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.”

Society

Ruptured water main pipe floods Montreal Metro station

Service on a central stretch of Montreal’s busiest Metro line resumed Thursday afternoon after an early morning water main pipe rupture flooded one of downtown stations, forcing a partial shutdown of the Orange Line. Tens of thousands of commuters were» 

Environment

Environmental groups welcome ban on dirty fuel by Arctic cruise operators

A coalition of environmental and conservation groups working on more environmentally sustainable shipping practices in the Arctic says it welcomes a decision by 30 expedition cruise line operators to forgo the use of heavy fuel oil while operating in the» 

Politics

Former Canadian spy chief calls for ‘clear eyed’ national security discussion

Canada needs to be “clear eyed” about its own place in the rapidly changing multipolar world and the security challenges presented by such “revisionist” adversaries as Russia and China, says a former spy chief and national security advisor to two» 

Society

Cirque du Soleil’s founder detained in Tahiti for growing cannabis

Quebec billionaire and Cirque du Soleil co-founder Guy Laliberté has been detained by police in French Polynesia for growing cannabis at his luxury estate on the island of Nukutepipi. In a statement issued on Wednesday, Laliberté’s company, Lune Rouge, confirmed that he is» 

International

Canada stands ready to assist Australia in fighting raging wildfires

The Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre (CIFFC) is sending a liaison officer to Australia to work with authorities there on determining what assistance Canada can provide as Australian firefighters struggle to contain more than 150 fires raging on both the» 

Society

Toddler’s sudden death forces emergency landing of Saudi jet in Newfoundland

A sudden death of a toddler on a Saudi Arabian Airlines flight headed from Jeddah to Washington D.C. forced the pilots to make an emergency landing in St. John’s International Airport on Tuesday, according to the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary. A» 

Politics

Saskatchewan to seek more autonomy within Canada, says provincial premier

The resource-rich Prairie province of Saskatchewan will strive for more autonomy within the Confederation but has no intention of seceding from Canada, Premier Scott Moe said Tuesday after meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. “We’re going to look at opportunities» 

Politics

Canada’s parliament to reconvene on Dec. 5

A new session of Parliament will open on Dec. 5 immediately after the NATO leaders’ summit in London, Prime Minster Justin Trudeau announced Tuesday. The 43rd session of Parliament will begin with a Speech from the Throne from Gov. Gen.» 

International, Politics

Canada calls for calm in Bolivia

Canada called on Bolivian political and social actors to “exercise restraint and avoid violence and confrontation” Monday, as the country was plunged into a constitutional limbo following the resignation of the country’s first Indigenous president and all of his likely» 

International, Politics

Canada welcomes genocide lawsuit against Myanmar, says Freeland

Canada welcomes Gambia’s submission of an application to launch proceedings against Myanmar in the International Court of Justice in The Hague for alleged violations of the Genocide Convention, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Monday. Gambia, acting on behalf of»