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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Alex Lefkove Charged With Manslaughter In North Vancouver Domestic Dispute

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2016 | 2:00 PM

UPDATE — Jan. 28, 2016: The victim has been identified as Christine Lefkove, who is Alex Lefkove's mother, reports CTV News.

A 19-year-old man captured by North Vancouver RCMP after a short foot chase has been charged with manslaughter.

Someone called 911 to report a dispute and...

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Pacific Centre Suspicious Incident: Vancouver Police Search For Men Who Took Video Of Mall

(75) Comments | Posted January 15, 2016 | 3:16 AM

Vancouver police are looking for three men who were seen taking video of the entrances and exits of the downtown Pacific Centre mall.

Sgt. Randy Fincham said that the "suspicious incident" involving "Middle Eastern looking men" happened around 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

An internal police memo, which initially reported...

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Vancouver Is A 'Luxury Car Capital' Where Drivers Just Got Their Licences

(35) Comments | Posted January 12, 2016 | 8:06 PM

Flashy luxury cars are designed to turn heads, but no one in Metro Vancouver blinks anymore as $350,000 McLarens or $250,000 Lamborghini Huracans speed by.

The city, in fact, is the luxury car capital of North America, says Craig Stowe, founder of the Luxury & Supercar Weekend show.

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Vancouver Party Bus Death: Woman Falls From Moving Vehicle

(11) Comments | Posted January 10, 2016 | 2:30 AM

vancouver party bus deathThe woman reportedly fell at Burrard and West Hastings in downtown Vancouver. (Photo courtesy Sharmin Homenuk)

Vancouver police are investigating after a woman fell from a moving party bus to her death, said a brief news release Saturday.

Police were called at around 9:30...

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Refugees In Vancouver Hit By Pepper Spray Outside Muslim Centre

(316) Comments | Posted January 9, 2016 | 3:51 AM

An event organized by a Muslim centre to welcome Syrian refugees to Vancouver took an ugly turn when a cyclist rode by and attacked the group.

Vancouver police said a crowd of refugees was gathered outside the Muslim Association of Canada Centre on Friday night when a man...

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Vancouver Cyclist Killed In Bizarre Accident On Seawall

(2) Comments | Posted January 7, 2016 | 1:54 PM

A Vancouver cyclist has died after being hit in the head by a heavy object thrown from a garbage can on the seawall.

In a news release Thursday, Vancouver police revealed the "strange set of circumstances" that led to the 46-year-old cyclist's death.

Witnesses told investigators that a man...

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Ian Crosby, Bench CEO, Named To Forbes '30 Under 30' List

(1) Comments | Posted January 4, 2016 | 11:38 AM

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The head of a Vancouver tech company has been recognized by Forbes magazine in prestigious list of young entrepreneurs.

Ian Crosby, the co-founder and CEO of Bench, was named to the U.S. publication's annual "30 Under 30" list on...

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Confusing Cineplex Policy Denies Wheelchair User Advance 'Star Wars' Tickets

(8) Comments | Posted December 19, 2015 | 5:09 PM

vivian yuVivian Yu was told she couldn't buy advance tickets for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."

Like countless fans of "Star Wars," Vivian Yu was excited to catch the newest episode on the big screen, but was infuriated when she learned she couldn't buy advance tickets online...

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Justin Trudeau's Love Of 'Star Wars' Started A Long Time Ago

(8) Comments | Posted December 14, 2015 | 3:36 PM

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's love of the "Star Wars" film franchise is no secret.

For Halloween, he dressed as Han Solo, while his wife Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau went as Princess Leia.

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And he was giddy when he spotted the R2-D2 jet...

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Justin Trudeau Kills Time At The Airport Like The Rest Of Us

(11) Comments | Posted December 11, 2015 | 1:46 AM

Much anticipation built up at Toronto's Pearson International Airport Thursday night as the first large group of Syrian refugees coming to Canada by government aircraft was expected to arrive.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made a point of being at the terminal to greet them.

