Andree Lau
Andree Lau is the senior news editor at The Huffington Post B.C. She previously worked for CBC News from 1999-2012 as a TV reporter, online journalist, and videographer in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Fredericton, Moncton, and Bathurst, N.B.

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

Born and raised in Vancouver, she graduated from the bachelor of journalism program at Carleton University in Ottawa.

Entries by Andree Lau

Piggy Bank Giveaway In Vancouver: Hundreds Line Up For Free Cash

(4) Comments | Posted May 28, 2015 | 12:11 PM

Hundreds of people lined up as early as 1 a.m. for a chance to pick a cash-filled piggy bank in downtown Vancouver.

The buzz began a day before with a news release that a "mysterious organizer" was handing out up to $1,000 to give Vancouverites a break from...

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Free Money In Vancouver: Cash-Stuffed Piggy Bank Giveaway Is Actually Happening

(1) Comments | Posted May 27, 2015 | 8:04 PM

Downtown Vancouver is going to be more chaotic than usual Thursday morning with a "mystery organizer" promising to give away 300 piggy banks with up to $1,000 cash inside.

A news release from an unidentified group says Vancouverites will be invited to take a piggy bank from inside a house...

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Vancouver Mayor's 'Rampant Speculation' Comment Is Far From The Truth: Realtor

(6) Comments | Posted May 26, 2015 | 7:21 PM

A Vancouver Realtor says a speculation tax proposed by the mayor and a prominent condo marketer won’t solve any problems, and in fact, could make the city’s scorching real estate market worse.

Mayor Gregor Robertson is calling for the province to impose a tax on home buyers who sell their...

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Vancouver Is 'Mind-Numbingly Boring,' Declares Economist Magazine

(34) Comments | Posted May 26, 2015 | 3:01 PM

While Vancouver is a nice place to live, it's among the world's most "mind-numbingly boring" cities, says a columnist with The Economist magazine.

In the outlet's "Gulliver" business travel feature this week, the unidentified writer laments cities losing their edge and adventure because of gentrification, safe streets, and...

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Keegan Spearchief, Alberta Rapist, Wanted By RCMP

(8) Comments | Posted May 26, 2015 | 1:51 AM

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A convicted rapist who was the first young offender to be sentenced as an adult in Canada is wanted by Alberta RCMP.

A warrant has been issued for Keegan Spearchief for failing to appear in Alberta court. Police also released a public warning "after...

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Ryan Reynolds Grants Young Cancer Patient's Wish To Meet Deadpool

(0) Comments | Posted May 24, 2015 | 5:34 PM

Vancouver-born actor Ryan Reynolds may be playing a tough mercenary superhero in his latest movie, but he's a total softie in real life.

Reynolds welcomed Tony Acevedo, who is battling cancer, to the Vancouver set of "Deadpool" last week. The boy had made the request through...

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Stanley Park Rave Death Investigated By Vancouver Police

(0) Comments | Posted May 24, 2015 | 12:15 PM

A man believed to have been attending a rave in Stanley Park fell to his death early Sunday, said Vancouver police.

The body of the 23-year-old man was found on the seawall around 4:20 a.m., said Const. Brian Montague in a news release.

Montague said the man was likely at...

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Michael Buble Makes Surprise Appearance At Honour House Gala

(2) Comments | Posted May 23, 2015 | 5:09 PM

The crowd at a charity gala in Vancouver was disappointed to hear that singer Jann Arden had to abruptly cancel her appearance, but they were more than pleasantly surprised by her last-minute replacement.

Fellow Canadian musician Michael Bublé jumped in to fulfill the entertainment part of the evening,...

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Bob Rennie, Vancouver Condo King, Calls For B.C. Tax On House Flippers

(28) Comments | Posted May 22, 2015 | 11:02 PM

B.C. should tax homebuyers who sell properties within months of purchase to discourage speculation, says a high-profile Vancouver condo marketer.

"It's not about foreigners. It is speculation we should be concerned about," Bob Rennie told more than 1,000 people at a downtown Vancouver hotel ballroom on Friday.

The speculation...

