Zi-Ann Lum
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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Tory MP Condemns Abortion Pill Approval, Says Scientists 'Failed' Women And Kids

(0) Comments | Posted July 30, 2015 | 7:11 PM

One Conservative MP called Health Canada's decision to approve use of the abortion pill, known as RU-486, "wrong on many levels."

"This chemical drug cocktail carries a high risk of complication," David Anderson said in a statement. Calling the pill an unsafe “abortifacient,” the Saskatchewan MP added that...

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Mary Catherine Finn's Obituary Asks Canadians To Vote Out Harper, Save The CBC

(89) Comments | Posted July 29, 2015 | 7:11 PM

Described as a “fearless defender of the world of ideas,” it’s only fitting Mary Catherine Finn’s eulogy would reflect her bold spirit.

The 72-year-old Peterborough native passed away in her sleep on July 19 in Toronto — and a noteworthy obituary appeared in local...

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Aboriginal Affairs Minister's Swipe At Trudeau, Mulcair 'Totally Inappropriate': MP

(120) Comments | Posted July 28, 2015 | 6:28 PM

Liberal MP Carolyn Bennett says it’s “totally inappropriate” for Canada’s aboriginal affairs minister to take political pot shots when talking about the First Nation Financial Transparency Act.

Bernard Valcourt issued a written statement Tuesday pledging to take action against bands that do not comply with the controversial piece of legislation....

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Olivia Chow Announces NDP Candidacy For Downtown Toronto Riding

(55) Comments | Posted July 28, 2015 | 10:19 AM

Former NDP MP Olivia Chow is officially making her comeback to federal politics.

Chow made the announcement in Toronto Tuesday, confirming speculation the former city councillor intends to run in the upcoming election.

She said she will run in Spadina-Fort York, a new riding that encompasses part of Chow's old...

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Thye Mattos Ventura Bezerra, Pan Am Games Athlete, Identified As Sexual Assault Suspect

(17) Comments | Posted July 24, 2015 | 2:12 PM

Toronto police issued an arrest warrant Friday for a member of Brazil’s water polo team, who is wanted in connection with a sexual assault involving a 22-year-old woman.

Thye Mattos Ventura Bezerra, 27, was identified by sex crimes Insp. Joanna Beaven-Desjardins as the suspect at the centre of...

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'Christmas In July' Benefit A Boon For Tories, Poll Suggests

(98) Comments | Posted July 24, 2015 | 11:46 AM

It seems “Christmas in July” is already paying off for the Conservatives — but it’s a bump that may not last, a new poll suggests.

According to numbers from Mainstreet Research and Postmedia released Friday, voters who received their long-awaited Universal Child Care Benefit cheques “reacted...

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UN Report On Canada's Human Rights Record A 'Wake-Up Call'

(171) Comments | Posted July 23, 2015 | 3:49 PM

The United Nations Human Rights Committee has accused Canada of failing to take effective action on a range of issues, including missing and murdered aboriginal women, political audits of charities, and the federal government's anti-terror legislation.

The report, published Thursday, is the first substantive review of the country’s...

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Frightening Video Shows Funnel Cloud Nearly Touching Down In Calgary

(1) Comments | Posted July 22, 2015 | 4:41 PM

The sight of a dark funnel cloud forming over Calgary alarmed residents Wednesday — then locals spotted the spout starting to grow.

A video captured by YouTube user Galodude caught how the funnel cloud looked like to those on the ground.

Environment Canada issued a tornado...

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Calgary Tornado Warning 2015: Funnel Cloud Spotted

(1) Comments | Posted July 22, 2015 | 3:02 PM

Calgary residents took shelter in basements across the southwest quadrant of the city after a tornado warning was issued Wednesday afternoon.

“This is a dangerous and potentially life-threatening situation,” said the Environment Canada website. “Take cover immediately if threatening weather approaches.”

Environment Canada called off the tornado warning for the...

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Oliver Ducks Reporters' Questions After Bleak Economic Update

(36) Comments | Posted July 22, 2015 | 1:45 PM

Canada’s Finance Minister avoided questions from reporters Wednesday after a new economic report suggests the government is on track to run a $1-billion deficit.

