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.”

Environment

Canada ratifies UN agreement to deny safe haven to illegal fishing vessels

Canada has become the latest country to ratify a UN treaty that seeks to combat the global illegal fishing industry by denying port access to fishing vessels engaged in the multibillion illicit trade, federal officials announced Friday. The Agreement on» 

Speed limits on commercial shipping have been re-imposed in the Gulf of St Lawrence after two endangered right whales were spotted this week

Environment

Transport Canada fines ship for exceeding whale safety speed limit

Transport Canada has issued a $6,000 fine to a vessel that allegedly breached mandatory speed limits introduced by the federal government in parts of the Gulf of St. Lawrence to protect endangered North Atlantic right whales, Transport Minister Marc Garneau» 

International

Washington urges Saudi Arabia to release jailed blogger

The wife of jailed Saudi blogger Raif Badawi and his supporters in Canada are welcoming comments by U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence Thursday calling on Saudi Arabia to release him. Speaking at a conference on religious freedom in Washington on Thursday,» 

Economy, International, Politics

Canada and EU work on ‘interim fix’ to save global trade body

Canada and the European Union are close to agreeing to a possible temporary solution to save the World Trade Organization (WTO) from paralysis induced by the Trump administration’s policy of blocking appointments to the global trade body’s dispute resolution mechanism,» 

International, Politics

Trump rally chants ‘completely unacceptable’, says Trudeau

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau condemned as “hurtful, wrong and completely unacceptable” comments by supporters of U.S. President Trump, who chanted “send her back” at a rally in North Carolina on Wednesday in reference to a Muslim member of Congress. “I» 

International, Politics

Canadian short-term election observers arrive in Ukraine

Over two hundred Canadian short-term election observers are arriving in Ukraine this week ahead of the country’s parliamentary elections on July 21, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland announced Thursday. Led by the head of Canada’s election observation mission in Ukraine,» 

International, Politics

French parliament postpones CETA vote as Trudeau kicks off EU-Canada summit

The French parliament delayed until next week a vote on the ratification of a Canada-EU free trade accord just as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau welcomed top EU officials in Montreal Wednesday for a summit that aims to further cement economic» 

Politics, Society

Former Indigenous police officer named Saskatchewan Lt.-Gov.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has named former high ranking Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer Russell Mirasty as Saskatchewan’s lieutenant-governor, the Office of the Prime Minister announced on Wednesday. Mirasty worked with the RCMP for 36 years. He is a member» 

Environment

Rescuers partially disentangle 2 whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence

After days of bad weather in Atlantic Canada, Canadian and U.S. officials were finally able to resume their efforts Tuesday to attempt to rescue three endangered North Atlantic right whales seen entangled in fishing gear in the Gulf of St.» 

Economy, International

Ukraine – open for business?

Daniel Bilak is on a mission. The former Torontonian, who now calls Kyiv home, wants to rebrand Ukraine. “What we really want to do is to get the message across that there is new Ukraine,” Bilak says, taking a short»