Kirthana Sasitharan

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

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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. 

Region of Waterloo committee approves $750k loan for Bridges shelter in Cambridge

Regional councillors have approved giving the Bridges shelter in Cambridge an interest-free loan not exceeding $750,000 to help them manage their accumulated debts. The decision was made Tuesday at a committee meeting.

'We're very happy' Guelph legal aid clinic exec says after federal government tops up funding

Refugee and immigrant communities in the Guelph and Wellington County can now feel a sense of relief that when they reach out to legal aid, says the executive director of the local legal clinic. It comes after the federal government topped up funding for Legal Aid Ontario.

Bridges shelter seeks $750K loan from Region of Waterloo to help pay off debts

The Bridges emergency shelter in Cambridge is seeking an interest-free loan worth $750,000 from the Region of Waterloo to help them manage accumulated debts. The request will go before the region's community services committee on Tuesday.

Construction begins on tunnels to allow for added GO train service to Kitchener

The provincial government is building tunnels under highways 401 and 409 to accommodate more train service on the Kitchener GO train line, which will support two-way, all-day service. The project is estimated to cost more than $100 million and be completed by 2021.

Waterloo region school boards welcome new repair funding from province

The Waterloo Region District School Board and the Waterloo Catholic District School Board are pleased the provincial government is reinstating school repair funding.

Pro-choice advocates rally in front of MP's office amidst his support to defund abortions

Over a dozen rally goers came together on the sidewalk next to MP Harold Albrecht's office to express their disappointment in their representative's actions to defund abortions, protesters say.