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Zi-Ann Lum is an associate news editor at The Huffington Post Canada, formerly an assistant news editor at The Huffington Post B.C. She worked previously at the Vancouver Observer.

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Warren Buffett's Childhood Home Appears On Airbnb

(0) Comments | Posted March 17, 2015 | 9:30 PM

Airbnb is offering a “once-in-lifetime” weekend stay at Warren Buffett’s childhood home, the company announced Tuesday.

But there’s a catch: You have to be a Berkshire Hathaway shareholder.

Instead of a hotel stay during the company’s annual meeting in Omaha, the contest winner will be privy to...

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Charles Eugster, 95-Year-Old-Runner, Breaks World Record To Prove A Point About Age

(1) Comments | Posted March 16, 2015 | 8:04 PM

A 95-year-old man wants to take old age stereotypes and throw them out the window.

So to make his point, Charles Eugster ran around a 200 metre track on March 8 – and set a new world record.

Nicknamed the World’s Fittest Pensioner, Eugster clocked in a 55.48...

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Kids Read Mean Tweets To Make An Important Point About Cyberbullying

(1) Comments | Posted March 13, 2015 | 6:22 PM

When celebrities read mean tweets it’s entertaining. But when kids do the same, the results are far from funny.

That’s the point a Toronto non-profit wants to push by twisting a message popularized by a running Jimmy Kimmel video series.

“We wanted to use the ‘Mean Tweets’ model...

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Charlie Angus Accuses Tory Minister Of Hiding 'Behind Disabled Children'

(22) Comments | Posted March 13, 2015 | 11:59 AM

NDP MP Charlie Angus accused Canada’s public works minister Thursday of hiding "behind disabled children" to deflect questions about a project that broke conflict-of-interest rules.

Earlier this week, the federal ethics commissioner found that Diane Finley violated the rules by showing “preferential treatment” when she awarded $1 million...

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Smiley The Blind Therapy Dog Brings Joy To Everyone He Meets

(4) Comments | Posted March 12, 2015 | 9:19 PM

Smiley can’t see the happiness he brings to people’s faces, but the effect is obvious whenever the blind therapy dog goes out in his hometown of Stouffville, Ont.

Born without eyes, the Golden Retriever is nearly 12 years old. His owner says she simply wants to share his “uplifting” spirit...

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Loonie Flirts With Hitting Lowest Point In 'More Than A Decade': BMO

(15) Comments | Posted March 11, 2015 | 7:36 PM

The Canadian dollar was throttled once again Wednesday, dipping to as low as 78.14 cents before closing the day at 78.36 U.S.

The loonie has dropped almost half a cent since Tuesday.

BMO’s chief economist calls the slip another “full-blown retreat," edging the Canadian dollar closer to “the lows...

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Shad Named By CBC As New Host Of 'Q'

(15) Comments | Posted March 11, 2015 | 1:25 AM

Shad, a Juno-nominated rapper, has been picked to take the reins of CBC’s “Q."

“We were looking for someone who is an original thinker, curious and emotionally intelligent,” CBC Radio Talk executive director Cindy Witten told CBC News late Tuesday.

“Also, a good conversationalist who is witty and...

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Steven Blaney Grilled For Invoking Holocaust To Defend Bill C-51

(45) Comments | Posted March 10, 2015 | 8:17 PM

An NDP MP accused Canada’s public safety minister of using “inflated rhetoric” after he referred to the Holocaust during a hearing on the Conservative government’s proposed anti-terror legislation on Tuesday.

Public safety critic Randall Garrison grilled Steven Blaney on what he calls the minister’s “inflated rhetoric” and “

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Bill C-51 'May Fail In Its Obligation To Protect' Canadians, First Nations Chief Warns

(107) Comments | Posted March 6, 2015 | 12:51 PM

The Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke sent an open letter to Stephen Harper on Wednesday expressing concerns about how Bill C-51 may impact the ability of First Nations to defend and support Aboriginal rights and title.

Chief Lloyd Oronhiakhète Phillips called the current language of the anti-terror legislation “very...

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Harrison Ford Hospitalized After Plane Crashes On Golf Course

(17) Comments | Posted March 5, 2015 | 5:44 PM

Actor Harrison Ford was rushed to hospital after the small plane he was piloting crashed onto a Venice, Calif. golf course on Thursday.

