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Former Winnipegger Michael Tregebov discusses using Winnipeg as inspiration for his novels

Michael Tregebov/cover of his latest novel, "Shot Rock"

Elsewhere on this website you can read my review of  former Winnipegger Michael Tregebov’s latest book, titled Shot Rock. That book tells the story of a Winnipeg Jewish curling club that is faced with a division between members who would like to sell it to Dominion Stores and those who would like to retain it as a curling club.

For Sid Green - and many other teens in the 1930s and later - the Y was a second home

Sid Green

Sid Green, born in 1929, was only eight years old when he started attending the YMHA at 91 Albert Street. Over the years the Y became a second home for Sid, and as he grew older, he played a variety of roles in that cherished institution.
Recently I sat down with Sid in his Westgate home and asked him to reminisce about his years at both the Albert Street Y and the YMHA on Hargrave.

Gwen Secter program co-ordinator Dan Saidman brings a wealth of experience to his new role

Dan Saidman with Gwen Secter executive director Becky Chisick


Dan Saidman is just coming up to his first anniversary as the new program co-ordinator at the Gwen Secter Creative Living Centre at Syd Glow Place (on October 31) – and a very busy year it has been.

Okay – so we know what the Rady JCC is like, and many of us remember the Y on Hargrave, but what was the Albert Street Y like?

Arguably, the most famous picture taken at the Albert St. Y: Leible Hershfield tumbling over a group of brave souls in 1937 (photo courtesy Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada)

When it comes to researching the history of the YMHA/Rady JCC, there are no better sources than members who actually belonged to the YMHA when it was still on Albert Street. The stories they have to tell are priceless – especially when it comes to describing what stood for a “gym” in that building.

“Bar Mitzvah Boy” will have you laughing, then pondering some very deep questions

Amy Lee & Nicholas Rice in "Bar Mitzvah Boy"

In the annals of questions that ask something totally ridiculous, such as “Would King Kong have really beaten Godzilla?”, we can now add: “Who are you more likely to turn to for counseling: A rabbi or a divorce lawyer?”

Former Winnipegger Michael Tregebov pens novel revolving around demise of Winnipeg's Jewish curling club

Michael Tregebov/Shot Rock cover

“Shot Rock”
By Michael Tregebov
220 pages
New Star Books
to be released Sept. 26
Michael Tregebov is only one year younger than me. We grew up in the same part of town – although I didn’t meet Michael until I moved to West Kildonan Collegiate from Joseph Wolinsky Collegiate following Grade 10.