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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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Empire State Trail To Canadian Border Proposed In Last Days Of Obama Presidency

(0) Comments | Posted January 16, 2017 | 2:59 PM

With a Donald Trump presidency on the horizon, at least one U.S. state is getting plans together to build a new route straight to the Canadian border.

Those two things aren’t related, of course. But if New York Governor Andrew Cuomo gets his way, a 1,200-kilometre hiking and biking trail...

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Canadian Foreign-Aid Spending So Low It's A 'Potential Tragedy': Report

(95) Comments | Posted January 13, 2017 | 2:32 PM

Canada is “worse than a laggard,” according to a new report calling the country “last among its global peers” when it comes to international aid spending.

Global Canada, a non-governmental organization, published its second annual report this week, highlighting the country’s commitment to international aid as close to...

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Canada Limits New Private Sponsorships Of Syrian Refugees

(9) Comments | Posted January 12, 2017 | 1:52 PM

Canada’s immigration office will significantly reduce its intake of certain private sponsorship applications for Syrian and Iraqi refugees to 1,000 for 2017.

The move, affecting groups of five and community sponsor applications, was quietly announced by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) in a...

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Drake's Tribute To Obama Was A Weird Meme Mashup Of Their Faces

(0) Comments | Posted January 11, 2017 | 1:56 PM

It was a soft tribute, but else would people expect from Drake?

The Toronto rapper posted a tribute to outgoing U.S. President on Instagram Tuesday, praising Barack Obama for his leadership over the past eight years.

“As a Canadian that calls America home for part of the year I will...

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Candice Bergen: Trudeau Cabinet Shuffle Is Attempt To 'Change The Channel' From Controversies

(65) Comments | Posted January 10, 2017 | 4:00 PM

The Conservative Party of Canada opted for a less-than-conciliatory tone for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau after he shuffled his cabinet on Tuesday.

Candice Bergen, the Opposition House leader issued a statement shortly after a swearing-in ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, calling the announcement a desperate attempt by...

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Some Syrian Refugees Lose Government Aid After A Year. What's Next?

(104) Comments | Posted January 10, 2017 | 3:07 PM

After arriving in Canada as government-assisted Syrian refugees last year, time is running out for Shadi Al Qiblawi to find a job before his family's monthly stipend ends.

He and his wife and their three children receive $1,800 per month. They live in a three-bedroom apartment in Toronto with...

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Whitehorse Mayor Dan Curtis Learns To Tie Sikh Turban, Bhangra Dance

(10) Comments | Posted January 10, 2017 | 2:52 PM

For a guy born and raised in the Yukon, Whitehorse Mayor Dan Curtis has some smooth bhangra moves.

Curtis has become a viral sensation after Whitehorse resident Gurdeep Pandher shared a video of the pair's Punjabi dance lesson in city council chambers.

“I’m not that good at busting...

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Trudeau Government Responds To Trump 'Big Border Tax' Threat With Friendly Tone

(88) Comments | Posted January 4, 2017 | 3:51 PM

The Canadian government continues to strike a friendly tone amid renewed threats by United States president-elect Donald Trump to invoke protectionist measures.

Trump criticized General Motors on Tuesday for producing a model of a Chevrolet Cruze in Mexico, claiming the automaker sells the cars in the U.S., skipping paying import...

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Unpacking My Obsession With Lunchables

(17) Comments | Posted January 4, 2017 | 10:22 AM



lunchablesHannah Knight, age 6 and Kaylee Arwood, age 4, eat some Lunchables snacks as part of their lunch in Greeneville, Tenn. (Photo: Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Only in America could cold boxes filled with bologna coins, processed...

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Chip Wilson's Vancouver Home Now Valued At $75 Million

(8) Comments | Posted January 3, 2017 | 11:28 AM

It’s really hard to keep up with the Joneses when Chip Wilson is your neighbour.

The Lululemon founder’s sprawling oceanfront Vancouver home is now valued at $75 million, according to the latest evaluation from B.C. Assessment. That’s a $12 million jump from what the 30,000 sq.-ft. property was...

