Chris Arsenault

Senior Writer

Chris Arsenault joined CBC News in Toronto after a decade as a foreign correspondent with Al Jazeera and the Thomson Reuters Foundation in South America, Europe and the Middle East. He has been awarded best national feature from Canada's Radio Television Digital News Association and the United Nations Correspondents' Prize, among others, and can be reached at

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The unlikely geopolitical winners from Russia's war in Ukraine

From the yacht marinas of Dubai to the diplomatic corridors in Ankara and the oilfields of Saudi Arabia, these are some unexpected winners as the war in Ukraine drags on into winter and the death toll climbs.

In Brazil, fears of Jan. 6-style post-election violence increase as president casts doubt on voting system

To partisans across a stark political divide, Brazil's upcoming election is nothing less than a battle for the future of democracy in South America's largest nation. The Sunday vote pits leftist ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva against far-right incumbent Jair Bolsonaro.

'A new phenomenon': Big investors eye Canada's home market, ReMax president says

Investment firms are buying up U.S. homes — a development that's "just in its infancy" in Canada, but a trend that could make it harder for families to buy homes.
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How will Russia's withdrawal affect the International Space Station?

It was hailed as a post-Cold War collaboration for the good of humanity: two old rivals joining forces to launch the International Space Station more than 20 years ago. Now Russia says it's quitting the ISS and analysts are worried about tensions on Earth spilling over into space.

Internal DND study calls green technology minerals 21st-century 'oil weapon'

As countries race to adopt more electric technologies in the face of climate change, governments are battling to secure control over minerals such as copper and rare earths.

To fight illegal fishing in the Galapagos, Ecuador turns to Canadian satellite and sensing technology

June 5 is the UN's International Day for the Fight against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing (IUU), and officials say the issue is only getting worse globally. In Ecuador, they are turning to sophisticated technology to tackle the problem. 

Viral images of giant goldfish in U.S. lake spotlight dangers of invasive aquatic pets

Viral social media images of giant gold fish pulled from a Minnesota lake are reigniting concerns about invasive aquatic pets breeding in fragile ecosystems, and scientists say the problem is getting worse in Canada. 

$1.9B a year to address natural disasters in Canada among 4 takeaways from federal climate report

With British Columbia recording its hottest temperatures on record, Ottawa released its latest major report on climate change, probing how a warming planet will impact everything from infrastructure to tourism and geopolitics.

Canadian firm's proposed gold mine in Amazon rainforest a step closer to reality, CEO says

A Canadian company is one step closer to building a controversial gold mine in the Amazon rainforest, after its study on how the development would impact remote Indigenous people was approved by Brazilian officials, the CEO of Belo Sun Mining told CBC News.

In fight against illegal fishing, Canada's sea spies struggle with sloppy intel, bias: Internal files

They're billed as Canada's spies on the sea: an award-winning team gathering intelligence on illegal fishing. But the National Fisheries Intelligence Service has faced problems with sloppy techniques and apparent enforcement bias, according to internal files released under freedom of information.