John Cairns is a reporter for the Battlefords News-Optimist/Regional Optimist and writes two columns in addition to other reporting.
News Watch reflects his view of the local scene and its relationship to the larger news picture.
Cairns on Cinema focuses on whatever catches his interest at the movie theatres with news, occasional reviews and of course, box office results. He has written regularly about the movies since 2007 when he covered the North American cinema box office as a columnist for the US-based movie website FilmSchoolRejects.com.
City officials with North Battleford are over the moon about the announcement last Thursday at the NationsWEST Field House that North Battleford has been awarded the 2018 Saskatchewan Winter Games.. . .
Since there is a very real possibility our football team's season could be over by this time next week, I've decided to talk about the Saskatchewan Roughriders. I notice interest in the Riders has gone straight down the past number of weeks. It seems
I am in my usual state of panic over what is going on in other parts of the world these days. But my main concern isn't ISIS, or Ukraine, or the Ebola virus or any of that. Instead it's about Scotland. You know, the place where guys wear kilts and
Well, the release of the Crime Severity Index numbers has come - and gone. And here we are at the end of it all, still standing. The city of North Battleford endured its annual humiliation, and now it's over. People in the media have moved on to other
Twenty years ago around this time, a seminal moment in American history took place. That moment, of course, was the O.J. Simpson murder case. Yes, I know, you are shaking your head at that statement. But there is no doubt that case, with Simpson
Well, life in Saskatchewan could take an unexpected turn for the worse all of a sudden. That's because the Canadian Football League's collective bargaining agreement has expired, and talks between the CFL owners and the players have gone off the rails.
The topic of my column this month is epidemics. No, I'm not writing about the crime epidemic in North Battleford. Instead, I'm focusing on a more relevant topic, and that is infectious diseases. This column comes in the wake of the recent measles
I have had a rough time of it as of late. First, there was the weekend of -50 C wind chills. Then I took my car into the repair shop and now it's sitting there waiting to get its transmission fixed. So I've ended up more or less grounded, reduced to
Given all the recent talk about publishing attendance records at City Hall, I should point out there was a noticeable absence of one individual at council chambers during budget deliberations in mid-January. That absent individual was myself! Yes, in
I don't know about you, but I am still basking in the afterglow of a brilliant performance by the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the Grey Cup game. I was over at a friends' place watching the big game on Sunday on an impressive HDTV in North Battleford,
The latest Scandal Du Jour in Ottawa revolves around those "unelected, unaccountable, greedy" appointees who sit in Parliament's upper house. I am talking, of course, about the Canadian Senate. Lately, there has been a whirlwind of press around the bad
I am a big hockey fan. More than that, I have been heavily involved in covering the sport over the years, though mainly at the junior and the amateur level. I can honestly say few things give me more joy in life than going to a rink - any rink - to
These past several days I have been wasting my time watching live gavel-to-gavel coverage of the American political conventions, both online and on TV. I use the words "waste of time" deliberately, because that's what it has been. In fact, if I was not
For this month's News Watch column I thought I would try to do something a little more upbeat. Among the good news stories being touted by local officials has been the strength of the overall economy. We keep hearing the Battlefords is the place to be