• International aviation organizations attended a meeting Tuesday in Montreal aimed at mitigating risks to commercial airliners in the wake of the Malaysian Airlines tragedy.

    UN task force set up to examine air safety over war zones

    Wednesday, July 30, 2014

    The UN agency that governs civil aviation said Tuesday it will create a task force to deal with security gaps that led to the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Eastern Ukraine on July 17.

  • Smoke rises from railway cars that were carrying crude oil after derailing in downtown Lac-Mégantic, Que., Saturday, July 6, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

    Rail oil transport risks remain, 12 months after Quebec disaster

    Sunday, July 6, 2014

    A long train brimming with crude from one of North America’s burgeoning shale oil fields derailed and exploded on July 6, 2013, in a sleepy Quebec village, killing 47 people. On the anniversary of the conflagration in Lac-Megantic, safety improvements in flammable rail freight remain slow to implement, while the amount of oil on the tracks soars further.

  • Toronto Mayor Rob Ford

    Toronto’s mayor shows grit in red-faced confession

    Monday, November 11, 2013

    Toronto Mayor Rob Ford refused to resign Tuesday despite admitting to crack cocaine use “in drunken stupor” and a growing chorus of voices calling on him to step down.

    “For the sake of the taxpayers of this great city, for the sake of the taxpayers, we must get back to work immediately,” he told a news conference Tuesday afternoon.

  • Smoke rises from railway cars that were carrying crude oil after derailing in downtown Lac-Mégantic, Que., Saturday, July 6, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

    Runaway train rips heart out of Quebec town

    Wednesday, July 10, 2013

    Maude Verreault owes her life to a cigarette.

    The 36-year-old waitress at Musi-Cafe restaurant in central Lac-Megantic was taking a short smoking break last Saturday night when a runaway tanker-train careened into the town and exploded near where she was standing.

  • RCMP Assistant Commissioner Wayne Rideout speaks during a news conference to announce terrorism charges against two people in Surrey, B.C., on Tuesday, July 2, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

    Police foil “al-Qaeda” inspired Canada Day bomb plot

    Tuesday, July 2, 2013

    Canadian authorities charged two people Tuesday in an “al-Qaeda-inspired” plot to bomb Canada Day celebrations at the provincial legislature in Victoria, British Columbia.

  • Montreal Mayor Michael Applebaum gets into a car outside police headquarters in Montreal, Monday, June 17, 2013. Applebaum was arrested earlier as part of a bribery case. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

    Montreal mayor arrested on fraud, corruption charges

    Monday, June 17, 2013

    By LEVON SEVUNTS — dpa MONTREAL — The mayor of Montreal was arrested at his home Monday by a special anti-corruption police unit on 14 criminal charges, barely seven months after he took office vowing to clean up Canada’s second-largest city.

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    Canada’s ice road to diamonds

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

    A late March blizzard has finished blowing over much of Canada’s Northwest Territories and Ron Near’s job just got more interesting.

    A retired Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer, Near is in charge of the world’s longest ice road that connects Yellowknife, the territorial capital, to three diamond mines: Ekati, Diavik and Snap Lake.

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    Dreams made of diamonds

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

    Matevos Harutyunyan has to fly across Canada from Yellowknife, the capital of Northwest Territories, to Montreal to do what he loves the most.
    Harutyunyan is an expert diamond cutter and polisher but ever since the Arslanian Cutting Works factory in Yellowknife shut its doors two years ago, the only chance he gets to practice his beloved craft is during short visits to Montreal.

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    Sweet victory for Canadian police: maple syrup thieves caught

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

    The largest known heist ever of sweet and expensive maple syrup oozed a step closer to solution on Tuesday as Canadian police arrested three suspects.
    Sergeant Claude Denis, spokesman for the Quebec provincial police, said the hunt for an estimated 3 million kilograms of stolen syrup took police investigators to neighbouring Ontario, New Brunswick and north-eastern United States.

  • Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird takes part in a press conference with Britain's Foreign Secretary William Hague in the foyer of the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Monday, September 24, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean

    Canada downplays deal to share embassies with Britain

    Tuesday, September 25, 2012

    London/Ottawa (dpa) – Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird sought to downplay a deal with Britain to share diplomatic missions abroad amid a chorus of criticism of the plan from opposition parties and former diplomats. Speaking at a joint press conference with British Foreign Secretary William Hague, Baird called the deal with Britain an “administrative” agreement. The agreement is expected to involve countries where Britain has diplomatic missions and Canada does not or vice versa.

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Eye on the Arctic is nominated for a Webby

Today nominees for the 16th annual Webby Awards were announced. We here at Eye on the Arctic found out that our Arctic Health Series: Bridging the Divide has been nominated for an award in the News and Politics: Series category. The Webby Awards is the leading international award honouring excellence on the Internet. The health crisis in the Arctic has become one of the most pressing issues in the world’s circumpolar countries but receives relatively little media and political attention next to issues like climate change and Arctic sovereignty. When Radio Canada International set…

I’m a Webby Award Honoree

My short documentary Seal Ban: Inuit Impact has been named Official Honoree in the News & Politics: Individual Episode category of the 15th Annual Webby Awards.

