr. is not about to let a little fame go to his head.
This is what real support for the victims of crime looks like -- a safe and welcoming place for them to go, near to the machinations of the criminal-justice system, but far enough away it provides respite.
It could be on a cold, wintry morning or a hot summer night, but the goal is already in sight.
BRADENTON, Fla. -- Maybe, just maybe, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers found the next Chris Matthews down here this week.
Chad Johnson as a member of the Montreal Alouettes? Ocho-I don't think so.
Offering more proof that any "Save the Date" cards for Westeros nuptials should be immediately tossed in the bin, Game of Thrones featured another lethal wedding last week. This time, at least, the right person died.
You might think it would be easier the second time around.
DEAR MISS LONELYHEARTS: I'm sitting here desperate because my common-law wife just left me and took the baby to her mother's house to live. She said there was no food in the fridge and she was living at her mom's place most days anyway to eat so she could make breast milk for the baby, so she just "formalized" it, and moved back in with her parents.
Up until the last week or so, has anyone really been in the mood to talk (or drink) spring? Winter was dragged out, pummelling us into weary submission with its massive piles of snow, bracing winds and incredibly low temps.
Back in 2009, rumour had it that Rae and Jerry's would be replaced by a Ruth's Chris steak house. Turns out it was only a rumour -- there never were any negotiations. We still don't have a Ruth's Chris, and although trendoids may sneer, after almost 60 years this old-school institution endures, still holding its own in a sea of small plates, duck confits, truffle oil and pork bellies. It still packs them in, and if you try getting a seat without a reservation, you may end up eating in the lounge, which is not a bad thing, actually. It's popular -- famous, even -- the Winnipeg venue many out-of-town food writers have asked to see.
BRANDON -- It is a problem democracies throughout the world are struggling with, and it will soon be Manitoba's problem.
Brian Pallister is right when he objects to the legislation which permits taxpayers' money to be used to finance political parties. With respect, Pallister is wrong to turn down his party's share of the entitlement, while the NDP and other parties take their share. Pallister is cutting off his nose to spite his face.
Aesop's fable of the grasshopper and the ant comes to mind when considering Manitoba's NDP government and its spending and borrowing.
A recent Free Press editorial appropriately called for a new mandate for the CBC (CBC needs fresh mandate, April 14). That mandate must include independent coverage of local, national and international news.
What do Laura Bush and Hillary Clinton agree on? They, like many other prominent Americans, talk effusively about helping Afghan women.
News that the troublesome weed kochia has developed resistance to yet another herbicide descended on the province's farmers last week like the first snowfall of winter.
Charlie was laid off recently and knows his prospects for finding comparable employment in his mid-50s are slim.
Yes, spring is finally here. Yet, while it's certainly time for celebration, for some unknown reason, I recently found myself thinking of dandelions and weeds instead of spring and beautiful, colourful flowers. On reflection, it occurred to me I was disturbed about the reported proliferation of gossip in a particular workplace and what advice I could provide to help the employer overcome the mess gossip had created. These days, I'm also encountering more and more concern about employees engaging in gossip activities via the Internet; so, perhaps there's a need to seriously pay attention to the topic of gossip again.
A local fashion designer has set up shop in the long-vacant main-floor space of the historic White House office/retail building on downtown Portage Avenue.