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

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

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Sunrise 'O Canada' Atop B.C. Mountain Gives Us Canada Day Goosebumps

(3) Comments | Posted July 1, 2015 | 6:33 PM

Canadians across the country celebrated July 1 with barbecues, parades, and fireworks. But one group in B.C. went much further.

About 350 people woke before dawn and started hiking up Mount Seymour in North Vancouver around 3:30 a.m. Once at the top, they greeted the sunrise with our national anthem....

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B.C. Killers, Convicts Search For Online Love

(2) Comments | Posted June 30, 2015 | 6:40 PM

The mostly muscular men on Canadian Inmates Connect describe themselves as "loyal" and "shy at times," simply looking for a "special girl." The earnest profiles contrast sharply with the crimes they're serving time for.

Almost two dozen convicts from B.C. have submitted profiles to the website, which aims...

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Clogged Toilet Causes $50,000 In Damage At Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal

(4) Comments | Posted June 30, 2015 | 11:44 AM

Someone stuffed clothes into a toilet at the Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal, causing thousands of dollars in damage.

Vancouver Island RCMP said it happened in a men's washroom in the foot passenger area of the terminal on May 27. They released a photo Monday of a person of interest in...

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B.C. Road Trips With Kids Can Be Fun. Really!

(2) Comments | Posted June 27, 2015 | 10:19 PM

Sticks and poop are pretty much all you need to survive a Canadian road trip with kids, according to Vancouver-area filmmaker and dad Matthew Clarke.

"If you find them a stick, that's pretty much good for an hour. Sticks are amazing," he explained. "The only thing with a stick is,...

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Port Alberni Tsunami Warning Test Sound Is Now A Didgeridoo

(0) Comments | Posted June 27, 2015 | 2:07 AM

The people of Port Alberni, B.C. are used to hearing a monthly test of the city's tsunami warning system. So accustomed, in fact, that the city decided it needed to shake things up.

Some its 17,000 residents were ignoring the tone on the alert system, Mayor Mike Ruttan...

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Baby Bear Can't Get Enough Of B.C. Backyard Swing

(5) Comments | Posted June 26, 2015 | 2:26 PM

No one can resist a good swing, especially not this baby bear.

The cub and its mama wandered into Caroline Pickett's backyard in Coquitlam, B.C. on Thursday. She said it's common to see bears in the area, but this time the wee one took great interest in the tree swing....

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Victoria Police Bike Stolen Metres Away From Officer

(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2015 | 1:31 PM

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Well, this is brazen. A Victoria, B.C. police officer got off her mountain bike on Wednesday morning to help someone — and moments later, a man jumped on it and rode away.

The bike officer was outside a social support agency on...

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Carey Price Speech At NHL Awards Encourages First Nations Youth (VIDEO)

(7) Comments | Posted June 25, 2015 | 1:06 AM

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price paid homage to his aboriginal roots in B.C. as he accepted one of his four trophies at the NHL Awards on Wednesday night.

"I would like to take a moment to encourage First Nations youth," said Price, who grew up in the mostly aboriginal community...

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B.C. Fire Crews Save 1,000-Year-Old Tree

(3) Comments | Posted June 24, 2015 | 4:47 PM

The mighty Elaho Giant may be blackened but the 1,000-year-old Douglas fir has survived a large wildfire, thanks to the efforts of B.C. crews.

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Lightning is believed to have started the 700-hectare fire in the Elaho Valley, about 70 kilometres west of Pemberton,...

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Bruce Langereis, Vancouver Developer, Seeks Local Buyer For $18-Million Penthouse

(3) Comments | Posted June 23, 2015 | 3:18 AM

If you live at 667 Howe St. in downtown Vancouver, you can’t avoid Bruce Langereis. It’s not only because he’s the developer of the Private Residences at Hotel Georgia; he’s also your most enthusiastic neighbour.

He runs into a family holding a bag of takeout dinner in the elevator and...

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Dish, DU-ER Jeans Will Keep You Cool While Working Out

(1) Comments | Posted June 21, 2015 | 12:18 PM

Leave it to a Vancouver-based company to come up with jeans so versatile that you can realistically wear them from an important business meeting straight into a yoga class or a quick mountain climb.

