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

Physical activity can affect children’s future heart health: study

A study of children three to five years old found that those who engaged in almost two hours of energetic play daily had better blood vessel health and cardiovascular fitness that could help prevent later heart disease. “Kids don’t get» 

Internet, Science and Technology

University’s cybersecurity centre gets private funding

A national centre for innovation and collaboration in cybersecurity will get $30 million dollars in investment from public and private sources. The Rogers Cybersecure Catalyst is a not-for-profit owned by Toronto’s Ryerson University. The centre is located in Brampton in» 

Internet, Science and Technology, Society

Pterosaurs featured at Canadian museum

They were not dinosaurs but reptiles which flew at the time of dinosaurs about 215 to 66 million years ago. Their bones were fragile so their fossils are relatively rare. But what has been found tells a fascinating story about» 

Immigration & Refugees

11 rural, northern towns to attract newcomers

Canada’s immigration department has announced the 11 rural and northern communities that will invite newcomers to settle there permanently as part of a pilot project to attract skilled workers. The Canadian population is ageing and the birth rate declining resulting» 

Health, Society

Not just an opioid crisis, says Public Health

In relaying the latest figures on Canada’s ongoing opioid crisis, public health officials stated that the majority of opioid-related deaths between the start of 2016 and the end 2018 also involved one or more non-opioid substance such as alcohol, cocaine» 

Society

Electronic logging devices to combat deadly trucker fatigue

The Canadian government seeks to improve safety by requiring commercial truck and bus operators to use electronic logging devices (ELDs) to record their hours on the road. Some companies already use the devices, but those who use paper log books» 

International, Internet, Science and Technology, Society

Canadians trust online news, but few are willing to pay: report

An international survey of 38 countries shows Canadians generally have a positive view of journalism and relatively high trust in the news media. The survey shows that 52 per cent trust “most news, most of the time” and that 60» 

Society

Companies accused of ‘misclassifying’ employees to avoid paying benefits

There are employers who classify their employees as “independent contractors” in order to avoid paying benefits, overtime and other entitlements such as holiday pay, says employment lawyer Andrew Monkhouse. This is against labour law in the province of Ontario and» 

Big oil company says energy needs are on an ‘unsustainable path’

Energy demand went up 2.9 per cent in 2018, possibly driven by the unusual number of hot and cold days across the world requiring heating and cooling services, says oil giant BP PLC. Carbon emissions from energy use grew by» 

International

Millions of child marriages not counted as child labour

Today is World Day Against Child Labour but activists say it should focus on child marriages too because underage children who are married off are forced to do hard work. AIDS-Free World says that recent studies estimate that 12 million»