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Vancouver Lightning Puts On A Beautiful Show

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2015 | 3:03 AM

Vancouver certainly has a flair for the dramatic.

The popular filming location didn't need any Hollywood stars to stop people in their tracks on Thursday night.

A stunning late-spring sunset soon made way for a ferocious lightning storm, which was captured by many people on social media:

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Vancouver Real Estate Prices Driving Millennials Away: Vancity Report

(9) Comments | Posted May 22, 2015 | 2:23 AM

If Vancouver's house prices continue to escalate, young people in even the most "in-demand" jobs won't be able to afford them, triggering an exodus, warns a new report.

Numbers released Thursday in Vancity credit union's study are alarming. By 2025, a household income of $197,965 will be needed...

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Dismembered West Vancouver Millionaire Was Killed For His Money: Lawyer

(10) Comments | Posted May 21, 2015 | 6:08 PM

A West Vancouver businessman was allegedly killed and cut up into more than 100 pieces because of his wealth, said a lawyer for the man's family.

Gang Yuan, 42, was found dead in his posh British Properties home on King Georges Way after police received a report of...

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High-Risk Sex Offenders Wanted For Failing To Return To Vancouver Halfway Houses

(4) Comments | Posted May 20, 2015 | 6:10 PM

Vancouver police say it's"unusual" that three high-risk sex offenders are illegally at large at the same time.

The men failed to return to various Vancouver halfway houses at different times this month, as required by their release conditions.

The most recent is Gary Vogrig, 51, who has an...

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Inhale Your Caffeine With Vaporizer Created By Vancouver Company

(3) Comments | Posted May 20, 2015 | 2:09 PM

Getting a buzz from a cup of coffee or an energy drink may be so passé now that a Vancouver company has introduced a vaporizer for that extra jolt.

The Eagle Energy Vapor looks like an e-cigarette, but it contains ingredients similar to energy drinks: guarana, ginseng,...

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BC Ferries' Name Contest Backfires

(122) Comments | Posted May 20, 2015 | 2:19 AM

Like many corporations in this day and age, BC Ferries launched a contest asking the public to submit names for its three new vessels. And like other well-intended campaigns, it has been hijacked with hilarious results on social media.

British Columbians are more than...

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Vancouver Police Defend Rough Takedown Of Man Hit By Cars (VIDEO)

(65) Comments | Posted May 19, 2015 | 2:18 AM

Donovan Mahoney was startled to see two cars hit a man at a busy Vancouver intersection — then he was shocked as police forcefully pinned the same man down moments later.

Mahoney was locking up his bike at the northwest corner of Main and Broadway on Sunday afternoon when he...

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Raymond Wang, Nicole Ticea Win Top Intel Science Fair Awards

(11) Comments | Posted May 18, 2015 | 3:34 AM

Vancouver teens won two of the three top prizes at the world's largest high school science research competition.

Raymond Wang, 17, took home US$75,000 at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Pittsburgh, Pa. on Friday for a device that improves air quality on airplane cabins while cutting...

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Humpback Blows Phone Off Tourist's Selfie Stick

(4) Comments | Posted May 15, 2015 | 3:03 PM

Whale watchers in the waters between B.C. and Washington state were treated to an awe-inspiring encounter with a humpback earlier this month.

Heather MacIntyre, a photographer with a biology background, was working with Legacy Charters when she captured footage (watch above) of the “incredible” experience on...

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Victoria Day: What Do You Know? (VIDEO)

(4) Comments | Posted May 15, 2015 | 1:56 PM

May in Canada means enjoying spring flowers, shedding winter coats, and relaxing on a glorious long weekend.

Victoria Day, which lands on May 18 this year, was first celebrated in 1845 to mark the birthday of Queen Victoria.

But what else do we know about the national holiday,...

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U2's The Edge Is A-OK After Tumbling Off Vancouver Stage

(3) Comments | Posted May 15, 2015 | 12:42 PM

U2's world tour kicked off in Vancouver on the wrong foot.

Guitarist The Edge tumbled off er, the edge of the stage at Rogers Arena during the band's encore on Thursday night.

A YouTube video captured the British-born musician's fall as the band performed their hit "I Still...

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