Zi-Ann Lum
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.

Entries by Zi-Ann Lum

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

(25) 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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Omar Khadr Getting Married To Human Rights Activist Muna Abougoush

(84) Comments | Posted April 19, 2016 | 11:39 AM

Former Guantanamo inmate Omar Khadr is getting married, according to media reports.

A friend of the 29-year-old confirmed his engagement to human rights activist Muna Abougoush, according to CTV News.

Abougoush, a University of Alberta graduate, played a key role in rallying a network of supporters to...

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Wanting Qu, Gregor Robertson Show Off Their Dorky Katy Perry Impression

(6) Comments | Posted April 17, 2016 | 3:00 PM

It’s been well over a year since Chinese pop star Wanting Qu confirmed her relationship with Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson — and they’re still shining on.

The couple shared one of their “funny moments” acting out Katy Perry’s hit song “Fireworks” on Friday while playing the app game “

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'Bitter' Red Deer Senior Convicted Of Bullying Neighbours

(26) Comments | Posted April 16, 2016 | 1:53 PM

A man known as the nightmare of Scott Street was dragged into a Red Deer, Alta. courtroom this week and found guilty of being a neighbourhood bully.

“[He] would scream profanities at the dog and us over the fence — to the point where we couldn’t even sit in the...

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Transgender Ottawa Woman Overwhelmed By Kindness Of Her Co-Workers

(2) Comments | Posted April 14, 2016 | 1:40 PM

After 15 years working at an Ottawa office being addressed as “Mr.,” Zoe sent an email to her co-workers in March to announce her transgender transition.

Unsure of what her colleagues’ reactions would be, she took time off, worked from home and after two weeks, returned to the office as...

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Josh Raby's Late-Night McDonald's Milkshake Run Gets Uncomfortably Sexy, Weird

(2) Comments | Posted April 12, 2016 | 7:09 PM

Josh Raby just wanted a milkshake. But he ended up driving away from a Nashville McDonald’s drive-thru with a chicken sandwich and a strange story to digest.

The web series creator chronicled his late-night rendezvous with fast food customer service on Twitter.

It began late Sunday with...

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Starbucks Goat Reunited With Family After Wild Strip Mall Adventure

(1) Comments | Posted April 11, 2016 | 1:10 PM

It’s a happy ending for a 11-year-old pygmy goat who broke loose from her California home and wandered into a Starbucks Sunday.

Rohnert Park authorities responded to several reports of a goat milling around Wolf Den Plaza strip mall — before she dipped into the coffee store to chomp on...

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BuzzFeed's Watermelon Live Video Attracts More Than 800,000 Viewers

(3) Comments | Posted April 8, 2016 | 3:51 PM

Turns out people go bananas for watermelon.

BuzzFeed lured a surprising number of people Friday to watch a watermelon explode on live video.

That’s right. And all the media company had to do was get a smartphone, a Wi-Fi connection, buy a doomed watermelon, a box of...

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Brazilian Magazine Calls Justin Trudeau 'Exceedingly' Ordinary, Mocks 'Boring' Canada

(385) Comments | Posted April 8, 2016 | 12:23 PM

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is limp on terrorism and too hard nosed that the world knows how good looking he is, according to biting column published in a Brazilian magazine this week.

Veja, a prominent weekly, has long been a vocal critic of liberal politics, having most recently...

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Osoyoos Kids Hockey Game Ends With Drunken Brawl Between Parents

(55) Comments | Posted April 7, 2016 | 12:09 PM

A hockey game between 10-year-old kids ended with multiple injuries — not suffered by players or coaches — but among drunken parents brawling in the stands on Saturday.

Alcohol was likely a “large” factor, police say.

According to a statement from one of the teams, the New Western...

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Carbon Pricing Has Majority Support From Canadians, Poll Suggests

(47) Comments | Posted April 6, 2016 | 1:06 PM

More Canadians are warming up to the idea of carbon pricing as way to reduce emissions — but that growing public support comes with a catch, according to a new poll.

An Abacus Data survey released Wednesday suggests most Canadians are now open-minded to the idea of making...

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Brandon University: Behavioural Contract For Sex Assault Survivor Was 'Not Helpful'

(11) Comments | Posted April 5, 2016 | 4:24 PM

Brandon University president Gervan Fearon addresses a crowd on March 10, 2016. (Photo: Twitter)

After piercing public backlash, a Canadian university has admitted its practice of using contracts to ensure silence by sex assault survivors is "not helpful."

"Categorically, we acknowledge it was not appropriate and...

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Syrian Refugee Children Delighted By How 'Soft' Snow Is

(28) Comments | Posted April 4, 2016 | 12:32 PM

The bus ride was quiet for the first hour.

Forty-five Toronto-area Syrian and Iraqi refugees — men, women and children — sat in silence while a coach bus carried them to one of Ontario’s provincial parks last month for their very first taste of snowshoeing, skiing and tubing.


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7 April Fools' Day Gags That Were Actually Good

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2016 | 6:04 PM

There’s no weirder day to have Internet access than on April Fools’ Day.

Is that headline real? No way, are cheese milkshakes a thing? No. OMG, Frank Ocean’s new album was leaked? No. Argh. The Supreme Court ruled that 15-year-olds aren’t allowed to stay home alone? What?


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Everything's Illuminated With This Blind Tourist's Quebec Adventure

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2016 | 2:46 PM

Danny Kean has been blind since birth. So when he travelled to Quebec last summer, the province's tourism board pulled out all the stops to make his trip a particularly unforgettable one.

An advert uploaded to YouTube on Thursday shows the American tourist, accompanied by his guide Judith...

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Victor Salva, Convicted Pedophile, Has Casting Call Pulled For B.C. Film

(5) Comments | Posted March 31, 2016 | 3:51 PM

A casting call has been yanked and a petition launched in response to a convicted pedophile's move to direct a movie in British Columbia.

The Union of BC Performers issued a warning to its members earlier this month about Victor Salva, a convicted child molester, and the production...

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This Trudeau Pose Went Viral And Everyone Cracked The Same Damn Joke

(359) Comments | Posted March 31, 2016 | 12:29 PM

Just when you think the American media maybe — just maybe — is over the whole “Justin Trudeau, so young and agile” beat, someone digs up a five-year-old photo and decides it’s news.

The picture of the then-Liberal MP mastering the yoga "peacock pose" was taken...

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