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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

‘Really scared’ girl has hijab cut by stranger: update

News media across Canada reported the case of an 11-year-old girl who was on her way to school on Jan. 12, 2018 when a man approached her with a pair of scissors and cut her hijab. This was said to» 

Canadian headlines Society

Wild weather changes for ever-ready Canadians

Ever wonder why Canadians talk so obsessively about the weather? Recent events may help you understand. For most of last week in the provinces of Ontario and Quebec, temperatures were frigid around the -25 C mark with winds making it» 

Health Interview Society

Private weight loss surgery was expensive, caused complications

One in four Canadians are obese and many seek surgery to help them lose weight. Where health is an issue, bariatric surgery is offered through the publicly-funded health care system. But the waits used to be long so some people» 

Canadian headlines Environment

Salt used on icy roads and parking lots kills wildlife: WWF-Canada

World Wildlife Fund Canada says road salt is having a devastating impact on the freshwater ecosystems of the Great Lakes at the heart of North America. When roads and highways get slippery from ice and snow, salt is often spread» 

Canadian headlines Health Society

Mystery donation is largest ever for mental health

Canada’s largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital has just received a 100-million-dollar anonymous donation. This is the largest-ever Canadian donation for mental health and will be dedicated to finding the causes and cures for mental illness. Over six million» 

Health Interview

Opioid-affected babies should be kept with moms, say doctors

The Canadian Paediatric Society has issued new guidelines for the health care of babies born suffering from exposure to their mothers’ use of opioid drugs during pregnancy. The number of children born with neonatal abstinence syndrome is going up in» 

International Interview

Canada could play special role in Korean crisis: analyst

North and South Korea will hold their first formal talks in more than two years tomorrow at a border village to discuss the upcoming Olympic Games and improving ties. It’s hoped this will ease tensions in the short term and» 

Canadian headlines Health

Dementia: campaign aims to reduce stigma

Almost half of Canadians would not want people to know they had dementia, according to a survey done for the Alzheimer Society. The poll suggests 46 per cent of respondents would feel ashamed or embarrassed if they had dementia and» 

Canadian headlines International Society

Canadian, first non-European to reach podium at ski event

Cross-country skier Alex Harvey finished third overall on Sunday making him the first non-European to reach the podium at the Tour de Ski in Cavalese, Italy.  Harvey finished in a time of 30:22.7 in the seventh stage behind Dario Cologna» 

Arts and Entertainment Canadian headlines

Popular game show host recovering from brain surgery

Canadian Alex Trebek has been hosting an enormously popular game show in the U.S. since 1984 and says he will soon resume taping “very, very soon.” The 77-year-old host of “Jeopardy” posted a video on the show’s Facebook page to»