Darren Bernhardt


Darren Bernhardt spent the first dozen years of his journalism career in newspapers, first at the Regina Leader-Post then the Saskatoon StarPhoenix. He has been with CBC Manitoba since 2009 and specializes in offbeat and local history stories and features. Story idea? Email: darren.bernhardt@cbc.ca

Latest from Darren Bernhardt

Hey Winnipeg, notice all that sticky goo? It's honeydew from aphid poo

If you're stuck for an answer about that tacky coating on vehicles, sidewalks, roads, and trees around Winnipeg right now, we're here for you. Simply put, it's poo.

Transit union wants fall strike for major impact to service, Winnipeg mayor says

A frustrated Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman lashed out at the city's transit union on Friday, accusing it of delaying contract talks in order to disrupt service in the fall, when it would have the biggest impact.

'There has to be something else': Winnipeg's car culture is unsustainable, say urban planning experts

If Winnipeg is to shift out of the well-worn rut of being a car-first culture, it's going to require two crucial elements: creativity and visionary leaders, say urban planning experts.

Instagram obsessed: Can we vacation without posting every moment?

Ah! Summer, that time of the year when people head out on vacation to escape the grind and find some seclusion — as long as it comes with Wi-Fi​​​​​​​.

'She was a pistol': Winnipeg teen Sadie Grimm raced into motorcycle history in 1914

In 1914, Sadie Grimm did something on a motorcycle that men attempted but failed — she won an endurance race from Winnipeg to Winnipeg Beach, across roadless marshlands. It was the first documented award in Canadian motorcycling by a woman in a competition open to men.

'It's a disgrace': Historic Henderson House neglected, rotting away

The Henderson family name is one of the oldest in Manitoba, but that's apparently not enough to save the log house that sheltered them during those pioneer years on the prairie before Winnipeg or Manitoba existed.

Trials and deportations: 1919 Winnipeg strike leaders were punished first, vindicated later

As the trial dates for their arrested leaders approached, thousands of 1919 Winnipeg General Strike supporters walked in a Labour Day parade, holding banners declaring their ongoing fight for workers' rights.

The Forks dishes up classic way to combat waste — and save money

One of Winnipeg's most beloved public places is getting drastic with plastics and other waste by serving up some tradition.

Electrifying Manitoba: How hydro power 'absolutely revolutionized' the province

The first electric light in Manitoba was turned on in Winnipeg in 1873, but it was a century ago this year that the switch was flipped on a decision that would bring power to the fingertips of people across the province.

MMIWG report calls on Canadians to act: Here's how to make an impact

Among the calls for justice in the final report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls are a handful that urge everyone to become allies, to combat racism and to break down barriers.

Streetcar sculpture brings 1919 Winnipeg General Strike to life

One of the most iconic images from the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike has been resurrected.

New road links isolated First Nation to mainland for 1st time in 100 years

Shoal Lake 40 First Nation has voluntarily dry-docked its aging ferry — with no intention of ever using it again now that there is a permanent road linking the community to the rest of the country for the first time in 100 years.

A century of water: As Winnipeg aqueduct turns 100, Shoal Lake finds freedom

The taps to Winnipeg's drinking water were first turned on in April 1919, but as the city celebrated its engineering feat and raised glasses of that clear liquid, another community's fortunes suddenly turned dark.

Developer turns back time on Winnipeg's 136-year-old Fortune Block

After an extensive renovation, Winnipeg's Fortune Block and its attached twin, the Macdonald Block, look exactly as they did when they first went up at the corner of Main Street and St. Mary Avenue in 1883. Well, almost.

'Lingering hostilities' blamed for lack of 1919 Winnipeg strike monuments

The 1919 Winnipeg General Strike was a watershed moment in Canada's history but to find any commemoration in the city, you need to do some searching.