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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 and Health Health Science and Technology

Tactic helps see the fine print without glasses, say researchers

An international team of neuroscientists has found that people can improve their ability to see fine visual detail by looking at a rapidly flickering display for about 10 seconds. There are two major pathways that carry information from the eyes» 

Arts and Entertainment International Interview Society

Time, aging, mortality and Europe at heart of acclaimed book

Author David Szalay has come to the country of his birth to promote his book “All That Man Is” which has been nominated for the prestigious Man Booker Prize. “My number one aim in writing the book was to provide» 

Canadian headlines Economy Lifestyle Politics Society

Housing is increasingly unaffordable, say cities

“The high cost of housing in Canada is the most urgent financial issue facing Canadians today,” says the Federation of Canadian Municipalities in a news release. It says polling numbers show “one third of families are struggling to pay for» 

Immigration & Refuge Interview Society Work & Labour

Hiring refugees is good for business, say advocates

Refugees are adaptable, resilient, loyal and willing to work hard, says an opinion piece in the Globe and Mail newspaper. It was written by two people, one of whom co-founded the Refugee Career Jumpstart Project to help newcomers get schooling» 

Canadian headlines Health Lifestyle Politics Society

Double spending on ‘tragedy’ of homelessness, urge advocates

A new report suggests the Canadian government double planned spending on affordable housing to end a homeless “crisis.” The report released by the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness and Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness says the kind of person who is» 

Canadian headlines International Politics Society

On Trump: former leader says ‘no pill against stupidity’

While active Canadian politicians mostly avoid commenting on Donald Trump’s campaign for U.S. president, former Canadian prime minister Jean Chretien did not hold back yesterday. The feisty former leader was speaking at a university fundraising campaign in Toronto and told» 

Canadian headlines Immigration & Refuge International Society

Advisers will urge Canada to accept more immigrants

The Globe and Mail newspaper reports that a group of advisers will suggest the government dramatically increase the number of immigrants and foreign investment coming in to Canada. The recommendations will be among several to try to reverse slowing economic» 

Canadian headlines Health Lifestyle Society

Seniors face transportation challenges, declining health

Canada’s aging population lacks accessible, affordable and appropriate transportation options, according to a new report, and that increase the risks for declining health and quality of life. The Conference Board of Canada has found that the main method of getting» 

Health Indigenous Interview Lifestyle Science and Technology Society

Medicine will cut ‘shocking’ lung infections in Inuit babies

Indigenous babies in parts of Canada’s north have the highest rates of serious lung infection in the world, research shows. But it also shows that giving a medicine called palivizumab to prevent infection can dramatically reduce that rate in some» 

Canadian headlines Immigration & Refuge International Politics Society

Bring Haitian relatives to Canada faster, urge groups

The Canadian government should speed up the family reunification procedures to enable more Haitian victims of Hurricane Matthew to join relatives in Canada, argue several groups. Wait times are very long Citizens or permanent residents can sponsor certain relatives to»