Andree Lau
Andree Lau is The Huffington Post B.C.'s News Editor. Andree was previously a journalist at the CBC, where she worked in Vancouver, Alberta, Ontario and New Brunswick.

Entries by Andree Lau

IFHT YouTube Creators Share Their B.C. Picks

(0) Comments | Posted November 26, 2014 | 6:32 PM

Do you like YouTube videos that make you laugh? Then you've likely seen the work of Matt Dennison and Jason Lucas, who hail from Richmond, B.C.

Better known as IFHT (an acronym for "I F*cking Hate That"), the team released their newest comedy video this week...

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'How To Be A Skier' (VIDEO) Shows It's OK To Blame Everything On Snowboarders

(0) Comments | Posted November 26, 2014 | 5:03 PM

Just in time for ski season kicking off across Canada comes "How To Be A Skier" and proof it's OK to blame everything on snowboarders.

The video comes from IFHT (I F*cking Hate That), the same B.C.-based team behind "How To Be A Vancouverite"...

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David Suzuki Writes Letter In Support Of Grandson Who Was Arrested At Kinder Morgan Protest

(163) Comments | Posted November 23, 2014 | 2:07 AM

Famed environmental activist David Suzuki says he's "very proud" of his grandson, who was arrested for protesting the expansion of Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline in B.C.

Suzuki's 24-year-old grandson, Tamo Campos, was arrested Thursday as activists clashed with police on Burnaby Mountain. RCMP were enforcing a court...

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Vancouver Police Shooting: Distraught Man Killed At Knight, East 41st Avenue

(52) Comments | Posted November 23, 2014 | 1:24 AM

UPDATE - Nov. 24, 2014: The B.C. Coroners Service says Phuong Na (Tony) Du, 51, was taken to Vancouver General Hospital after the incident but he died shortly after he arrived.

A distraught Vancouver man, who was acting erratically at a busy intersection, was fatally shot by police on Saturday...

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B.C. Group Blames Traffic Jams On Too Many Immigrants (VIDEO)

(110) Comments | Posted November 20, 2014 | 5:30 PM

A small group of protesters are blaming Vancouver-area traffic jams on immigration.

About half a dozen men stood on the Blundell overpass in Richmond on Wednesday morning and held up a bright yellow banner above Highway 99 that read "Fight Gridlock: Cut Immigration."

"More people, more cars,” Dan...

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Alejandro Vargas Gomez, Vancouver Ballet Teacher, Charged With Sexual Exploitation

(1) Comments | Posted November 19, 2014 | 6:51 PM

A Vancouver ballet teacher has been charged with allegedly having sex with an underage student.

Alejandro Vargas Gomez, 49, began teaching at the Goh Ballet Academy in the fall of 2013, said Vancouver police on Wednesday. He's accused of starting a sexual relationship in January outside of the school with...

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Starving B.C. Puppies Found Tied Up In Freezing Temperatures

(22) Comments | Posted November 18, 2014 | 12:59 AM

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Two "severely emaciated" puppies who were found tied up and covered in urine outside a Vancouver Island home are recovering from their ordeal, said the BC SPCA.

The male terrier-cross puppies are only a few months old, said senior animal protection officer Tina Heary in...

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New B.C. Mayors Unseat Incumbents, Win Close Races

(0) Comments | Posted November 16, 2014 | 4:17 AM

There were a few surprises in Saturday's civic elections in B.C., with some mayoral upsets and one supposedly close race that turned out to be a blowout.

The contest to lead B.C.'s fastest growing city turned out to be a runaway victory for Surrey First's Linda Hepner. She replaces outgoing...

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Vancouver Election Voter Turnout Forces Some Polling Stations To Extend Hours

(1) Comments | Posted November 16, 2014 | 12:24 AM

vancouver election lineupThe voting day lineup at Mount Pleasant Community Centre.

Vancouver voters showed much more interest in civic politics this year, with turnout in Saturday's election topping 44 per cent.

Only about 35 per cent of eligible voters cast a ballot in 2011.

Some polling...

