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.”

Indigenous, Politics, Society

Ottawa pledges additional COVID-19 funding for off-reserve Indigenous people

The federal government will provide $75 million in new funding for Indigenous organizations providing “critical” services to Indigenous peoples living in cities and off reserve during the COVID-19 pandemic, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Thursday. Speaking at his regular news »

Environment & Animal Life, Health, International

COVID-19 could push 10M additional children into acute malnutrition: UN

The COVID-19 pandemic could drive an additional 10 million children around the world into acute malnutrition, according to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). Acute malnutrition is caused by inadequate food consumption or illness, or both, resulting in sudden »

Economy, Society

Canada’s inflation rate turned negative in April for first time since 2009

The annual inflation rate in Canada dipped into negative territory in April as the economy came to a halt in the first full month of the pandemic, the national statistics agency reported Wednesday. Statistics Canada said the consumer price index »

Health, Immigration & Refugees, International, Politics

Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh brace for COVID-19 and Cyclone Amphan

Nearly a million Rohingya refugees sheltering in overcrowded camps in Cox’s Bazar, in southern Bangladesh are bracing for a perfect storm of a COVID-19 outbreak and a powerful cyclone barrelling towards the region. Five cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed »

Health, Politics, Society

Ontario orders independent commission into long-term care

Ontario is launching an independent commission into its “broken” long-term care system after more than 1,400 COVID-19-linked deaths in the province’s nursing homes and long-term care facilities. Long-Term Care Minister Merrilee Fullerton said in a statement released Tuesday that the »

International, Politics

Canada-U.S. border to remain closed for another month

The Canada-U.S. border will remain closed for another 30 days, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Tuesday. Speaking during his daily news conference in Ottawa, Trudeau said both countries have agreed to extend the closure to June 21. Canada and the »

Health, Politics, Society

5 Canadian soldiers deployed in nursing homes test positive for COVID-19

Five Canadian soldiers deployed to hard hit long-term care homes during the COVID-19 pandemic have tested positive for the illness, the Canadian Armed Forces said Friday. Four of the cases are in Quebec, the hardest hit Canadian province, and one »

Immigration & Refugees, International, Politics

Amnesty International calls on Canada to open border to refugees from the U.S.

As countries around the world close their borders to contain the spread of COVID-19, Amnesty International is calling on the federal government to set an example of humane treatment of refugees and open Canada’s borders to asylum seekers from the »

Economy, Society

Canadians say post-COVID-19 ‘return to normal’ is far off: poll

More than two-thirds of Canadians (68 per cent) now believe that the full return to post-COVID-19 normal life is at least six months away, according to the latest public opinion data from the non-profit Angus Reid Institute. This represents a »