"How you will receive...

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Cameron Leon Death: High-Risk Sex Offender May Have Been Killed

(47) Comments | Posted December 10, 2015 | 2:38 AM

Homicide investigators have taken over the case of a high-risk sex offender who disappeared from his halfway house and then later found dead in a North Vancouver creek.

Police issued a public alert for Cameron Leon, 22, on Dec. 1 when he failed to return to the Vancouver home as...

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Tofino House Sets Record With $3.6-Million Sale

(8) Comments | Posted December 9, 2015 | 5:02 PM

A breathtaking beachside property on Vancouver Island has sold for an equally breathtaking price.

The 9,600 sq.-ft. luxury home on sublime Chesterman Beach in Tofino was snapped up for $3.6 million. It's the highest-ever reported residential sale in the picturesque community, according to Brian Danyliw, senior vice-president of...

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Think Canada Is Doing Too Much For Syrian Refugees? This Map Begs To Differ

(253) Comments | Posted November 24, 2015 | 7:58 PM

A little perspective always helps.

The Canadian government's plan to welcome 25,000 Syrian refugees — by early next year, according to a new deadline — has been criticized for its cost, timing, and scope.

So a business student in Vernon, B.C. decided to compare Canada's efforts against those...

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Turn 'Terrorist' Into 'Coward' With Chrome Extension Made In Vancouver

(2) Comments | Posted November 19, 2015 | 3:54 PM

Like most of the world watching the Paris attacks unfold, Mack Flavelle and Peter Siemens felt helpless.

But the two Vancouver-based colleagues turned that sentiment into a kind of empowerment people can actually use. They created a simple extension for the Chrome web browser that turns the word "terrorist" to...

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Paris Shootings: The World Honours The City Of Lights

(5) Comments | Posted November 14, 2015 | 1:52 AM

The Eiffel Tower normally turns its lights off at 1 a.m. every day to save energy, but its eerie darkness on Friday symbolized so much more.

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'Silent Hill' Halloween Costume Scares The Crap Out Of Fredericton

(1) Comments | Posted November 2, 2015 | 12:16 AM

Some people throw together a Halloween costume in a few minutes. Maybe an hour or two, tops. Joshua Goodine, on the other hand, spent 100 hours over five months on his.

And the result was terrifying.

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Earlier this spring, the Fredericton student and...

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Wildrose Opposes Starting Work Earlier In Alberta Legislature

(55) Comments | Posted October 30, 2015 | 4:13 PM

Alberta's Opposition Wildrose Party is balking at a proposal for MLAs to move to an earlier start time for their legislative work day.

NDP House Leader Brian Mason wants to make the legislature more "family friendly" by beginning sessions at 9 a.m. and ending them before 6 p.m. three days...

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Tofino Coast Guard Couldn't Hear First Responder's Message: Report

(16) Comments | Posted October 28, 2015 | 8:25 PM

One of the first people to realize a whale-watching boat had capsized near Tofino, B.C. reportedly couldn't get his distress call through to the coast guard clearly.

Ken Brown and Clarence Smith were pulling in their halibut catch on Sunday when they saw a flare in the sky...

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Justin Trudeau Responds To B.C. Woman's Facebook Letter

(72) Comments | Posted October 24, 2015 | 3:30 AM

A heartfelt letter from an "average West Coast, middle class mom voter" has prompted a response from the incoming prime minister.

Casandra Fletcher, who lives on the Sunshine Coast in B.C., wrote the missive while watching election night results, according to the Coast Reporter.

In the...

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Rouslan Erchov, Vancouver Home Invasion Suspect, Arrested In Calgary

(3) Comments | Posted October 23, 2015 | 6:21 PM

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A Calgary man has been arrested in connection with a Vancouver home invasion where a gun was allegedly pointed at a seven-year-old girl.

On June 17, two men wearing reflective vests forced their way into a house in the 3300 block of...

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