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Eight years and counting
An anniversary passed by quietly on Sunday.
It’s now eight years and counting since Safe Schools Manitoba severed its professional relationship with me and the Free Press. In that time, through all the stories about bullying and lethal incidents in North American schools, I’m not aware we’ve received a single call, fax, email, or news release about any of Safe Schools Manitoba’s programs, conferences, events, advice, solutions, or positions on anything involving school safety in Manitoba.
It was April 21, 2005, that Safe Schools Manitoba severed our relationship, after first delivering a lengthy attack on my character and integrity. Not the worst I’ve ever received from readers — but ranking up there.
The shootings in Newtown, the debate over Bill 18 and gay-straight alliances, you might think that the province’s publicly-funded anti-bullying school safety organization would be front and centre.
Recently I noticed a couple of my colleagues called Safe Schools Manitoba and published short interviews. But that hasn’t changed the silence that SSM directs at us, and it hasn’t changed my being persona non grata. I’m not aware of any other public school institution that won’t talk to me.
Ironically, I’m on the mailing list for Safe Schools Saskatchewan, and regularly hear about all the things that that organization is doing to make public schools in Saskatchewan safer.
Nancy, you fund Safe Schools Manitoba — are you OK with this?
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I keep seeing these tweets about alleged nasty doings in the current U of M Students Union elections.
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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