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.

Health, Society

Vaccinations should be mandatory, say most Canadians

A majority of 70 per of Canadians say vaccinations against common diseases should be a requirement for children entering school, according to a public opinion survey by Angus Reid. But one in five parents who have children under the age» 

Record number of tourists visit Canada in 2018

A record 21.3 million travellers came to Canada in 2018, reports Destination Canada, a national marketing organization. The tourism sector accounts for 745,300 jobs and contributes an estimated $102.5 billion dollars. Many travellers come from the United States, but this» 

Health, Internet, Science and Technology, Society

Screen time more than doubled for the very young: study

A new study suggests that by 2014, children under two were spending more than double the screen time they did in 1997. This comes at a time the Canadian Paediatric Society recommends no screen time for this age group. “That’s» 

Society

Multi-vehicle pileups send eight to hospital

Part of the Trans-Canada Highway in the western province of Alberta was closed on Feb. 20, 2019 after dozens of vehicles flew off snowy and icy roads. A critical emergency alert was issued just before 7 pm for a stretch» 

Internet, Science and Technology, Society

Yes, consumers need more protection from telecoms, says regulator

Following a litany of complaints and an in-depth report by the public broadcaster, Canada’s broadcast regulator confirmed it “has found evidence of misleading or aggressive sales practices by certain telecommunications service providers.” The CRTC concluded that more needs to be» 

Health, International, Society

Get vaccinated against measles, urges chief doctor

An outbreak of measles in the western province of British Columbia has prompted Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer to urge anyone who has not been inoculated against the disease to get vaccinated now. Nine cases of measles have been diagnosed» 

Immigration & Refugees, Society

Seven refugee children die in a house fire

It is heartbreaking to learn that a house fire took the lives of seven children in the eastern province of Nova Scotia, but even sadder that they were refugees from Syria who came to Canada less than two years ago» 

Environment, Health

Campaign aims to get children back to nature

Canadian children are spending more time with screens and less time out in nature and that is having a negative effect on their physical and mental health, says Jill Sturdy, a manage with Nature Canada. This non-profit has worked to» 

Politics

Prime minister’s top adviser resigns abruptly

Political controversy rages in Canada as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s top adviser and long-time personal friend has resigned. In a statement, Gerald Butts said “I categorically deny the accusation that I or anyone else in his office pressured Ms. Wilson-Raybould.”» 

Health

Children should not use cough, cold products containing opioids: warning

The government of Canada recommends that those under 18 years old should not use cough and cold remedies containing codeine, hydrocodone or normethadon. These are mostly prescription drugs, but some low-dose formulations including codeine are available without a prescription. The»