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Lynn Desjardins
Lynn Desjardins
Born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, Lynn has dedicated her working life to journalism. After decades in the field, she still believes journalism to be a pillar of democracy and she remains committed to telling stories she believes are important or interesting. Lynn loves Canada and embraces all seasons: skiing, skating, and sledding in winter, hiking, swimming and playing tennis in summer and running all the time. She is a voracious consumer of Canadian literature, public radio programs and classical music. Family and friends are most important. Good and unusual foods are fun. She travels when possible and enjoys the wilderness.

Column Environment Health International

Pollution causing one in six of all deaths: report

Pollution is linked to an estimated nine million premature deaths each year, according to a report from the Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health. Health and environmental authors used data from the Global Burden of Disease study to produce the» 

Animals Canadian headlines

Lyle the singing pig seeks a home

Lyle is a two-year old pig who was picked up along with several other animals last year as part of a cruelty investigation by the SPCA in the western province of British Columbia. There are Societies for the Prevention of» 

International Interview Society

Police must stop posing as journalists, says professor

Intelligence agents and police sometimes pose as journalists in order to trap or capture suspects but that practice puts journalists at risk, says Peter Klein, an associate professor at the University of British Columbia. He is also the founder and» 

Animals Canadian headlines

Zoo opens breeding facility for endangered sage-grouse

There are hopes the Calgary Zoo can boost the tiny population of greater sage-grouse left in Canada in a brand new breeding facility it has just opened. There are fewer than 400 of these birds remaining as human development has» 

International Interview

Grandmothers tell gripping stories of AIDS in Africa

Millions orphaned By 2001 there were 7.5 million children orphaned by AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa and, in a new book, African grandmothers tell what happened and Canadian grandmothers tell how it moved them and what they did to help. Canadian» 

Interview Society

Ingredients not listed on cleaning products

The State of California has passed a law requiring manufacturers to list all ingredients on their cleaning products and Canada should do the same, says Muhannad Malas, Environmental Defence’s toxics program manager. By law, consumer goods like personal care products» 

Canadian headlines International Lifestyle

Arctic museum exhibit features Nordic cultures

Visitors to the Canadian Museum of Nature will be able to get in touch with the cultures of other Nordic nations from October 19 to 21. The embassies of Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland and Finland are participating in Nordic Arctic» 

Arts and Entertainment Canadian headlines

Beloved, dedicated singer dies of brain cancer

There are several reasons why Gord Downie elicited the admiration and love of so many Canadians. One was his courageous battle with terminal brain cancer. Another was his advocacy for the rights of Indigenous peoples and the spotlight he shone» 

Canadian headlines Health Work & Labour

Bill might stop employers from requiring high heels

Ontario might soon be the second province in Canada to stop employers from requiring women to wear high heels at work. Earlier this year, the province of British Columbia (B.C.) amended its Workers Compensation Act to make it illegal to» 

Canadian headlines Health International Work & Labour

Oxfam decries exploitation of hotel housekeepers

The charity Oxfam Canada set up a bed in downtown Toronto to illustrate the exploitation of female hotel housekeepers. A report it issued today features interviews with current and former employees of hotels in Canada, the Dominican Republic and Thailand.»