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.”

Immigration & Refugees, Politics, Society

Ottawa offers pathway to permanent residency to some asylum seekers

The federal government is granting a pathway to permanent residency to some asylum seekers who worked on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, caring for patients in hospitals and long-term care homes in Canada. Under the ad hoc measure announced »

Economy, Internet, Science & Technology, Society

Competition Bureau investigates Amazon.ca for ‘potential abuse of dominance’

Canada’s competition watchdog has launched an investigation into Amazon.ca to examine whether the U.S.-owned online retail giant is engaging in conduct “impacting competition to the detriment of consumers and companies that do business in Canada.” The Competition Bureau said in »

International, Politics

Canada welcomes normalization of relations between Israel and U.A.E.

Canada welcomes the U.S.-brokered deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates to normalize relations and establish diplomatic ties, says Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne. “We see this as a historic and positive step toward peace and security in the »

Society, Sports

Defending champion Bianca Andreescu pulls out of U.S. Open

Defending champion Bianca Andreescu says she will not return to New York this year to defend her title at the U.S. Open because the COVID-19 pandemic has compromised her ability to prepare for the tournament. The 20-year-old Canadian made the »

Health, Society

COVID-19 in Canada is ‘under manageable control,’ says top doctor

Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam says the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic is “under manageable control,” but warns Canadians to not let down their guard as the virus is still circulating in the country. There have been »

Economy, Politics, Society

Ottawa announces details of $50M surplus food program

The federal government announced Thursday details of a program designed to redirect to food banks and community organizations millions of kilograms of perfectly good food that would otherwise be thrown out. Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau said the $50-million program aims »

Health, Indigenous, Politics

Ottawa pledges $305M for Indigenous communities to tackle coronavirus crisis

The federal government has announced an additional $305 million to help Canada’s Indigenous Peoples battle the COVID-19 pandemic. Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller says the money can be used for a wide variety of measures such as supporting vulnerable community »

Economy, Internet, Science & Technology, Politics

Quebec shipyard begins work on $1.5B Canadian frigate maintenance program

The Davie shipyard announced Tuesday the official launch of a long-term naval maintenance and upgrade program designed to keep Canada’s fleet of 12 frigates operational until a new generation of warships replaces them in the early 2040s. Davie welcomed HMCS »

International, Politics, Society

Kamala Harris’ selection as Joe Biden’s VP cheered in her Montreal high school

When Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden named California Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate on Tuesday, the historic announcement was cheered by a suburban high school in Montreal. Westmount High School already counts songwriter Leonard Cohen among its famous »

Internet, Science & Technology, Politics

Canada names final ship in its Arctic patrol fleet after WW II navy pilot

The Royal Canadian Navy says its sixth Arctic patrol vessel will be named after Lt. Robert Hampton Gray, a Second World War navy hero. With the addition of these new ice-capable warships the military will be able to beef up »