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, Internet, Science and Technology

New smartphone app helps in treating wounds

More and more people in the industrialized world are suffering from wounds that become chronic because populations there are ageing and there is a higher incidence of diabetes and obesity. A new app piloted in Montreal may improve the situation» 

Environment, International, Society

Don’t gift exotic pets, urges non-profit

World Animal Protection is urging people to not give or ask for exotic animals for Christmas. A survey suggests that 10 per cent of Canadians own such animals with freshwater fish as the most common one followed by exotic birds,» 


Patient discharge from hospital at Christmas more risky: study

People in hospital may long to go home for Christmas but a new study suggests that would put them at higher risk of death or a return to hospital. The University of Toronto study looked at the records of patients» 


Lower-cost, data-only cell phone plans coming

Canada’s telecommunications regulator has reached agreement with the country’s top three wireless carriers obliging them to provide a range of cheap, data-only mobile plans within the next three months. Canadians regularly complain that they pay some of the highest cell» 

Health, Society

New law will mean more drunk driving tests

A new law goes into effect on Dec. 18, 2018 that means police will no longer need to have ‘reasonable suspicion” before conducting a breathalyzer test for alcohol. Police have the right to stop vehicles for such things as a» 

Health, Society

Breastfeeding advice for a price or for free

A private company is marketing advice to nursing mothers for a fee, but a similar service is offered to Canadian mothers for free. In offering its fee-for-service plan, Medela says that in Canada, over 93,000 babies do not get the» 

Many planes in the North are not de-iced, warns safety board

A survey by the independent Transportation Safety Board found there is not enough de-icing equipment in Canada’s North and that pilots often break rules requiring ice to be removed from airplanes before they take off. Canadian land north of the» 

Health, Society

Road safety should be standardized to save children: researchers

In Canada, each province or territory is responsible for its own rules of the road and they differ from place to place. Researchers say it would reduce death and hospitalization among young Canadians if there were just one code for» 


Special avalanche warning issued for western Canada

Many Canadians complain about the long cold winter, but others can’t wait to get out and enjoy the beauty and the snow. Several snow storms have hit the western province of British Columbia and, with a forecast for clear weather» 


Canada’s senators to move into train station

The building which houses Canada’s Parliament is closing for ten years of renovation. The House of Commons will move to a temporary chamber built nearby and the Senate moves into a newly-renovated, historic train station. Green and accessible Ottawa’s Union»