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Lisa Raitt Calls UN Resolution On Israeli Settlements 'Disgusting,' Urges PM To Weigh In

(236) Comments | Posted December 28, 2016 | 6:10 PM

Lisa Raitt wants Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to step away from the sideline and deliver a “principled stance” on Israel.

In a statement posted to Facebook on Wednesday, the Conservative Party leadership candidate called last week’s United Nations Security Council resolution on Israeli settlements “disgusting.”

“Canada needs a principled...

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Carrie Fisher Was A Force Of Nature Beyond Her 'Star Wars' Fame

(0) Comments | Posted December 27, 2016 | 3:13 PM

At 19, Carrie Fisher landed a role of a lifetime in the original “Star Wars” as Princess Leia. It was that iconic role which brought her lasting fame, but it didn’t define her career.

Over the course of the next four decades, she used her celebrity to become a mental...

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Barack Obama: I Could Have 'Mobilized A Majority' Against Donald Trump

(41) Comments | Posted December 27, 2016 | 2:53 PM

President Barack Obama is confident he could have “mobilized a majority” behind his message had he been allowed to run for a third term.

On the Monday podcast episode of “The Axe Files,” Obama said Donald Trump’s victory shows the appeal behind his message of “one America” — a country...

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'Pay It Forward': Canada Resettles Nearly 39,000 Syrian Refugees

(26) Comments | Posted December 24, 2016 | 10:21 AM

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The Fattals are enjoying their first Canadian winter this year. (Photo: Amir Fattal)

Six months into his new Canadian life, Amir Fattal pulls out a second-hand rocking chair and presents it as a deal of a lifetime. “I bought this...

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Trudeau Gives Offbeat Response To Question About Alison Azer Case

(42) Comments | Posted December 21, 2016 | 5:15 PM

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau claims his government has “fundamentally changed” Canada’s attitudes toward consular cases, despite pressure over its work to secure the return of four British Columbia children abducted to Iran.

Trudeau sat down Tuesday with the editorial boards of the Vancouver Sun and The Province where he...

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Prince Rupert Drunk Driving Campaign Gets Help From Kids' Artwork

(2) Comments | Posted December 20, 2016 | 1:14 PM

Mounties in northern British Columbia hope a dash of children’s art on liquor store bags will make people think twice about drinking and driving this holiday season.

Prince Rupert RCMP dropped off hundreds of paper bags at the city’s liquor stores on Monday, each with hand drawn designs and messages...

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Obama Cracks The Same Dad Joke Every Time Trudeau Comes For Dinner

(21) Comments | Posted December 16, 2016 | 4:13 PM

One of the greatest perks to being president of the United States is perhaps the ability to recycle the same joke — even if your audience has heard it time and time again.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told a Montreal radio station on Friday that Barack Obama is guilty of...

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Trudeau Says He Told Italian PM: 'Referendums Are Bad Things To Happen'

(47) Comments | Posted December 16, 2016 | 1:48 PM

A jovial Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stopped by a Montreal radio station on Friday and called referenda “bad things to happen.”

Trudeau recalled a conversation he had with former Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi about Brexit and consequently David Cameron’s resignation. The comments to Renzi were made before Italy...

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Anastasia Lin, Canadian Beauty Queen And Human Rights Advocate, Gets Second Shot At Miss World Title

(4) Comments | Posted December 15, 2016 | 6:16 PM

A Canadian beauty pageant queen is getting another shot at the Miss World title after she was barred entry to China to compete in last year’s finals.

Miss World Canada Anastasia Lin, 26, was denied a visa by the Chinese government but was never given a reason. At the time,...

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Walmart Anonymous Donor Pays Off Layaway Accounts At Pennsylvania Store

(2) Comments | Posted December 10, 2016 | 3:47 PM

Customers at a Pennsylvania Walmart received one heck of a holiday surprise after a Secret Santa paid off their layaway items earlier this week.

Rather than using credit or installment billing programs, shoppers at select U.S. stores can opt to pay for store products over time. These layaway...

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