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John Cairns

John Cairns

John Cairns, who originally hails from Saskatoon, has been based in the Battlefords since 2008, reporting for the Battlefords Regional News-Optimist.

His main beats focus on 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.

John is a familiar face at the Civic Centre as beat reporter for the Battlefords North Stars. Since 2020, he has added television duties by hosting a number of interview shows for Access Now TV in North Battleford.

Recent Work by John

Ground broken for YWCA Regina Centre for women and families

Ground broken for YWCA Regina Centre for women and families

A total of 108 housing and shelter units to be built in the Regina downtown core.
New SaskTel cellular tower application approved

New SaskTel cellular tower application approved

Major telecommunications tower to go up in Yellow Sky area.
Concerns raised about impact of PST on Dekker Centre

Concerns raised about impact of PST on Dekker Centre

Mayor David Gillan says city mayors are trying to reverse PST expansion to entertainment venues
SUMA offers to help displaced Ukraine arrivals

SUMA offers to help displaced Ukraine arrivals

A flight carrying 230 Ukrainians set to arrive in Regina July 4.
River Valley Centre to house city’s building maintenance

River Valley Centre to house city’s building maintenance

Destination Battlefords visitor centre and the wildlife displays have moved out; plan is to use the venue to house the Fleet and Building Manager and Building Maintenance staff and operations.
Fundraiser for seven year old injured in collision

Fundraiser for seven year old injured in collision

GoFundMe page set up for Benjamin Dufour, critically injured in a collision June 21 in northwest Regina.
New NDP leader Carla Beck to embark on summer tour

New NDP leader Carla Beck to embark on summer tour

Plan is for the NDP leader and MLAs to meet people in communities over three weeks
Carla Beck wins leadership of Saskatchewan NDP

Carla Beck wins leadership of Saskatchewan NDP

Winner announced at leadership convention in Regina.
Update from the Saskatchewan NDP leadership convention

Update from the Saskatchewan NDP leadership convention

Voting just extended to 3:30 p.m. today.
NDP set to decide leadership

NDP set to decide leadership

Leadership race being decided today between Carla Beck and Kaitlyn Harvey.