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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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Jason Kenney's Heckling Against Harjit Sajjan Riles Politicians In India

(344) Comments | Posted February 5, 2016 | 2:40 PM

A Conservative MP’s outburst toward Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan earlier this week has riled parliamentarians and spurred calls for an apology — in India.

Amarinder Singh, a popular Punjab politician, criticized Jason Kenney’s alleged request for an “English-to-English” translation of Sajjan’s remarks earlier this...

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Trudeau's Energy Development Stance Sows Confusion Over First Nations Veto Pledge

(42) Comments | Posted February 4, 2016 | 3:34 PM

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s response to a question about a much-debated pipeline on Wednesday sowed some confusion over a pledge he made during the election campaign to “absolutely” respect First Nations’ veto over pipeline projects crossing traditional territories.

Trudeau spoke to media after meeting Alberta Premier Rachel Notley for a...

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SFU Sweater Day Video Removed After University Admits Ad Is 'Sexist'

(7) Comments | Posted February 4, 2016 | 10:41 AM

Simon Fraser University has pulled a video produced two years ago over indignation the institution sexualized its female instructors and male students in an ad promoting energy conservation.

The video shows a female instructor alone in her office, turning down the thermostat, and unpinning her hair from a bun. She...

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Rick Mercer Calls On Tories To Cut The Harper-Era Amnesia Shtick

(211) Comments | Posted February 3, 2016 | 12:05 PM

When it comes to issues like marijuana legalization and government transparency, Rick Mercer says the federal Tories are experiencing a glitch with their long-term collective memories.

In a new rant that aired Tuesday, the comedian unpacked his grievances with the return of Parliament and this year’s “awful” start...

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Roosh V Called Out By Canadian Mayors For Perpetuating Misogynistic 'Garbage'

(102) Comments | Posted February 2, 2016 | 5:07 PM

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson told an American blogger Roosh V to scram on Tuesday over news his “tribesmen” are organizing a meetup on city property this upcoming weekend.

Watson responded to a Twitter callout made by the controversial pick-up artist for supporters to meet across 10 Canadian cities on Feb....

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Sen. Pierrette Ringuette Quits Senate Liberal Caucus To Sit As Independent

(59) Comments | Posted February 2, 2016 | 12:09 PM

A New Brunswick senator has announced she’s quitting the Senate Liberal caucus and will sit as an independent, effective immediately.

Sen. Pierrette Ringuette issued a statement Tuesday citing a desire among Canadians for a non-partisan Senate as one of the reasons behind her decision.

“Effective change in the Senate...

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Melanie Joly, Heritage Minister, Vows CBC Help After Years Of 'Planned Demolition'

(66) Comments | Posted February 1, 2016 | 5:03 PM

The NDP pressed the federal government over its platform pledge to boost funding to CBC/Radio-Canada, days after the heritage minister hinted Liberals could renege on the marquee campaign promise.

“For 10 years the CBC was attacked and needs some oxygen,” NDP opposition heritage critic Pierre Nantel said in question period...

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W18 Drug Is 10,000 Times Stronger Than Morphine: Calgary Police Warning

(29) Comments | Posted January 29, 2016 | 1:51 PM

There’s only been a single seizure of a powerful new drug called W-18 in Calgary, but police say odds are high that much more is available on the streets.

“I guarantee you, there’s got to be more out there. We just haven’t seen it yet,” Staff Sgt. Jason Walker

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Frankie MacDonald Has Hands Down The Best Winter Weather Advice

(6) Comments | Posted January 29, 2016 | 12:02 PM

Grab the stormchips, Nova Scotians, for some of you are about to get a nasty blast of 15 to 20 centimetres of snow Friday.

Good thing amateur weatherman Frankie MacDonald has a bucket of advice to help weather the imminent winter storm.

“People in Nova Scotia, be prepared,”...

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Mulcair Grills Trudeau On TPP, Asks If PM Often Signs 'Things He Doesn't Agree With'

(67) Comments | Posted January 28, 2016 | 6:24 PM

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was put on the defensive Thursday after being grilled by Thomas Mulcair over Canada’s intention to sign a controversial trade deal inherited from the previous Conservative government.

“The Liberals still haven’t released an economic impact study on the deal,” Mulcair said in question period. The NDP...

