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.”

International, Politics, Society

International arrivals to Canada increase in April, remain low compared to 2019

The number of international arrivals to Canada by land and air increased in April when compared to the same period of the previous year, but remained over 90 per cent below the pre-pandemic levels, according to new data released by »

Indigenous, Internet, Science & Technology

Canada urges Arctic science collaboration and Indigenous research priorities

Canada pushed for more Arctic research collaboration and for “meaningful and respectful partnerships between Arctic researchers and Indigenous peoples” at a two-day meeting of science ministers that concluded in Japan on Sunday. The 3rd Arctic Science Ministerial held in Tokyo »

International, Politics

Canada ‘concerned’ by escalation of violence between Israel and Palestinians

Tensions between Palestinians and Israel dramatically escalated on Monday as Hamas militants fired a salvo of rockets into Israel, after hundreds of Palestinians were hurt in clashes with Israeli police at a flashpoint religious site in Jerusalem. The early evening »

Health, Politics, Society

Canada scheduled to receive 2M doses of Pfizer vaccine

Pfizer-BioNTech is expected to ship over two million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine to Canada this week as several provinces ramp up their immunization campaigns. The pharmaceutical giant will then gradually boost its deliveries to Canada from the current level »

Internet, Science & Technology, Society

DNA evidence from doomed Franklin expedition helps ID sailor

Nearly three decades of research by Canadian scientists has led to the identification of the first member of the ill-fated 1845 Franklin expedition through DNA and genealogical analyses. Researchers at Trent University, the University of Waterloo and Lakehead University who »

Health, International, Politics

Canada ready to discuss waiving intellectual property on COVID-19 vaccines

Canada’s minister for international trade says the country is “ready to discuss” proposals to waive intellectual property protection for COVID-19 vaccines under a World Trade Organization (WTO) agreement that allows poorer countries to circumvent patent protections in public health emergencies. »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life, Indigenous, International, Politics

Canadian Indigenous group slams Ottawa’s efforts to protect Line 5 pipeline

A major Canadian Indigenous group is adding its voice in support of a campaign by Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to shut down an oil pipeline that runs under the Great Lakes and supplies much of the fuel to Ontario and »

Immigration & Refugees, International, Politics

Canada to host international donors’ conference for Venezuelan refugees

The federal government in collaboration with two humanitarian agencies working with refugees and migrants will host an international conference next month to raise funds for millions of Venezuelans who have fled their country since 2015. The exodus of over 5.6 »

Internet, Science & Technology, Politics

Canada to build two polar icebreakers for High Arctic operations

The federal government is moving ahead with building two heavy icebreakers for the Canadian Coast Guard operations in the High Arctic, federal officials announced Thursday. The 150-metre-long vessels will be able to operate in heavy ice conditions for up to »

Politics, Society

Trudeau slams lockdown protests as counterproductive

Canadians who are gathering in large numbers to protest against COVID-19 related lockdown measures are in fact prolonging the pandemic and the very restrictions they dislike so much, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday. Speaking at his regular press conference »