Shane Minkin

Business Editor; Managing Editor, production

Born with ink in his veins at the old Misericordia Hospital, Shane’s been at the Free Press long enough to remember when the paper was delivered by actual paperboys (and girls) in the afternoon.

He also fondly remembers the Grand Old Lady on Carlton Street, where he started his journalism career as a cub reporter during a time when writers and editors used typewriters, rotary phones and not only smoked at their desks but kept a bottle of hooch in the bottom drawer.

Those were also the days of the earliest newsroom computers and it would be more than a decade before the Freep transitioned from cold type to digital publishing.

In the course of over three decades at the Free Press, Shane has covered news stories on every beat (cops, courts, city hall, legislature, general assignment) and for every section (Arts &Life, Entertainment, Travel, Sports, Leisure and Tempo — for you old-timers).

Moving to the copy desk in the ‘90s, he has worked in all aspects of production, becoming Day Editor around the turn of the century. Shane was promoted to Arts & Life and Entertainment Editor, which he did for the better part of a decade.

Summoned back to the news department, Shane became City and Business Editor in 2012. Returning to manage production in 2020, he remains Business Editor and is convinced that the Interweb is just a passing fad.

 

Recent articles of Shane Minkin

Random acts of kindness

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Random acts of kindness

By Shane Minkin 3 minute read Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021

I will never forget your kindness

On the evening of May 19 I was on Highway 44 going to my cottage when I got a flat tire at Whitemouth.

As I was attempting to call CAA a nice lady pulled up and asked if I needed help. I told her I was calling CAA. She said OK and continued on. After the person from CAA hung up, saying she couldn’t hear me, the lady, whose name is Debbie, came back and said she was going to stay with me until I got help.

On my second call to CAA I tried to explain where I was and even gave them phone numbers for CAA truck drivers in Lac du Bonnet, which I got from Debbie. The young man from CAA had no idea where Whitemouth or Lac du Bonnet were.

Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021

I will never forget your kindness

On the evening of May 19 I was on Highway 44 going to my cottage when I got a flat tire at Whitemouth.

As I was attempting to call CAA a nice lady pulled up and asked if I needed help. I told her I was calling CAA. She said OK and continued on. After the person from CAA hung up, saying she couldn’t hear me, the lady, whose name is Debbie, came back and said she was going to stay with me until I got help.

On my second call to CAA I tried to explain where I was and even gave them phone numbers for CAA truck drivers in Lac du Bonnet, which I got from Debbie. The young man from CAA had no idea where Whitemouth or Lac du Bonnet were.

New lock-in pension rules take effect Oct. 1

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New lock-in pension rules take effect Oct. 1

Shane Minkin 1 minute read Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021

Manitobans facing financial ruin will be able to tap into their pensions for help, thanks to regulations that take effect in October.

The Pallister government announced Tuesday it will enact amendments to the Pension Benefits Act that loosen the criteria for accessing funds that are normally locked-in until someone retires.

It will apply to people facing a low expected income, eviction for rental arrears, a mortgage foreclosure, or medical and dental expenses that aren’t covered by their insurance or government programs.

Pensions can also be divvied up by couples who separate based on a negotiated ratio, instead of the current rules that only allow either a 50-50 split or one person taking the entire fund.

Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021

Manitobans facing financial ruin will be able to tap into their pensions for help, thanks to regulations that take effect in October.

The Pallister government announced Tuesday it will enact amendments to the Pension Benefits Act that loosen the criteria for accessing funds that are normally locked-in until someone retires.

It will apply to people facing a low expected income, eviction for rental arrears, a mortgage foreclosure, or medical and dental expenses that aren’t covered by their insurance or government programs.

Pensions can also be divvied up by couples who separate based on a negotiated ratio, instead of the current rules that only allow either a 50-50 split or one person taking the entire fund.

