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, Politics, Society

Many Canadians worry about paying for prescription drugs: survey

The pandemic has put the spotlight on health care and prescription drugs, and a new survey has found almost one-quarter of Canadian households struggle to pay for prescription drugs. Canada is the only developed country in the world that has »

Health, Society

Having trouble concentrating during this pandemic?

Stress can make it hard to concentrate and there is plenty of stress during this pandemic.  There are two different types of stress says Marie-France Marin, a professor of psychology at the University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM). Absolute stress »

Environment & Animal Life, International

Right whales face extinction unless governments act, says charity

Oceana Canada is calling on the governments of Canada and the United States to take immediate action to save right whales from extinction. A new estimate from NOAA fisheries finds the population has dropped from 400 two years to 360. »

Environment & Animal Life, Society

Watch out for the bears while viewing salmon, warns city

The western city of Coquitlam encourages people to go out and watch the salmon run but it  warns people to stay away from the bears. Coquitlam, a suburb of Vancouver, is nestled in wilderness and bears don’t respect city limits. »

Arts & Entertainment, Environment & Animal Life, Internet, Science & Technology

Museum of Nature holds a virtual open house

The Canadian Museum of Nature usually holds an open house of its facility in Gatineau near the nation’s capital every October but, because of the pandemic, this year there will be a series of virtual tours instead. The video series »

Immigration & Refugees, Society

Canada to increase French-speaking immigration

The federal government will give an advantage to skilled workers who speak French and are applying for permanent residency and immigration to Canada. The decision does not apply to those applying to come to the French-speaking province of Quebec, since »

Society

A call for action on sexualized violence in prisons

A federal prison watchdog is calling on the government to take action against sexual coercion and violence in federal prisons. A report on an investigation by the Office of the Correctional Investigator was tabled in Parliament today. It says that »

International, Society

Educating girls reduces poverty, reaffirms report

UNESCO predicts that over 11 million girls may never go back to school after the pandemic eases. The non-profit Plan International Canada says current setbacks to girls’ rights including education must be stopped. It reaffirms the view that advancing education »

Environment & Animal Life, Health

Households isolating due to COVID-19 should isolate pets too

An adult dog has been found to have been infected with COVID-19 in Ontario through testing by scientists at the University of Guelph’s Ontario Veterinary College. The dog had no sign of the disease and is said to have caught »

Society

Website aims to correct a lack of referrals to female lawyers

Two Canadian women found they were not being referred cases as often as their male counterparts, so they set up a system to solve the problem for themselves and others. ReferToHer is a website that was created in early 2019 »