Posts Tagged ‘Canada’

Thaalam 2017 – Greetings from Councillor Neethan Shan

By Editor - July 11th, 2017

Thaalam 2017 - Greetings from Councillor Neethan Shan

I want to congratulate the Canadian Tamil Youth Alliance for their tremendous work in empowering Canadian Tamil youth to become outstanding artists, performers, leaders and citizens of our society. We will soon be fortunate enough to enjoy a dance competition showcasing talent from diverse and vibrant youth teams.

Thaalam 2017 Greetings – TDSB Trustee Parthi Kandavel

By Editor - July 11th, 2017

Thaalam 2017 Greetings - TDSB Trustee Parthi Kandavel

I would like to extend my support to the Canadian Tamil Youth Alliance (CTYA) and their valued work. CTYA is a non-profit organization that includes many Tamil youth clubs in the GTA and across Canada, creating opportunities and events for Tamil youth so that they may realize their life’s potential and contribute to all that Canada has to offer.

Physician-assisted suicide, a necessity in Canada?

By Editor - March 20th, 2015

Physician-assisted suicide, a necessity in Canada?

The Canadian Supreme Court recently decided to revisit a past legislation that will make doctor assisted suicide legal for specific circumstances such as terminal illness. This is a huge step forward after the famous denial of Sue Rodriguez, a patient suffering from ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease, in 1993. A court decided what Mrs. Rodriguez should do with her life, and the outcome was that law controls an individual’s personal choice to die. As a society, if we prevent people from deciding their own time of death, we prolong ignorance, suffering and only attribute to our own selfishness.

CYSA Senior Finalist Raveena Raveendran

By Editor - January 25th, 2015

CYSA Senior Finalist Raveena Raveendran

Need a little inspiration for an upcoming speech or presentation? Check out Grade 12 student Ravenna Raveendran’s speech as a senior finalist at the Canadian Youth Speakers for Agriculture (CYSA) 2014 competition!

Canadian Sports: The source of unity in a melting pot nation

By Editor - January 21st, 2015

Canadian Sports: The source of unity in a melting pot nation

Equality is the goal for a diverse nation such as Canada, however religious, political and cultural differences are undoubtedly present. Unity is achieved when individuals are able to put such differences aside in order to merge for the purpose of a mutual interest. This is the effect that sports has on Canada; facilitating unity and establishing a common ground upon which sports fans can join to support their nation’s teams. The love for sports allows for the emergence of togetherness amongst Canadians.

Our Prime Minister’s Curious Stand Against Sri Lanka

By Admin - October 23rd, 2013

Our Prime Minister's Curious Stand Against Sri Lanka

Written By: Athithan Kurukulasi​ngam

Stephen Harper, the name usually dictates a flurry of negative comments and opinions over our sometimes overzealous leader. It can be argued that this sort of treatment is warranted and somewhat justified but for once lets stand up and applaud our leader. Mr. Harper has taken a firm stand in the throwing light at the atrocities perpetrated by Sri Lanka against its minority Tamils. Next month’s Commonwealth summit in Sri Lanka will have one less member, and that is Canada. Mr. Harper has firmly stated that he will boycott the meeting. That official statement in itself could have been considered a great step forward in our efforts to unmask to the world the real truth behind the genocide; however, Mr. Harper went and took a further step and pointed out the reasons for his decision. “Canada is deeply concerned about the situation in Sri Lanka. The absence of accountability for the serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian standards during and after the civil war is unacceptable. Canada noted with concern the impeachment of the Sri Lankan Chief Justice earlier this year, and we remain disturbed by ongoing reports of intimidation and incarceration of political leaders and journalists, harassment of minorities, reported disappearances, and allegations of extra judicial killings” (Harper, 2013). With that brief statement, Mr. Harper showed that he was serious and that his threats of skipping the summit starting from 2011 was coming to fruition.

Mr. Harper’s absence at next month’s summit will also be noticed beyond the physical absence. Mr. Harper has also threatened to cut the purse strings to the commonwealth organization. Canada is the second largest contributor to the commonwealth rounding in at about $20 million dollars annually (Cheadle, 2013). Having such a large financial contributor to the Commonwealth suddenly drop funding would almost be a crippling act. This is a statement that should not be taken lightly by the rest of the member nations. However, as one would expect, Sri Lankan officials immediately came back with their fabricated response. I say fabricated because Sri Lankan officials are known to misconstrue statements and leave out key details in coming out with official statements and reports. Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister G.L Peiris claims that Canada is totally isolated in their decision (Huffington Post, 2013). Mr. Harper states that “the Commonwealth must defend the basic principles of freedom, democracy, and respect for human dignity in order to remain relevant” (Canadian Press, 2013). In a comical twist, the Foreign Minister goes on to say that the Commonwealth is not an arena to pass on judgement. Apparently every country has problems and it is up to that government to resolve those issues in lieu of the aspirations of their people (Huffington Post, 2013). Once again Sri Lanka is a country that will solve all their problems internally and will not allow of outside intervention. This theme has become all too familiar. Necessary steps have to be taken by the international community to de-legitimatize the Sri Lankan government.

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