Zi-Ann Lum
Zi-Ann Lum is a news editor at HuffPost Canada. She was formerly an assistant news editor at The Huffington Post B.C. and has also worked at the Vancouver Observer.

Entries by Zi-Ann Lum

Canada 150: Someone Planted A Microscopic Flag On Surface Of Penny

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2017 | 1:35 PM

There are a million different ways to celebrate Canada Day, but few probably involve a focused ion beam microscope.

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Trump Ignores Trudeau's 'Everybody Wave!' Request During Awkward NATO Photo

(416) Comments | Posted May 25, 2017 | 1:07 PM

U.S. President Donald Trump kept his hands to his sides when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shouted “Everybody wave!” to break the ice during a NATO photo opp on Thursday.

It’s a small moment that was observed by a White House pool reporter travelling with Trump in Brussels.


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Regina Pet Owners Shocked To Find Hot Dog With Razor Blades Outside Home

(15) Comments | Posted May 24, 2017 | 12:39 PM

A Regina woman made a troubling discovery on her front yard Tuesday morning — three pieces of hot dog pierced with razor blade fragments.

Emma Medeiros told CBC News it was lucky she came across the sausage pieces first before one of her three dogs.

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Alberta Special Weather Statement Issued Over 'Abrupt Change' From Summer Temps

(2) Comments | Posted May 23, 2017 | 11:19 AM

Mother Nature has an “abrupt change” in store for some Albertans just beginning to feel some joy from sunnier, warmer weather.

Environment Canada issued a special weather statement Tuesday for most of the province to buckle up for some nasty rain, snow, and winds.

Heavy rains are forecast for...

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Kelly Block Uses 'The Handmaid's Tale' To Condemn Saudi Arabia's Record On Women's Rights

(18) Comments | Posted May 10, 2017 | 5:04 PM

Margaret Atwood’s dystopian world in “The Handmaid’s Tale” is on par with the “horrific” reality women in Saudi Arabia face today, a Conservative MP said Wednesday.

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Conservative MP Kelly Block speaks in the House of Commons in Ottawa on May 10, 2017. (ParlVu...

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Senator Don Meredith Timeline: Senate HR Learned Of Workplace Issues In 2013

(27) Comments | Posted May 8, 2017 | 5:07 PM

Officials in the Senate human resources department were alerted to concerns about Sen. Don Meredith’s workplace behaviour as early as July 2013, HuffPost Canada has learned.

At that point, Meredith had been a Conservative senator for 2 1/2 years. It took another year and a half until...

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Gatineau Flooding 2017: Boat Ride Shows Streets Turned Into Eerie Canals

(7) Comments | Posted May 8, 2017 | 1:48 PM

Water touched the bottom edge of a “for sale” sign when Kadri Mohamed passed by a Gatineau, Que. house on a boat Sunday evening.

The Algerian-born photojournalist shared two videos showing the difference between day and night after floodwaters turned some Gatineau streets into canals.

He said he experienced the effects of devastating floods back in 2001 in Algeria when hundreds of people died after heavy rains and mudslides devastated parts of the country.

Mohamed, who moved to Canada two years ago, thinks officials and volunteers are doing a “very good job” working together with flood relief efforts.

“People [are] working together, no problem,” he told HuffPost Canada on Monday.

Mohamed, who lives between Gatineau and Montreal, is one of the lucky ones. His home hasn’t been damaged by flooding.

In Montreal, the city’s mayor is proposing to extend the state of emergency. Meanwhile, relief efforts continue in Gatineau, where some federal workers were told to stay at home Monday.


Almost 150 municipalities across the province have been affected by heavy rains and snowmelt. More than 1,500 people have been forced to leave their homes.

Water levels have been slowing in some part of the province, but that hasn’t stopped people from volunteering their time with relief efforts.

The City of Gatineau says approximately 1,500 people have volunteered to help fill sandbags as of Sunday.

With files from The Canadian...

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Don Meredith's Former Staff Want Inquiry Released Despite Expulsion Recommendation

(19) Comments | Posted May 2, 2017 | 5:01 PM

OTTAWA — Former employees of Sen. Don Meredith hope that his possible expulsion from the Senate won’t block a two-year inquiry into allegations of workplace bullying and sexual harassment.

The Senate’s ethics committee tabled a long-awaited report Tuesday, recommending Meredith be expelled from the upper chamber for his...

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Senator Don Meredith Harassed, Sexually Abused Staff For Years, Say Former Aides

(118) Comments | Posted April 30, 2017 | 8:01 PM

victoria building ottawa senateSen. Don Meredith’s office is located inside Ottawa’s Victoria Building. (Photo: Zi-Ann Lum/HuffPost Canada)

Two sets of doors were always closed before Sen. Don Meredith felt comfortable starting any meeting in his office across Parliament Hill.