Local entrepreneur sells Vegas subsidiary

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Local entrepreneur sells Vegas subsidiary

Shane Minkin 2 minute read Saturday, Sep. 12, 2020

An international business that was incubated at The Eureka Project has sold its Las Vegas call centre operations to EBQuickstart of Austin, Texas.

The deal to acquire Everywhere Managed LLC, a subsidiary of Managed Sales Pros LLC, was three years in the making, MSP CEO Carrie Simpson said.

“Their organization is well known and trusted in the MSP space, and their business model and priorities are closely aligned to ours,” EBQuickstart’s CEO Tim Edwards said in a statement.

Simpson founded Managed Sales Pros in Winnipeg in 2014 as an outsourced lead generation company. Managed Sales Pros’ early clients were technology startups in Manitoba that were supported by the Eureka Project (now North Forge Technology Exchange) as well as Skip The Dishes in its infancy. MSP focused on the Information Technology Channel as a target market. MSP’s first client was Manitoba-based managed IT services provider, 365Technologies.

Saturday, Sep. 12, 2020

An international business that was incubated at The Eureka Project has sold its Las Vegas call centre operations to EBQuickstart of Austin, Texas.

The deal to acquire Everywhere Managed LLC, a subsidiary of Managed Sales Pros LLC, was three years in the making, MSP CEO Carrie Simpson said.

“Their organization is well known and trusted in the MSP space, and their business model and priorities are closely aligned to ours,” EBQuickstart’s CEO Tim Edwards said in a statement.

Simpson founded Managed Sales Pros in Winnipeg in 2014 as an outsourced lead generation company. Managed Sales Pros’ early clients were technology startups in Manitoba that were supported by the Eureka Project (now North Forge Technology Exchange) as well as Skip The Dishes in its infancy. MSP focused on the Information Technology Channel as a target market. MSP’s first client was Manitoba-based managed IT services provider, 365Technologies.

Anderson wants to turn PM vegan

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Anderson wants to turn PM vegan

Shane Minkin  2 minute read Monday, Jun. 29, 2020

Ottawa’s investment last week of $100 million in Winnipeg’s Merit Functional Foods caught the attention one of Canada’s most passionate animal rights activists, Pamela Anderson.

Anderson was so impressed she penned a letter of thanks to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, going as far as offering to assist him in going vegan.

“Sensuality includes being engaged in the world and caring about others’ feelings, and nothing is sexier than compassion,” the activist/actress wrote.

“Your recent decision to invest another $100 million in our mushrooming plant-based industries fits that description — and that puts Canada on top when it comes to promoting a humane and healthy diet.”

Monday, Jun. 29, 2020

Darryl Dyck / The Canadian Press files
Actress and animal rights activist Pamela Anderson is urging Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to turn vegan.

DoorDash delivers ghostly delights

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DoorDash delivers ghostly delights

Shane Minkin 1 minute read Saturday, Jun. 1, 2019

If you’ve got a hankering for southern fried chicken or a vegan Buddha bowl, there are a couple of ghost kitchens that will scare up those meals and have them delivered right to your door.

Beginning today, and exclusively for users of the DoorDash food-delivery app, WOW Hospitality is launching Mercy Me Nashville Chicken and a decidedly more healthful option, Fuel Functional Foods, as ghost kitchens, which prepare the meals but do not have an actual storefront.

Mercy Me features mild or spicy fried chicken, from the whole bird on down to individual pieces, as well as wings, tenders and southern-style sides.

Fuel Functional Foods offers an all-vegan menu, including burritos, chili dogs and mac & cheese, as well as the aforementioned Buddha bowls, sweets and smoothies.

Saturday, Jun. 1, 2019

If you’ve got a hankering for southern fried chicken or a vegan Buddha bowl, there are a couple of ghost kitchens that will scare up those meals and have them delivered right to your door.

Beginning today, and exclusively for users of the DoorDash food-delivery app, WOW Hospitality is launching Mercy Me Nashville Chicken and a decidedly more healthful option, Fuel Functional Foods, as ghost kitchens, which prepare the meals but do not have an actual storefront.

