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.”

Health

Health Canada says AstraZenaca vaccine benefits far outweigh risks

Federal health officials say Canadians should not feel skittish about rolling up their sleeves to get a shot of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine or its Indian-produced twin, Covishield, because their benefits far outweigh the risks of developing very rare and »

Economy, Society

Women remain underrepresented in Canadian boardrooms: study

Efforts by Canadian security regulators to accelerate the representation of women in corporate boardrooms have failed to produce noticeable results with only one quarter of boardroom vacancies being filled by women, according to new research from the Conference Board of »

Health, Politics, Society

Canada’s ‘Atlantic bubble’ reopening in jeopardy over rising COVID-19 cases

Plans to reopen a “travel buble” between Canada’s Atlantic provinces on April 19 looked increasingly precarious on Tuesday amid the rising number of COVID-19 cases and, in particular, variants of concern across the country. Premiers of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, »

Health, Society

COVID-19 situation in Canada ‘remains extremely serious,’ says Trudeau

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau warned Canadians on Tuesday that the situation with the COVID-19 pandemic in the country “remains extremely serious” as the number of infections continues to rise despite efforts to ramp up vaccinations. “On Sunday, Ontario reported a »

International, Politics

Canadian Coast Guard takes part in international Arctic exercise

More than a dozen Canadian Coast Guard officials are taking part in an international online exercise simulating a joint search and rescue and environmental response operation following a collision between an expedition cruise ship and an oil tanker off the »

International, Politics

Canada cancels 29 high-tech arms exports permits to Turkey

The federal government has cancelled 29 arms export licences for Turkey’s high-tech drone systems after a thorough review found “credible evidence” that Canadian technology was diverted to Azerbaijan without Ottawa’s consent and was used in fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh last fall, »

International, Politics

Canada warns travelers of risk of ‘arbitrary detention’ in China’s Xinjiang

The federal government is warning Canadians with “familial or ethnic ties” to China’s Xinjiang region that they “may be at risk of arbitrary detention” when travelling there. The warning comes in an update to travel advice for Canadians visiting China »

Health, Politics, Society

Canada expects to receive 44M doses of COVID-19 vaccines by July, says Trudeau

Canada expects to receive 44 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca by the end of June, enough to administer at least one shot to every Canadian, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Friday. Speaking to reporters during »

Health, Society

Ontario reports 4,227 new cases of COVID-19, 2nd highest daily count

Ontario reported 4,227 cases of COVID-19 on Friday, the second-highest on a single day at any point during the pandemic. Canada’s most populous province logged 4,249 new infections on January 8, but 450 of those were attributed to a delay »

Politics, Society

Canada remembers Prince Philip as ‘a man of great purpose,’ says Trudeau

The thoughts of Canadians are with Queen Elizabeth and the royal family as they mourn the passing of Prince Philip on Friday, says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, was 99 and was the longest-serving royal »