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

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.

A U.S. court blamed Roundup for causing cancer. Then Canada defended the herbicide, emails show

Agriculture Ministry officials worried the government's position on the health risks of Canada's most widely used herbicide were "contradictory" following a landmark California court ruling blaming glyphosate for causing cancer, internal emails show.

Canadian men gain twice as much weight as women in 1st year university, study says

The so-called freshman 15, when students experience hefty weight gain during their first year of university, is real, according to a Canadian survey published Wednesday. And men typically pack on twice as many pounds as women.

Months after failing to oust Maduro, Guaido has few cards left to play — and not long to play them

A bid by opposition lawmakers to oust Nicholas Maduro as Venezuela’s president has sputtered amid a corruption scandal, a lack of support from the oil-rich country’s powerful military and what appears to be reduced interest from Washington.
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Tensions between the U.S. and Iran are intensifying. What might come next?

The downing of a U.S. drone by Tehran is fuelling fears of war between the U.S. and Iran. CBC News breaks down the current tensions, the stakes and what could come next.

Boardroom battle for control of Canadian mining firm unearths toxic waste fines in Peru

A boardroom battle for control over a small Canadian mining company with untapped gold assets in South America has unearthed reports from Peruvian authorities of improperly stored toxic waste — and allegations of corporate malfeasance — in the rough and tumble world of junior resource firms.

How concern about climate change could decide Australia's election

Climate change has become a key election issue in Australia, a country that's one of the largest exporters of coal and natural gas in the world. Nearly one-third of voters rated climate change as the top concern ahead of Saturday's federal vote, according to one recent survey.

It's time to talk about your final moments of life, survey suggests

Most respondents to a recent survey in the U.K. said they aren't sure what will happen in their final days, a sign of the challenges faced by health-care providers there and in Canada when helping aging populations die with dignity.

Funding deals gave Coca-Cola power to quash health research, study says

Health research bankrolled by Coca-Cola at universities in Canada and the U.S. included provisions allowing the beverage giant to quash studies midway, in a move potentially allowing the firm to shut down projects that are counter to its interests, says a new study.

Canada's oil imports from Saudi Arabia on the rise since 2014, trade figures show

Canada's oil imports from Saudi Arabia have been rising steadily for the past five years, according to Statistics Canada trade data reviewed by CBC News, and a festering diplomatic spat with the kingdom appears not to have had any significant impact on Canada's appetite for Riyadh's crude.
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Sudan's military has ousted President Omar al-Bashir. How did it come to this? And what's next?

Following months of street protests, Sudan’s military has ousted President Omar al-Bashir who ruled with an iron fist for some 30 years. Thursday's televised address from the defence minister announcing two years of military rule is unlikely to satisfy demonstrators.

Canada's building code is getting a climate change rewrite. Is your home ready?

From how concrete is mixed for road construction to plans to help homeowners manage increased flooding, Canada's building rules are being rewritten because of climate change, according to briefing notes for a senior government official seen by CBC News.

In oil-rich Libya, an eastern warlord attacks the capital. Why now? And what's at stake?

Libya is again facing the prospect of all-out civil war. The desire for power and access to the country’s wealth by rival leaders, rather than competing ideologies or policy differences, is driving the current conflict, a military analyst says.