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John Cairns

John Cairns

John Cairns, who originally hails from Saskatoon, is SASKTODAY.ca's reporter out of Regina, covering the Legislature and politics and other provincial issues. Prior to moving to Regina, he has been based in the Battlefords since 2008, reporting for the Battlefords Regional News-Optimist.
He is experienced in covering local, provincial and federal politics and elections, business and education. He has also covered major trials, including the Curt Dagenais trial in 2009 and the Gerald Stanley trial in 2018. Beyond hard news, he is just as comfortable interviewing big-name country music artists and sports figures, and covering hot dog eating contests. He has a keen interest in the entertainment industry and writes a regular column on movies called Cairns on Cinema.

Recent Work by John

Sask First Act gets through second reading

Sask First Act gets through second reading

Bill 88, respecting Saskatchewan’s provincial jurisdiction over resources, passes unanimously and now heads to committee
A second North Battleford safety survey coming

A second North Battleford safety survey coming

The first survey was conducted in 2018.
Provincial surplus bumps up another $50.1 million

Provincial surplus bumps up another $50.1 million

Daily Leg Update - Finance Minister Donna Harpauer provides a positive mid-year financial update.
Marit again points to carbon tax for livestock producer woes

Marit again points to carbon tax for livestock producer woes

Daily Leg Update - Saskatchewan Ag Minister points to “carbon tax on a carbon tax on a carbon tax” creating high costs for producers
Canadian Western Agribition is on for 2022

Canadian Western Agribition is on for 2022

The 51st annual show got under way Monday with Burning of the Brand
Health minister to Philippines on recruiting mission

Health minister to Philippines on recruiting mission

Daily Leg Update - Paul Merriman leaves for Philippines Nov. 24 for mission to recruit health care professionals.
Mayor Masters disgusted over court filing on the budget

Mayor Masters disgusted over court filing on the budget

Mayor Sandra Masters questions court filing by two councillors, after homeless funding is left out of draft Regina budget.
Court action against Regina city manager over budget

Court action against Regina city manager over budget

Regina City Hall Update - Two councillors are behind a court application against the City Manager for excluding homeless funding from 2023 budget.
Which is better: Moe’s $500 cheques, or Danielle Smith’s $600?

Which is better: Moe’s $500 cheques, or Danielle Smith’s $600?

Daily Leg Update - Alberta Premier’s relief measures including pausing the fuel tax seem more to liking of NDP than ‘Moe’s Money’.
Provincial carbon pricing for industrial emitters approved

Provincial carbon pricing for industrial emitters approved

Daily Leg Update - The provincial plan to replace the federally imposed carbon tax on industrial emitters is effective Jan. 1.
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