The first leads to...

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Justin Trudeau, MPs, Senators' Salaries Go Up Again

(70) Comments | Posted April 26, 2017 | 1:14 PM

Another year, another bump in Canadian politicians' take-home salary.

As of April 1, the base salary for all members of Parliament rose 1.4 per cent to $172,700. On top of that base amount, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gets another $172,700, plus a $2,000 car allowance, for his duties...

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Senate Reform: It Should Be Easier To Fire Senators, Poll Suggests

(40) Comments | Posted April 19, 2017 | 8:01 AM

Nathan Cullen wants to know how terrible a senator has to act before he or she is thrown out of the red chamber — and it seems many Canadians agree with him.

“We have senators under investigation, you have senators spouting racist views,” the NDP MP said in an interview...

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Andrew Weaver More Popular Than Christy Clark On Eve Of B.C. Election Campaign: Poll

(41) Comments | Posted April 10, 2017 | 6:13 PM

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John Horgan, Christy Clark, and Andrew Weaver are all vying to lead their parties to provincial election victory. (Photo: Twitter/The Canadian Press)

A day before the start of a B.C. election campaign, a new poll shows B.C. Liberal Premier Christy Clark's popularity...

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Alberta Man's Incredible Dog Rescue Caught By CTV Camera

(12) Comments | Posted April 10, 2017 | 11:27 AM

A news crew just happened to be setting up next to a semi-frozen St. Albert, Alta. pond when a dog fell through the ice.

His owner, Duncan McIver, dove into the icy water to rescue is four-legged friend in Lacombe Lake park.

“It’s a split-second thing," he told CTV Edmonton....

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Ken McGoogan Makes His Case For Scotland To Join Canada

(24) Comments | Posted April 6, 2017 | 6:24 PM

Canadian author Ken McGoogan has a radical idea: let’s invite Scotland to join Canada.

Before you brush off his proposal as a whimsical idea, he’s already beat you to it.

“It might be pie in the sky,” McGoogan said in an interview with The Huffington Post Canada. “I’m well...

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Lynn Beyak Laughs After Conservative Senator Calls Media 'Parasites'

(109) Comments | Posted April 6, 2017 | 4:09 PM

A Conservative senator called two CBC reporters “parasites” for asking Sen. Lynn Beyak questions ahead of a committee meeting Thursday.

Sen. Kelvin Ogilvie denied making the remark when confronted by reporters Katie Simpson and John Paul Tasker. His comment, “I see the parasites are still following you,” was...

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Candice Bergen Calls PM 'Arrogant' Over Proposed Changes To Rules Of Parliament

(62) Comments | Posted April 5, 2017 | 9:56 AM

Candice Bergen called the prime minister “arrogant” on Tuesday after the Liberals voted against an opposition proposal requiring all-party support when it comes to changing the rules of Parliament.

The Conservative MP told reporters in the House of Commons the vote was “truly regrettable,” adding the move confirmed the Liberals’...

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Jim Richards, Radio Host, Shares Raw Experience Of Seeing Ex After Break Up

(9) Comments | Posted April 4, 2017 | 2:59 PM

A Toronto radio host hit a raw, emotional chord with listeners Monday after he began talking about the anxieties that come with reuniting with an ex who has moved on with their life.

Jim Richards, a Newstalk 1010 host, shared a tearful story about seeing his

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Trudeau Responds To Liberal's 'Stripper Pole' Comment To Tory MP

(90) Comments | Posted March 24, 2017 | 5:40 PM

The prime minister confirms there’s a process "now properly underway" to address a comment a Liberal MP made to a Conservative colleague, likening her to a stripper.

Earlier this month, MP Dianne Watts' phone rang during a public safety committee meeting, setting off a "jaunty” ringtone, reported the...

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Messy Office Desk Annoys Canadian Senior Managers Most: Survey

(7) Comments | Posted March 23, 2017 | 1:18 PM

In the wacky world of office life minutiae, a messy desk is a top irritant to Canadian senior managers, according to a new survey.

Toronto-based staffing company OfficeTeam surveyed more than 300 senior managers at companies that employ over 20 employees to come to their finding about cluttered...

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Liberal MP's Rule-Breaking Photo Used For Fuel In Conservative Filibuster

(1) Comments | Posted March 22, 2017 | 4:53 PM

Finance Minister Bill Morneau's big day got off to a rough start Wednesday after the Conservatives staged a filibuster to delay the release of the federal budget.

The filibuster was presumably staged to protest proposed Liberal reforms to House of Common rules to shorten the number of sitting...

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