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Manitoba Day came and went this month without a whole lot of attention on the day’s being marked in schools.

We heard from only one school publicizing its activities.

And while I’m aware a school was holding a ceremony to officially open an addition to the school on Manitoba Day, we weren’t invited to the event.

Nothing more to see here until Manitoba’s 141st next year, let’s move along...

Anyone noticed the billboard (billboards?) for the Kids Are Off Limits campaign? I saw one at Arlington and Logan as you go up the bridge northbound on Arlington.

It’s a Child Find Manitoba initiative, explained in detail at

What I wonder whenever I see it, is the man in the photograph sternly advising us all that this is an important issue, or is he supposed to be a predator? If the latter, I wouldn’t want to be that model walking around town.

Moving on again...

Here’s yet another of these organizations I disappointed over a request to cover an education-related event. Sending the invite the morning of an event, especially one being held in the evening, just isn’t enough notice. And no, it’s not the one on a Sunday, it was a weekday, that other one was another one that was left disappointed.


We had a story recently about professors’ salaries across the country. By the time of next year’s update, maybe Statistics Canada will understand the difference between a full professor, and a full-time professor.


Physics teachers at Maples Collegiate might want to think about a real-world lesson plan about the physical forces involved in stopping a large object of a tonne or so moving at 40 km/h in a distance of about 20 meters, when two moving bodies of about 60 kilometers each, moving at a 90-degree angle at about four kilometers an hour, step off the curb in front of the strip mall across from the school and walk directly into the path of moving traffic without looking.


Weighing in on Prof. Stephen Hawkings and his feelings about aliens, I’ve figured out how to identify the aliens disguised as humans in Winnipeg. They’re the ones who signal their turns and lane changes, so we know there are 22 of them.

And have you ever thought what kind of a job that is for aliens, to be sent here to look and act like us for decades? Not the pretend aliens-as-humans, such as the fascist lizards with the beehive mindset from V, but real aliens, with intelligence and individuality? Passing for Earthlings is the only job aliens can get when they don’t have a postsecondary education.

And having stretched that last one into an education matter, with another seamless segue.....

As we prepare to go to convocation for child the elder next week, I realize that Grant Park’s athletics award banquet will be coming up soon, and after nine years of going, we won’t be sitting among the handful of parents who attend this year.

Someone said to me today, is it really four years since his safe grad, and indeed it is.


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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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