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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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Conservatives React To Omar Khadr News With Trudeau Attacks

(172) Comments | Posted April 24, 2015 | 1:34 PM

An Alberta judge granted former Guantanamo Bay inmate Omar Khadr bail on Friday and the federal government responded with two jabs at Justin Trudeau.

In a statement to The Huffington Post Canada, Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney’s office called the ruling disappointing.

“We are disappointed and will appeal this decision,”...

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5 Programs Promised Less Cash Than Canada's 150th Birthday Bash

(14) Comments | Posted April 23, 2015 | 1:22 PM

In two years, Canada will celebrate its 150th birthday. To mark the milestone, the government earmarked $210 million in its federal budget for “activities and events, including festivals and concerts.”

But the money won't be doled out in one lump sum—it'll be spread over a four-year period. It’s...

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Ben Affleck Sighting In Cheticamp Excites Remote Cape Breton Fishing Village

(5) Comments | Posted April 22, 2015 | 12:47 PM

It’s not every day a Hollywood A-lister shows up in Chéticamp.

But when actor and director Ben Affleck was spotted at Cormier’s Service Station in the Cape Breton fishing village on Thursday, attendant Mike Gibbon had to do a double-take.

In security footage, the “Batman v Superman” star is seen...

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Elizabeth May: Conservative 'Anti-Environmental' Budget Is 'No Surprise'

(35) Comments | Posted April 21, 2015 | 7:53 PM

Elizabeth May warns there’s a lot of smoke and mirrors to wade through in the new federal budget — especially for those seeking any promise of environmental action.

Finance Minister Joe Oliver tabled details of the government’s long-awaited budget on Tuesday. In its 518 pages, there’s...

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Use Of Credit Checks To Screen Job Applicants Growing In Canada As U.S. Clamps Down

(46) Comments | Posted April 21, 2015 | 12:58 PM

An Ontario man rejected from a job over his credit report calls the widespread hiring practice “morally unjust” and verging on discrimination.

“I have no criminal record, no history to suggest I am a bad person, just a credit score reflective of poor economic times,” he said.

The man...

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5 Canadians Fighting To Change Canada's Marijuana Laws

(22) Comments | Posted April 20, 2015 | 3:12 PM

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Mark and Jodie Emery greet media and well-wishers near the border crossing in Windsor, Ont. on August 12, 2014. (Photo: Geoff Robins/CP)

Canada’s so-called Prince of Pot is set to celebrate his first 4/20 on home turf after...

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Canadian Conservatives For Legal Marijuana Raise Ruckus In Time For 4/20

(110) Comments | Posted April 17, 2015 | 7:19 PM

A new group wants to reclaim what it means to be a “real” conservative by launching a Canadian campaign supporting marijuana legalization.

The first step is playing with Conservative party semiotics, first by giving its logo two green swipes and inserting a new marijuana leaf right in the heart of...

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Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Burrito Is A Snack Masterpiece

(3) Comments | Posted April 17, 2015 | 1:58 PM

All hail the ice cream burrito!

Ben & Jerry’s announced their newest creation on Friday, promoting their “Brrr-ito” in an over-the-top video spoofing Apple’s iconic “1984” ad.

This new saviour of snacks is made of two choice flavours “topped with a fudge drizzle...

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Pickering's Dunbarton High Named 'Greenest School On Earth'

(2) Comments | Posted April 17, 2015 | 12:04 PM

The U.S. Building council has crowned a Pickering, Ont. high school with the title “Greenest School on Earth.”

Recognized for its "zero environmental impact," Dunbarton High School was selected from 40 entries collected across 20 countries.

It was Dunbarton's composting initiatives and bee condominiums that made its application...

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5 WTF Things We Learned From Janice Rubin's Ghomeshi Investigation

(13) Comments | Posted April 16, 2015 | 1:51 PM

1. Ghomeshi Ran Without A Leash

Ghomeshi checked in with several managers and senior executives, but there was no one explicitly assigned to be his boss.

“We have also concluded that there was no one who had clear and consistent authority over Mr. Ghomeshi on a day-to-day basis...

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Kylie Jenner Knocks Down Plastic Surgery Rumours: 'Stop Talking About My Lips'

(4) Comments | Posted April 14, 2015 | 3:51 PM

Kylie Jenner's had enough of everyone talking about her lips.

The youngest member of the Kardashian clan recently spoke to Grazia magazine, shooting down plastic surgery rumours from the media.

"I’m like, ‘Stop talking about my lips," the 17-year-old reality TV star...

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5-Year-Old Girl Raises $25,000 To Help Find Medical Cure For Brother

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2015 | 2:19 PM

A five-year-old Toronto girl’s sweet fundraiser has generated plenty of buzz and a new research grant to help find a medical cure for her ailing brother.

“It’s going really good,” Na'ama Uzan said in a video posted Sunday. “I’m hoping we make a hundred dollars [today].”

It turned out to...

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Tory MP Peter Goldring: Police Body Cameras Motion Coming

(22) Comments | Posted April 10, 2015 | 9:47 PM

A Conservative MP known on Parliament Hill for packing a spy pen in his suit pocket will introduce a motion to make body-worn cameras mandatory for police across Canada.

“The recent cases in New Brunswick, Toronto, and South Carolina clearly demonstrate the need for body-worn and patrol-car cameras,”...

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'Golden Girls' Lego Set Inches Closer To Reality

(2) Comments | Posted April 9, 2015 | 10:45 PM

Thank you for being awesome, “Golden Girls” fans.

A crush of support from ardent fans of the ‘80s sitcom may turn a New York toymaker’s Lego homage to beloved series into reality.

Samuel Hatmaker, a long-time fan of the show, says his love for the sitcom...

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An Irish Paper Store Is Transforming Homophobic Literature Into Confetti

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2015 | 3:09 PM

When life gives you homophobic print propaganda, turn it into confetti!

That’s how one Dublin stationery store is handling the uptick in anti-equality literature being handed out before Ireland’s referendum on same-sex marriage.

“Paper is our favourite thing in the whole world,” a promotional video explains. “When...

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Domino's Pizza Boss: 'We Gotta Pay More To Get People Right Now'

(4) Comments | Posted April 6, 2015 | 6:48 PM

The head of Domino’s Pizza admits new hires will need to be lured with more money if the company wants to attract the “right” employees.

“We gotta pay more to get people right now,” chief executive Patrick Doyle told CNBC on Monday.

“The great news is that the...

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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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