Karen Mair

Karen Mair is an award-winning journalist and an 'Islander by choice.' Since 1986 she's worked as a host, producer, reporter and social media presenter. These days, you'll find Karen reporting for digital and radio.

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'Keeping our culture strong': Mi'kmaq artisans proud of cultural revival

P.E.I. Mi'kmaq artists are taking great pride in maintaining their cultural traditions and incorporating spiritual beliefs in their practice.

Taiwanese company expanding exports of P.E.I. food and products

Markets are expanding for P.E.I. farmers and their products handled by the Leezen store in Charlottetown and the company has more plans to expand.

A jingle of a weekend at Scotchfort's 20th annual powwow

This is the first powwow on P.E.I. this season. It's also the 20th Anniversary of the Abegweit First Nation's pow wow at Scotchfort. It's a very important part of the Mi'kmaq culture and a chance to connect regionally.

How a little Island cooking is expanding the world of immigrants to P.E.I.

PEIANC operates a women's group and introduces them to Canadian cooking through workshops at The Mill in New Glasgow, P.E.I. It's also a chance to see rural P.E.I. and make new friends.

Not lost in translation: Many options for language interpretation on P.E.I.

Interpretation services are becoming more and more important on the Island as numbers of newcomers increase.

P.E.I. Mi'kmaq groups urged to consider social entrepreneurship

​First Nations groups on P.E.I. gathered this week to hear more about the concept of social enterprise — creating local businesses whose primary concern is social rather than economic.

International students practise English, job skills at UPEI boot camp

UPEI holds a boot camp every year for domestic and international students. The International students learn to translate past experiences and academic work into employment skills for the current P.E.I. job market.

Newcomers to P.E.I. get driving lessons in their first language

Abegweit Driving School in Charlottetown has responded to an influx of newcomers on P.E.I. by offering driving lessons in multiple languages.

2 P.E.I. Syrians divided over present and future of their country

Bassel Malakieh and Feyyad Abdulhey, both Syrians living in P.E.I., took very different paths to arrive in P.E.I. — and they also have differing opinions on the war that's tearing their country apart.

Kensington seniors get worldly with immigrant project

A seniors group in Kensington invited immigrants from five different countries for a lunch and learn.

Alternative justice system now covers Mi'kmaq fisheries offences on P.E.I.

In a first for Atlantic Canada, the Mi'kmaq Confederacy's restorative justice system is being expanded to cover offences under the federal Fisheries Act.

PEI Network plans to link newcomers, graduates and employers

The PEI Network — a social program where newcomers to PEI and recent graduates are matched with established business people and workplaces — launched Wednesday in Charlottetown.

UPEI recruiter concerned after international student targeted by scam

UPEI's director of recruitment says a local international student nearly lost $5,000 to a scam call that claimed to be from RCMP and threatened him with deportation.

As homestays under scrutiny nationwide, students on P.E.I. say they are treated 'like family'

Homestays are big business across Canada with students as young as six needing a home while studying. Now host family companies and immigrant services are calling for national standards.

Why this P.E.I. house could be bad luck for Chinese newcomers

The Asian belief in feng shui and numerology is often a factor in home buying. P.E.I. realtor Jie Hu says some clients will even ask to have the street number changed.