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Vancouver Man Encouraged To Light His Hair On Fire In Unsettling Video (GRAPHIC)

(8) Comments | Posted November 11, 2014 | 5:01 PM

A disturbing video has been posted online that appears to show a vulnerable man in Vancouver lighting his hair on fire while a group of young men egg him on.

The 30-second footage appeared on the website Live Leak on Monday night. The video, titled "Crackhead Lights Hair...

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B.C. Islands For Sale Are Surprisingly Affordable (PHOTOS)

(3) Comments | Posted November 7, 2014 | 6:13 PM

Owning a private island seems to belong in the realm of the extremely wealthy — or does it?

We were surprised to find that many islands for sale in B.C. are selling for under $1 million. No, you can't even get most Vancouver teardowns for that...

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Gregor Robertson, Vision Vancouver Sue Kirk LaPointe, NPA For Defamation

(12) Comments | Posted November 6, 2014 | 5:30 PM

With less than two weeks to go before the civic election, incumbent mayor and Vision Vancouver leader Gregor Robertson is suing opponent Kirk LaPointe for defamation.

In a statement of claim filed Thursday in B.C. Supreme Court, Robertson and Vision councillor Geoff Meggs allege that LaPointe and his Non-Partisan Association...

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Tourists Return To Buying Vancouver Coal Harbour Condos

(4) Comments | Posted November 5, 2014 | 7:47 PM

The dropping Canadian dollar, along with Vancouver's natural beauty, is bringing impromptu foreign buyers back to the Coal Harbour area, says one realtor.

"It happened a long time ago and now it seems to be happening again," Shaun Kimmins with Sotheby's International Realty told The Huffington Post B.C. in an...

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Chevron Money For B.C. Classrooms Pumps Up Debate

(7) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 7:03 PM

A corporate funding program available to B.C. schools has become a Vancouver election issue, yet again highlighting the debate over educational resources.

Chevron's Fuel Your School program will donate $1 each time drivers buy 30 litres of fuel or more at stations in five B.C. school districts this...

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Hockey Mom Ordered To Stop Contacting Sons' Coaches, NHL

(5) Comments | Posted November 3, 2014 | 6:34 PM

A chief judge has ordered a B.C. mother who has caused commotions at her sons' hockey games to stop contacting their coaches, as well as officials with the National Hockey League, Western Hockey League, and Kootenay Ice Hockey League.

The unusual restraining order was issued by B.C. Supreme Court Chief...

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Meena Wong Is A Closet Artist And Other Fun Facts About Vancouver Mayoral Candidate

(3) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 6:42 PM

Meena Wong, COPE's candidate for Vancouver mayor, has some ambitious proposals for the city, including a $1/day transit pass and a punitive fee on empty properties.

The community organizer, who currently works with Vancouver Coastal Health, was born in China and spent part of...

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Trump Hotel Reflects Youthful, Luxurious Vancouver: Ivanka Trump

(6) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 3:46 AM

Ivanka Trump knows how to charm Vancouverites.

"The beauty of this city is truly second to none," she says, unprompted. "Vancouver on a purely aesthetic level is one of my favourite cities in the world. Where else do you have this unbelievable urban environment that’s youthful, that’s fun, that’s got...

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Vancouver Election 2014: Ask The Mayoral Candidates Anything

(4) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 6:48 PM

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Vancouver's civic election on Saturday, Nov. 15 is fast approaching. Have you attended any public debates? Do you know the issues?

I know, I know. Most of us are too busy, too jaded, too bored, too uninformed, too (fill...

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B.C. Teachers' Strike: Businesses Under Boycott Threat For Legal Intervention

(147) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 2:52 AM

A grassroots campaign is underway to boycott B.C. businesses aligned with a coalition that has waded into the legal aspects of the current provincial teachers’ dispute.

The Coalition of BC Businesses, which represents 14 groups made up of 50,000 small and medium-sized companies, was granted intervener...

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Moms Need Support No Matter How They Choose To Feed Their Babies

(18) Comments | Posted August 27, 2014 | 2:16 AM

There are some things I remember clearly about the first days after my sons were born. The agony of labour pains (you never forget those). The last pivotal push during delivery. Then the joy and the exhaustion. So much exhaustion.

I was zapped, emotional, and incredibly vulnerable. So I can't...

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