Chris Arsenault

Senior Writer

Chris Arsenault is a senior writer who 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.

Latest from Chris Arsenault

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.

The ambassador with no embassy: Venezuela's opposition loses momentum in bid to oust Maduro

The man Canada considers Venezuela’s ambassador in Ottawa still has no keys to the embassy. His position, holding a title without an office, serves as something of a metaphor for the opposition in the state of Venezuela and its attempts to oust the government of Nicolas Maduro.

5 green infrastructure projects engineers recommend to boost COVID-19 economic recovery

With more than two million jobs lost across Canada because of the pandemic, more stimulus from the federal government to get the economy moving again is expected. Here are five key green infrastructure projects engineers say should be funded to get people back to work and fight climate change.

Brazil has the most confirmed COVID-19 cases in Latin America. 'So what?' says President Bolsonaro

From describing coronavirus as a "little flu," to urging people to ignore the "hysteria" and get back to work, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has said Latin America's most populous country must "face the virus like a man, damn it, not like a little boy."

'That finding really jumps out': Half of Canadians say mental health has worsened during COVID-19 pandemic

As job losses mount and self-isolation continues, half of Canadians say their mental health has gotten worse during the COVID-19 pandemic, with 10 per cent reporting it has deteriorated "a lot," according to a new survey.