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My heritage minute
Saturday will be my 60th anniversary of being in Canada.
I'll pause here while you curse Louis St. Laurent and his lax immigration rules.
I have vague memories of emigrating...a seemingly massive Cunard ship on the docks in Liverpool. My mother and I sharing a cabin with another woman and her daughter (my dad came two months later). Everyone running to the rail when another ship passed in the Atlantic. A steward bringing us a big pitcher of water every day. People around me getting seasick.
It was Nov. 24, 1952 when we came ashore in St. John's, and I really don't remember any of those two days, though when I was next in St. John's in the 80s and looked down on the harbour, it immediately looked familiar.
I have no idea if we went through immigration at the famous Pier 21 in Halifax. My mother was Canadian, but I was a British citizen. Whatever, my memory of Halifax was my grandfather from Charlottetown being there and scooping me up, and then we took the train to The Island to start my life as a Canadian.
Back then, the locomotive dropped the passengers cars off at the ferry terminal at Cape Tormentine, the cars went on the ferry, and another locomotive was waiting in Borden to take the train into Charlottetown.
My heritage minute.
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About Nick Martin
Nick Martin is the old bearded guy at the back of the newsroom, the most experienced reporter at the Winnipeg Free Press, having started his career in Ontario in 1971.
He’s been covering education for the Free Press since the spring of 1997, after decades primarily covering municipal politics, including a four-year stint at the Ontario legislature for the London Free Press.
Nick moved to Manitoba in 1988 with his Winnipeg-born wife, who is a professor at the University of Manitoba. They have two kids, both of whom graduated from Grant Park High School: son Chris and daughter Gillian.
Nick has won a national journalism award from the Canadian Association of University Teachers, two Manitoba Human Rights Journalism awards, and the Ontario Reporters Association investigative award.
Nick is a long-distance runner, having finished and survived 18 marathons and 15 half-marathons and 30-kilometre races, and having (barely) survived 10 years as an outdoor and indoor soccer coach.
Nick became a soccer referee in 2007, delighting in his 60s in outrunning 16-year-olds and keeping his distance from obstreperous coaches and parents.
Nick and his wife have discovered a mutual love for kayaking at their Whiteshell cottage, and are both regulars at the Reh-Fit Centre. They hold season tickets to both the Manitoba Theatre Centre and the Warehouse, and as empty nesters, have rediscovered the joys of an active winter vacation.
A native of Jarrow-on-Tyne, England, Nick is a member of the Toon Army as a Newcastle United supporter, and a proud citizen of Leafs Nation.
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