Mercy Me features mild or spicy fried chicken, from the whole bird on down to individual pieces, as well as wings, tenders and southern-style sides.

Fuel Functional Foods offers an all-vegan menu, including burritos, chili dogs and mac & cheese, as well as the aforementioned Buddha bowls, sweets and smoothies.

No strike at No Frills, Superstore, Extra Foods

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No strike at No Frills, Superstore, Extra Foods

By Shane Minkin 1 minute read Friday, Sep. 28, 2018

A strike has been avoided at Superstore, Extra Foods and No Frills stores across Manitoba as a tentative agreement was reached at 3:30 a.m. Friday between the workers’ union and the stores’ owner, Loblaw.

The bargaining committee from UFCW Local 832, which represents over 3,500 workers, said details of the tentative agreement will be presented to the members at meetings across the province on Oct. 14, a press release stated.

Jeff Traeger, President of UFCW Local 832, stated in the release that the bargaining committee will be unanimously recommending that the membership accept the tentative agreement reached with the company.

The contract had expired Thursday at midnight, but it will continue to be in effect until the ratification vote.

Friday, Sep. 28, 2018

Wayne Glowacki / Winnipeg Free Press Files
A strike has been avoided at Superstore, Extra Foods and No Frills stores across Manitoba as a tentative agreement was reached Friday between the stores’ owner, Loblaw, and the stores' workers’ union, UFCW Local 832.

Bezos unseats Gates as richest person on Earth

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Bezos unseats Gates as richest person on Earth

Shane Minkin 1 minute read Monday, Oct. 30, 2017

A post-earnings surge in Amazon.com Inc. shares on Friday pushed Jeff Bezos to the top of the Bloomberg Billionaires Index for the first time, vaulting him ahead of Bill Gates, who had held the top spot as the richest person on Earth for more than four years.

The founder and chief executive officer of the retail juggernaut added US$10.4 billion to his net worth as Amazon shares rose 13 per cent, the most in two and a half years, a day after the company reported quarterly sales and profit that surpassed analysts’ estimates.

At the close of U.S. markets on Friday, Bezos had a net worth of US$93.8 billion, US$5.1 billion ahead of Gates on the Bloomberg index, a daily ranking of the world’s 500 richest people.

Gates, 61, had been the world’s richest person since 2013.

Monday, Oct. 30, 2017

A post-earnings surge in Amazon.com Inc. shares on Friday pushed Jeff Bezos to the top of the Bloomberg Billionaires Index for the first time, vaulting him ahead of Bill Gates, who had held the top spot as the richest person on Earth for more than four years.

The founder and chief executive officer of the retail juggernaut added US$10.4 billion to his net worth as Amazon shares rose 13 per cent, the most in two and a half years, a day after the company reported quarterly sales and profit that surpassed analysts’ estimates.

At the close of U.S. markets on Friday, Bezos had a net worth of US$93.8 billion, US$5.1 billion ahead of Gates on the Bloomberg index, a daily ranking of the world’s 500 richest people.

Gates, 61, had been the world’s richest person since 2013.

Waterloo police arrest suspect in connection to Winnipeg shootings

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Waterloo police arrest suspect in connection to Winnipeg shootings

Shane Minkin 1 minute read Friday, Jun. 16, 2017

After more than six months on the lam, one of Winnipeg's most-wanted fugitives has been arrested in Ontario and will be brought back to the city to face murder, kidnapping and robbery charges, the Free Press has learned.

Michael Tylor Fless, 30, was arrested in the Kitchener area by Waterloo police Friday.

A Canada-wide warrant was issued for Fless after two separate shootings involving three victims.

The first occurred Nov. 28 on Pritchard Avenue, where Benjamin Franklin Traverse, 39, was fatally shot. Before fleeing the scene, two suspects robbed two people, forced them into a vehicle and drove them to East St. Paul, where they shot the two victims and fled in the stolen vehicle.

