Andree Lau
Andree Lau is the managing editor of news at The Huffington Post Canada. She previously worked for CBC News from 1999-2012 as a TV reporter, videojournalist, writer/producer, and online writer/editor in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Regina, and New Brunswick.

A multiple Atlantic Journalism Awards nominee, she's won an Alberta Film and Television Award as well as a New York Festivals certificate for "A New Normal," a documentary on a wounded Canadian soldier.

A native of Vancouver, she is a graduate of Carleton University's journalism program.

Entries by Andree Lau

Leah McLaren Column About Trying To Breastfeed A Stranger's Baby Without Permission Breaks Twitter

(0) Comments | Posted March 27, 2017 | 12:48 AM

Globe and Mail columnist and author Leah McLaren has made a career out of sharing her life as part of her work. But her latest column has pretty much broken Twitter.

In "The joy (and politics) of breastfeeding someone else’s baby," McLaren reminisces about that time she tried to breastfeed...

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Christopher Neil, Mr. Swirl Pedophile, Subject Of Vancouver Public Warning

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2017 | 2:27 PM

A notorious B.C. pedophile is the subject of a public warning by the province.

Christopher Neil, 42, has completed a recent sentence and plans to live in Vancouver. Because he's considered a high-risk sex offender, B.C. Corrections issued a public notification on Sunday about Neil's status.

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Uber Tax In Canada Is About Fairness In The Economy: Morneau

(5) Comments | Posted March 24, 2017 | 6:07 PM

Taxing ride-sharing services like Uber is about levelling the playing field with more established industry like taxis, Finance Minister Bil Morneau said Friday. But he refused to speculate on placing a levy on other companies like Netflix that have flourished with new business models.

Morneau was responding to live viewer...

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'Riverdale' Is Shot In Vancouver And The Cast Is Taking Advantage

(366) Comments | Posted March 16, 2017 | 10:19 PM

Vancouver continues its long tradition of standing in as another city with The CW's "Riverdale" — and at the same time, enchanting the stars who move there temporarily to film the TV show.

The teen drama series, loosely based on the Archie comics, features lots of local spots, including Lord...

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Christy Clark Vows To End Mandatory High Heels In B.C. Workplaces

(73) Comments | Posted March 13, 2017 | 11:36 AM

B.C. premier Christy Clark promises to support a private member's bill to end "sexist high heel dress codes in the workplace."

B.C. Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver introduced the bill last week to prevent employers from setting "varying footwear and other requirements" based on gender, such as mandatory...

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Don Meredith's Sexual Relationship With Teen Broke Senators' Code Of Ethics: Inquiry

(76) Comments | Posted March 9, 2017 | 6:57 PM

Sen. Don Meredith abused his power and office in engaging in a sexual relationship with a teen that began when she was 16, concluded a bombshell report released Thursday.

The investigation by Lyse Ricard, the Senate ethics officer, found that Meredith breached two sections of the Senate ethics code that...

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Jared Matthew Eliasson Charged After Edmonton Road Rage Attack Leaves Woman With Broken Arms

(47) Comments | Posted March 7, 2017 | 9:21 PM

UPDATE- Mar. 9, 2017: Jared Matthew Eliasson, 28, has been charged with attempt to commit murder, possess offensive weapon dangerous to public, and aggravated assault. Police say tips from the public led to his arrest.

UPDATE - Mar. 8, 2017: Investigators now believe the suspect vehicle they are...

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Corey Lynam Killed In Whistler Avalanche

(1) Comments | Posted March 6, 2017 | 10:51 AM

Friends have set up a fundraising page for the young son of a B.C. man who was killed in an avalanche near Whistler over the weekend.

Corey Lynam, 33, had been skiing with a group of 14 people on Saturday afternoon in the Callaghan Valley when the slide hit.

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HuffPost Canada Follow-Up Podcast: So What's Going On With The Conservative Party?

(16) Comments | Posted March 4, 2017 | 12:57 PM

We've been wondering about the Conservative Party and its increasingly divisive leadership race. Who are they wooing? Who are they speaking for? And does this appeal to populists mark a shift in the party’s direction?

It's a perfect theme for the first episode of our new politics podcast,...

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Kellie Leitch's Video Is Even Better In All Its Dramatic Silence

(77) Comments | Posted February 28, 2017 | 10:56 AM

What's that saying? Silence speaks a thousand words?

It's certainly true for Conservative leadership candidate Kellie Leitch and her eight-minute policy video.

The highly produced message about her proposed immigration program includes one minute and 47 seconds of dramatic pauses.

And here they are.

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Swiss People Try Swiss Chalet Sauce, Insult Canada In A Neutral Way

(28) Comments | Posted February 23, 2017 | 2:18 PM

Swiss Chalet is as Canadian as ginger beef, and Hawaiian pizza.

