Bob Dunn
Distant Replay

How being in the sports media gave one writer & broadcaster the opportunity to interview sports personalities he never imagined he’d even meet in places he never imagined he’d be. These will be his stories about their stories — or just about them — from the pages of his past, […]

Bob Dunn
Distant Replay

Every time I talk to Dick Irvin, Jr., as I did a couple of weeks ago, I learn something. This is a process that has been going on for about five decades, off and on, and you’d think by now my sports IQ would be more impressive than it is. […]

Bob Dunn
Distant Replay

This Olympic year, delayed 12 months by the pandemic, seems like an appropriate time to share one sports writer’s “medal-winning performances” from Games past. It began when I took my vacation for a no-expenses-paid trip to Mexico City for the 1968 Olympics. As the Winnipeg Tribune’s swimming writer (once, there […]

Bob Dunn
Distant Replay

Mr. Nice Guy is never perfect, which prompts me to tell you about Wayne Gretzky, who never claimed to be perfect and who is such a national treasure that it’s considered blasphemous to be critical, especially a national treasure who shared Canada’s late “hockey dad” with the whole country. Before […]

Bob Dunn
Distant Replay

The Golden Age of Cerebral Coaching in Montreal lasted 947 days and, like many golden ages, it became a snapshot easily forgotten. It was unrecognized then and perhaps preserved only in the memory of a sports writer who knew all three. Gene Mauch. Scotty Bowman. Marv Levy. From January 25, […]

Henry Miller
Tales from the Wild

Sixty years ago naturalists were alarmed to see that the bluebird populations were drastically declining. Two invasive species, the house sparrows and the starlings were driving the bluebirds away and nesting in the limited numbers of natural cavities found in trees and fence posts where the bluebirds themselves liked to […]

The first time I was in the presence of the great Rocket Richard, we were in jail. Both of us. He was a few paces ahead of me (that’s royalty) as the big iron door clanged shut behind us. The jail was Saint-Vincent-de-Paul Penitentiary, in suburban Montreal, and we were […]

Being in the sports media gave one writer and broadcast- er the opportunity to interview sports personalities he never imagined he’d even meet in places he never imagined he’d be. These will be his stories about their stories — or just about them — from the pages of his past, […]

On November 16, Greg Rickford, Minister of Indigenous Affairs, issued the following statement on Louis Riel Day: “Today we commemorate and reflect on Louis Riel’s historical legacy and quest for justice. A hero to Métis people, Riel was executed 135 years ago after being found guilty of treason for leading […]

Today, Greg Rickford, Minister of Indigenous Affairs, issued the following statement marking Indigenous Veterans Day: “Today, we honour the thousands of First Nations, Métis and Inuit people who served and are serving Canada in times of war, military conflict and peace. We remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in […]

Don’t you just love the autumn harvest? The feeling of a crisp breeze in the air, the sound and sight of rustling leaves in a rainbow of colours, and a plentiful array of gourds, squash, and pumpkins available at the produce counter. Pumpkins are obviously one of the more popular […]

These are definitely trying times for everyone. The start of this pandemic produced epic shortages of toilet paper and hand sanitizer. Then with the onslaught of people staying at home, the shortages expanded to include staples originally destined for our kitchen pantries, like flour, yeast, baking powder, and sugar. No […]