Gary Lenett, who has 25 years in the denim manufacturing business, and his partner Steven Sal...

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When A Preschool Is Located In A Nursing Home, Magic Happens

(12) Comments | Posted June 21, 2015 | 2:10 AM

A five-minute trailer is introducing the world to a unique program in West Seattle that brings together kids from a preschool with older residents from a care centre in the same building.

The 400 people who live at Providence Mount St. Vincent interact with the children from the Intergenerational Learning...

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Christie Hoos, B.C. Mom, Outraged Daughter's Image Used For Prenatal Genetic Testing Ad

(28) Comments | Posted June 18, 2015 | 1:15 PM

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As she sat by her daughter's hospital bed, a Canadian mom was appalled to discover that an unauthorized photo of her child was used for a prenatal genetic screening ad.

Christie Hoos published a photo of her 10-year-old daugther on her blog earlier...

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Vancouver Now Less Expensive, Still Among Most Livable Cities

(7) Comments | Posted June 17, 2015 | 5:17 PM

According to two new rankings, Vancouver is still among the world's most livable cities and is now much less expensive.

A global survey by Mercer placed Vancouver as the 119th most expensive city in the world. It's a big drop from as recently as 2012 when the city...

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Vancouver Father's Day Video Created By Local Agency Is Unforgettably Powerful

(1) Comments | Posted June 17, 2015 | 3:34 PM

An intensely emotional video shows the vulnerability between dads and their children is bringing worldwide attention to a Vancouver company.

Echo Storytelling Agency created "Tell Them Now" based on an idea by its president, Samantha Reynolds, who grew up without a father.

The video (watch above)...

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B.C. Luxury Recreational Properties Still In Demand: Brokers

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2015 | 1:08 PM

While the market for recreational properties is off to a slow start nationally this year, British Columbia continues to buck the trend.

"We’re seeing stronger sales of luxury vacation properties from Salt Spring Island to Whistler to Sun Peaks, especially in the luxury segment because of the improved economy and...

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Prince Rupert Students To All Learn First Nations Language

(9) Comments | Posted June 15, 2015 | 1:34 PM

Starting this fall, all students in kindergarten through Grade 4 in Prince Rupert, B.C. will be learning Sm'algyax, the language of the Tsimshian First Nation.

The unique program has been in place for a decade in three of the district's six schools, but is now being offered in the other...

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Vancouver Oil Spill In False Creek Contained: City

(10) Comments | Posted June 15, 2015 | 11:45 AM

Crews have contained a diesel spill in Vancouver's False Creek Monday morning, said the city.

Jeff Brady with the Canadian Coast Guard says hundreds of metres of containment booms were set up off Granville Island.

The City of Vancouver said on Twitter that the spill was about 1,000...

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Ed Sheeran Surprises Edmonton Singer By Jumping On Stage With Her (VIDEO)

(7) Comments | Posted June 15, 2015 | 2:45 AM

Pop singer Ed Sheeran was in a music store at the West Edmonton Mall when he heard someone singing his hit "Thinking Out Loud."

Naturally, he strolled out into the mall and joined her in an impromptu duet.

Sydney Bourbeau, 13, was performing at a fundraiser held by her music school when the British star got on stage with her, reported The Edmonton Journal.

She thought someone was just coming to help fix her microphone, she told the newspaper.

Sheeran's cousin and videographer Murray Cummings posted the surprise performance on YouTube Sunday, a few hours before the star's concert at Rexall Place.

Bourbeau barely missed a beat as she and Sheeran sang part of his chart-topping ballad.

He left the stage before the song was over, but a video uploaded by Bourbeau shows that — like a real pro — she kept singing til the end.

"This was the best moment of my life," Bourbeau wrote on her YouTube page. "Thanks to Ed for making this happen ❤️❤️❤️"

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Alberta Earthquake Measuring 4.4 Magnitude Recorded Near Fox Creek

(39) Comments | Posted June 13, 2015 | 10:49 PM

An earthquake has struck northern Alberta where past tremors have been blamed on hydraulic fracturing from the oil and gas industry.

National Resources Canada detected a 4.4-magnitude tremor on Saturday evening, 36 kilometres east of Fox Creek. The U.S. Geological Survey reported it was a magnitude...

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