Andree Lau
Andree Lau is The Huffington Post B.C.'s News Editor. Andree was previously a journalist at the CBC, where she worked in Vancouver, Alberta, Ontario and New Brunswick.

Entries by Andree Lau

Enchanted Forest For Sale: Owners Of B.C. Fairy Tale Attraction Want To Retire

(0) Comments | Posted January 29, 2015 | 6:57 PM

That magical place in southeastern B.C. known as The Enchanted Forest is up for sale.

The 38 acres of fairy tales come to life — the Three Little Pigs' houses, a castle with a dungeon (and prisoners!), and the shoe where the old woman lived with so many children...

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Alissa Afonina, Dominatrix, Awarded $1.5 Million After Brain Injury

(0) Comments | Posted January 29, 2015 | 4:16 PM

A B.C. judge has awarded a dominatrix $1.53 million, ruling that her choice of work was a result of a "moderate brain injury" suffered in a vehicle accident.

Alissa Afonina was a bright high school student who aspired to be a filmmaker before she was involved in a 2008 crash...

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Highway 99 Closed South Of Massey Tunnel After Truck Fire

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2015 | 2:35 PM

The driver of a commercial gravel truck died after he crashed into a median on Highway 99 in Delta, B.C., leading to an explosion that closed the busy route for hours.

UPDATE, Jan. 29: CBC News has identified the driver as Abbotsford father Ravinder (Ravi) Singh Atwal.


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B.C. Couple's Surrogate Twins Fighting For Their Lives In Mexico Hospital

(4) Comments | Posted January 27, 2015 | 5:13 PM

A B.C. couple is struggling to come up with more than $55,000 to cover the growing medical bills for their surrogate twins, who are fighting for their lives in a Mexico hospital.

Greg and Elaine Smith rushed to Villahermosa, more than 850 kilometres from Mexico City, earlier this month when...

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Julie Abrahamsen, Snowboarder Rescued In Whistler, Says She'd Consider Going Out Of Bounds Again

(33) Comments | Posted January 27, 2015 | 12:45 AM

Julie Abrahamsen, the Norwegian snowboarder who spent three icy nights in the Whistler backcountry before being rescued, says she'd consider going out of bounds again.

Abrahamsen, 21, told CBC News that she's "too enthusiastic when the powder is there on the mountains" and acknowledged what she did was...

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Surrey Shooting: Teen Shot Several Times Drives Himself To Hospital

(0) Comments | Posted January 26, 2015 | 2:09 PM

A teenager who was shot several times drove himself to the hospital in Surrey, B.C., according to police.

Surrey RCMP were called to the 13000 block of 73rd Avenue on Sunday night for reports of shots fired. Officers found multiple shell casings and broken vehicle glass at the...

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Meanwhile In Canada, A Beaver Blocked West Vancouver Traffic

(1) Comments | Posted January 26, 2015 | 1:40 PM

The morning commute in West Vancouver, B.C. was tied up by a "slow-moving" beaver who decided to cross the road.

Traffic at 15th Avenue and Bellevue Street was blocked as police tweeted urgent updates.

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Fiona Forbes Reveals Her Best Of B.C.

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 4:27 PM

If you’ve watched TV in Metro Vancouver, you’ll recognize Fiona Forbes, a veteran broadcaster who just launched a new talk show.

Forbes, best known for her years on Shaw TV’s The Rush, can now be seen in a 30-minute gabfest appropriately titled “Fiona Forbes.”

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Fugitive Found Hiding Inside Couch In Vancouver House

(2) Comments | Posted January 21, 2015 | 1:36 PM

Vancouver police were almost outsmarted by a fugitive who tried to hide from officers — inside a sofa.

Acting on a tip, police went to an East Van home with a search warrant for Adam Harlock, who is on the run from authorities in Alberta after being sentenced to 3.5...

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BC Ferries Meltdown Video Shows Passenger's Angst

(51) Comments | Posted January 20, 2015 | 3:47 PM

From lineups to cancelled sailings, travelling with BC Ferries can sometimes be frustrating. But we doubt many passengers have reacted with a meltdown of this proportion.