The chain of casual dining restaurants, which began in Toronto in 1954, has become an institution, drawing people in with its rotisserie chicken and signature secret "chalet sauce."

Of course,...

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Justin Trudeau Viral Photo At Montreal Subway Station A Reminder Accessibility Is Still A Problem

(56) Comments | Posted February 21, 2017 | 1:48 PM

A 2014 photo of Justin Trudeau is resurfacing on social media as Americans compare Canada's prime minister with the U.S. president.

justin trudeau

Before he became prime minister, Trudeau regularly stopped at Montreal's subway stations to campaign and greet people. In April 2014, he was at the...

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Spontaneous Ottawa Skating Lesson Is Why Canada Is 'Ridiculous And Wonderful'

(3) Comments | Posted February 17, 2017 | 1:56 PM

You couldn't have scripted a more perfect Canadian winter scene.

The Rink of Dreams outside of Ottawa City Hall.

Two newcomers to Canada struggling on ice skates.

A handful of strangers.

One is a figure skating instructor.

Yes, what unfolds next is exactly why "this country is ridiculous and wonderful...

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Spencer Chandra Herbert, Husband Welcome Baby Boy

(279) Comments | Posted February 15, 2017 | 9:48 AM

B.C. MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert is a proud new papa.

He and husband, Romi, welcomed a baby boy as Family Day in B.C. gave way to Valentine's Day at 12:24 a.m. in Vancouver.

Their surrogate — and close friend — Amanda van Barrsen gave birth to Dev Juno Chandra Herbert on Tuesday.

Dev's name comes from "divine," the NDP MLA for Vancouver-West End told the Vancouver Sun. The middle name Juno reflects the Greek goddess who protects women, and honours the mothers of both the baby and the dads.

Spencer and Romi got married in 2010 after being together for 10 years, and use a hybrid of both their last names.

In the past, they have shared their frustrating two-year journey to try to adopt a child in B.C. An opportunity arose in 2014 to foster a baby who was abandoned by its birth parents, but the child's relatives rejected the Chandra Herberts because they were a same-sex couple.

The MLA questioned why — when a stable family is willing to provide and love a child — sexual orientation is allowed to be part of the adoption process in B.C.

"We send our love to the baby, and hope it finds the family it deserves," he said at the time.

Spencer Chandra Herbert has been an MLA since 2008, while Romi Chandra Herbert is a community youth worker and has led the Vancouver Pride Parade as the grand marshal twice.

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Victoria Mom Arrested After Being Found Unconscious Behind Wheel With Child In Car

(2) Comments | Posted February 10, 2017 | 2:02 PM

Police in Victoria, B.C. found a woman unconscious behind the wheel with the car still running and her child strapped in the back seat on Thursday.

Passersby noticed the stopped vehicle in the 100-block of Gorge Road East around 9 p.m. PT and had tried to help but couldn't get...

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Deadly Shooting At Quebec City Mosque Erupts After Evening Prayers

(77) Comments | Posted January 30, 2017 | 9:30 AM

Six people were killed and eight others injured when attackers opened fire in a Quebec City mosque, shortly after Sunday evening prayers.

“We condemn this terrorist attack on Muslims in a centre of worship and refuge," said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in a statement.

A joint terrorism task...

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Trudeau Gets Asked: 'Why Did Your Dad Give Everyone In Western Canada The Middle Finger?'

(130) Comments | Posted January 27, 2017 | 9:20 AM

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was probably expecting cute, easy questions from students at a Winnipeg elementary school on Thrusday.

But as kids prove time and again, they're unpredictable.

After queries about his childhood and what he likes about being prime minister, one child asked Trudeau: "Why did...

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Actual Winter In Vancouver Is Making People Do Crazy Things

(142) Comments | Posted January 5, 2017 | 10:50 AM

The apocalypse Winter has descended upon Metro Vancouver.

Snow, followed by slush and falling temperatures have turned streets into dangerous slick surfaces.

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Immigrant Parents Show Their Love With Suitcases Full Of Weird Food

(10) Comments | Posted December 19, 2016 | 3:23 PM

born and raised

I picked up my parents from the airport for a two-week Christmas visit, thinking my SUV would have ample trunk space. They arrived with five pieces of luggage.

I was immediately suspicious about the smaller black suitcase.

"What's so heavy in here?"...

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Autumn Peltier Asks Prime Minister Trudeau To Protect Canada's Water

(35) Comments | Posted December 8, 2016 | 9:00 PM

Twelve-year-old Autumn Peltier didn't get to deliver her speech in the presence of the prime minister, but she's still spreading her message that the Canadian government needs to protect the country's water.

Peltier, who is from Wikwemikong First Nation in Ontario, had been asked to be part of the introduction...

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