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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 International Society

UNICEF asks Canadians to give Survival Gifts

Three in four Canadians say that many of the people that they buy gifts for at this time of year don’t actually need anything, as reported in a recent public opinion survey. Moreover, 23 per cent say they usually throw out» 

Canadian headlines Society

Business calls for faster airport screening

A coalition of business groups wants the Canadian government to make airports more competitive to enhance tourism and economic activity, reports Canadian Press (CP). London’s Heathrow and Hong Kong International airports require 95 per cent of passengers to be screened» 

Arts and Entertainment Interview

Novel predicts sex with robots, insects as food, and chaos

John Redstone did not intend to predict the future in his novel “Christ came from Croydon” but, as in the book, the gap between rich and poor has grown, and the anger and resentment towards the rich has had shocking» 

Interview Politics Society

Ethics watchdog in a conflict of interest?

Canada’s ethics commissioner, Mary Dawson, must divulge whether she is asking the prime minister to appoint her for another term, says Duff Conacher, co-founder of the advocacy group Democracy Watch. He says, she may be in a conflict of interest» 

Canadian headlines Society

Couple found dead by children, overdose suspected

A man and woman were found dead by their four children at their home in the western city of Calgary and appear to have died of a drug overdose. Police were alerted when a 14-year-old called an emergency phone number» 

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Competition Bureau resolves made-in-Canada dispute

The maker of winter jackets, Moose Knuckles, had reached a mediated agreement with the Canadian government’s Competition Bureau. At issue was the labelling of products as “made in Canada” when, in fact, certain parkas were mostly made in Vietnam and» 

Canadian headlines Education Indigenous Politics Society

Funding shortfall flagged in indigenous education

Canada’s parliamentary budget officer (PBO) says that the federal government has not taken into account the higher cost of funding indigenous schools leaving some students at a significant disadvantage. Schools in Canada are run by provincial governments with the exception» 

Interview Society

Seniors vulnerable to financial abuse

CBC reported on a self-made millionaire who alleges his two eldest children took nearly all of his savings. This has prompted discussions about the vulnerability of seniors. Pete Stoopnikoff, 92, alleges two of his children have taken his money and properties.» 

Canadian headlines Education International Society

Canadian students rank fourth in science

International tests rank Canadian 15-year-olds among the top performers in science and they were also strong in math and reading. The International Student Assessment (PISA) is run every three years by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development in 72» 

Interview Society

Canadians urged to make ‘smart’ charity donations

A recent study suggests that about 15 per cent of giving in the U.S. was wasted because of donations to low-performing, less-efficient and less-effective charities. If this applies to Canada, there could be millions of dollars of waste. “While this»