Friday, Jun. 16, 2017

Michael Tylor Fless

MTS Centre renamed in wake of Bell MTS merger

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MTS Centre renamed in wake of Bell MTS merger

By Shane Minkin 2 minute read Tuesday, May. 30, 2017

The MTS Centre is no more.

Thirteen years after its opening, the downtown arena is being renamed Bell MTS Place.

The change reflects the recent takeover of MTS by Bell Canada and was announced by Bell CEO George Cope on Tuesday.

In addition to the renaming of the home of the Winnipeg Jets and Manitoba Moose, the teams' training facility is also getting a new name: Bell MTS Iceplex.

Tuesday, May. 30, 2017

True North estimates that all new signage will be in place by September 1. (Supplied)

‘Accident involving a train’ leaves man with arm injury

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‘Accident involving a train’ leaves man with arm injury

By Shane Minkin 2 minute read Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016

A man was seriously injured near the railway tracks north of Pacific Avenue in Brandon Friday morning.

An employee at a business across from the rail yard said an injured man entered the store and asked someone to call 911 as he bled from his right arm.

“We just held pressure on it, according to what the emergency people told us to do, and we waited for the ambulance to come, and they tended to him,” said the employee, who wished to remain anonymous.

A spokesperson with Prairie Mountain Health said the man suffered an arm injury and is in stable condition at Brandon Regional Health Centre. The health authority described the incident as an “accident involving a train.”

Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016

A man was seriously injured near the railway tracks north of Pacific Avenue in Brandon Friday morning.

An employee at a business across from the rail yard said an injured man entered the store and asked someone to call 911 as he bled from his right arm.

“We just held pressure on it, according to what the emergency people told us to do, and we waited for the ambulance to come, and they tended to him,” said the employee, who wished to remain anonymous.

A spokesperson with Prairie Mountain Health said the man suffered an arm injury and is in stable condition at Brandon Regional Health Centre. The health authority described the incident as an “accident involving a train.”

Manitoba Movers

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Manitoba Movers

By Shane Minkin 2 minute read Monday, May. 2, 2016

BOARDS

The Event Professionals of Manitoba

is pleased to announce its 2016 board of directors and executive officers: president Lesley Lewis, University of Manitoba; director, treasurer and professional development chairwoman Shirley Tillett, Shirley Tillett Associates Inc.; director and secretary Kalynn Spain, Small Farms Manitoba; director and program chairwoman Gemma Keatch, Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba; director and membership chairwoman Holly McClelland, Winnipeg Construction Association; director Janet Harder, the Metropolitan Entertainment Centre. Directors: Suzanne St. Onge, Sport Manitoba, and Megan Steele, RBC Convention Centre. |

Monday, May. 2, 2016

BOARDS

The Event Professionals of Manitoba

is pleased to announce its 2016 board of directors and executive officers: president Lesley Lewis, University of Manitoba; director, treasurer and professional development chairwoman Shirley Tillett, Shirley Tillett Associates Inc.; director and secretary Kalynn Spain, Small Farms Manitoba; director and program chairwoman Gemma Keatch, Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba; director and membership chairwoman Holly McClelland, Winnipeg Construction Association; director Janet Harder, the Metropolitan Entertainment Centre. Directors: Suzanne St. Onge, Sport Manitoba, and Megan Steele, RBC Convention Centre. |

Gluten-free push doesn’t prevent shortage

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Gluten-free push doesn’t prevent shortage

By Shane Minkin 4 minute read Saturday, Apr. 30, 2016

With gluten-free foods so fashionable these days, it’s ironic one of the biggest issues facing Canada’s wheat industry in recent times has been a shortage of it.

Gluten is one of the main proteins found in cereals such as wheat, barley and rye. In bread-baking, the quality of the gluten has a lot to do with how bread absorbs water, traps gases from the fermenting yeast and how well it rises.

