Andree Lau
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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, online journalist, writer/producer, and videographer 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 solder.

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

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Don't Stop Til You Get Enough Of This Tiny Michael Jackson

(0) Comments | Posted July 13, 2016 | 3:29 PM

Many schools hold talent shows, but only one had Benji Abogado channelling Michael Jackson.

The six-year-old decided to show off the moves he learned from YouTube videos of old MJ performances at his Toronto school's annual Spring Fling event last month.

From the opening beats of "Smooth Criminal," Benji had...

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Newcomer Kitchen Cooks Up Business Venture For Syrian Refugee Women

(23) Comments | Posted July 11, 2016 | 4:03 PM

It's so hot that the door to The Depanneur restaurant is propped open for air circulation. The smell of frying onions and then stewed chicken wafts outside into the steamy Toronto afternoon.

It's hard not to stop and peer at what's going on inside the crowded open kitchen in the...

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Mount Seymour Sunrise 'O Canada' Is Perfect For Canada Day

(2) Comments | Posted July 1, 2016 | 10:01 PM

Now, this is one memorable Canada Day — and it started around 2:30 a.m.

That's when 800 people wearing headlamps and their favourite red and white shirts began hiking up Mount Seymour in North Vancouver, B.C.

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Their goal: to reach the top...

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Rachel Pernosky Death: Half-Brother Charged With Killing Mission, B.C. Woman

(4) Comments | Posted June 27, 2016 | 4:21 PM

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A murder charge has now been laid in the death of Rachel Pernosky, three years after the teen mom was found dumped in a rural area.

Pernosky, 18, was last seen on March 16, 2013 at her home in Mission, B.C. Her disappearance...

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Vancouver Empty Homes Tax Could Happen Without Province: Mayor

(65) Comments | Posted June 22, 2016 | 4:04 PM

The City of Vancouver should move forward with taxing empty homes in partnership with the B.C. government, recommends a report, but the mayor is ready to go ahead without the province, if necessary.

“We need a tax on empty homes to encourage the best use of all our housing, and...

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SkyTrain Good Samaritan Attacked After Stopping Sexual Harassment

(21) Comments | Posted June 14, 2016 | 1:33 PM

UPDATE - June 15, 2016: As a result of media coverage, the three suspects involved in the incident have been identified, said Transit Police. They have been interviewed by authorities and the investigation continues.

Metro Vancouver Transit Police are looking for three men who attacked a Good Samaritan after he...

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Sitora Yusufiy: Florida Gunman Omar Mateen Was 'Sick Person' Who Beat Me

(33) Comments | Posted June 13, 2016 | 11:06 AM

The ex-wife of the gunman responsible for killing 49 people in a Florida nightclub said he was unpredictable and abused her during their short marriage.

Omar Mateen, 29, opened fire at Pulse, a gay club in Orlando early Sunday, leaving behind the worst such mass shooting...

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Jasmine Lorimer Announced As Canada's First 'Bachelorette'

(193) Comments | Posted June 10, 2016 | 9:00 AM

Fans of "The Bachelorette" TV franchise now have their very own Canadian version to watch, but criticism about the reality dating show has followed it from the U.S.

Corus, which owns Global TV and W Network, officially introduced Jasmine Lorimer as "The Bachelorette Canada" on Thursday in unveiling...

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Christy Clark Reveals She Kept Silent About Sexual Violence For 35 Years

(218) Comments | Posted June 9, 2016 | 8:40 AM

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B.C. Premier Christy Clark has revealed she has very personal reasons for supporting an opposition party bill relating to sexual assault at public post-secondary schools.

The bill introduced by Green party MLA Andrew Weaver requires the institutions to have policies to prevent and respond to...

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Tom Mulcair Gleefully Drops F-Bombs At Press Gallery Dinner

(72) Comments | Posted June 5, 2016 | 12:53 AM

At a roast of journalists and politicians, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair declared he gave "zero f*cks" and then proceeded to drop several of them in a memorable speech.

