He ripped away the curtain hiding a corrupt culture of favoritism and untendered contracts worth millions of dollars being handed out secretly by the city's most senior civil servants.
He exposed the year-long cover-up conducted by the mayor and Winnipeg's top administrators.
He's been like Hercules cleaning the Augean Stables, and, like Hercules, he has a long list of tasks to accomplish still.
The Black Rod's Newsmaker of the Year --- for the second year in a row --- is Winnipeg auditor Brian Whiteside.
Last year, Whiteside was a shoo-in for his courage in standing up to Chief Administrative Officer Phil Sheegl and his minions. They prepared a nice whitewash report clearing Sheegl of any impropriety in the secret delivery of contracts for four new firehalls to Shindico, the company owned by Mayor Sam Katz's palsy walsy for many a year. They expected Whiteside to passively sign on, but discovered he p…