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Daniel Mac grad now the prez

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Jim Madder is the latest grad of Daniel Mac to make it big.

Madder, who has degrees from both U of M and U of W, was named this summer as president of Confederation College in Thunder Bay, a large school with nine additional campuses stretching from Kenora in the west, to Wawa in the east, to the shores of James Bay.

He’s a grad of Daniel McIntyre Collegiate, Madder told me as we were talking about his hopes for partnerships with Red River College.

I mention the Daniel Mac connection because, if you’ve followed my stories and rants about Winnipeg School Division’s ignoring its outstanding grads such as Marshall McLuhan, it’s unlikely that WSD will hold Madder up as an inspiration and role model to students at Daniel Mac.

Harumph.

Meanwhile, I’ve been reading my colleague Jen Skerritt’s series on the mayhem on Winnipeg’s streets, and I took particular notice of the piece on collisions involving bicycles, given that both my kids are cyclists.

We were coming home from the Goldeyes’ game the other Friday night, well after dark, and the streets were full of cyclists. What I’m wondering is, did someone pass a rule that if you ride a bicycle after dark on Winnipeg streets, you must wear head-to-toe black Johnny Cash-style clothing, that you must not wear a helmet, and that you must not use either a light or a rear reflector?

Sigh.

Continuing on about traffic, and spinning it about education because it involves driving child the younger, a university student (obvious education connection) to and from her summer job, I’ve noticed several things of which I was previously unaware.

Apparently you can park in a diamond lane on McPhillips at rush hour if you turn on your four-way flashers before leaving your car. Apparently it’s OK to ignore a no-right-turns-on-red sign on Sargent Avenue if you’re a car dealership’s shuttle van. And apparently you’re allowed to pull over into the diamond lane on McPhillips 500 metres before the prohibition on cars ends.

OK, other education stuff....

The Sierra Club’s magazine named its coolest schools, the schools and universities that have done the most to save the planet and promote sustainability.

Alas, only American schools are in the running, though Sierra’s HQ in San Francisco advises that it is considering including our tree huggers in its honours list next year.

No, don’t even dream of printing this out......

The American Sociological Association offered me a copy of a major report under embargo, which means we’d be free to publish it a few days later, but I could have the story written and ready to go.

The report would reveal whether bullying victims suffer academically in school.

Gosh, ya think?

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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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