Community Affairs

By: Karen Cay

The Story is More Than Its Headline

July 11, 2017 - 10:18am

Increasingly, I have noticed that the art of debate is starting to lose its footing.

I blame social media.

Don’t get me wrong. I love social media. I use social media in my personal life and extensively in my working life. As the Community Affairs Editor of; and – I use social media to find out what you are doing in your communities; I use social media to extend the reach of our publications by linking YOUR stories to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn.

But the problem is this: we have too much information.

Fear and Gun Use - Thoughts on This International Day of Peace

September 21, 2016 - 2:55pm

Today, September 21, is International Peace Day.

To honor this day, I will actually write a column which I haven’t done in some time.

I am, by nature, a passive person. I have always been shocked and dismayed by the random acts of violence, especially gun violence, by our neighbours across the border. I admit I have, actually, felt pretty superior to our southern cousins because of this.

But in the last few months, there has been a shift, at least here in Saskatchewan.

Guns are in the news.

After the Fire

July 17, 2015 - 11:22am

In a forest, a wildfire starts small, usually with just a few sparks from an unexpected event like a lightning strike and the problem quickly grows. Very quickly what started as a small event becomes devastating as the fire rampages through the forest gobbling everything in its path.

For hundreds and hundreds of people who are part of the forest, the ferocity and the mercilessness of a wildfire uprooted their families, destroyed their surroundings and lefts some homes nothing more than piles of ash and twisted metal.

What Father's Day Means to This Single Mom

June 22, 2015 - 10:21am

In the last few years, there has been a trend to want to celebrate single moms along with Dads on Father’s Day.

As a single mom, I do acknowledge the double role I play – and acknowledge the same role is played by single dads.

However, it is my opinion that Father’s Day is for Father’s just as Mother’s Day is for mothers because, though many of us do double duty as a parent, a single mom cannot BE a dad or a dad figure; a single dad cannot BE a mom.

Raising Kids

January 31, 2015 - 10:52am

Social media has become a big part of many people’s lives. It is a fantastic medium for sharing personal information with family and friends and share information we feel might be interesting to our group.

Much of the information is in the form of meme’s: photos with a famous quote (usually attributed to the wrong person) or a philosophy. Some are funny cultural views.

Personally, I love these and share many bits of information, be it personal, informational or in the form of memes.

Cold Weather and Community

January 8, 2015 - 10:35am

As I write this column, I can actually hear the wind howl. The trees outside are bent and are whipping back and forth; making the warmer temperatures of -20 and the sunshine deceiving and cruel.

I confess that, in spite of Nordic blood, I am not a fan of winter.

But, the cold weather that makes us want to stay inside can do one of two things to each of us: it can force us into self- imposed confinement or it can be the kick in the butt many of us need to find solutions to the depression of short days, long nights and frigid temperatures.

Kids Like to Help

October 7, 2014 - 11:04am

I am guessing that every generation has faced the challenge of children.

 It is easy to think that today’s kids are disrespectful brats but if you look back in relatively recent history, there is a theme: the young generation will be the ruination of us all.

Dennis the Menace has been a popular comic since the 1950s and the image of a man in plaid pants standing on his lawn yelling at the neighbourhood mischief maker is vivid in all our minds.

The Importance of Creativity - Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS

August 23, 2014 - 1:34pm

The Ice Bucket Challenge is all people are talking about.

Throughout social media right now very nice people are willingly having buckets of ice cold water poured over them to raise awareness and money for ALS.

Suddenly – everyone is an expert on ALS, a horrible and fatal disease which, prior to the bucket challenge, was almost unknown to most people.
In’s Community Group News I started doing some promotions for the local chapter of ALS a few years ago and had to educate myself on this disease. I had absolutely no idea.


June 25, 2014 - 11:44am

There is a saying amongst artists that they can die of exposure.

What this means is that events, fundraisers, attractions all need artists. Usually, they need musicians but there is not much of a budget.

Therefore it is easy for a fundraiser or a bar or a restaurant or an event to want musicians to play for free or for very little, and to think that exposure for the band to an audience is fair compensation. More often than not, our local musicians are extremely generous and will play for free or for far less than they are worth.