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Candice Bergen, Tory MP, Accuses Liberals Of Sidelining Scientists In New Pipeline Review Process

(264) Comments | Posted January 28, 2016 | 1:58 PM

candice bergenConservative MP Candice Bergen responds during question period in the House of Commons 2013. (Photo: Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press)

A former Conservative minister chastised the federal government on Wednesday, saying new mechanisms in the pipeline review process will leave decision-making to Liberals rather than “scientists and...

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John McCallum Says Syrian Refugees 'Super Happy' To Be In Canada

(53) Comments | Posted January 27, 2016 | 4:18 PM

Immigration Minister John McCallum irked Conservatives in question period Wednesday after he said a “vast majority” of Syrian refugees are “super happy” to resettle in Canada.

Michelle Rempel, opposition critic for immigration, took to Twitter to criticize McCallum’s response to Tory MP Bob Saroya’s question about the government’s failure...

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Fake 'Canada For President' Ad Mocks Freaky State Of U.S. Politics

(80) Comments | Posted January 27, 2016 | 12:32 PM

A Vancouver comedy duo has teamed up once again to lampoon the dramedy of American politics by announcing Canada’s candidacy for president of the United States.

Four years after their first mock “Canada Party” ad, comedians Brian Calvert and Chris Cannon uploaded a video to YouTube...

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Richard Branson Cheers Justin Trudeau As 'Breath Of Fresh Air In Canada'

(116) Comments | Posted January 27, 2016 | 11:47 AM

Justin Trudeau is a “young, exciting” addition to the world stage, according to British billionaire Richard Branson. And the Virgin Group founder is particularly tickled over the Liberals’ promise to legalize marijuana in “a country the size of Canada.”

Branson published a 577-word blog post on Wednesday, speaking...

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Michael Wernick, Clerk Of The Privy Council, Urged To Apologize For 'Totally Unacceptable' Comments

(39) Comments | Posted January 25, 2016 | 3:59 PM

Justin Trudeau didn’t have much to say Monday after the NDP demanded the prime minister ask his newly appointed clerk of the Privy Council to apologize for “totally unacceptable” remarks he reportedly made about university students last year.

NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair rose in question period to say that, as...

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NDP Works Kevin O'Leary's Name Into Fundraising Push

(10) Comments | Posted January 25, 2016 | 12:39 PM

He hasn’t officially declared his candidacy for Conservative Party leader, but Kevin O’Leary’s admission he’s considering a bid is enough political ammo for the federal NDP to build a pitch asking party supporters for money.

“Last week, we learned that wealthy businessman Kevin O’Leary may be considering a run to...

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Celine Dion Says Final Goodbye To Rene Angelil (PHOTOS)

(5) Comments | Posted January 22, 2016 | 4:39 PM

Quebec songbird Celine Dion returned to the Montreal basilica where she married Rene Angelil in a fairy tale wedding 21 years ago to say goodbye to her husband.

Dion arrived at the Montreal Notre-Dame Basilica, holding the couple’s five-year-old twin sons Eddy and Nelson by the hand. Her son Rene-Charles...

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Rex Murphy Gobsmacked By Trudeau's Promise-Breaking 'Magic'

(305) Comments | Posted January 22, 2016 | 11:52 AM

A magic “rarer than the unicorns, more fabulous than the phoenix” bolsters Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, according to Rex Murphy.

And to the longtime CBC commentator, that uncommon power is an attribute worth watching, especially when Trudeau's Liberal party breaks a promise.

“If politics were bingo....
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Sunny Leone, Canadian Bollywood Actress, Doesn't Have Time For Backhanded Sexism

(7) Comments | Posted January 21, 2016 | 4:47 PM

Canadian-born Bollywood actress Sunny Leone faced a ridiculous line of questioning from a CNN-IBN host last week — inexplicably focused on her past as a porn star.

“She’s someone who generates curiosity and hatred all at the same time,” Chaubey said in the interview set up.

In the...

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Halifax Police Ticket Woman Caught Driving Snow-Covered Car

(5) Comments | Posted January 21, 2016 | 11:32 AM

A day after Ontario police ticketed an elderly man “too old and weak” to clear snow off his windshield, Halifax authorities busted a driver with a more creative excuse.

On Wednesday, Halifax police posted a photo of a car half-covered under several inches of snow, its driver hiding her face...

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