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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'Singing Doctor' Welcomes Babies To The World With 'Happy Birthday'

(2) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 9:14 PM

The first thing Dr. Carey Andrew- Jawa does with each and every newborn he delivers is sing “Happy Birthday” to them.

Dubbed the “Singing Doctor,” Andrew-Jawa inherited the delightful tradition from a mentor “who used to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ very lustily to his babies,” he told the

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Crumbs Bake Shop Closes All Its Stores, Fires All Employees In 1 Day

(11) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 10:06 PM

The bitter end has come to one of America’s sweetest bakery chains.

On Monday, Crumbs Bake Shop announced all its stores would be shut down by the end of the business day, according to the Wall Street Journal.

“Regrettably Crumbs has been forced to cease operations and...

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Toronto All-You-Can-Eat Poutine Restaurant To Open In The Annex

(2) Comments | Posted July 3, 2014 | 9:07 PM

Break out the stretchy pants, Toronto. All-you-can-eat poutine is coming to town.

PoutineVille, a popular Montreal-based chain of poutine-focused restaurants is poised to open their first location in the Big Smoke this summer, setting up shop in the city’s downtown Annex neighbourhood (by Bloor St. and Brunswick Ave.)....

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Burger King's 'Proud Whopper' Surprises Gay Pride Diners (VIDEO)

(7) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 9:38 PM

For San Francisco Pride, one Burger King location decided to serve something special to its customers.

A video uploaded to YouTube on Wednesday shows diners given the option of ordering regular Whoppers or a new item called the Proud Whopper. The difference between the two was...

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13 Happy Canada Day 2014 Photos Celebrating Canadians

(2) Comments | Posted July 1, 2014 | 5:52 PM

Happy birthday, Canada! You're looking better with age.

This Canada Day marks the country's 147th anniversary since Confederation, and nearly everyone seemed to be in the mood to party, despite the holiday landing on a Tuesday this year.

"Today, as we celebrate with family and loved ones, let's remember what...

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Chris Hadfield's 'Most Canadian Music Video Ever' Is So Darn Nice

(24) Comments | Posted July 1, 2014 | 4:46 PM

Your Canuck heart is about to swell with pride because Chris Hadfield and his family just delivered their latest gift to the Internet: a music video titled, “In Canada.”

Collaborating with his brother David, the retired astronaut (and new officer of the Order of Canada)...

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Bobby Womack Dead: 'If You Think You're Lonely Now' Singer Dies At 70

(1) Comments | Posted June 27, 2014 | 7:41 PM

American soul music legend Bobby Womack has died at the age of 70, Rolling Stone reports.

A spokesperson from XL Recordings, the label representing the singer-songwriter, confirmed the death to the magazine on Friday.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Womack was raised in a musical home with...

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Isaiah Austin's NBA Dream Comes True After Marfan Syndrome Diagnosis

(2) Comments | Posted June 27, 2014 | 5:16 PM

Isaiah Austin’s world turned upside down after the NBA hopeful was diagnosed with a career-ending genetic disorder days before the league's draft on Thursday.

So the organization orchestrated to do something special for him.

The crowd at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center rose to their feet after NBA Commissioner Adam...

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15 Awful Truths About Living In Toronto Only Vancouverites Know (Besides No Mountains)

(25) Comments | Posted June 21, 2014 | 9:06 PM

Congratulations! You made the move. Or you made the move and hightailed your way back to that West Coast nirvana locals offhandedly call "Vancity."

Regardless of choosing to stay or go, you know the nuances between Vancouver and Toronto run deeper than having mountains or not.

There's a learning curve...

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Wayne Rooney Celebrates First World Cup Goal Ever (PHOTOS)

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 5:08 PM

It happened. It finally happened. Wayne Rooney’s World Cup goal drought is over.

The English forward scored his first World Cup goal ever on Thursday after tapping in a shot past Uruguay goalkeeper Fernando Muslera. But despite the jubilance on the field, Team England went on...

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Incredible Close Encounter With Brown Bear Captured On Video

(7) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 5:17 PM

Wildlife enthusiast Drew Hamilton had his camera at the ready when a big brown bear came lumbering up beside him.

Hamilton, a technician with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, shot the footage in the state’s McNeil River State Game Sanctuary, a popular attraction for bear watchers during summer....

