Category Archives: Sri Lankan community

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 
GLORIA GALLOWAY 
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

SUPPLIED PHOTO
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

Actualités
Montréal
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

Toronto: 70-year-old Sri Lankan fraudster deported to her country

Kandasamy had a permanent residency permit in Norway, but acknowledges the Norwegian residency stickers in her passport had expired.

Toronto grandmother, 70, deported to Sri Lanka
CBC News Posted: Aug 9, 2012 10:55 PM ET Last Updated: Aug 9, 2012 11:09 PM ET

A 70-year-old Toronto grandmother was deported on Thursday, despite having no family members remaining in her native Sri Lanka.

Gunapoosany Kandasamy, a Sri Lankan Tamil, boarded a flight to her old home at about 10 p.m., accompanied by another deportee, a Canadian Border Services Agency officer and a nurse who will accompany her for the flight.

Her Canadian daughter and granddaughter say they were given bad advice: rather than sponsoring her, they filed a refugee claim, which was rejected.

Kandasamy, a widow, has a hard time walking on her own. Her daughter in Toronto is scrambling to make arrangements so someone will collect her mother once she lands.

“She can go back there,” her daughter, Chandradevi Uthirakumaran, told CBC News before the deportation. “But there’s no other relatives or close friends or anyone.”

Her granddaughter, Thadsa Uthirakumaran, said, “You wouldn’t want it to happen to your family. Just give us a chance to give her a sponsorship from here. Don’t send her off right away, not knowing the situation.”

Two of Kandasamy’s adult children live in Toronto, two in Norway. In its refusal, the Immigration and Refugee Board says Kandasamy had a permanent residency permit in Norway, but acknowledges the Norwegian residency stickers in her passport had expired. Continue reading

Toronto: Sri Lankan Shanmugalingam Paramasivam charged with sexual assault

Man charged following sexual assault near Danforth Ave.
Published 1 hours, 19 minutes ago
Katherine Dunn
Staff Reporter

A 42-year-old man has been charged following allegations that he sexually assaulted a teenaged girl in the Danforth Ave. area on Friday.

Police said a 14-year-old girl was approached near Macey Ave. and Denton Ave., forced into a secluded area, and sexually assaulted.

A man was arrested nearby.

Shanmugalingam Paramasivam, 42, of Toronto, has been charged with sexual assault, assault, and sexual interference.

Police said they believe there may be more victims.