Joe Oliver appeared alongside Toronto Mayor John Tory to announce $18.4-million in funding for a project in Conservative MP Mark Adler’s riding.

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Ottawa Sorting Resumes For Canada's Next Sergeant-At-Arms

(7) Comments | Posted July 22, 2015 | 12:50 PM

Canada’s next sergeant-at-arms has some big shoes to fill.

And that’s not because the last person to hold the position was 6'4".

Ideal candidates must have “significant experience in a security-related field” with a proven record of “protecting life,” according to an official job description.

They must also be “objective,...

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Liberals Say Tories' 'Partisan Gamesmanship' Hurting French Voters Most

(36) Comments | Posted July 20, 2015 | 3:12 PM

The Liberal party says “partisan gamesmanship” is behind the Conservatives’ decision to skip the pair of election debates organized by a consortium of Canadian broadcasters.

In a statement Monday, the Liberals say they’re concerned the interests of francophone Canadians are being sidelined by the Tories.

“Conservatives know that...

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Sepp Blatter Money Prank Draws FIFA Press Conference To Halt

(3) Comments | Posted July 20, 2015 | 11:26 AM

A FIFA press conference came to a blundering halt Monday after a prankster threw a fistful of fake money at organization president Sepp Blatter.

“Where is my security?” Blatter is heard saying as British comedian Simon Brodkin hopped onstage.

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Environment Canada Explains Facebook Rebrand With Confusing Statement

(32) Comments | Posted July 17, 2015 | 6:39 PM

Environment Canada quietly changed the name of its Facebook page earlier this week — scrubbing the name of the actual federal department from its profile.

As of Tuesday, “Environment Canada” is now known as “Conserve, Restore, and Connect with Nature” on the social network. The rebrand was made...

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John Tory Tries To Redeem Kanye Mistake With Embarrassing Video

(20) Comments | Posted July 16, 2015 | 2:00 PM

Toronto’s mayor is desperate to make things right a day after mistakenly calling Kanye West a “proud product” of the city’s music industry.

John Tory took to Twitter Thursday to remind people he’s a good sport — the kind that rolls with public humiliation and is hip enough to make...

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The Economist Thinks Mulcair Is An Angry, Angry Man

(115) Comments | Posted July 15, 2015 | 5:48 PM

The federal NDP is brushing off an Economist article portraying leader Thomas Mulcair’s as “Canada’s irate leftist” with a “hot Hibernian temper.”

Earlier this month, the British magazine published a 673-word article about the possibility of Mulcair becoming the country’s “first really left-wing prime minister.”

Touching on...

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John Tory Calls Kanye West 'Proud Product' Of Toronto Music Industry

(33) Comments | Posted July 15, 2015 | 3:00 PM

Toronto’s mayor had to learn the hard way that Kanye West isn’t Canadian.

John Tory spoke to reporters Wednesday shortly after it was confirmed the 38-year-old American rapper will perform at the Pan Am Games closing ceremonies.

When asked if he was a fan of West's music, the...

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Tory MP Wai Young Compares Jesus' Actions To Harper Government

(153) Comments | Posted July 14, 2015 | 5:53 PM

A Conservative MP has found herself in the middle of a controversy after audio surfaced of remarks she made at a Vancouver church, comparing Stephen Harper to Jesus.

Backbencher Wai Young is heard in a recording of her June 28 address to the congregation at Harvest City Church.

“Jesus served,...

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NDP Release Ad Highlighting Downfalls Of Top Conservatives

(161) Comments | Posted July 14, 2015 | 1:13 PM

A new ad by the federal NDP takes aggressive aim at the Conservative government, targeting the bad behaviour of several high-profile Tories.

Released in English and French on Monday, the 48-second video was included in an email sent to party supporters. (Watch the ad above)

“Enough is enough,” it read....

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Canada Protecting Land, Fresh Water At Rate Below Global Average: CPAW Report

(19) Comments | Posted July 13, 2015 | 4:30 PM

Five years ago, the Canadian government made a significant environmental pledge to protect the country’s land and fresh water — and now efforts are falling behind the world average.

Only 10 per cent of Canada’s landscape is protected, according to a report released by the...

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