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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.

Canadian headlines Health Lifestyle Society

The rate is falling but 5.3 million Canadians still smoke

Government statistics suggest 17.7 per cent of Canadians over the age of 12 smoked in 2015. That was down from 18.1 per cent the year before. There are campaigns throughout the country to encourage people to quit or never start» 

Canadian headlines International Society

Red Cross needs $400 million for Africans facing famine

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is appealing for funding so it can help five million out of the 20 million people facing famine or the risk of it in Somalia, Yemen, South Sudan and Nigeria. ICRC is» 

Interview Science and Technology

Some scientists seek to revive Pluto’s status as a planet

In 2006, Pluto lost its status as a planet and now some NASA scientists want to redefine the term “planet” so that Pluto would again be considered to be one. The debate over this is fraught. Artists’ renditions of the» 

Environment International Interview Society

Climate change to make water scarcity for millions worse, says WaterAid

On the eve of the UN’s World Water Day comes news that extreme weather will make things more difficult for the 663 million people who already have don’t have access to clean water. “Climate change and extreme weather have a» 

Canadian headlines Lifestyle Society

Young Canadians spend 34 hours/week online: report

A new report suggests that 90 per cent of English-speaking adults in Canada use the internet for an average of 24.5 hours per week. A report by Media Technology Monitor suggests those between the ages of 18 and 34 spend the» 

Canadian headlines Environment International Politics Society

‘Climate breaks multiple records in 2016’: WMO

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) partnered with several other United Nations organizations to issue a dire report on ‘extreme and unusual’ trends. It says “2016 made history with a record global temperature, exceptionally low sea ice, unabated sea level rise» 

Canadian headlines Society

Remote Churchill short of food after huge blizzard

Residents of the remote community of Churchill are hoping a train will finally get through heavy snow and bring them food this afternoon. Store shelves are almost empty after a major blizzard hit the area 1,000 km northeast of Winnipeg.» 

Health Interview Lifestyle Society

Teens experiencing dating violence face more risk later

A new study suggests that people who experience physical or verbal violence in their teens are more likely to suffer abuse later on. Researchers at the University of Calgary studied young people from the ages of 12 to 18 to» 

Canadian headlines Society

Study suggests people chewing gum shop longer

There are many unusual studies conducted at Canadian universities and a recent one suggests that people who chew gum tend shop longer and browse more items. Researchers at Ryerson University’s Ted Rogers School of Management were looking at the differing» 

Animals Column Environment Society

Grassland, home to endangered species is conserved

Rich grasslands the world over have been massively converted to food production, so conservationists say it is critical to preserve what is left. The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) has just acquired a new area of 1,222 hectares or rolling»