Telling Tales out of School

with Nick Martin

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  • Back in my cubicle

    I’m back, and working up stories for you on the U of W labour situation and the budgets that school boards must set by next Tuesday.

  • Two weeks without winter, and education stuff

    I’ll be away for a couple of weeks on a winter vacation, one of the life changes we get to enjoy that goes with both kids now being adults.

  • Will the soccer theory work in practice?

    Just a few thoughts about the WYSA task force that’s looking at proposals to put practice and skills development ahead of competition for soccer players 12 and under, which you can read about here.

  • Teachers eager to go to prison

    It's a while since I've had readers requesting more information on a story, as I've been getting on this week's piece on hiring teachers in the federal prison system.

  • But what would Hugh do?

    We got a sneak peek at the Tories’ election platform on education today.

  • Stereotyping your own kids

    I hear some pretty weird stuff at soccer games, but Saturday...

  • Gerrard’s spin doctor blows smoke

    I’m sitting here absolutely dumbfounded and trying to figure out just how incredibly stupid that the staff of Liberal leader Dr. Jon Gerrard thinks I am.

  • Religion in my public schools

    I’m told by people who grew up here that mandatory school religious exercises in Manitoba meant that the principal used to read The Lord’s Prayer to students each morning.

  • Silence from the north

    The University College of the North has decided the best way to handle its decision to show president Denise Henning the door is to pull up the drawbridge, hunker down behind the castle walls, and not talk to anyone.

  • Sphinx gets to see Babinsky

    Winnipeg School Division trustee Mike Babinsky is off to Egypt next week, where he plans to scout out the Egyptian school system.

  • Bring a shovel to campus

    It was weird being on the U of M campus on Sunday — ghost town doesn’t begin to describe it.

  • We become Couch Surfing hosts

    I’ll be off with my family over Yule until Jan. 3 — do try to cope.

  • The web can haunt you

    LOL, dude, u still sayin that what u put on Facebook now won’t ever come back to bite u?

  • Education cuts in New Brunswick

    As tough as Manitoba’s upcoming school board budgets will be, it’s a whole lot tougher in New Brunswick.

  • Give Hugh an assist on that play

    As unbelievable as it may seem, not every word I write ends up in the paper — sometimes stories are cut down by editors.

  • Define ambiguous, and give an example........

    Remember back to last spring, just when university classes were ending, and students were finishing essays and studying for exams, when word came down that U of M was looking for huge tuition increases in as many as 10 professional schools, and U of W in two programs?

  • Those letters that determine a career

    I continue to learn how the education system works, through the eyes of a parent.

  • I missed such wonders at WSD, alas

    I can kiss goodbye any hopes of winning a National Newspaper Award, even though it was there for the taking at 1577 Wall St. one recent Monday evening — I missed by my own personal choice a huge meeting of Winnipeg school board that was chock-a-block with big stories.

  • The benefits of reading

    There’s no secret how I came up with the story about the provincial executive of the Manitoba Teachers’ Society censuring president Pat Isaak — I simply read a lot.

  • WSD says no to releasing agenda information

    An election, a new board at Winnipeg School Division, a new board chair, and the same old attitude about board agendas.

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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