Archive for the ‘Speak Out’ Category


Greetings from Andrea Howarth – Thaalam 2017

By Editor - July 11th, 2017

Greetings from Andrea Howarth - Thaalam 2017

By promoting and celebrating your heritage and culture, Tamil community members and organizations like the CTYA set an example for all Ontarians, reminding us to embrace the many unique cultures that make Ontario such a great place to call home. The CTYA efforts at this event, and throughout the year, help to strengthen our province, while developing future community leaders and engaged citizens.



Sri Lanka: A Not So Paradise Island,

By Editor - March 24th, 2016

Sri Lanka: A Not So Paradise Island,

Sri Lanka: A Not So Paradise Island, is a conference held by Tamil Youth Organization – Canada (TYO) to educate everyone about the real face of Sri Lanka. Many people believe that “the war has ended” in 2009, however, the Tamil natives of the island continue to be oppressed and face structural genocide



Midila Writes – The Tear-Shaped Island

By Editor - January 26th, 2016

Midila Writes - The Tear-Shaped Island

Written By: Midila Anton The Body Of my home Carries the struggles Of my people – The tear-shaped island   Midila Anton is wrapping up her final year in Kinesiology and Health Science at York University. Passionate about social issues, she is highly involved in the community. She is the founder and president of the…



I am Canadian, but I am Thamizh first

By Editor - January 10th, 2016

I am Canadian, but I am Thamizh first

As a Tamil
As a Canadian
As a Tamil Canadian
It is my duty
To carry forward
My first language
My mother tongue
Enathu thai mozhi
Thamizh



Don’t Forget Your Food!

By Editor - December 28th, 2015

Don’t Forget Your Food!

As I’ve preached before, strength training is a great way to tone your body, help rev up your metabolism and in turn, burn a vast amount of calories. However, a detrimental part to the weight-loss process is one’s nutrition. Without a basic understanding of nutrition, figuring out what is going to help you achieve your goals and what to exactly eat when working out becomes frustrating rather quickly.



Koffeedate – Redefining South Asian Matchmaking

By Editor - December 3rd, 2015

Koffeedate – Redefining South Asian Matchmaking

Written By: Ahalya Kathirkamanathan Thanusan Chelvarajah is a dedicated, imminent entrepreneur, and the mastermind behind Koffeedate, a mobile dating application that caters to the South Asian community.  Although a newcomer to tech start-ups, the extensive market research conducted over an entire summer by Thanusan and his team, which include a marketing genius and a software…



Petals of my Skin

By Editor - November 24th, 2015

Petals of my Skin

Petals of my skin
Mapping my identity
Flourishing to embrace the beauty of our differences



All Kinds of Squats!

By Editor - November 13th, 2015

All Kinds of Squats!

“Time and time again, I can’t help but notice members at the gym performing exercises with improper form. I don’t mean to be the form police, but I can’t even begin to stress how important form is! By using the correct form, you can prevent unnecessary strain on muscles that are not meant to be the focus of that specific exercise as well as added pressure on joints.”



Janaath Vijayaseelan, Cross Roads: Pick A Path

By Editor - September 15th, 2015

Janaath Vijayaseelan, Cross Roads: Pick A Path

Life does not always play out according to plan. One way or another every individual is met with cross roads. Cross roads that will either throw you down the drain, or bring you to new heights in life. Such was the case for Arrun Durai, a Toronto based software engineer that had everything he ever needed from life. Which is quite hard to believe, considering the fact that he is an orphaned child, raised amongst other orphaned children.

Like all men, Arrun too falls in love. Love is beautiful, although at times love is not always as beautiful as portrayed. Sometimes, love is what causes a mans downfall, and in Arruns case, it may have been his defeat.



Greetings For Thaalam 2015 – MP Parm Gill

By Editor - July 4th, 2015

Greetings For Thaalam 2015 - MP Parm Gill

As Canadians, we are fortunate to live in one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world. With CTYA’s efforts, they are promoting the goodwill that exists among Canadians, and are helping to make a difference in our community. With the Ultimate Gaana Competition, the CTYA is building a stronger, more united Canada.