Customers started complaining a few years ago they were seeing a decline in the quality and consistency of gluten in Canada’s premium milling wheat class, Canada Western Red Spring Wheat (CWRS).

In the world of food processing, consistency is synonymous with quality. Millers and bakers want to get the same results from their ingredients every time with a minimum of adjustments to their equipment or recipes.

Saturday, Apr. 30, 2016

MATT GOERZEN / BRANDON SUN FILES
Customers have complained about the quality of gluten from red spring wheat lately.

Warrant issued for suspect in man’s slaying

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Warrant issued for suspect in man’s slaying

By Shane Minkin 2 minute read Saturday, Mar. 5, 2016

A Canada-wide warrant has been issued for a suspect in the death of a Peguis First Nation man outside a Winnipeg hotel last Saturday.

Travis Chief, who also goes by Travis Guimond, is wanted in connection with the killing outside the Northern Hotel on Main Street last Saturday morning.

Henry (Buddy) Kipling, 43, was attacked over a case of beer while he stood in front of the hotel waiting for a taxi last weekend.

Chief is considered dangerous. He is believed to have left Winnipeg and may be in the vicinity of Waywayseecappo First Nation in the Parkland region.

Saturday, Mar. 5, 2016

A Canada-wide warrant has been issued for a suspect in the death of a Peguis First Nation man outside a Winnipeg hotel last Saturday.

Travis Chief, who also goes by Travis Guimond, is wanted in connection with the killing outside the Northern Hotel on Main Street last Saturday morning.

Henry (Buddy) Kipling, 43, was attacked over a case of beer while he stood in front of the hotel waiting for a taxi last weekend.

Chief is considered dangerous. He is believed to have left Winnipeg and may be in the vicinity of Waywayseecappo First Nation in the Parkland region.

Change passwords, experts urge

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Change passwords, experts urge

By Shane Minkin 6 minute read Thursday, Apr. 10, 2014

Computer security experts are urging people to change their passwords after the emergence of a vulnerability in software used by much of the world to safeguard secure websites on the Internet.

The flaw, ominously dubbed Heartbleed, was first reported Monday by researchers who pushed out a fix to the software that runs on as many as two-thirds of all active websites and could let hackers intercept encrypted traffic including email messages, banking information, usernames and passwords.

Websites such as Google, Facebook, Amazon and the major Canadian banks said they were not affected.

But with tax-return season in full swing, the Canada Revenue Agency suddenly locked down its online filing services Wednesday, fearful of the Heartbleed vulnerability.

Thursday, Apr. 10, 2014

Mike Deal / Winnipeg Free Press
Michael Legary founder and Chief Strategy Officer at Seccuris is a leading expert on network security and says the world is about to get a nasty wake-up call as we start to use our smartphones increasingly as a method of payment.

Bitter cold forces kids indoors

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Bitter cold forces kids indoors

By Shane Minkin and Alexandra Paul 5 minute read Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014

When the recess bells rang at schools across the city Wednesday, almost no one was allowed out.

Such is the cold reality of the polar vortex that has made indoor recesses a regular event this winter, an occurrence that is frustrating to both students and teachers.

It's safety first, superintendent Duane Brothers of Louis Riel School Division said.

"When it's this cold outside, typically -27, outdoor recess is cancelled and the students are kept indoors," Brothers said. "There's been a lot of indoor recess over the last few days. The gyms are open, we pull out board games."

Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014

Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press
Grade 3 students from Greenway School do yoga and other activities during indoor recess when frigid weather keeps them inside.

WSO to play Carnegie Hall

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WSO to play Carnegie Hall

By Shane Minkin 2 minute read Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012

How does the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice -- and a few thousand clicks of a mouse.

