Levon Sevunts
Levon Sevunts
Born and raised in Armenia, Levon started his journalistic career in 1990, covering wars and civil strife in the Caucasus and Central Asia. In 1992, after the government in Armenia shut down the TV program he was working for, Levon immigrated to Canada. He learned English and eventually went back to journalism, working first in print and then in broadcasting. Levon’s journalistic assignments have taken him from the High Arctic to Sahara and the killing fields of Darfur, from the streets of Montreal to the snow-capped mountaintops of Hindu Kush in Afghanistan. He says, “But best of all, I’ve been privileged to tell the stories of hundreds of people who’ve generously opened up their homes, refugee tents and their hearts to me.” Read Levon Sevunts's articles

Politics

Lockheed Martin selected as preferred designer for Canada’s next generation of warships

The federal government is giving a consortium led by U.S. defence giant Lockheed Martin the first crack at inking a contract to design Canada’s $60-billion fleet of next generation warships, officials announced Friday. Government officials say the group’s proposed BAE» 

Economy

Airfare turbulence slowed down Canada’s inflation rate to 2.2% last month

The annual pace of inflation slowed more than expected in September dragged down by turbulence in the airfare prices and a slower rise in the price of gasoline compared with August. Statistics Canada said Friday the consumer price index in» 

International, Society

Canadian faces 10 years in jail for spray painting ancient Thai wall

A 23-year-old Canadian woman is facing up to 10 years in prison on charges of spray-painting her initials on an ancient wall in northern Thailand, police said Friday. Canadian Brittney Schneider and Briton Furlong Lee, also 23, were arrested on» 

Society

Cannabis retailers warn of supply shortage

Cannabis retailers across Canada warned of lingering shortages Thursday, saying demand for newly legal pot outstrips their retail projections and limited supply. Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries said Thursday that it is expecting product shortages in both brick-and-mortar and online stores» 

International, Politics

Canada offers its ‘deepest condolences’ following deadly attack in Crimea

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland offered Canada’s “deepest condolences and profound sympathy” as grieving residents in the Crimean port city of Kerch laid flowers and lit candles on Thursday, a day after an armed teenager killed 20 people at a» 

International, Politics

Burundian humanitarian pleads for Canada’s help in stopping potential genocide

Marguerite Barankitse says she needs Canada’s help to stop a genocide in the making and to care for thousands of Burundians who have fled political violence in the country since 2015. Barankitse or simply Maggy, as she is known to» 

Politics, Society

Liberal government to table legislation on pot possession pardons

The federal government plans to table legislation by the end of this year to issue pardons to Canadians who were convicted in the past of simple possession of cannabis, officials announced Wednesday. The Liberal government also plans to waive the fee» 

International, Politics, Society

UN drug watchdog slams Canada’s cannabis legalization

Canada’s move to legalize cannabis is incompatible with Ottawa’s international legal obligations and damages global efforts to control drugs and protect youth from harm, according to the UN drug watchdog. “By moving forward with the legalisation of cannabis for non-medical» 

Health, Society

Canadians line up coast to coast to buy legal pot

Thousands of Canadians lined up in queues across the country Wednesday to buy their first legal cannabis as at the stroke of midnight Canada became the first G7 country to legalize recreational use of marijuana and other derived products. In» 

Health, Politics

Medical journal slams pot legalization as ‘national, uncontrolled experiment’

The Canadian Medical Association Journal blasted Monday the plan by the Liberal government to legalize cannabis in Canada as “national, uncontrolled experiment” that pits the profits of cannabis producers and government tax revenues against the health of Canadians. As of»