Telling Tales out of School

with Nick Martin

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  • Last rant for 2011

    I’ll be off until Jan. 2.

  • The city volleys it back

    The city finally got back to me, providing an explanation — of sorts — why registration for my Leisure Guide volleyball program at Carpathia School has gone up 54.6 per cent in four years.

  • That intriguing volleyball money

    This was the fastest I’ve ever signed up for Leisure Guide volleyball, 17 minutes, took just two ‘too busy’ tries before I got into the system, probably thanks to the city’s decision to hold swimming lessons registration a day before everything else.

  • Not political, Rita? Seriously?

    The Winnipeg School Division’s teachers’ union makes the extraordinary claim that students are a year behind in math and language arts by the time they finish Grade 6, and school board chair Rita Hildahl won’t talk about it because it’s not a political issue?!?!?!

  • Allan takes a pass on getting involved

    An aide to Education Minister Nancy Allan told me the minister would have nothing to say on the rather Bizarro-world job search for a new high school principal in Thompson.

  • Math is all the rage this week

    Back when child the elder was in Grade 4 and I was trying to help him with his homework, I went to the parent night with the Winnipeg School Division math consultant at Robert H. so I could find out what on earth a Venn diagram is.

  • Cast an educated vote Saturday

    Remember that Saturday is byelection day — cast an informed vote for trustee seats in Ward 1 of Winnipeg School Division, and Ward 2 of Louis Riel School Division, as well as the city council seat in St. Vital.

  • Johnny O drops a dime


  • Double the debates

    We’ve now got two all-candidates meetings lined up for the Winnipeg School Division Ward 1 byelection.

  • As Simon and Garfunkel sang about going to the candidates’ debate

    Yes, you’ve been bereft of news about the Winnipeg and Louis Riel Nov. 26 school board by-elections for more than a week now, and I feel your pain.

  • Away for a bit, and some education stuff

    I’ll be away for a week or so. Off to Upper Canada to visit child the younger, watch some university volleyball, see my Mighty Maples, bound for Stanley Cup glory, play the Florida Panthers, celebrate a significant birthday, and enjoy our traditional post-volleyball Cajun dinner at Hot Belly Mama’s in Peterborough.

  • One out, but still on the ballot

    As you saw on our website and in today’s dead trees edition, candidate Evan Thompson has withdrawn from the race for the vacant Ward 1 school board seat in Winnipeg School Division.

  • Play fair, says candidate

    A month to go, and the byelections are getting snippy. Or Ward 1 of Winnipeg School Division, at least.

  • School board candidates galore

    There’s an interesting distinction between the two sets of candidates contesting school board by-elections. You’ll find the list here.

  • Forty years ago, in a newsroom far, far away

    I started working in the daily newspaper business 40 years ago today.

  • Election fever breaks out


  • You won, get back to work

    I’ve already put in a request to talk to Education Minister Nancy Allan about the NDP government’s plans to implement caps on class size.

  • Is this OK?

    Is it OK to tout your position on a significant provincial board when endorsing a candidate for provincial office? Especially when you cite the candidate’s abilities to work in the area in which you advise the government?

  • Gerrard regrets glitch about GPHS invite

    Liberal leader Dr. Jon Gerrard told me this morning that he regrets not taking part in a now-cancelled River Heights riding town hall at Grant Park High School.

  • Wooing me as a senior-in-training

    Nothing grabs me as a voter these days more than seeing the magic word senior in the party’s promise.

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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