A video shot by Peter Flaatten and first posted to the Spotted In Victoria Facebook group shows a woman at...

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January Marie Lapuz Award Created In Honour Of Slain Transgender Woman

(1) Comments | Posted January 19, 2015 | 6:03 PM

A youth leadership award has been created in honour of January Marie Lapuz, a transgender woman who was killed in New Westminster, B.C.

Lapuz, 26, was found stabbed at her home in September 2012 and died in the hospital.

Jamie Neel pleaded guilty to manslaughter...

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Eric And Ilsa From Vancouver Can't Scrape By On $450,000/Year

(36) Comments | Posted January 19, 2015 | 3:31 PM

It's a dilemma all of us struggle with: working two days a week for an annual salary of $300,000; all five kids are in private school; how will we ever be able to build a house while scraping by?

Such a First World conundrum sounds like a satirical story in...

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Coquitlam Man Sentenced For Car Keying

(2) Comments | Posted January 17, 2015 | 12:09 AM

A B.C. man who keyed more than a hundred vehicles in the Lower Mainland will be spending time in jail for the vandalism.

Soo Yo Kim, 37, was sentenced to three months of jail time and three months of probation earlier this month, said a New Westminster...

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Omar Borkan Al Gala, 'Deported' For Being Too Handsome, Reveals Truth

(15) Comments | Posted January 16, 2015 | 5:13 PM

A Vancouver-based model has finally revealed the truth behind the headlines that he was deported from Saudi Arabia for essentially being ridiculously good-looking.

Omar Borkan Al Gala and two friends were apparently kicked out of the country for being "too handsome" and officials at a cultural festival "feared...

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BC Transit Mountain Biking Ad Is Pretty Badass (VIDEO)

(2) Comments | Posted January 15, 2015 | 4:46 PM

Public transit doesn't exactly bring the adrenaline rush that mountain biking does, yet a new commercial from BC Transit manages to make the link.

Bringing the badass is 15-year-old Whistler mountain biker Finn Iles, the whip-off world champion. He's kind of a big deal.

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North Vancouver Boarding School For Sale For $33.8 Million

(2) Comments | Posted January 13, 2015 | 3:07 PM

The potential buyer of Metro Vancouver's largest boarding school could help meet the growing demand for private education in the region.

Listed for $33.8 million by Colliers International, the former Canadian International College in North Vancouver sits on a 6.5-acre property and includes four large dormitories big enough for...

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Richard Atwell, Saanich Mayor, Admits Affair, Alleges Spying And Police Harassment

(38) Comments | Posted January 12, 2015 | 8:35 PM

The new mayor of Saanich, B.C. alleges that municipal staff want to bug his computer and that police are unfairly targeting him. In the same news conference, he also admitted that he lied about having an extramarital affair.

Richard Atwell, who has been mayor of the Victoria suburb...

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Roxanne Louie Dead: In-Laws Charged In Missing Woman's Murder

(4) Comments | Posted January 12, 2015 | 6:42 PM

The disappearance of a single mother in B.C.'s Okanagan earlier this month has now turned into a murder investigation, with two of the woman's in-laws charged in her death.

Roxanne Louie, who moved to Vancouver from Oliver, was visiting the south Okanagan for the holidays. A family member

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Victoria Parents Camp For Days To Snag Coveted Kindergarten Spots

(5) Comments | Posted January 12, 2015 | 2:57 PM

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A dozen parents camped for three nights outside South Park Family School in Victoria, B.C. to secure one of 20 coveted spots in a unique kindergarten program.

Ashley Hubbard was the first in line at 3 p.m. on Friday to ensure her...

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Missing Ice Climbers Found Dead In Pemberton Area

(4) Comments | Posted January 12, 2015 | 11:57 AM

Three ice climbers who were reported missing have been found dead on Joffre Mountain near Pemberton, B.C.

Whistler RCMP and search and rescue crews began a search at first light on Monday for the trio.

UPDATE, Jan. 13: The BC Coroners Service has identified the deceased as Elena Cernicka,...

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