Kirthana Sasitharan

Journalist

Kirthana Sasitharan is a Journalist with CBC News. Reach her on twitter @KirthanaSasitha.

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Ontario MPP returns to health-care front lines to assist COVID-19 pandemic response

Mississauga MPP Natalia Kusendova, is returning to her previous role as a registered nurse, to help alleviate the burden on her colleagues and assist with the fight against COVID-19.

These GTA-based groups are tackling domestic violence, one community initiative at a time

Ajoa Ayeko calls Shelter Movers her "saving grace" for coming to help her move out of her home and escape her abusive partner. The moving company is one of the many GTA-based organizations that offer specific services to combat domestic violence.

Newcomers vulnerable to domestic violence, while high-demand cultural services nearing 'breaking point'

While domestic violence touches families of all backgrounds, ethnicities and income levels, newcomers are particularly vulnerable — and experts say targeted services need to be in place to link marginalized women to potentially life-saving supports.

Risk factors, red flags: How advocates are trying to prevent domestic homicide in the GTA

Before her sister Alicia was killed in 2018, Natalie Lewandowski witnessed relationship "red flags." She's now among those ringing alarms about the warning signs of domestic homicide, which experts say point to the need for more prevention efforts in Toronto and beyond to protect victims.

Blue Monday isn't real but the winter blues are, experts say. Here are some tips to beat them.

There is no real scientific truth behind Blue Monday, but one expert says the day provides a reminder to get people talking about mental health.

These Gosford fire residents aren't satisfied with air quality, safety measures of building

Residents are calling on the Mayor to halt the reoccupation of residents until the building can be deemed "safe."

As Toronto Tamils honour war dead, some fear Sri Lankan election could spark more violence

Maveerar Naal, or Tamil Remembrance Day, is marked by Sri Lankan Tamils around the world on Nov. 27 to commemorate the lives lost during Sri Lanka's civil war. But this year, the election of a new president is sparking concerns that more violence could be coming.

Jim Karygiannis lost his city council seat due to clerical error, lawyer tells court

Former Scarborough city councillor Jim Karygiannis's lawyer appeared in court Thursday after his client was removed from council earlier this month over an election expense violation. Coun. Karygiannis has called the issue a "clerical error."

Move to healing lodge for man who sexually assaulted young girl now under review: aunt

A man who was convicted of sexually abusing his then-girlfriend's six-year-old daughter was transferred to an Indigenous healing lodge before being transferred back to a prison. The girl's aunt says the man should never have gone to a healing lodge in the first place.

Environment Hamilton concerned about health risks from demolition dust cloud

A planned demolition that took place on Sherman Ave North Monday left nearby parts of the city covered in dust and debris and a representative with Environment Hamilton says the particulate matter can have adverse effects on people's health.

Bus service to increase for back to school and ION could too, region says

Students coming back to school should brace themselves for a whole new transit system as they get accustomed to the new ION system and an increase in service demands.

More GO transit service would bring growth, but region must show demand: expert

Increased service along the Kitchener line will mean better economic growth and better desirability for Kitchener, says a Ryerson University transit expert

Increased weekly GO train service coming to Kitchener line

Metrolinx will add more weekday rush hour GO train service along the Kitchener line. Trains will also be added outside of rush-hour along the line. While the news is welcome, some critics say the government needs to address a timeline for when there will be two-way, all-day GO service.

More calls to paramedic services in Waterloo region this year, report says

The Paramedics Services Performance Measurement report highlights many trends being faced by the service including high call volumes, continuation of offloading delays, and high ambulance unit utilization percentages.

Reconsider public health restructuring, regional councillors tell province

Waterloo regional councillors voted in committee Tuesday to send a letter to the province about concerns over plans to amalgamate public health boards. The province plans to combine Waterloo region, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph, Peel region and Halton region into one board. 

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