The WSO announced Monday that it is one of six major regional orchestras heading to the famous New York City venue in 2014 for the fourth annual Spring for Music (S4M) festival. The orchestra plans to perform pieces from its New Music Festival, including Derek Charke's 13 Inuit Throat Song Games featuring throat singer Tanya Tagaq, WSO composer-in-residence Vincent Ho's The Shaman: Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra featuring Dame Evelyn Glennie, as well as R. Murray Schafer's Symphony No. 1.

The S4M orchestras are selected partially for the imaginative nature of their proposed programming in a two-pronged process that includes a juried selection committee and an online vote. The WSO topped the final tally with 3,059 votes, over 1,000 more votes than the second-place program.

The fourth Spring For Music festival, runs from May 5-10, 2014, at Carnegie Hall, and includes the New York Philharmonic (May 5), Seattle Symphony (May 6), Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (May 7), Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (May 8) Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and May Festival Chorus (May 9) and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (May 10).

Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012

Vincent Ho

WSO to play Carnegie Hall

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WSO to play Carnegie Hall

By Shane Minkin 2 minute read Monday, Jan. 23, 2012

How does the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice — and a few thousand clicks of a mouse.

The WSO announced Monday that it is one of six major regional orchestras heading to the famous New York City venue in 2014 for the fourth annual Spring for Music (S4M) festival.

The orchestra plans to perform pieces from its New Music Festival, including Derek Charke’s 13 Inuit Throat Song Games featuring throat singer Tanya Tagaq, WSO Composer-in-Residence Vincent Ho’s The Shaman: Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra featuring Dame Evelyn Glennie as well as R. Murray Schafer’s Symphony No. 1.

The S4M orchestras are selected partially for the imaginative nature of their proposed programming in a two-pronged process which includes a juried selection committee and an online vote.

Monday, Jan. 23, 2012

BEBETO MATTHEWS / The Associated Press
Pedestrians cross the street outside Carnegie Hall in New York in a file photo.

Click to get WSO to Carnegie Hall

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Click to get WSO to Carnegie Hall

By Shane Minkin 2 minute read Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011

TO get to Carnegie Hall, the old saying goes, you have to practise, practise, practise.

Nowadays, there's another way to make it to the legendary New York concert hall ---- by the click of a mouse.

Thanks to the Spring For Music Festival, music aficionados can vote for their favourite regional symphony and the top seven, as determined by votes and a judging committee, will get a chance to play Carnegie Hall in the spring of 2014.

Fans of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and its New Music Festival can vote for not one, but two Winnipeg programs at www.springformusic.com.

Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011

TO get to Carnegie Hall, the old saying goes, you have to practise, practise, practise.

Nowadays, there's another way to make it to the legendary New York concert hall ---- by the click of a mouse.

Thanks to the Spring For Music Festival, music aficionados can vote for their favourite regional symphony and the top seven, as determined by votes and a judging committee, will get a chance to play Carnegie Hall in the spring of 2014.

Fans of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and its New Music Festival can vote for not one, but two Winnipeg programs at www.springformusic.com.

Jerusalem-born journalist, author a multi-talented Renaissance man

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Jerusalem-born journalist, author a multi-talented Renaissance man

By Shane Minkin 2 minute read Friday, Oct. 15, 2010

The world has lost a true Renaissance man with the passing Wednesday of Yoram (Hamizrachi) East, scholar, activist, war hero, journalist, author, counter-terrorism expert, restaurateur, grandfather, artist and occasional fortune teller.

East died at Health Sciences Centre due to complications of diabetes. He was 68.

Born in Jerusalem when it was still part of the British mandate, East joined the Israeli Defence Forces when he was 17 and became a paratrooper. He studied at the Bezalel Fine Arts School in Jerusalem and continued his studies in Wiesbaden, Germany, said his ex-wife Beate Zahn.

During the Six-Day War in 1967, East fought in the battle for Jerusalem. During the Yom Kippur War of 1973, East covered the war for German TV.

Friday, Oct. 15, 2010

GEORGE DOUKLIAS / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS
Among his many other pursuits, Yoram East made painted bone sculptures.