Category Archives: Sri Lankan community

Jus Solis or Jus Sanguinis for Canadian Sinhalese?

Published On:Thursday, September 18, 2014
Posted by Sri Lanka Guardian

by Gajalakshmi Paramasivam

 ( September 18, 2014, Melbourne, Sri Lanka Guardian) Our culture determines the order in which we think. Racism happens when there is conflict in this order of thinking due to different ethnicity based thought orders. Migrants who use the cultural system of their country of origin are in reality using Jus Sanguinis (Citizenship law by blood). Migrants who use the cultural system of their country of residence are likewise using the objective system of Jus Solis (Citizenship law as per land of birth). The law would help raise our experiences to the common level. But harmony may not be achieved through some laws due to lack of knowledge of higher cultures. We must find the order that fits our own experiences so that our mind is healthy for us.
[For almost forty years since the Vaddukkoddai Resolution of 1976, the North and East of Sri Lanka had been a land soaked in blood -- Terra Sanguinis -- mostly "Tamil blood"]
Applying the thinking order of Thesawalamai – the law applicable to Jaffna Tamils North and East of Sri Lanka is therefore Tamil Land – for better or for worse. Continue reading

ALBERTA: University of Alberta president Indira Samarasekera calls for more white men to enroll

Posters take swipe at U of A president

CBC News Posted: Nov 02, 2009 11:39 AM MT Last Updated: Nov 02, 2009 11:34 AM MT

A satirical poster campaign has sprung up on the University of Alberta campus in reaction to comments made by the president, Indira Samarasekera, about the issue of attracting more men to universities.

About 400 posters were put up. One states: “Only White Men Can Save our University!” Another reads: “Women: Stop! Drop! Men: Enroll.”

edm-poster-uofa2This is one of the posters that was put up at the University of Alberta last week by a group of students protesting comments made by university president Indira Samarasekera. ((Tina Faiz/CBC))

The posters are in response to comments made by Samarasekera in an interview on Oct. 21, when she said: “Presidents of the major universities are very concerned we are not attracting young men in the numbers we should.”

“I’m going to be an advocate for young white men, because I can be. No one is going to question me when I say we have a problem,” she said.

Samarasekera made the comments in response to new statistics that show  females make up about 58 per cent of the student body in Canada.

Samarasekera said her concern is that in 20 years, there will not be enough male talent at the heads of companies and elsewhere. Continue reading

MONTREAL: Murdered Sri Lankan refugee and suspect came from same village

CTV Montreal 
Published Monday, June 23, 2014 10:25PM EDT
Last Updated Tuesday, June 24, 2014 6:41PM EDT

Jeyarasan Manikaraja, 40, is dead and a 34-year-old is in custody after a stabbing near 7745 Mountain Sights, just north of Pare in Cote des Neiges at 9:30 p.m. Monday evening.

Manikaraja, a father of three who worked in a restaurant, was found in a nearby alleyway and rushed to hospital but later succumbed to knife wounds to the upper body, believed to be around his neck.

Police rounded up a suspect in a nearby apartment soon after. They believe that a lovers’ triangle might have been at the root of the dispute.

The victim’s son Abisath Manikarajah told CTV Montreal that he watched on as his father was pulled away by the man who brought him down a hill outside of his building.

Manikaraja and the suspect are members of the local Sri Lankan community. According to the victim’s brother, the two were from the same village in Sri Lanka. Continue reading

Immigration adjudicators and federal judges at odds

Immigration adjudicators and federal judges at odds over question on migrant ship refugee claims

Douglas Quan
Published: February 26, 2013, 6:22 pm
Updated: 15 hours ago

They made their journey on the MV Sun Sea together. But is every passenger from the ship that carried nearly 500 Tamil migrants to Canada in 2010 at risk of persecution if sent home because of the vessel’s links to the Tamil Tigers rebel group and their own notoriety? Continue reading

Canada to extradite LTTE suspects Piratheepan Nadarajah and Suresh Sriskandarajah to US

Canada to extradite LTTE suspects to US

Saturday, 15 December 2012 01:21

Canada’s Supreme Court on Friday ruled that Canada can proceed to extradite two Sri Lanka men the United States has accused of involvement with the Tamil Tigers, which waged a bloody war for independence in Sri Lanka and is considered a terrorist organisation by Washington and Ottawa, reuters reported.
Piratheepan Nadarajah was alleged to have tried to purchase surface-to-air missiles and AK-47 assault rifles for the Tamil Tigers from an undercover officer posing as a black-market arms dealer on Long Island, New York. Continue reading

Sabreena Shabdeen improbable to be accepted into Sri Lanka due to her severe disability


Her parents, Kairun and Mohamed Shabdeen, believe Canada offers her a better chance of a decent life than Sri Lanka, the country to which they are about to be deported.

