Ryan Thorpe, Winnipeg Free Press

Ryan Thorpe

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Recent articles by Ryan:

Missing: active pathways, millions to pay for them

On paper, it seems like a pair of simple projects that could easily be done to move Winnipeg’s active transportation agenda forward. But like most things in the city, what is budgeted and what actually happens are two different things. → Read More

City wants to add 12 defendants now, maybe more later, to police HQ lawsuit

The City of Winnipeg wants to sue more people and companies connected to the Winnipeg Police Service headquarters construction project, and Mayor Brian Bowman says there could be more to come after that. → Read More

Judge steps away from civil trial over police HQ project

Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench Chief Justice Glenn Joyal has decided not to hear an upcoming civil trial arising from the controversial Winnipeg Police Service headquarters construction project, citing the “spectre” of bias. → Read More

A decade of dubious deals, disquieting dollars

Controversy was a frequent visitor to city hall during the administration of Sam Katz, who served as Winnipeg’s mayor from 2004 to 2014. In recent years, the spotlight has focused on one: the Winnipeg Police Service headquarters construction project. That’s because in December 2014 — one month after Katz left office — the RCMP raided Caspian Construction, the firm awarded a single-sourced… → Read More

Mayor wasn’t aware of second RCMP probe into Katz-era deals

Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman is renewing his call for a public inquiry into controversial capital projects and real estate deals during the Katz-Sheegl era at city hall after the existence of a second, parallel RCMP probe has come to light. → Read More

RCMP put Katz-era deals under secret microscope

The discovery of a secret police investigation into a string of municipal real estate deals and a controversial capital project sheds new light on the scope of suspected criminal activity at Winnipeg city hall during the Katz-Sheegl era. → Read More

Personal reflections during holy season

Church bells clanged throughout Winnipeg Sunday morning, welcoming parishioners to the first in-person Easter services held in the city since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic more than two years ago. → Read More

Manitoba’s most powerful chief accused of sexual assault

A woman in a senior leadership position at the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs has accused Grand Chief Arlen Dumas — the most powerful Indigenous leader in the province — of sexual assault. A formal criminal complaint has been filed with the Winnipeg Police Service sex crimes unit and the assembly’s executive council of chiefs was notified about the allegation Monday. → Read More

Public works rejects mismanagement allegations

Winnipeg’s public works department responded publicly for the first time Thursday to allegations of financial mismanagement within the traffic signals branch at a special meeting of the city’s finance committee. Chairman Scott Gillingham (St. → Read More

Winnipeg’s photo-enforcement system was set up for profit rather than protection, critics charge

If a car is going faster than a car going slower, does the car going faster need more time to stop than the car going slower? For years, that was the question independent researcher Christian Sweryda would ask the class when he was invited to guest lecture at universities in Winnipeg on traffic issues. Then he would tell everyone who thought the faster car needed more time to stop to raise their… → Read More

Winnipegger’s effort to replace missing school area traffic signs thwarted by city department’s couldn’t-care-less attitude

It was sometime in 2011 when independent researcher and traffic-safety activist Christian Sweryda started to notice locations where school-zone signs were missing in Winnipeg. He began to count the places where they should have been installed. → Read More

A decade of deadly delay

For the past 11 years, independent researcher and traffic-safety activist Christian Sweryda has been urging the City of Winnipeg to install eye-level safety lights at pedestrian corridors. It has been a long, drawn-out battle, featuring a forgotten report, a pilot project bordering on the absurd, a spate of major crashes and dead children. → Read More

Yellow caution flashes again 12 years after audit condemns city department

Allegations of financial mismanagement in the transportation division of the public works department should not come as a surprise at city hall. A damning 2010 audit into the traffic signals branch found a lack of basic standards and an inability to track the cost of construction projects due to poor record-keeping and oversight. → Read More

‘A pattern of incompetence or corruption, or perhaps both’

The anti-corruption expert grew increasingly concerned with each passing example of costly and confusing construction projects ordered by Winnipeg’s public works department — year after year, intersection after intersection. Kevin Gillese stopped the presentation halfway through — he’d seen enough. → Read More

Public hearing urged over public works allegations

Allegations of financial mismanagement by the City of Winnipeg’s public works department have caught the attention of Coun. Scott Gillingham (St. → Read More

February storming into the record books

If it feels like you’ve been shovelling more snow than usual this February — that’s because you have been. February 2022 is the snowiest February Winnipeg has seen since 1962. With eight days left in the month, it already sits at sixth on the list of Winnipeg’s all-time snowiest Februarys on record. → Read More

Winnipeg’s public works dept. wastes millions of tax dollars on unnecessary projects, independent research reveals

Winnipeg’s public works department wastes millions of tax dollars on unnecessary streets and transportation projects, independent research reveals → Read More

Fire destroys condo complex construction site

A multi-storey condominium complex under construction in East Kildonan burned to the ground in a massive blaze Monday afternoon. The fire began in the area of Kimberly Avenue and London Street around 3:30 p.m., and resulted in neighbourhood residents being evacuated from their homes. → Read More

City firefighter charged in domestic violence case

A city firefighter has been criminally charged for allegedly assaulting and pointing a handgun at his wife, also a WFPS employee, in 2020.The accused — who remains actively employed by the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service — was arrested Nov. 24, 2021, by city police while on duty at the Osborne Street fire hall. → Read More

Fundraiser for accused jail guard raised $50K before being pulled

An online fundraiser for the Headingley jail guard charged in the death of an Indigenous inmate quickly racked up tens of thousands of dollars in donations from across the country before it was abruptly cancelled by GoFundMe. → Read More