Laura Osman


Laura Osman is a reporter for The Canadian Press.

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Islamic call to prayer being heard for the first time across Canada

The Al Rashid Mosque has stood in Edmonton since 1938, but no one there today can remember ever hearing the daily call to prayer ring out through the loudspeakers.

Most Canadians comfortable with pace of easing restrictions: poll

As provinces start to tiptoe toward normalcy by gently lifting restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19, a new poll suggests Canadians are largely happy with the pace. 

Scientists concerned focus on COVID-19 disrupting regular health research funds

Canada's health research granting agency has postponed its usual funding competition due to COVID-19, sparking concern the lack of money could disrupt regular health research. 

Doctors concerned over surgery backlog after immediate COVID-19 crisis

Doctors say they're becoming increasingly concerned about how they will handle the swelling backlog of elective surgeries once the immediate COVID-19 threat has ebbed. Hospitals have put off non-urgent surgeries to focus on the viral outbreak. 

Long-term care deaths expected to rise as growth of total cases slows: Tam

The number of deaths in long-term care facilities is expected to keep rising, even as the growth of overall COVID-19 cases begins to slow, Canada's top public health official warned Monday. 

Federal government urges med students, retirees to volunteer in the fight against COVID-19

The federal government is seeking volunteers with medical experience to provide backup support in the fight against COVID-19.

We won't know if social isolation is working for weeks, months: Tam

Canada's top doctor says it might be months before we know whether social distancing measures being employed across the country right now are slowing the spread of COVID-19.

Perth doctor rigs up solution to feared ventilator shortage

A doctor in eastern Ontario has improvised a way to double his small hospital's ventilator capacity in preparation for a possible COVID-19 outbreak.

Ottawa's COVID-19 assessment centre turning many away

Many of the hundreds of people descending on Canada's first dedicated COVID-19 assessment centre went home without being tested on Saturday after falling short of the criteria requiring them to be screened for the respiratory illness.

Ottawa's LRT woes 'absolutely' fixable, consultant says

The consulting firm tasked with restoring faith in the now notoriously unreliable Confederation Line believes the problems with Ottawa’s new LRT are fixable.

City declares housing emergency

Canada's capital has become the first city in the country to declare a housing and homelessness emergency, but it's not at all clear what, if anything, that will change.
CBC Explains

What's an 'arcing flash,' and why is it ruining your commute?

Loud bangs. Flickering flames. Showering sparks. 'Arc flashing' can be scary for passengers and even cause damage to trains, but don't panic, the city says.

'Isolated' Sandy Hill development approved with limited parking

The city's planning committee has approved four new student-focused apartment buildings in an isolated portion of Sandy Hill, despite overwhelming opposition from the community over a lack of parking.

Homeowners, advocates call for end to Tarion monopoly

Homeowners who've fought for years for restitution after discovering defects in their newly built homes are demanding the provincial government reconsider its efforts to reform the Tarion home warranty program and instead open it up to private insurers.

Maintenance company falling down on the job: Transit chair

Coun. Allan Hubley is the laying blame for the train shortage that's wreaking havoc on morning and afternoon commutes squarely on the maintenance company hired to keep them in working order.