Laura Osman

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Laura Osman is a reporter for The Canadian Press.

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Public health agency trying to find out how many Canadians are struggling with 'long COVID'

Federal agencies are trying to get a handle on how many Canadians are suffering from "long COVID" as researchers learn more about the mysterious after-effects of the virus.

Dry cells to be banned for women prisoners suspected of carrying contraband in bodies

The federal government announced it would ban a controversial form of confinement for inmates suspected of carrying contraband in their vaginas, but critics say the government should reconsider the practice for everyone.

Non-citizens of Ukraine don't qualify for temporary refuge in Canada

Masouma Tajik fled Taliban rule in Afghanistan in August, leaving her life and family behind at only 22 years old, carrying just one backpack.

Muslim groups ask feds to intervene on behalf of Egyptian refugees in Vancouver

Dozens of Muslim Canadian organizations are urging the prime minister, public safety minister and president of the Canada Border Services Agency to intervene on behalf of Egyptian refugee claimants in Vancouver.

UN agency says it's too early to start resettling Ukrainian refugees

The Canadian representative for the United Nations refugee agency, the UNHCR, says it's too early to begin to resettle the thousands of Ukrainian refugees who have fled Russian aggression.

COVID-19 might have lasting impacts on the way Canada handles immigration, minister says

The federal immigration minister says some of temporary measures that have helped the government meet its targets this year could be here to stay even after the pandemic ebbs away.

Think you have COVID-19 during the Omicron wave? Here's what to do

Omicron appears to spread faster and more easily than its predecessors, even among the vaccinated. Here are some answers to what you need to know if you feel like you might have COVID-19 in the age of Omicron.

Unvaccinated travellers over the age of 12 barred from planes and trains as of today

Unvaccinated travellers over the age of 12 won't be able to board a plane or train in Canada beginning today, and a negative COVID-19 test will no longer serve as a substitute for most people.

G7 health ministers agree to closely monitor omicron variant after virtual meeting

Federal Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos says Canada supports the development of a new global convention on pandemic preparedness and response that will be debated at a special meeting of the World Health Assembly today.

Canadian Blood Services to recommend end to ban on donations from men who have sex with men

An end to the ban on gay and bisexual men from donating blood — promised by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in 2015 — is set to be recommended within weeks in favour of new screening criteria based on sexual history and behaviour.

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