Looking forward to vacation

One more day to go to vacation. Friday, March 18 is the last day, then I’m off for two weeks. It’s been quite stressful in the last few months and I’m looking forward to recharging my batteries a bit… Maybe do a freelance story on the side or just spend two weeks catching up on reading.

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International aviation organizations attended a meeting Tuesday in Montreal aimed at mitigating risks to commercial airliners in the wake of the Malaysian Airlines tragedy.

UN task force set up to examine air safety over war zones

The UN agency that governs civil aviation said Tuesday it will create a task force to deal with security gaps that led to the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Eastern Ukraine on July 17.

Smoke rises from railway cars that were carrying crude oil after derailing in downtown Lac-Mégantic, Que., Saturday, July 6, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Rail oil transport risks remain, 12 months after Quebec disaster

A long train brimming with crude from one of North America’s burgeoning shale oil fields derailed and exploded on July 6, 2013, in a sleepy Quebec village, killing 47 people. On the anniversary of the conflagration in Lac-Megantic, safety improvements in flammable rail freight remain slow to implement, while the amount of oil on the tracks soars further.

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford

Toronto’s mayor shows grit in red-faced confession

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford refused to resign Tuesday despite admitting to crack cocaine use “in drunken stupor” and a growing chorus of voices calling on him to step down.

“For the sake of the taxpayers of this great city, for the sake of the taxpayers, we must get back to work immediately,” he told a news conference Tuesday afternoon.

Smoke rises from railway cars that were carrying crude oil after derailing in downtown Lac-Mégantic, Que., Saturday, July 6, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Runaway train rips heart out of Quebec town

Maude Verreault owes her life to a cigarette.

The 36-year-old waitress at Musi-Cafe restaurant in central Lac-Megantic was taking a short smoking break last Saturday night when a runaway tanker-train careened into the town and exploded near where she was standing.

RCMP Assistant Commissioner Wayne Rideout speaks during a news conference to announce terrorism charges against two people in Surrey, B.C., on Tuesday, July 2, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Police foil “al-Qaeda” inspired Canada Day bomb plot

Canadian authorities charged two people Tuesday in an “al-Qaeda-inspired” plot to bomb Canada Day celebrations at the provincial legislature in Victoria, British Columbia.

Montreal Mayor Michael Applebaum gets into a car outside police headquarters in Montreal, Monday, June 17, 2013. Applebaum was arrested earlier as part of a bribery case. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Montreal mayor arrested on fraud, corruption charges

By LEVON SEVUNTS — dpa MONTREAL — The mayor of Montreal was arrested at his home Monday by a special anti-corruption police unit on 14 criminal charges, barely seven months after he took office vowing to clean up Canada’s second-largest city.

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Lt. Chantal Tetreault (centre) from Petawawa, Ont., and Canadian Combat Engineers from Task Force Kabul (TFK), look over ordnance scheduled for destruction near Nazer Kala, Afghanistan. Photo: Sgt Frank Hudec, Canadian Forces Combat Camera

Sisters in arms

Lt. Chantal Tétreault stood in the crew commander’s hatch of her Bison light armoured vehicle surveying the dusty road ahead. She gripped the handle of a loaded machine gun, ready to fire. From hatches behind her, two Canadian soldiers scanned the nearby fields and the village’s mudcaked walls, their fingers tense on the trigger guards of their rifles.

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

How safe is Canada’s energy infrastructure?

HOMELAND SECURITY SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2005 SINCE SEPT. 11, 2001, CANADA HAS TAKEN NUMEROUS STEPS TO BOLSTER ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE SECURITY. BUT HAS ENOUGH BEEN DONE? By Levon Sevunts Christian Latreille couldn’t believe his eyes as he entered one of the world’s largest hydroelectric stations, the LG-2, a sprawling underground facility 600 feet beneath the frozen wilderness in Quebec. Latreille, a hard-hitting journalist with the French-language public broadcaster Radio-Canada, and his cameraman had just literally walked into what should have been a secure facility. Yet to their astonishment,…

(AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)

Wireless Wonder: How a Canadian telco exec brought cellphones to war-torn Afghanistan.

Canadian Business by Levon Sevunts | In Kabul 2005-08-15 Karim Khoja knew that operating a wireless phone company in Afghanistan would require negotiating some tricky political, business and cultural minefields. But he wasn’t counting on finding himself in the middle of a real one. Soon after arriving here from Vancouver three years ago, Khoja, the Canadian CEO of Roshan, Afghanistan’s largest telecommunications company, learned the meaning of the ubiquitous red and white painted rocks. “I was driving from Kabul to Mazar,” recalls Khoja. “We had…

Sudanese displaced women at the Zam Zam refugee camp just outside the town of El-Fashir in the Darfour region of Sudan, Thursday, July 1, 2004. (AP Photo/Karel Prinsloo)

Clinging to life in Darfur

Reader’s Digest By Levon Sevunts July 2005 Hawa Bashi was sure that her son, Hari, would die soon. An emaciated two-year-old with the resigned gaze of a life-weary elder, Hari had lost his appetite. Even worse, he seemed to have lost the will to live. His bone-thin legs could no longer hold him up; his mother had to hold him as Hari sat slumped under the shade of a thorny tree near the village of Shegek Karo. Bashi’s own village, Bashimi, just a few kilometres…

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