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.

Entries by Zi-Ann Lum

12-Year-Old Girl Gives Stephen Harper A Piece Of Her Mind

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 11:40 PM

This girl has a bone to pick with Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

In a video uploaded to YouTube on Tuesday, 12-year-old Tori Metcalf delivers a one-minute message eviscerating Harper’s reluctance to launch an inquiry into the country’s missing and murdered aboriginal women.

“Last week, I heard you would...

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17 Canadian Politicians Who Look Like Other Humans And Things

(35) Comments | Posted October 18, 2014 | 3:44 PM

Parliament was on hiatus for a week, so it was obviously a prime time to debate doppelgangers at the news desk. Here are the fruits of our lookalike matchmaking:

N.B. Premier Brian Gallant and Aaron Eckhart

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John Manley and Beaker from...

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Doug Ford Still Doesn't Understand Racism

(86) Comments | Posted October 6, 2014 | 11:00 PM

Doug Ford is still clueless about what racism is.

During a debate at Centennial College in Scarborough on Monday, a question was raised about how mayoral candidates Ford, John Tory, and Olivia Chow would curb the proliferation of hate speech in one of the most multicultural cities in the world.

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Tory Senator Uses Nazis, Trudeau Sr. To Attack Liberals' Iraq Stance

(325) Comments | Posted October 4, 2014 | 10:48 AM

A Conservative Senator took a shot at Justin Trudeau and his late father after the Liberal leader announced his party would not support the prime minister’s motion to join U.S.-led airstrikes against a Middle East extremist group.

“The apple does not fall from the tree,” Senator

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Canada Is The Only UN Member To Reject Landmark Indigenous Rights Document

(217) Comments | Posted October 2, 2014 | 4:51 PM

Canada singled itself out as the only country to raise objections over a landmark United Nations document re-establishing the protection of the rights of indigenous people last week. It was a gesture one prominent First Nation leader called “saddening, surprising.”

“Canada was viewed always as a country that upheld human...

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Sun News Apologizes To Justin Trudeau For Ezra Levant's Rant

(102) Comments | Posted September 29, 2014 | 8:13 PM

Sun Media made an on-air apology to federal Liberal leader Justin Trudeau on Monday over a controversial rant the network admits should never have aired.

A scrolling, written statement aired in the opening of “The Source with Ezra Levant” on Monday addressed to viewers, Trudeau, and his family:

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Rob Ford Spotted Campaigning In Etobicoke, Residents 'Shocked'

(59) Comments | Posted September 27, 2014 | 7:59 AM

A “very friendly” Rob Ford was spotted canvassing an Etobicoke neighbourhood, days after being released from hospital following his first round of chemotherapy.

Toronto hairstylist Mike Sauvageot said his brother received a call from a friend Friday evening saying Ford was knocking on doors in Etobicoke North (Ward...

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It's 2014 And Gay Politicians Are Still Getting Letters Like This

(115) Comments | Posted September 25, 2014 | 5:51 PM

A Toronto city councillor refuses to be quiet about a “homophobic, racist, sexist” letter she received from an apparent Ford Nation supporter.

Kristyn Wong-Tam, an openly gay member of council running for re-election, says the unsigned letter was “quite extreme,” including a wish that she “get AIDS and die...

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Doug Ford Skips Debates, Proposes 'Take John Tory To Work Day'

(55) Comments | Posted September 24, 2014 | 7:29 PM

Toronto mayoral candidate Doug Ford took a pass on two debates Wednesday, instead opting to hold a spontaneous press conference to attack election front-runner John Tory.

“Last night, I asked John a simple but extremely important question: John, which committee handles the city’s purchasing?” Ford said, referring to...

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Rob Ford Released From Hospital

(6) Comments | Posted September 23, 2014 | 6:42 PM

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has been released from hospital after receiving chemotherapy treatment for the rare type of cancer he was diagnosed with last week.

“He has returned home, and is resting with family at this time,” confirmed a statement from Ford’s office on Tuesday.

The mayor thanked...

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Feds Kept Records Of Nearly 800 Public Protests At Home, Abroad

(22) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 7:32 PM

The government has been keeping lengthy records of nearly 800 public protests, rallies, and demonstrations since 2006, newly released documents show.

The events mentioned in the report included a series of peaceful vigils in Montreal for missing and murdered Aboriginal women, a Maritimes lobster fishermen protest, and a public Idle...

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Rob Ford Releases Audio Statement From Hospital

(5) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 2:19 PM

Rob Ford released an audio statement to Torontonians on Thursday, hours before starting chemotherapy to treat his malignant liposarcoma.

Speaking from his hospital bed at Toronto’s Mount Sinai Hospital, Ford thanked hospital staff and shifted his focus to the city’s upcoming municipal election.

The heart of his statement focused on his brother, Doug, who stepped forward last week to add his name to the mayoral ballot after Ford was forced to withdraw.

“Doug loves this city very much,” Ford said in a waning voice. “When the people get to know Doug as well as I do, they will see a man who cares, a man with vision, a man with integrity and determination.”

