• EXCLUSIVE: Canadian defence deal with Azerbaijan raises new questions about arms export controls

    Thursday, July 27, 2017

    A deal by a Canadian company to export armoured personnel carriers to Azerbaijan and set up a joint production of these military-style vehicles in the oil-rich former Soviet republic is once again raising questions about the efficacy of Canada’s defence export controls. Toronto-based INKAS Armored Vehicle Manufacturing has signed a deal with Azerbaijan’s interior ministry under which the company has already delivered “a few” Canadian-made armoured personnel carriers (APCs). The privately owned company has also set up a joint venture with an Azerbaijani firm to produce APCs in Azerbaijan,…

  • Budding Macron-Trudeau ‘bromance’ driven by necessity

    Thursday, July 6, 2017

    Similar in age and both telegenic, the leaders of Canada and France have formed a fast friendship. Some observers say Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron need one another to face US President Donald Trump at events like the G20. Montreal (dpa) – When G20 leaders meet in Hamburg later this week, many observers will be watching the budding ‘bromance’ between France’s newly elected President Emmanuel Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The G20’s two youngest leaders – Macron is 39, Trudeau 45 –…

  • Canada forced to cope with increase in refugee crossings from US

    Wednesday, March 22, 2017

    An increase in the number of asylum seekers arriving in Canada from the US has those north of the border looking closely at Donald Trump’s immigration policies. Canadian politicians are at loggerheads about how to deal with the new flow of migrants. Montreal (dpa) – It’s not a spring flood yet but it is a rising tide that has officials in Canada’s capital, Ottawa, worried. The growing number of asylum seekers crossing illegally from the United States into Canada has Canadian leaders concerned that they might…

  • Trudeau’s meeting with Trump to be a test of charm and mettle

    Sunday, February 12, 2017

    Trade is likely to top the agenda when Justin Trudeau meets Donald Trump for the first time on Monday, with the Canadian premier also under pressure to stand up to the new US president on immigration and human rights. Montreal (dpa) – When Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau steps off his plane in Washington on Monday for his first meeting with President Donald Trump, he’ll need to marshal every ounce of his considerable charm to win over his new southern neighbour. He might also need to…

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.


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.


Clinging to life in Darfur

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.

The day I almost died

National Post Tuesday, November 13, 2001 Page: A10 Section: News Byline: Levon Sevunts Column: War on Terrorism: In Chaghatay, Afghanistan Dateline: CHAGHATAY, Afghanistan Source: The Gazette CHAGHATAY, Afghanistan – Johanne’s bullet-riddled body lay sprawled on the back of a Russian-made armoured personnel carrier, her dead eyes staring into the billions of stars in the Afghan sky. There was nothing I could do for her but to tie a piece of cloth around her head to close her half-open mouth and hold her lifeless hand for…

Taliban rockets rain death

Montreal Gazette Sunday, November 11, 2001 Page: A1 / FRONT Section: News Byline: LEVON SEVUNTS Column: Levon Sevunts in Afghanistan Dateline: PUZE PULEKHOMRY, Afghanistan Source: The Gazette Anti-Taliban forces launched a ground offensive assisted by U.S. air strikes on the strategic Kala Kata hill in northern Afghanistan yesterday. The Taliban responded by sending salvos of Katusha rockets at the village of Dasht-e Qala. One rocket landed on a shop on the main road, killing one rebel soldier and injuring two civilians who were watching the…

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