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

Manitoba snowstorm shuts highways, closes schools, snaps trees

Thousands of homes and businesses in Manitoba were without power Friday as a severe snow storm blanketed southern parts of the province, knocking down trees, shutting down highways and forcing school closures. The province’s electrical utility said crews were working» 

Politics

Party leaders debate climate, deficits, secularism and relations with China

The leaders of Canada’s six major political parties faced off in the final debate of the 2019 federal election Thursday evening as they jostled to improve their position entering the final lap of the campaign. Thursday’s debate was the second» 

Economy, Environment

Rising CO2 emissions to hit labour productivity in poorest countries

Extreme heat caused by rising levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions will lead to big losses in productivity, taking a heavy economic toll on countries that can least afford it, according to a new study by Canadian researchers. Heat exposure» 

International, Politics

Turkish offensive in Syria poses risks for children, aid groups warn

International aid groups and humanitarian agencies are warning of an impending humanitarian catastrophe in northeastern Syria as Turkey continues its cross-border offensive against Kurdish militants who control the area. Turkey pounded Kurdish militia who had aligned themselves with the U.S.» 

Politics

Fact checking federal party leaders’ claims from the English-language debate

Canada’s six main federal party leaders clashed Monday evening in a two-hour English-language debate. As expected, the wide-ranging discussion was full of personal barbs and attacks of each other’s policies. Federal leaders clash in debate long on personal attacks and» 

Society

Chinese student charged for allegedly staging his own kidnapping

Police in the northern Toronto suburb of Markham have charged a 16-year-old international student from China for allegedly staging his own kidnapping last month. York Regional Police said Tuesday officers were called to a residence on Huntington Park Drive on» 

Internet, Science and Technology

Canadian-born scientist James Peebles wins 2019 Nobel Prize in physics

Canadian-born James Peebles is one of three scientists to receive the 2019 Nobel Prize in physics for “contributions to our understanding of the evolution of the universe and Earth’s place in the cosmos,” the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced Tuesday.» 

Politics

Federal leaders clash in debate long on personal attacks and short on policy

Canada’s six main federal party leaders clashed Monday evening in a two-hour English-language debate full of personal attacks, quips and brief moments of levity as they sought to shore up their positions and gain advantage over rivals ahead of the» 

International, Politics

Ottawa reviews footage of destroyed Canadian-made Saudi armoured vehicles

Canadian government officials are “closely” reviewing recently released video footage that appears to show Canadian-made Saudi military equipment captured or destroyed by Houthi rebels in Yemen, says a spokesperson for Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland. Video footage and still images» 

International, Politics

Footage of Canadian LAVs in Yemen raises new questions about Saudi arms deal

Images of what appear to be Canadian-made light armoured vehicles (LAV) captured or destroyed by Houthi rebels during recent fighting in the borderlands between Yemen and Saudi Arabia are triggering fresh calls for Ottawa to cancel its multibillion arms deal»