His son Ben offered an update on his dad’s condition saying he’s a bit bruised, but doing well.

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Edward Snowden Calls Canadian Intelligence Oversight Among 'Weakest' In Western World

(30) Comments | Posted March 5, 2015 | 12:58 AM

U.S. National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden criticized the inadequate oversight of Canada’s intelligence operations on Wednesday, calling its framework "one of the weakest" in the Western world.

In a live chat moderated by CBC Radio host Anna Maria Tremonti, Snowden touched on the topic of mass surveillance and its...

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Conservative Party Caption Contest Features Trudeau, Putin Cartoon

(100) Comments | Posted March 4, 2015 | 6:35 AM

The Conservative Party is ramping up its election rhetoric by leaning on the wit of Canadians to caption a cartoon of Justin Trudeau shaking Vladimir Putin’s hand.

A caption contest launched Thursday centres on an caricatures of the Liberal leader and Russian president. The cartoonist portrays a smiley Trudeau with...

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TSN Apologizes For Airing 'False' And ‘Inappropriate' Tweet

(5) Comments | Posted March 3, 2015 | 11:16 PM

TSN issued an on-air apology one day after an offensive tweet made its way to broadcast on its trade deadline show.

“In spite of TSN's protocols to prevent unfounded and inappropriate tweets from making it to air, a false, and inappropriate tweet was allowed to run,” read host...

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Pat Martin Gets Offer To Star In Underwear Ad

(3) Comments | Posted February 25, 2015 | 4:41 PM

Pat Martin’s quip about his underpants in the House of Commons last week landed him an offer from a Los Angeles-based company to star in an underwear ad.

“They wanted a 30-second testimonial that they’d put on their website… I’m wearing my undies, making the world...

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Bill McKibben Says Keystone XL Rejection Would 'Help Wake Up Canada'

(107) Comments | Posted February 25, 2015 | 1:36 PM

The U.S. environmentalist who has led the opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline says he hopes an “outright rejection” of the project will show the Harper government that Canada can no longer be a “rogue nation on climate change.”

Bill McKibben told The Huffington Post Canada that the U.S. president’s...

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Bill C-51, Harper's Anti-Terror Bill, Passes Second Reading Amid Criticism

(228) Comments | Posted February 23, 2015 | 6:56 PM

Canada’s proposed anti-terrorism bill passed its second reading on Monday with a vote 176-87 in favour of its omnibus legislation.

The Liberals voted alongside Conservatives to extend power for Canada’s national security agencies while the NDP opposed. Independent MP Brent Rathgeber also voted “no” to the controversial anti-terror legislation, saying...

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Sesame Street's 'Birdman' Parody Is The One We've All Been Waiting For

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2015 | 6:47 PM

How did we get here? To Sesame Street, that is.

That’s the question Big Bird whispers into the ear of Caroll Spinney, the puppeteer behind the beloved “Sesame Street” character in a “Birdman” parody aptly titled “Big Birdman.”

Uploaded to YouTube on Thursday, the clip is scored...

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Valcourt Accuses NDP Of Trying To 'Score Cheap Political Points' Over Deadly Reserve Fire

(121) Comments | Posted February 18, 2015 | 8:33 PM

Canada’s Aboriginal Affairs minister accused the opposition of trying to “score cheap political points” after an NDP MP said a lack of federal funding was to blame for a fire that killed two aboriginal children in Saskatchewan.

“This has everything to do with the lack of federal funding to First...

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Drake Beyonce'd His New Mixtape 'If You're Reading This It's Too Late'

(3) Comments | Posted February 12, 2015 | 10:22 PM

Drake dropped a surprise album and it ruined every fan’s bedtime – but surely he’ll be forgiven.

The Toronto-born hip hop phenom announced his new mixtape to the world with a single tweet on Thursday, teasing his album’s cover art.

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Next Time Someone Says 'Canada's Not Racist,' Show Them This Video

(145) Comments | Posted February 12, 2015 | 4:08 PM

There's more to Canada than maple syrup reserves and universal health care. It's also a country where embracing multiculturalism hasn't always been an easy ride.

AJ+ host Sana Saeed took viewers on a cautionary tale through the darker chapters of Canadian history in a video posted to YouTube...

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