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

Maritimes Family Donates Entire Holiday Budget To Help Syrian Refugees

(0) Comments | Posted November 27, 2015 | 2:36 PM

Instead of spending $2,000 on their own holidays, a family in the Maritimes donated all of it to help sponsor Syrian refugees — and hope their gesture will inspire others to do the same.

P.E.I. artist Amy Seymour told The Huffington Post Canada that her family was frustrated by negative...

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Syrian Refugees Living In Camps Are In 'Utterly Inhumane' Situation, Says Toronto Nurse

(11) Comments | Posted November 26, 2015 | 5:47 PM

When Nada Sidani was growing up in Lebanon, she used to wear beautiful textiles tagged, “Made in Syria.” So it was surreal to see Syrian mothers wrapping babies in plastic when she returned to the region a decade after she left, she said.

Sidani was born in Lebanon and moved...

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How Canada Will Screen Gay Syrian Refugee Men

(87) Comments | Posted November 25, 2015 | 5:40 PM

The Liberal government isn’t elaborating about how officials will confirm a gay Syrian refugee’s sexuality, citing concerns over compromising the resettlement program’s integrity.

“The assessment of whether a Syrian refugee is a member of the LGBTI community will be based in part on information provided by the refugee when he...

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Rick Mercer On Refugees: 'It's Important We Get This Right'

(63) Comments | Posted November 25, 2015 | 2:37 PM

History will judge how Canada chooses to respond to the Syrian refugee crisis, according to Rick Mercer.

“And that’s why it’s so important we get this one right.”

The CBC comedian released his latest "Mercer Report" rant Tuesday, penning sharp words criticizing political debates that tail governments...

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Arif Virani, Liberal MP, Explains Syria's Refugee Crisis To His Kids

(1) Comments | Posted November 25, 2015 | 1:24 PM

Arif Virani’s parents never forgot the outpouring of support they were shown as Ugandan Asian refugees fleeing a brutal regime 43 years ago.

The Toronto Liberal MP was only 10 months old at the time, but he says his family often recalls stories of neighbours showing up to their...

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This Syrian Refugee Girl Is Smiling Because Of Ontario Dentist's Kindness

(31) Comments | Posted November 24, 2015 | 1:50 PM

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After Malak's dental surgery, her mom broke down in tears.

When five-year-old Malak arrived in Canada in July, her teeth were so decayed, sharp jolts of pain kept her up at night.

“She lived with pain for so long,” her uncle Yaser Al Mtawa...

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Chocolates Delivered To Toronto-Area Home With Rusty Razor Inside

(1) Comments | Posted November 17, 2015 | 5:50 PM

Police are warning Toronto-area residents to proceed with caution if they receive a free bag of chocolates in the mail.

The alert comes after a rusty razor blade was found in one package.

The suspicious parcel was delivered to a Scarborough, Ont. home sometime between September and Nov. 16, Toronto...

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Mounties Play Shinny To Stake Claim Northwest Territories Is Birthplace Of Hockey

(5) Comments | Posted November 17, 2015 | 3:01 PM

When RCMP Const. Neal Machek saw Ski-Doos gliding across a Northwest Territories lake, he knew it was time to finally cross a very Canadian dream off his bucket list.

The Mountie said he and his partner Const. Jason Ellefsen were returning from an early Remembrance Day ceremony on Nov. 10...

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Adele's New Song 'When We Were Young' Arrives In Middle Of Work Day

(0) Comments | Posted November 17, 2015 | 1:08 PM

There’s a certain solemnity an Adele song brings to life’s more mundane moments.

Autumn leaves caught in an updraft are suddenly enchanting and a typically infuriating commute, when synced to the sound of her vocals, can force untimely introspection into the laws of love and nature.

So when you’re...

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Veerender Jubbal, Sikh-Canadian Journalist, Wrongly ID'd As Paris Terror Suspect

(24) Comments | Posted November 16, 2015 | 3:15 PM

A Spanish newspaper put a Sikh-Canadian journalist’s life at risk on Saturday after publishing a doctored photo to make him look like a Paris terror suspect wearing a bomb vest.

Veerender Jubbal's original photo was a selfie he took last year in front of his bathroom mirror, holding an iPad...