Ford is scheduled to undergo two rounds of chemotherapy, according to his doctor. Until medical staff learn how the mayor’s tumour responds, his prognosis remains open. Future surgery and radiation treatments have not yet been ruled out.

Read the full transcript below:

Good afternoon everyone. In a few hours, I will begin my chemotherapy. Then I will spend the next little while with my family, focused on getting better.

But I would like to speak directly to the people of this great city before I do that.

Let me start by saying thank you. Thank you to the great people of Toronto. I am humbled by your overwhelming kindness and support. It means the world to us that so many of you have reached out to show your concern and offer prayers.

I also want to thank the amazing staff at Humber River Hospital and Mount Sinai Hospital for the care and compassion you have shown us.

With the love and support for my family and friends and the people of Toronto, I know I will beat this terrible disease. I am determined to face this head on, and return strong for my family and my city.

For the past 14 years as councillor and as mayor, I’ve worked hard to bring about change to City Hall to make life a little bit easier for the average hard-working people of Toronto.

I was not alone in this; my brother Doug was by my side; sharing my vision fighting for the great people of Toronto. I could never have accomplished what we did without him.

Doug loves this city very much. He’s prepared to tackle the issues head on. Last week I asked my brother to carry the torch to continue the work we started together. I’m happy that he’s agreed.

Toronto needs Doug Ford as mayor.

There’s so much at stake in this election. The city’s future and the issues facing Toronto can’t wait. So I’m encouraging my brother to jump into this race wholeheartedly right now.

When the people get to know Doug as well as I do, they will see a man who cares, a man with vision, a man with integrity and determination.

You, the people of Toronto, have been with me since day one. Now I ask you to throw you support behind my brother Doug

Thank you again for your ongoing support and well wishes.

Most important, I want to thank my lovely, caring wife Renata who’s been with me and by my side from day one.

My heart goes out to anyone facing similar health battles and to your families standing strong behind you. But friends, please, please never give up.

Be strong, stay positive, and never ever give up.

God bless all of you and all the best.



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Rob Ford Cancer: Malignant Liposarcoma Diagnosis Confirmed

(95) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 6:04 PM

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has been diagnosed with malignant liposarcoma, a rare type of cancer, his doctor confirmed on Wednesday.

“We are treating this very aggressively,” said Dr. Zane Cohen at Mount Sinai Hospital, where Ford is currently seeking treatment.

Liposarcoma is a rare form...

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Brian Gallant Botches CBC Interview With Incorrect Statements

(43) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 3:08 PM

New Brunswick Liberal Leader Brian Gallant's campaign team is in damage control mode after a botched interview where he tripped over his own policy numbers, days before voters head to the polls.

Political opponents cried foul over two CBC News interviews host Harry Forestell taped with...

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Rob Ford Tumour Diagnosis Update: MRI Scheduled For Friday

(11) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 5:18 PM

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is scheduled to undergo an MRI exam on Friday to examine a “mass in the abdomen” identified by doctors as an abdominal tumour.

Dr. Zane Cohen, a renowned colorectal surgeon at Toronto’s Mount Sinai Hospital, offered an update on Ford’s condition at a...

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Rob Ford Tumour Diagnosis Hospitalizes Toronto Mayor

(124) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 6:35 PM

UPDATE: Humber River Hospital confirmed Thursday that Rob Ford has been transferred to Toronto's Mount Sinai Hospital "for follow-up investigation and subsequent treatment."

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has been hospitalized after a CT scan revealed an abdominal tumour on Wednesday.

Humber River Hospital president Dr....

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Man In Rob Ford Mask Arrested At Mayor's Campaign Headquarters

(8) Comments | Posted September 3, 2014 | 7:57 PM

A 43-year-old man was arrested after a brawl with a volunteer at Rob Ford’s Scarborough campaign headquarters on Wednesday.

The unidentified man reportedly tried to make his way into Ford campaign’s storefront office multiple times, wearing different costumes.

“A man entered the office three times in total wearing...

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99 Per Cent Of Sweden's Garbage Is Now Recycled (VIDEO)

(84) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 5:55 PM

There’s a “recycling revolution” happening in Sweden – one that has pushed the country closer to zero waste than ever before. In fact, less than one per cent of Sweden's household garbage ends up in landfills today.

The Scandinavian country has become so good at managing waste, they have to...

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Sarah Thomson, Toronto Mayoral Candidate, Promises Free Viagra For Poor Seniors

(9) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 10:10 PM

Here’s one idea to spice up a marathon municipal election campaign.

Toronto mayoral candidate Sarah Thomson thinks one way to make the city a “happier, smarter, and safer” place is by giving low-income seniors free Viagra.

Yes, really.

She cited traffic gridlock and an aging population as the...

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Neil Young Divorce: Canadian Rocker Ending Marriage Of 36 Years

(12) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 6:50 PM

Canadian singer-songwriter Neil Young is calling it quits with his wife of 36 years.

San Mateo court documents show paperwork for dissolution of marriage was first filed on July 29. No specific reason was outlined as possible grounds for divorce. Young and his wife Pegi have two biological...

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