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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.

Animals Column Environment Environment and Health Society

Unique ecosystems protected in St. Lawrence River

A non-profit conservation group has acquired three new pieces of land in the St. Lawrence River enabling it to protect some unique ecosystems that are home to vulnerable species of plants and animals. They add to areas already protected by» 

International Interview Politics Society

Canada is not immune to the rise of populism, suggest poll

Those Canadians who watch U.S. President Donald Trump with horror should not take any comfort in assuming Canadians would not elect a similar leader. A yearly public opinion survey suggests Canadian attitudes have changed in the last year and are» 

Animals Canadian headlines Environment International Science and Technology Society

Oceans losing oxygen, harming marine life

A new study has found the world’s oceans have lost two per cent of their oxygen in the past 50 years, mostly because of climate change. The losses are most pronounced in the North Pacific and Arctic Oceans. ‘Far-reaching biological» 

Canadian headlines Economy International Politics Society

Trudeau warns Canada-EU trade must benefit everyone

In his address to the European Parliament today, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that the recently-approved Canada-EU trade deal (CETA) is good for all and could serve as a model for future trade agreements. This comes at a time» 

Canadian headlines Health International Society

Pregnant women warned against travel and Zika

At a time when many Canadians like to travel south to escape winter weather, women who are pregnant or considering becoming pregnant are again being warned to stay away from areas with the Zika virus. The mosquito-borne disease in pregnant» 

Arts and Entertainment Report Society

Much-loved humourist and radio host dies

It is perhaps because he reflected so much that is Canadian that there is such an outpouring of grief and tributes for CBC radio host Stuart McLean after his death. For more than 20 years, McLean regaled his listeners with» 

Canadian headlines Immigration & Refuge International Society

Aunt of drowned Syrian toddler writes book

Canadian Press reports that Tima Kurdi is writing a memoir entitled “The Boy on the Beach: A Syrian Family’s Story of Love, Loss, and Hope During the Global Refugee Crisis.” It is expected to be published by Simon & Schuster» 

Economy International Interview Politics Society

Canada missing billions of dollars in tax revenues

A research group says the Canadian government is missing between $8.9 and $47.8 billion in tax revenues every year. The figures are based on what other countries have calculated for themselves and the Conference Board of Canada says this country» 

Canadian headlines Economy International Politics

EU approves trade deal with Canada

After years of negotiation and noisy debate today the European Parliament voted to ratify the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with Canada. That sets the stage for 90 per cent of the agreement to be applied once the Canadian» 

Canadian headlines Economy International Politics Society

Border tax would hurt Canada and U.S., says think-tank

There was not much economic reassurance after yesterday’s meeting between Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Donald Trump. Today the C-D Howe Institute predicted that a proposed U.S. border adjustment tax (BAT) would reduce Canada’s real GDP by»