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

Tainted blood scandal comes to life in tv series, book

In what has been called Canada’s worst-ever preventable public health disaster, thousands of Canadians were infected with HIV and hepatitis C through tainted blood transfusions in the 1980s and 90s. The public broadcaster, CBC, has produced an eight-part television series» 

Health, Society

Risk for breast cancer may be more accurately predicted, sooner

In Canada, one in eight women are expected to develop breast cancer one in 31 will die of it. Now, scientists says a simple saliva test could help gauge with “unprecedented accuracy,” a woman’s risk of developing the disease during» 

Arts and Entertainment, Society

Libraries call for more access to digital books

Canadian public libraries say multinational publishers are not making best-selling titles in e-book or e-audiobook formats available to them just as demand is skyrocketing. When the digital forms are made are available, the libraries say prices are excessively high and» 

Society

New stamps are pretty but more expensive

Canada Post has issued a new set of stamps featuring spectacular scenes from different parts of the country at the same time as the cost of  mailing a letter increases. The issue is the second set of stamps in the» 

Immigration & Refugees, International, Politics

Granting Saudi teen asylum fits Canadian policy

Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland welcomed 18-year-old Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun at Toronto’s airport on January 12, 2019 calling her “a brave new Canadian.” Canada quickly granted asylum to the teenager upon a request from the United Nations High Commissioner» 

International

Saudi woman granted asylum in Canada

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has confirmed that Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun will be granted asylum in Canada. The Saudi Arabian 18 year-old had run away from her family and barricaded herself in a Bangkok hotel to avoid being returned. Alqunun alleged» 

Society

Save money when you’re young, argues author

A best-selling Canadian author is advising young Canadians to resist the temptation to spend money now on things they don’t need. “When you’re young you need to start to save at the beginning and try to spend later, when you’re» 

Environment

Oceans warming faster bolstering climate change worry: study

Yet another study shows that the world’s oceans are warming rapidly and researchers say this confirms the scientific evidence that the planet is warming due to human activity. Warming oceans mean more storms, extreme precipitation The scientists from China and» 

Health, Internet, Science and Technology

Men, women remember pain differently: study

Chronic pain is a major health problem in Canada and scientists think that one of the driving forces behind it is memory of earlier pain. A new study from McGill University and the University of Toronto suggests that the way» 

Society

New devices raise privacy concerns

Now that Christmas presents have been opened and the holiday season is over it is time to look at new devices and check that they are not divulging personal information, advises a provincial privacy commissioner. Many kinds of devices could»