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.

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» 

Arts and Entertainment, Society

English Canadian book sales drop dramatically

Over the last 13 years, Canadian publishers have seen a drop of more than 50 per cent in the sale of books by Canadian authors, according to a recent report. The More Canada report found books written by Canadians make» 

Health, Society

Domestic homicide is predictable, preventable: report

A new report found that 476 people died in Canada between 2010 and 2015 as a result of domestic violence. Most of the victims were women, but so were men and children. Of the perpetrators, 86 per cent were men» 

International, Society

Women’s fight for human rights highlighted in 2018

Amnesty International warns that this year “tough guy” leaders who push misogynistic, xenophobic and homophobic policies are jeopardizing freedoms and rights that were won long ago. On this the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Amnesty International» 


Pilot hours capped to limit fatigue

Canada is introducing tougher limits on the number of hours commercial airline pilots can fly citing the goal of making air travel safer. Pilots have been asking for shorter flying times and the issue was vividly brought to the public’s» 


Rail workers protest jobs going to foreign firms

Employees of the national passenger railway, Via Rail, will be handing out leaflets at stations across the country today protesting the contracting out of work to foreign multinational corporations. Via Rail is a crown corporation and, as such, is wholly» 

Environment, International, Society

Canada, U.K. lobby against coal-fired energy

At the UN climate change talks in Poland, Canada and the United Kingdom are lobbying to reduce the world’s dependency on coal for generating electricity. “Coal is the dirtiest of all the fossil fuels by far,” says Warren Mabee, director»