Laura Osman


Laura Osman is a reporter for CBC Ottawa. You can contact her on Twitter at @LauraOsmanCBC or by email at

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Police chief's 1st budget takes aim at rock-bottom morale

Chief Peter Sloly's first budget at the helm of the Ottawa Police Service (OPS) will focus on easing "emotional tensions" on the force, the likes of which he said he's never seen before.

Left homeless by fire, former rooming house tenants preparing encampment for winter

Former tenants of an Ottawa rooming house that burned down in the spring have moved into a tent community in a wooded area near Bayview station, where some of them are hunkering down for the winter.

Tarion failing homebuyers, auditor finds

Tarion, Ontario's home warranty agency, has failed thousands of new homebuyers by placing the interests of builders ahead of theirs, according to a scathing report tabled by Bonnie Lysyk, the province's auditor general.

Transit chair chides commissioners for speaking out about LRT chaos

Coun. Allan Hubley is scolding his fellow transit commissioners for eroding what's left of the public's confidence in Ottawa's beleaguered transit system by voicing their concerns in the media and online.

Great expectations await Ottawa's new police chief

City officials, community advocates and members of the police force are looking for more harmonious relationships and an easing of tension between officers and top brass.

Evidence wraps in officer's manslaughter trial

Const. Daniel Montsion has pleaded not guilty to manslaughter, aggravated assault and assault with a weapon in the July 2016 death of Abdirahman Abdi. Testimony has ended, but some key questions remain before the judge renders his decision.

'People are dying': Life and death at level zero

More and more frequently, Ottawa is without a single ambulance to respond to medical emergencies. It's called level zero, and paramedics, doctors and their patients are sounding the alarm.

Advocate slams 'outrageous' Tarion executive salaries, calls for cap

A homebuyer advocacy group is calling on the provincial government to cap salaries for Tarion executives, after the corporation revealed their compensation for the first time on Tuesday.

Homeless shelter holds voter registration clinic at soup kitchen

Politics isn’t usually the buzz at the soup kitchen at the Shepherds of Good Hope shelter, but a group of local organizations are trying to change that, in an effort to get more homeless people to the polls.

'Hard work ahead' to alleviate ER delays, Ottawa Hospital says

The Ottawa Hospital says there's "a lot of hard work" to do to speed up the time it take to receive patients arriving at its emergency departments by ambulance, allowing paramedics to get back out on the road.

'Level zero' crisis turning deadly, city warns

For a period totalling more than five days over the first eight months of this year, there were no ambulances available to respond to medical emergencies, according to a new report released by the City of Ottawa.

Frustrated customers file complaints over snow clearing contracts

Customers of three Ottawa snow removal companies have complained to the Competition Bureau over what they're characterizing as a dodgy deal that drove up fees, but the businesses say they've done nothing wrong.

Supervisor ordered purchase of officer's assault gloves, Crown concedes

The Crown in the manslaughter trial of Const. Daniel Montsion has conceded that a member of the officer's unit was ordered by his supervisor to purchase the Oakley assault gloves Montsion wore during the arrest of Abdirahman Abdi. 

Community police pilot will help entire city, promises interim chief

The whole city will get a crime-fighting boost when new neighbourhood police officers are deployed to three key communities, interim Chief Steve Bell told the police services board Monday.

Diane Deans diagnosed with 'insidious' ovarian cancer

The veteran Ottawa city councillor announced Monday she's been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and plans to take several months off to focus on her treatment.