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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 Environment and Health Science and Technology Society

Team to study, collect Arctic plants

Botanists from the Canadian Museum of Nature are travelling to Hudson Bay, near the community of Arviat, Nunavut on an annual mission to study and collect Arctic plants. They will spend four weeks on flat, coastal tundra peppered with small» 

Interview Society

Canadian chocolate bar named best in the world

Owners of the Hummingbird Chocolate Maker were stunned, surprised and happy to learn that their chocolate bars won first prize and five more of the London Academy of Chocolate awards. What makes their chocolate so special? ‘A new craft chocolate» 

Canadian headlines Society

Home prices, sales jump in Canada

Home sales declined from May to June by 0.9 per cent, but in June 2016 were up 5.2 per cent from the year before, according to the Canadian Real Estate Association. The average price of a home that was sold» 

Health Interview Science and Technology

Exercise, fat cells play role in breast cancer: study

A new study suggests that exercise affects fat cells and that in turn can enhance the fight against breast cancer. There has long been an association between obesity and breast cancer. But researchers wondered about the role played by fat» 

Canadian headlines Health Science and Technology Society

Thumb-sucking reduces risk for allergies: study

Children who suck their thumbs are less likely to develop allergic sensitivies, and are even less likely to if they also bite their nails, according to a new study. This finding is consistent with previous studies that suggest children who» 

Animals Arts and Entertainment Canadian headlines Society Sports

Activist wants CBC to stop covering Calgary Stampede

Animal rights activists have long complained about the big annual rodeo called the Calgary Stampede and one is calling on the public broadcaster CBC to stop showing it. The event which attracts about one million visitors to western Canada every July» 

Canadian headlines Society

Canadians split on mandatory tipping in restaurants

Most restaurants in Canada leaving tipping up to the discretion of the customer, unless they are serving a large group. But a restaurant in the western city of Calgary is experimenting with a mandatory 16 per cent service charge which» 

Canadian headlines Environment Politics Society

Panel to study how oilsands can reduce GHG emissions

Representatives of the oil industry, environmental groups and indigenous communities will form a panel to examine how the oilsands can meet targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reports Canadian Press. The government of the oil-producing province of Alberta has created» 

International Interview Politics

UN choosing new secretary-general is more transparent

The United Nations must find a new secretary-general and it has made the process much more open with events such as a public debate between candidates held last night. ‘Historically…a very, very opaque process’ “Historically, secretaries-general at the UN have» 

Canadian headlines History Society

Ferry named after civil rights hero

Viola Desmond’s name graces the bow of a new ferry serving eastern Canada in honour of her fight against racism and segregation, reports CBC. In 1946, Desmond went to a movie theatre in New Glasgow, in the eastern province of»