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Even if the Jets aren’t playing by April, you’ll still get some hockey.

The Manitoba High Schools Athletics Association plans to launch its first all-star hockey game for graduating students, says executive director Morris Glimcher.

"It’s going to be a rural vs. urban graduates’ all-star game, the Grade 12s," Glimcher was telling me. "We do it in basketball and volleyball. We’d either go to the (St. James) Civic Centre or the IcePlex."

For sure, boys would play, Glimcher said. There are few girls’ teams outside of Winnipeg, but there may be a possibility of a girls’ game, he said.

Staying with the MHSAA.....

Glimcher said that the association turned down a family somewhere in the city — come on, you know by now that Morris never identifies the people or schools involved, even in the really juicy stuff — that home schools their child, but still wanted him to be able to play varsity sports for the nearest high school.

No way.

"Home schooling and online correspondence students are not eligible," Glimcher decreed. "You need to be enrolled in (at least) two full-time courses" at a school in order to play for that school.

No word yet on whether the family will challenge that ruling.

Staying on the physical side....

Pembina Trails phys ed teacher Blue Jay Bridge had a really neat tweet this week — yes, I know, teenage journos don’t think that old people like me know about such things — on the many super-nifty ways he’s incorporating technology into physical education. Here’s the link to which Bridge pointed in his tweet.

Change of topic.....

I was not at the media party for that new furniture store. Nor, when I attended the Greg Selinger/Kevin Chief newser at the IcePlex about the promising After School Leaders program, did I go near the sandwiches, desserts, or coffee proferred.

WSD trustee Mike Babinsky phoned me up and chortled that I wouldn’t even accept a key chain he tried to give me as a souvenir of one of his overseas trips.

Anyway, I was remembering amid all the fooferaw over this new store and all the news coverage it received, back in 1973 or so when I was (impressive drum roll, please) Ingersoll bureau chief of the Woodstock-Ingersoll Daily Sentinel-Review, that one of the two family restaurants on the main drag had a catastrophic fire one night, and pretty much burned down. No one hurt.

I of course took photos and ran a story, in which I named the restaurant and gave the address — teenaged journos, pay attention, you do need to know how to cover fires if you ever want to work for the despised and scorned mainstream media — and within minutes of our paper’s hitting the streets, the other surviving restaurant on the main drag had phoned the publisher to complain that I had given the competition free advertising.


While UM was pampering allnighters this week, I received a news release from UVictoria that it was bringing puppies onto campus to relieve stress during essay deadline and exam preparation. This idea from a school where stressed people can play outdoor intramural soccer in January. Anyway, on Thursday, Santa and elves set up shop and served hot chocolate and cookies to the under-duress students. No guff, UVic announced it on the internet, so it must be true.

Staying with BC, and having no idea how I got on this mailing list, the Vancouver Aquarium advises that it’s opening a new seafood restaurant for visitors.

Pause while you digest that.

Yes, it’s serving sustainable seafood, but, still....

The Manitoba Teachers’ Society has been tweeting about a conference going on even as we speak, gender identity and expression for teachers. Alas, says the union, no media coverage allowed.

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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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