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How Good Are You At Identifying These World Cup Flags? (QUIZ)

(2) Comments | Posted June 17, 2014 | 4:00 PM

Flags, they’re everywhere during the World Cup. Brazil! Portugal! Germany! It's hard not to cross paths with enthusiastic soccer fans proudly waving their banners.

Some even adorn their cars with flags. And similar to a great ship, they sail past pedestrians begging for attention.

"Look at my...

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5 Lavish 'Game Of Thrones' Feasts Worthy Of Your Attention (PHOTOS)

(1) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 9:29 PM

Many "Game of Thrones" fans don't know know what Sansa Stark’s favourite lemon cake tastes like – but chemical engineer Rachel Howden does.

The Cambridge, Mass.-based blogger has kept herself busy in recent months, bringing tantalizing dishes envisioned in the popular fantasy series by author George...

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Woman Named Crystal Metheney Arrested After Firing Missile Into Car

(18) Comments | Posted June 11, 2014 | 6:12 PM

If names are any measure of a person’s future, then one Florida woman was destined for infamy from the start.

Florida police arrested a woman named Crystal Metheney in May after she allegedly fired a "missile" into a sitting car.

It isn't clear why Metheney launched the "missile" into the...

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Rob Ford Returning To Toronto City Hall By Canada Day, Says Brother

(111) Comments | Posted May 30, 2014 | 8:08 PM

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford will be back at work as early as June 30 or July 1, Coun. Doug Ford confirmed on Friday.

The mayor, who checked into an Ontario rehab facility on April 30, is currently on a temporary leave of absence while he...

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Fearless 9-Year-Old Girl Screams With Joy After Landing 540 For Very First Time (VIDEO)

(1) Comments | Posted May 29, 2014 | 5:55 PM

Meet Sabre Norris. She can't ride a bike, but she can land a mean 540 on a halfpipe.

The fearless 9-year-old girl is winning hearts around the world after a video was uploaded to YouTube Monday of her aerial achievement.

“I watched Lyn-Z Adams Hawkins do it on...

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21 Awesome Bedding Sets You Wish You Had As A Kid (PHOTOS)

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2014 | 3:12 PM

Because your inner child needs to freak out over something familiar every now and then.

1. Batman

Credit: Ebay

2. Transformers

Credit: Ebay

3. Na na na na na na na na na...

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17 Things That Only Happen To People With Unique Names

(23) Comments | Posted May 16, 2014 | 3:59 PM

Uniquely-named individuals of the world, unite!

1. Souvenir shopping has always been a little bit disappointing

2. Which explains why this appeals to you

Credit: Tumblr

3. This is how you remember feeling about roll call at school:

10 names away...

Three names away..

... And then the new teacher screws up your name

4. Though every once in a while, a substitute teacher would ace the pronunciation


5. But the reality is nothing really changes when you're out of school and working

unique names
This happens all the time.

6. So by now you're pretty good a deciphering what this face means at the doctor or dentist's office

7. Which you've accepted

unique names

8. Because some people take longer than others to learn how to say your name right

9. Which means you likely don’t care for this personalized coffee cup business

10. When a barista asks for your name, you groan inside

11. Because there's a good chance this will happen


starbucks fail
Credit: The Bored Ninja

12. At one point in your life, there was someone who consistently said your name wrong

To correct or not to correct? That is the awkward question.

13. Which likely triggered emotions like this

14. But sometimes people react positively, and it makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside

15. Plus, search engine victories are almost a given

barack google search
Thanks, ma!

16. As you get older, your feelings toward your name changes – you actually begin to dig it

Hell, you almost encourage people to give it a try

17. Because at the end of the day, your name is awesome…

... And you wouldn’t change it for the world

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Tory Senator Don Meredith Touts Degrees From Unaccredited Schools

(325) Comments | Posted May 5, 2014 | 5:00 AM

A Conservative senator earmarked as one of the Senate's top spenders holds a master’s degree from a school whose phone number directs calls to a customer helpline for a website that sells iPads and printers.

Senator Don Meredith, a Toronto-area Pentecostal pastor, has a master's degree in religious...

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Here's How A Stephen Harper 'Dear Leader' Haircut Would Look On Famous Canadians (PHOTOS)

(39) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 3:19 PM

The news that it’s now a state rule for some North Korean men to get “Lil’ Kim” haircuts has turned out to be an unfounded rumour.

Earlier, Radio Free Asia reported that a “Dear Leader” hairstyle rule was implemented across the country this month for male...

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