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.

Immigration & Refugees, Society

East Indian festival of Diwali celebrated at Canadian museum

Families are invited to a celebration of Diwali, the Indian Festival of Lights, to be held at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 on October 26, 2019.  According to government statistics from 2016, there are 1.37 million people »

Society

Shooting reignites controversy over short-term rentals

Two men were shot early on Oct. 20, 2019 at an Ottawa home that neighbours told CBC was an Airbnb rental. This was not confirmed by the company. But several neighbours told CBC reporters that the home was what they »

Society

Legal help will be free for two days in Quebec

Young lawyers will provide free legal advice to residents of the province of Quebec on October 26and 27, 2019. The former chief justice of the Supreme Court of Canada has long criticised the high cost of lawyers which renders justice »

Politics

Canadians voting for a federal government

Canadians are voting in a federal election today. The country is so big there are several different time zones. Each zone has its own 12-hour period during which the polls are open and people must vote in the area in »

Health

Exercise can help with cancer and help prevent it, says panel

An international panel of experts in cancer and rehabilitation has devised new guidelines to help people prevent cancer or recover from it and improve their survival. “In terms of cancer treatment, we know that being active, in theory, has been »

Health, Society

Bullying ‘all too common,’ reports charity

New reports issued by some school districts in the eastern province of New Brunswick show that up to 52 per cent of students, in some instances, report being victimized by bullies. A director of the charity, BullyingCanada, says he is »

Immigration & Refugees, Society

Newcomers benefit from employment program at museum

Nine newcomers to Canada have taken part in a six-month work program to improve their employability. This is the 15th year in which the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 has offered its Welcome Home to Canada program. The »

Arts & Entertainment

South Asian films to screen in Montreal

Screenings of 24 award-winning films from South Asia will take place at Concordia University in Montreal on Oct. 25 to 27 and November 1 to 3, 2019.  Organizers promise “an eclectic choice of inspiring and thought-provoking films with a focus »

Health, Society

Bias, discrimination prevent people getting obesity care: study

Science shows that obesity is a chronic disease like diabetes or cancer, yet people living with it are being told “they did this to themselves, and that they don’t deserve to be supported,” says Dr. Arya Sharma, the scientific director »

Health, Society

Cannabis poses ‘major new challenges’ for small business: survey

A majority of small businesses say efforts by their provincial governments to educate them about cannabis in the workplace are poor or very poor, according to a recent survey. The federation that represents them says the legalization of cannabis one »