Autistic girl’s future up in the air as family set to be deported from U.S., refused entry to Canada 
OTTAWA — The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Dec. 28 2012, 10:06 PM EST
Last updated Saturday, Dec. 29 2012, 8:08 AM EST

Sabreena Shabdeen’s family has an awful choice to make. If she is returned to Canada next week, it will be without the parents who have been her supporters, caregivers and advocates since she was born in Toronto 17 years ago.

Sabreena is severely autistic. She can barely speak and, according to medical reports, is prone to “aggressive, agitative and assaultive” behaviour. But she is a Canadian. And her parents, Kairun and Mohamed Shabdeen, believe Canada offers her a better chance of a decent life than Sri Lanka, the country to which they are about to be deported. Continue reading

Ragu Kanagalingam gives back volunteering with Santa Claus Fund


Ragu Kanagalingam, 26, received gifts from the Santa Claus Fund as a kid in St. James Town. This year, he decided to become a volunteer himself.

Santa Claus Fund: Budding engineer gives back
Published on Sunday December 16, 2012

Ragu Kanagalingam, 26, received gifts from the Santa Claus Fund as a kid in St. James Town. This year, he decided to become a volunteer himself.
Laura Kane
Staff Reporter

As a boy growing up in St. James Town, Ragu Kanagalingam didn’t know much about Christmas.

His parents had emigrated from Sri Lanka when he was a toddler, and the tree-decorating, carol-singing and stocking-stuffing had always seemed foreign. And since money was tight, big gifts were out of the question. Continue reading

Sri Lankan family hospitalized after Scarborough house fire

Friends of the Sri Lankan family said seven people lived in the dwelling.

5 hospitalized after Scarborough house fire 
By Irene Thomaidis ,Toronto Sun 
First posted: Tuesday, November 06, 2012 07:00 AM EST | Updated: Tuesday, November 06, 2012 09:20 PM EST
Paramedics rush a child to hospital after he was rescued from a burning home on Canlish Rd. (VICTOR BIRO/Special to the Toronto Sun)

TORONTO – Heartbreak gripped an east Toronto neighbourhood where fire ripped through a home as three generations of family slept inside.

Five residents were taken to hospital – two in serious condition and one clinging to life Tuesday after Toronto firefighters rescued them from the burning bungalow on Canlish Dr., in the Birchmount Rd.-Lawrence Ave. E. area.

Friends of the Sri Lankan family said seven people lived in the dwelling. Continue reading

414 Tamil illegals still in Canada waiting for decision on their refugee claims

Most Sri Lankan Tamil migrants from MV Sun Sea await decision on refugee claims
By Douglas Quan, Postmedia News October 30, 2012

The MV Sun Sea cargo ship brought 492 Tamil migrants to the B.C. coast in August 2010. Everyone subsequently filed refugee claims.
Photograph by: MCpl Angela Abbey, Vancouver Sun , Postmedia News

More than two years after a boatload of hundreds of asylum-seeking Sri Lankan Tamils arrived on the West Coast — sparking a vow by the Harper government to crack down on what it called immigration “queue jumpers” — the vast majority of the migrants remain in Canada waiting for decision on their refugee claims. Two have been removed from the country. Continue reading

Montreal: Sivaloganathan Thanabalasingham stabs wife to death in Ahuntsic-Cartierville apartment

Meurtre à Ahuntsic: le suspect accusé
24 HEURES – Le lundi 13 août 2012
Michaël Nguyen
13/08/2012 16h59

Une femme a été tuée dans un logement dans l’arrondissement Ahuntsic-Cartierville, à Montréal, le 12 août 2012.
Photo Agence QMI / Archives
MONTRÉAL – L’individu soupçonné d’avoir poignardé à mort sa conjointe de 21 ans, samedi soir dans un appartement du quartier Ahuntsic, a formellement été accusé lundi de meurtre non prémédité.

Vêtu d’un simple t-shirt et d’une paire de jeans, Sivaloganathan Thanabalasingham a brièvement comparu au palais de justice de Montréal. L’accusé n’a dit un mot, mais il a jeté plusieurs regards dans la salle d’audience avant de retourner en détention.

Thanabalasingham, 27 ans, n’en est pas à ses premiers démêlés avec la justice. Dans la dernière année, il avait plaidé coupable à des accusations de harcèlement, de voies de fait et d’agressions armées et de bris de conditions.

Il devait revenir à la Cour en octobre pour les représentations sur sentence, mais était en liberté conditionnelle. Continue reading

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