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, Internet, Science & Technology

Saliva tests are as good as nose swabbing for COVID-19: studies

Research indicates that saliva testing for COVID-19 is as good as nasopharyngeal (nasal) swabbing, but it is cheaper and easier to do. Studies from the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) yield findings that could influence testing »

Economy, Society

Pandemic drives record home sales

Between November and December 2020, home sales in Canada jumped by 7.2 per cent to set another new record. Sales were particularly high in Greater Vancouver and the Greater Toronto Area where the month-over-month increase was more than 20 per »

Health, Society

Women, young adults, minorities report declining mental health

Some Canadians say their mental health has worsened during the course of this pandemic, according to polls. A web panel surveyed from January 2 to 3, 2021 found that 24 per cent of women rated their mental health as bad »

Environment & Animal Life

Government, zoo work to protect endangered butterfly

The half-moon hairstreak butterfly is only found in nine locations in Canada and is listed as endangered under the Species at Risk Act. Now, the government department responsible for national parks and the Calgary Zoo are teaming up to conserve »

Health, Society

ER doctors want vaccines for front-line workers

Emergency doctors in Canada are calling for greater transparency around the prioritization and administration of COVID-19 vaccines. The Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians (CAEP) says many of its members along with emergency room nurses and other staff and paramedics have »

Health

Rheumatoid arthritis patients at higher risk of dangerous blood clots: study

People who have been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis have an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and infection. Researchers at Arthritis Research Canada have found that they also have a higher risk of developing life threatening blood clots.   Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) »

Environment & Animal Life, International, Internet, Science & Technology, Society

Northern lakes risk losing ice cover, affecting drinking water: study

If greenhouse gas emissions continue unabated, almost 5,700 lakes in the Northern Hemisphere could permanently lose their ice cover this century, according to a study by researchers at York University. In the next decade alone, 179 of those lakes could »

Health, Internet, Science & Technology, Society

Moms with multiple children have more fragmented sleep: study

Mothers who have more than one child report that they have more fragmented sleep than do mothers of a single child, and fathers do not report the same effect, according to a McGill University study. The study involved 111 parents »

Politics, Society

Trudeau denies his cabinet shuffle portends an election 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made changes to his cabinet on January 12, 2021 and denied suggestions it meant a federal election might soon be called. His government is in a minority position now and pundits had suggested he may want »

Society

Parental leave for fathers saved marriages, say researchers

A change in government payments to parents of newborns dramatically changed the labour force and saved marriages in the province of Quebec, according to a recent study. Sociologists at Western University analysed figures from the government agency Statistics Canada following »