Wednesday April 23, 2014




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    John Cairns’ News Watch
    By John Cairns
    John Cairns is a reporter for the Battlefords News-Optimist/Regional Optimist. News Watch reflects his view of the local scene and its relationship to the larger news picture.

A news perspective with a worldwide scope

I have had a rough time of it as of late. First, there was the weekend of -50 C wind chills....

Now the weather report, live from the USA

Given all the recent talk about publishing attendance records at City Hall, I should point out...

Off-season brings Roughrider fans back to earth

I don’t know about you, but I am still basking in the afterglow of a brilliant performance by ...

Remembering the role of the news media, 50 years later

I have an important declaration to make in my column this week. I am declaring the month of...

North Battleford residents are fed up with crime

I fear I might open the hornets’ nest with this week’s column. But after the events...

We need to expand our pro sports options

In the wake of all the news about North Battleford product Andrew Albers and his elevation to the...

News from away softens Stats Canada rating

I sometimes find the news business to be all-consuming. I would spend a busy day and night...


Dog days of summer a challenge for local journalists

To say the least, I am happy the month of June is over, because I was getting weary of running...

The Rob Ford story is embarrassing Toronto

Hopefully by the time you read this, this whole Mayor Rob Ford cocaine video scandal will be over....

Saskatchewan getting more exciting by the minute

This week, I’m going to talk about some of the exciting big events going on that have people...



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