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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 Society

Canada’s national police allows hijabs for officers

RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson recently approved an amendment to the force’s uniform code to allow female officers to wear a head scarf if they want to. Police forces in the cities of Toronto and Edmonton already allow specially-designed hijabs for» 

Environment Interview Politics Society

Environmentalists call B.C. climate plan a failure

The western province of British Columbia (B.C.) released a “Climate Leadership Plan” which environmentalists have panned. A government-appointed team spent six months studying climate change mitigation but many of its key recommendations were rejected. Activist and government-appointed advisor Tzeporah Berman» 

Canadian headlines Economy Society

Economy tanks in important province

Once an economic driver for Canada, the western province of Alberta now faces the longest recession on record. Low energy prices have devastated the petroleum industry which once made Alberta’s economy one of the strongest in the world. Fort Mac fire» 

Interview Society

Police chiefs want access to digital passwords

The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police has passed a resolution asking for a law that would oblige people to hand over the passwords to their electronic devices if there was approval from a judge. Currently, police can obtain warrants» 

Canadian headlines Society

Website for adulterers lacked privacy protection: officials

Privacy officials in Canada and Australia have found that Ashley Madison had inadequate security safeguards and policies in spite of its claims of offering secure services.  The Canadian-based website catered to married people seeking affairs and was hacked last year,» 

Canadian headlines Economy Politics Society

Individual taxes up, corporate taxes down

“The average Canadian family spends more on taxes than on housing, food and clothing combined,” says the Fraser Institute, described as a conservative and libertarian think-tank. It says that 42.4 per cent of the average family’s income went to taxes» 

Animals Canadian headlines Environment Society

Sockeye salmon numbers plunge

The official forecast for sockeye salmon in western Canada’s Fraser River has dropped from 2.3 million to 1.1 million, reports CBC. If it holds, that would be the lowest number on record. The government has suspended all sockeye fisheries there» 

Canadian headlines Economy Society

Canadian duck producers ramping up output

Canadian duck producers are planning to double their output even though they face tough competition from cheaper imports, reports Canadian Press (CP). Their production costs are higher and strong safety regulations make their products less competitive in terms of price.» 

International Interview Politics Society

Canada has warm relations with India

There have been irritants between Canada and India in the past, but fences were mended by former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and relations are likely to continue to be positive, says Carleton University professor Vivek Dehejia. Much in common,» 

Animals Column Environment Society

Odd way to cap fence posts saves birds

One unusual way to mark the 100th anniversary of the Migratory Bird Treaty involves gathering cans to save birds at a conservation site in the western province of Saskatchewan. The Old Man on His Back site has about 160 km»