Only hours after James Favel bemoaned where he’d find the money to help Winnipeg’s Bear Clan Patrol, he got a cheque and a handshake he never expected. “Just like that,” he said, “our whole organization changed.” The volunteer group patrolling Winnipeg’s toughest streets collected a $50,000 donation from Kirby and Marie Fontaine — millionaires who have quietly been divvying up their $50 million lottery win since they won the Lotto Max in 2009. The couple from Sagkeeng First Nation

In a small room in a Winnipeg community centre, dozens of volunteers strap on bright yellow vests and ready themselves for night patrol. Some will pick up syringes along the way, others will hand out fresh fruit and water – all under the banner of protecting the city’s most vulnerable. “We are the boots on the ground,” said James Favel, the founder of Winnipeg’s Bear Clan. “We are the direct

Thunder Bay, On – UPDATE- We had the honour to interview James Favel, the Co-Founder of Bear Clan Patrol Incorporated. NetNewsLedger first had the opportunity to interview Mr Favel in May 2016. James who is 50 years of age was raised in the Elmwood neighbourhood of Winnipeg. He has worked as a bouncer and a truck driver. He came to revitalizing the Bear Clan Patrol after the death of Tina Fontaine. This young

$200,000 donation to grow mental health outreach to vulnerable people in the community WINNIPEG, Jan. 16, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – Bell Let’s Talk and the City of Winnipeg today announced a combined donation of $200,000 to Bear Clan Patrol, the community-based organization providing safety and belonging, mental wellness support, conflict resolution and crime prevention for vulnerable people in the community. This new funding will help Bear Clan Patrol expand patrol coverage, grow its food distribution program and add

The Bear Clan patrol in Thunder Bay is looking for new leadership to take over its operation in the city. The group was shut down a little over a week ago after months of complaints. Thunder Bay Bear Clan looking for new leadership

Winnipeg’s Bear Clan Patrol Inc. has cut ties with the group’s Thunder Bay chapter. Bear Clan Patrol Inc. executive director James Favel said Tuesday that the decision came as a result of what he called “divisive” rhetoric being posted on the Thunder Bay group’s Facebook page over the past several months. “Bottom line is our mission and values have not been respected by the Bear Clan chapter in Thunder Bay,” Favel told

Two members of the Bear Clan Patrol just didn’t accept bravery awards for their heroic actions when they saw a fellow Winnipeg Transit passenger being threatened — they used their moment in the spotlight to encourage other heroes in society. Jonathan Meikle was awarded the Royal Canadian Humane Association’s silver medal of bravery while Matthew Shorting received the bronze medal for stepping in, scuffling with, and overpowering a knife-wielding man

The Bear Clan Patrol is known for their walking patrols, but they’re now stepping up to help the community in a new way. For the past week, the organization has also been supplying clothing and food donations to the community through their den at 584 Selkirk Ave. James Favel, the executive director, says in the past six days they’ve already helped more than 500 people. “We’re doing a sandwich station

A new Bear Clan Patrol group has been formed at Sioux Valley Dakota Nation in response to Westman’s ongoing methamphetamine crisis. Melissa Bone, who took the lead in organizing the group, said the community held several meth awareness workshops during recent months, which made people realize the impact the drug was having on Sioux Valley. “(I) started educating myself on the dangers and uses of meth, the effects, the withdrawal