He and other party leaders spoke at this year's parliamentary press gallery dinner which celebrated the group's 150th anniversary on Saturday night....

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Sophie Gregoire Trudeau Steals The Show From PM At Press Gallery Dinner

(336) Comments | Posted June 4, 2016 | 11:23 PM

Justin Trudeau became the first prime minister in a decade to crack jokes at the Press Gallery dinner — but it was his wife who ran away with his part of the show.

The annual event is a good-natured mingling of journalists who cover Parliament, and politicians and...

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Lamborghini Fire Delays Traffic On Highway 99

(4) Comments | Posted May 29, 2016 | 8:52 AM

A $260,000 Lamborghini went up in flames on B.C.'s scenic Sea to Sky Highway, leading to traffic delays on the busy route.

The burning sports car was spotted late Saturday afternoon between Garibaldi and Squamish.

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Tragically Hip's Gord Downie Reveals Brain Cancer Diagnosis

(14) Comments | Posted May 24, 2016 | 6:46 AM

Iconic Canadian band The Tragically Hip revealed Tuesday that lead singer Gord Downie has terminal brain cancer.

Downie was diagnosed in December 2015, said a message on the band's website.

"Since then, obviously, he’s endured a lot of difficult times, and he has been fighting hard. In privacy...

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Albertans Packed Some Hilariously Odd Stuff During Stressful Fort McMurray Evacuation

(9) Comments | Posted May 8, 2016 | 1:18 AM

As thick smoke and flames crept closer to Fort McMurray, many people had just minutes to pack and leave their homes, not knowing when they'd be allowed back.

Most threw some clothes, ID and food into a bag. Others forgot socks and underwear but were somehow compelled to pack...

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Justin Trudeau Teaches Men How To Be Better Feminists In 10 Seconds

(226) Comments | Posted April 30, 2016 | 8:36 PM

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau continues his crusade in raising the equality bar.

On Saturday, he met the four millennial men behind Generation Y Not for an interview on feminism, and specifically how men can be more effective at it.

As part of it, Trudeau was asked to answer,...

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Lisa Freihaut Charged With Stabbing Death Of Her Mother Irene Carter

(0) Comments | Posted April 23, 2016 | 9:17 AM

An Alberta woman who issued a tearful plea to the public in solving her mother's killing has been charged with second-degree murder.

Irene Carter, 78, was found stabbed to death in her home in Lethbridge, Alta., on Jan. 17.

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Sarah Beckett Funeral: RCMP Officer Will Be Mourned In Public Service

(4) Comments | Posted April 11, 2016 | 3:49 PM

Const. Sarah Beckett, who was killed in an on-duty crash near Victoria, B.C., will be honoured in a regimental funeral on Tuesday.

The public is invited to join Beckett's family and law enforcement colleagues at the service, said the RCMP in a news release on Monday.

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Bryan Adams Cancels Mississippi Concert Over Anti-LGBT Law

(24) Comments | Posted April 11, 2016 | 7:54 AM

Canadian rocker Bryan Adams has cancelled a concert in Mississippi because he "cannot in good conscience perform in a State where certain people are being denied their civil rights due to their sexual orientation."

This week, Mississippi passed a "religious liberty" bill that allows people to deny wedding...

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Sarah Beckett, RCMP Officer, Killed In Langford, B.C. Crash

(36) Comments | Posted April 5, 2016 | 1:44 PM

A criminal investigation is underway after an on-duty RCMP officer was killed in a crash near Victoria, B.C.

Const. Sarah Beckett, 32, was on general duty in a marked police car when it collided with a pickup truck in Langford at about 3:30 a.m. Tuesday. Paramedics who rushed to the...

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Mexican Flag Atop Vancouver Trump Tower Should Get The Donald's Attention

(202) Comments | Posted April 3, 2016 | 8:02 PM

The Donald definitely didn't approve a Mexican flag that flew (briefly) from the top of his Trump hotel and tower project in Vancouver.

Diego Saul Reyna, a steel framer, hung the flag from the top floor of the project which is under construction, to show Donald Trump how vital Mexican...

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