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, videojournalist, writer/producer, and online journalist 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.

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

(22) Comments | Posted February 23, 2017 | 3:18 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

(60) Comments | Posted February 21, 2017 | 2:48 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 | 2:56 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

(301) Comments | Posted February 15, 2017 | 10:48 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 | 3:02 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 | 10:30 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?'

(140) Comments | Posted January 27, 2017 | 10:20 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 | 11:50 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 | 4:23 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 | 10:00 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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500 Miles (From Donald Trump) Will Have You Humming For The Next 4 Years

(15) Comments | Posted November 29, 2016 | 2:35 PM

Disillusionment and anger over the election of Donald Trump as U.S. president has sparked protests, warnings, and concern. Well, now there's a damn catchy tune.

Da da da (da da da)!

John Johnston put his feelings about Trump to The Proclaimers' hit from the...

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Michael J. Fox Strikes A Familiar Pose Rocking Out At Fundraiser For Parkinson's Disease Research

(0) Comments | Posted November 15, 2016 | 2:11 PM

He's still got it.

Actor and activist Michael J. Fox rocked out on stage with Dave Matthews Band over the weekend, performing the classic song "All Along the Watchtower."

It was part of the Michael J. Fox Foundation's annual gala in New York City, called "A...

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Kate McKinnon SNL Cold Opening Stuns With "Hallelujah"

(4) Comments | Posted November 13, 2016 | 8:39 AM

"Saturday Night Live" punctuated the U.S. election with sharp, funny, and ironic comedy sketches. It decided to take a more sombre turn in the first show since Donald Trump's presidential victory.

Kate McKinnon reprised her Hillary Clinton character, dressed in a cream pantsuit, but this time...

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Michael Moore Predicts Trump's Presidency Will Be Cut Short

(192) Comments | Posted November 12, 2016 | 10:16 PM

He correctly forecast for Donald Trump to win the U.S. election, and now documentary filmmaker Michael Moore is predicting that the presidency will end with impeachment or resignation.

“Here’s what’s going to happen, this is why we’re not going to have to suffer through four years of Donald J. Trump,...

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Coquitlam RCMP Review Rough Arrest Of Elderly Couple Caught On Video

(147) Comments | Posted October 29, 2016 | 12:38 AM

RCMP are looking into how Mounties handled an arrest of two seniors at a Vancouver-area hotel that was captured on video.

The footage posted on YouTube appears to show an officer dragging a white-haired man down a staircase while another officer arrests a woman, who appears to fall...

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Racist Abbotsford Video: Truck Passenger Angry Over Parking Ticket Hurls Slurs At Witness

(53) Comments | Posted October 24, 2016 | 1:51 AM

Police in B.C. are looking into an extremely racist confrontation caught on video.

On Friday evening, a bylaw officer was issuing a ticket to a truck illegally parked in a reserved spot in downtown Abbotsford. A passenger in the vehicle became "increasingly aggressive" and "very threatening" to the officer, said...

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Ken Pagan, Alleged Blue Jays Beer Tosser, Suggests Police Have It Wrong

(191) Comments | Posted October 6, 2016 | 1:50 AM

TORONTO - The man alleged by police to have hurled a beer can at a Baltimore outfielder during Tuesday's dramatic playoff between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Orioles has come forward.

"I contacted Toronto police earlier this evening, around 7 p.m., and identified myself as the person in the...

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Mark Critch Photo Mocking Harper Is A 'F**king Embarrassment': MP Michelle Rempel

(548) Comments | Posted August 27, 2016 | 12:47 PM

Conservative MP Michelle Rempel ripped into a CBC comedian for mocking Stephen Harper during 2014's Parliament Hill shooting.

Mark Critch from "This Hour Has 22 Minutes" published an Instagram photo of himself on Friday with the caption: "Stephen Harper stepped down. Here I am in his closet."

It's an apparent...

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Abbotsford Girls Suspected Of Being Drugged: Police

(4) Comments | Posted August 4, 2016 | 2:12 PM

Police in B.C. are investigating an alarming situation where two teen girls appear to have been drugged.

Last weekend, Good Samaritans spotted a 16-year-old girl, who appeared upset and intoxicated, on the side of the road in Abbotsford, said a police news release on Thursday.

They dropped her off at...

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Well, That Sooke, B.C. Rental Dispute Escalated Quickly

(8) Comments | Posted July 26, 2016 | 5:26 PM

sooke fight rentTwo vehicles had their windows smashed during the brawl. (Photo: Sooke RCMP)

An apparent rental dispute involving tenants turned into a huge fight with an assortment of weapons, according to RCMP on Vancouver Island.

On Friday night, a new tenant showed up at a home...

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