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Zi-Ann Lum is a 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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Pee-Powered Cellphone Charger Heralded As Game Changer In Renewables

(2) Comments | Posted July 17, 2016 | 9:07 PM

All that urine flush down the toilet could one day be utilized as a sustainable source of fuel to power a device increasing more important to modern-day life: our smartphones.

Scientists at the University of West England announced last week that they successfully converted 600 millilitres of pee...

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Newfoundlander Catches Huge Iceberg Splitting In St. Anthony

(1) Comments | Posted July 12, 2016 | 3:15 PM

It was the sound of a “large bang, just like thunder” that convinced David Elgar to take out his phone.

The St. Anthony, N.L. resident had been out for a walk with his brother to take some pictures of a tall iceberg foundering in the mouth of the town’s harbour...

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It's Impossible To Not Fall In Love With Canada At Golden Hour

(24) Comments | Posted July 1, 2016 | 10:22 AM

Lost in our own little pockets of Canada, it can be very easy to forget the dizzying diversity of the nearly 10 million square kilometres of land we call home.

There’s a magical moment, just after sunrise and just before sunset, where an unmistakable golden light washes over a landscape,...

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Marcia Kran Elected Canada's First UN Human Rights Committee Member In Over A Decade

(34) Comments | Posted June 30, 2016 | 6:00 AM

Ottawa’s controversial Saudi arms deal isn’t a perfect fit for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s mandate to revitalize the country’s peacekeeping role in the world, and Canada’s new representative on the United Nations’ human rights committee knows it.

Vancouver-based lawyer Marcia Kran was elected to the 18-member committee last week —...

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Even J.K. Rowling Wished For Magic As Stunning Brexit Results Rolled In

(5) Comments | Posted June 24, 2016 | 1:26 PM

In the wee hours of Friday, when it became clear Brexiters were going to get their way, J.K. Rowling wished for some wizardry.

A fan...

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Nova Scotia Gas Station Camera Catches Senior's Enchanting Dance

(4) Comments | Posted June 22, 2016 | 5:04 PM

Sean Fraser was working outside at his dad’s gas station in New Minas, N.S. when he was summoned inside — to dance with a customer.

Curious about such an unusual request, the 22-year-old entered the convenience store and came face-to-face with an elderly woman.

“You’d like...

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Gordie Howe Dead: 'Mr. Hockey' Dies At 88

(13) Comments | Posted June 10, 2016 | 9:34 AM

Gordie Howe, one of the greatest hockey players of all time, has died at 88.

Known as "Mr. Hockey" after setting numerous NHL records over his three-decade career, Howe's family confirmed to the broadcaster he died surrounded by family at his son's house in Ohio Friday...

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Grassy Narrows Chief Says Federal Funds To Fix Water Crisis 'Not Flowing'

(84) Comments | Posted June 7, 2016 | 5:08 PM

first nations waterA tub is filled with unsafe water in a Batchewana First Nation home.

An Ontario chief says his remote reserve plagued by unsafe water continues to be on the hook for arranging and paying for bottled water — even though Ottawa is technically responsible for...

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Canadians Want Federal Government To Help Refugees More: Amnesty

(24) Comments | Posted May 31, 2016 | 8:50 PM

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau may be riding high on a wave of public opinion, but a majority of Canadians think the government can do more to help refugees, according to a recent survey.

The human rights advocacy group ranked Canada fourth in a list of 27 countries with...

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Elizabeth May Has Sobering Reminder For MPs: You're 'Grown-Ups'

(214) Comments | Posted May 19, 2016 | 1:38 PM

It was the closest the House of Commons television feed has been to mirroring the drama displayed in a piece of Renaissance art.

On Wednesday, an impatient prime minister cut through a “gaggle” of MPs to grab the arm of a loitering Conservative whip when a careless elbow...

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Trudeau Committed 'Furthest Thing From A Feminist Act': NDP MP

(161) Comments | Posted May 18, 2016 | 8:43 PM

An NDP MP accused Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of committing the “furthest thing from a feminist act” after he backed into a female member during a heated moment in the House of Commons Wednesday.

