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 and Technology

Postmenopausal women with waist fat face higher risk: study

A new study suggests that postmenopausal women who are of normal weight face a greater risk of heart problems and stroke if they store fat around their middles rather than in their legs.  “We’re not 100 per cent sure (why)» 

Internet, Science and Technology, Society

Tech companies must do more to reduce child porn, urges non-profit

A Canadian charity is finding 10,824 new images of child sexual abuse online every 12 hours and is calling on technology firms to do more to detect and remove them. The Canadian Centre for Child Protection has an automated web» 

Economy, International

Grain, oilseed producers and exporters get government funding

The Canadian government will give more than $13 million to help grain and oilseed growers and exporters diversify their markets. Of that $4 million will go to increasing canola exports internationally and to expand the market for flax. This comes» 

Health

Falling is the leading cause of injury among seniors

Of all the seniors who were hospitalized for injuries in 2017 to 2018 in Canada, most had suffered falls, according to the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI). The institute is an independent, non-profit organization that provides information on the» 

Health

Governments in Canada act to ban conversion therapy

The Canadian government is urging all governments at different levels to take action against any therapy that seeks to repair or convert a person’s sexual orientation. Several municipal and provincial governments have already acted to end conversion therapy and the» 

Society

Beef producers get government help following China ban

The Canadian government will give $8.3 million to help the beef industry develop international markets. This comes after China banned Canadian meat products in what is considered to be retaliation for Canada’s arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou upon the» 

Indigenous

Volunteers bring running water to Indigenous homes

A lack of clean, running water has been linked to the high rate of suicide among Indigenous youth in Canada. Access to water is an on-going problem on many of the reserves where Indigenous people live. The Canadian government has» 

International, Internet, Science and Technology

Canadian astronauts to mark first moonwalk anniversary

On July 20, 2019, six Canadian astronauts will host events across Canada to mark the 50th anniversary of man’s first steps on the moon.  NASA’s Apollo 11 blasted off from Earth on July 16, 1969 with three U.S. astronauts on» 

Environment

‘Climate emergency’ declared in two more municipalities

The districts of North Vancouver and West Vancouver have declared climate emergencies adding to the list of municipal governments in the province of British Columbia and the rest of Canada that have done the same.  This kind of action originated» 

Environment

Heavy rain, flooding may further hamper salmon returns

 After heavy rains, a flood warning has been issued for the Chilcotin River in the western province of British Columbia. About 90 mm of rain fell in four days leaving riverbanks unstable and a thunderstorm was predicted to drop more»