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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.

Health Interview

Plastic patch will detect e-coli in food

Canada has strict measures in place to assure the safety of food, but new technology may further reduce the chances that people eat contaminated food and get sick. Researchers at Western University in London, Ontario are developing a transparent plastic» 

Canadian headlines Health

Falling is the most common cause of injury

Every day in 2016-2017, almost 1,800 people in Canada went to hospital emergency rooms as a result of a fall, according to a new report. Research by the non-profit Canadian Institute for Health Information also found that every day there» 

Canadian headlines Immigration & Refugees International Society

Sending refugee claimants to U.S. is unconstitutional: court challenge

Sending asylum seekers back to the U.S. violates the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and Canada’s international obligations, argues a current legal challenge. The Canadian Council for Refugees, Amnesty International and the Canadian Council of Churches have filed what» 

Canadian headlines

Hot humid weather claims lives in Quebec

An extended period of hot and humid weather is linked to the deaths of as many as 16 people in the province of Quebec and the heat wave is expected to last another two days. Some people have air conditioning» 

International Interview Society

Cave rescue: ‘They can’t just drag the kids through’

Trying to rescue 12 boys and their coach through a cave with varying levels of water is an enormously complicated task which would require the use of scuba gear, says a Canadian spelunker. Many of the children trapped in Thailand» 

Canadian headlines Society

Housing affordability worsened in first quarter

A report by the Royal Bank of Canada found that housing became less affordable in Canada in the first three months of 2018. The figures reflect the total, before tax family income needed to pay for mortgage payments, property taxes» 

Health Interview Society

Cyberbullying: prevention and help from Red Cross

School is out for the summer in Canada and that means children and youth have more time to go online and perhaps a greater risk of being bullied on social media. The Canadian Red Cross offers several programs to help» 

Canadian headlines Health

Mental health campaign aims to reduce stigma

A major Canadian company has launched a t-shirt campaign to raise awareness about mental health issues and to help fund support services. The Hudson’s Bay Company is a global retailer and this campaign is part of a larger one in» 

Canadian headlines Environment

Contagious disease reported in eastern birds

There are about 10 unconfirmed reports that trichomonosis may have affected birds in Canada’s eastern provinces of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick this year.  The disease, caused by a microscopic parasite, can make it hard for birds to breathe, eat» 

Health Interview Society

Drowning case reminds Canadians to swim safely

A mother and her five-year-old daughter died at a resort pool in Collingwood, Ontario last week and are among the hundreds who will likely drown in Canada this year. Public awareness campaigns and an abundance of swimming classes offered in»