The interaction sparked a confrontation with Thomas Mulcair, with the NDP leader yelling at...

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Justin Trudeau Accused Of Manhandling Tory Whip Before Assisted-Dying Bill Vote

(634) Comments | Posted May 18, 2016 | 6:56 PM

A procedural vote Wednesday nearly ended in a fight after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau grabbed the Official Opposition Whip on the House of Commons floor, elbowing an NDP MP in the process.

NDP MP Peter Julian rose in the House before a vote on Bill C-14, the government’s assisted-dying bill,...

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Alberta Women Explain Why They Put Fort McMurray Tattoos On Their Bodies

(6) Comments | Posted May 17, 2016 | 2:14 PM

Anxious to return home, some northern Alberta residents are turning to permanent ink in tribute to Fort McMurray after being forced out by an inferno two weeks ago.

Wildfires prompted a mandatory evacuation order of the region earlier this month. As they fled for their lives and scattered across shelters,...

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Charlie Angus: Attawapiskat Suicide Crisis Risks Getting Worse With Longer Gov't Delay

(36) Comments | Posted May 10, 2016 | 4:26 PM

An NDP MP warns the string of attempted suicides in a northern Ontario First Nation may be the tipping point for a new mental health crisis if the government fails to take timely action.

Speaking to reporters on Parliament Hill Tuesday, Charlie Angus said there’s a “sense of uncertainty” in...

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Here Are The Fort McMurray Photos Locals Want You To See

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2016 | 4:09 PM

Fort McMurray will rebuild.

That’s the spirit among Albertans who had their lives uprooted by an inferno that started last week. A mandatory evacuation order forced more than 80,000 people from their homes — and it's unclear when they'll be allowed to return.

Despite now being spread...

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Fort McMurray Fire Photos Show Incredible Power Of Historic Wildfire

(6) Comments | Posted May 4, 2016 | 11:36 AM


An Alberta city is under the province's largest fire evacuation order as a massive wildfire enveloped the region.

Approximately 88,000 residents of Fort McMurray and area were told to leave their homes Tuesday.

According to the Regional...

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Canadian-Run Aleppo Hospital 'Completely Destroyed' By Airstrikes

(16) Comments | Posted April 29, 2016 | 8:41 PM

A Canadian-operated hospital in Syria was “completely destroyed” by airstrikes on Friday, according to an Ontario-based aid agency.

The Union of Syrian Medical Relief Organizations (UOSSM-Canada) says the Al Marjeh Primary Health Centre in Aleppo was struck by bombs dropped by Syrian regime and Russian planes.

The facility was...

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Has The World Hit Peak Trudeau Yet? Liberals' Online Boutique Suggests 'No'

(8) Comments | Posted April 28, 2016 | 12:27 PM

Forget about that fantastical sweater of the prime minister riding a chestnut stallion against a vibrant fjord, parading his youth between perfect lens flares and a waterfall of sparkles — cookie cutters shaped like Justin Trudeau’s face are still in stock.

Before you get incensed over...

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Prince Dead: Superstar Passes Away At Age 57

(23) Comments | Posted April 21, 2016 | 1:11 PM

Legendary musician Prince has died at his home in suburban Minneapolis.

The news was confirmed by his publicist, after authorities said earlier they were investigating a death Thursday morning at Paisley Park where Prince has his recording studios.

Prince was found unresponsive in an elevator, according to...

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Vancouver 4/20 Marijuana Event Not Legit Excuse To Cut Class: School Board

(6) Comments | Posted April 20, 2016 | 12:27 PM

Vancouver teachers have been reminded to reject 4/20 as a legitimate excuse from students for missing class on Wednesday.

A one-page notice from the Vancouver School Board was sent in lead-up to the annual counterculture holiday that celebrates marijuana on April 20.

"Students are aware of '4/20,' and...

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