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Waleed Aly Calls Out ISIS 'Stupidity' In Powerful Monologue After Paris Attacks

(48) Comments | Posted November 16, 2015 | 10:44 AM

Days after a series of attacks killed at least 132 people in Paris, Australian journalist Waleed Aly opened his weekly monologue by calling ISIS for what it is: weak.

“They take credit for any act of terrorism on Western soil so they appear bigger and tougher than they actually are,”...

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Cyclist Brings Piano To Play ‘Imagine' Outside Bataclan Concert Hall

(31) Comments | Posted November 14, 2015 | 12:08 PM

While some people left flowers and candles at one of the sites devastated by violence in Paris, pianist Davide Martello left a song.

For a few minutes, the musician returned a feeling of calm to Paris’ Bataclan concert hall the morning after gunmen burst through its...

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Charlie Hebdo Cartoonist Asks For More Music, Kisses After Paris Attacks

(8) Comments | Posted November 14, 2015 | 10:06 AM

A Charlie Hebdo cartoonist offered simple words Friday after a ripple of deadly attacks cast a dark cloud over the city of lights.

“Friends from the whole world,” Joann Sfar wrote in a cartoon posted to Instagram, thanking people the world over for their support via the hashtag...

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Paris Shootings: Eyewitnesses Capture Explosions, Sirens After Shootings

(1) Comments | Posted November 13, 2015 | 5:11 PM

At least 120 people are dead in Paris after a series of shootings, explosions and a hostage-taking unfolded Friday evening.

Approximately 70,000 spectators were evacuated after a series of explosions occurred outside the Stade de France.

French President François Hollande was at the matchup between France and Germany, and his...

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Peter Mansbridge Finally Gets His Disney Due

(2) Comments | Posted November 13, 2015 | 3:02 PM

It’s turning out to be a banner year for Peter Mansbridge.

The veteran news anchor has been delivered a plum opportunity to lend his cool baritone vocals in Disney’s upcoming animated feature, Zootopia.

Walt Disney Studios made the announcement Friday, saying Mansbridge will voice “Peter Moosebridge” — a...

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Hot Pockets Craving Credited For Saving Ohio Man's Life

(3) Comments | Posted November 13, 2015 | 11:00 AM

A man whose Akron, Ohio home was destroyed after a twin-engine plane slammed into it Tuesday, says a last-minute decision to pick up Hot Pockets may have saved his life.

“Really, I guess it was dumb luck,” 38-year-old Jason Bartley told NBC News.

Bartley told the station...

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Kate Winslet Calls Public Gender-Pay Discussions 'Vulgar'

(7) Comments | Posted November 12, 2015 | 5:09 PM

Kate Winslet admits she has a problem with discussion about the gender pay gap in Hollywood — calling the public salon talk “vulgar.”

“I understand why they are coming up, but maybe It’s a British thing,” the Academy Award-winning actress said in an interview with the BBC earlier...

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Anastasia Lin, Miss World Canada, Says China Punishing Her For Advocacy Work

(7) Comments | Posted November 12, 2015 | 4:28 PM

When Anastasia Lin was growing up in China, her mother made her climb the local mountains every morning and shout translated speeches at the top of her lungs. It was a way to practise her English.

Now, the Miss World Canada winner is using her voice across borders. A vocal...

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Sheila Anderson, Silver Cross Mother, Is Canada's First From Northwest Territories

(2) Comments | Posted November 11, 2015 | 12:22 PM

When Sheila Anderson placed a wreath at Ottawa’s National War Memorial on Wednesday, she did so on behalf of a group “no one wants to join.”

Chosen by the Royal Canadian Legion, Anderson was named Canada’s Memorial (Silver) Cross Mother for 2015 — becoming the first-ever recipient from the Northwest...

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Alanis Morissette Updates 'Ironic' Lyrics To Call Out Late Night TV Bulls**t

(2) Comments | Posted November 10, 2015 | 4:22 PM

It’s been 20 years since “Ironic” first found its angsty foothold in pop culture — now Alanis Morissette is offering a fresh twist on her famous lyrics.

Appearing on the "Late Late Show with James Corden" on Monday, the Ottawa-born singer put on a red toque —...

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