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Memorable Manitobans: Arlene D. Billinkoff (1942-2009)


Born at Winnipeg on 27 March 1942, daughter of Alex Billinkoff (1912-1990) and Leona Billinkoff, she attended school for a year in New York City, where she worked on the political campaign of John F. Kennedy. Returning to Canada, she received a degree in Economics and Political Science from the University of Manitoba. She joined the staff of the Winnipeg Free Press in 1964, first working in the women’s section. In 1970 she became the legislative reporter, writing the column “Under the Dome.” She left the paper in 1994. She was also known as a supporter and mentor for young reporters. She enjoyed being a participant, even after her retirement, in the “Beer and Skits” political satire productions of the Winnipeg Press Club. In recognition of her community service, she received the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002. She died on 23 March 2009.


Obituary [Alex Billinkoff], Winnipeg Free Press, 17 December 1990, page 24.

“Columnist kept politicians accountable,” Winnipeg Free Press, 25 March 2009.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 26 March 2009.

“Lives lived: Arlene Billinkoff” by Julie Kentner, The Globe and Mail, 21 July 2009.

“The ’09 honour roll,” Winnipeg Free Press, 2 January 2010, page H3.

We thank Dawn Monroe for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 October 2019

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