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

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.
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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.
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Why the accused New Zealand killer was fascinated with Serbia, Ottoman Empire

The 28-year-old accused of killing 50 people in two Christchurch mosques on Friday had written the names of Christian Serbian military leaders — in Cyrillic script — on his guns and ammunition.

Customers flag bottled water smelling of 'old socks' and 'urine,' but CFIA says it poses no health risk

Some of Canada's best-known brands have sold bottled water that smells like "urine," tastes like "old socks" or reeks of "diarrhea," according to four years' worth of inspection reports obtained by CBC News.
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Venezuela's crisis: Why now and what's next?

Long divided between supporters and opponents of the socialist government and ravaged by shortages of food, medicine and other basic goods, Venezuelans are suffering through a political crisis that intensified in January, when Juan Guaido declared himself interim president.

1 in 5 Canadian youths not sure what happened in the Holocaust, survey suggests

One in five young people in Canada either hasn't heard of the Holocaust or isn't sure what it is. That's the conclusion from a new survey released ahead of International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Sunday.