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Toronto’s Christmas Market Set to Open!

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November 15, 2017

Marisa Mastrogiovanni‘Tis the season to be jolly! That’s right, this Thursday, November 16th, the Toronto Christmas Market located at the Distillery Historic District will open its doors at 4:00 PM.  The event, which is now in its 8th year, recreates the Christmas magic of traditional European markets that date back to the 1400s. The Christmas Market is fun for all and includes one of Toronto’s largest real Christmas trees, local handcrafted products, festive foods and drinks, as well as live Christmas music! The Toronto Christmas Market is open Tuesdays to Sundays….

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End off the Summer Right with Canada’s National Exhibition!

August 17, 2017

Marisa MastrogiovanniThis Friday, the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) returns for its 139th year! For many, the CNE is a great end of the summer tradition, in which it is completely acceptable to enjoy tasty (and bizarre) food, play fair games, and listen to great live music. This year, however, the CNE will also be commemorating Canada’s 150th anniversary with a True North theme throughout the fair’s 18 days. From art created by Ojibway artist Kris Nahrgang, to music featuring Sam Roberts Band and The Sheepdogs, make sure to check out this years Canadian…

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This Week’s Success Story: Family Invited to Finalize PR Application Despite Medical Inadmissibility Finding

August 10, 2017

Marisa MastrogiovanniA family applied for permanent residence in 2014 and IRCC was of the opinion that their youngest child, who is on the autism spectrum, would cause a strain on Canada’s social services. IRCC specifically focused on the cost of the child’s education, required therapies and availability of relief care in Canada. After hiring our firm for assistance, a detailed plan was presented to IRCC, focusing on the child’s individualized circumstances, including medical and non-medical factors, providing details of how the child’s education would be delivered in Canada together with the therapy,…

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10 Qualities All Successful People Share!

August 10, 2017

Marisa MastrogiovanniAlthough talent certainly contributes to one’s success, it is not the only factor. In fact, telling yourself you do not have the requisite skills to be successful will only hold you back in the workforce, and in life. When trying to achieve your goals, hard work and persistence can be the first step. However, according to Fouad ElNaggar, CEO of mobile development platform Sapho (featured in Forbes magazine), there are 8 other important qualities people must tap into to achieve success:   1. Being on Time 2. Work Ethic 3. Effort 4. Body Language 5….

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What is Good Posture? Workstation Adjustment and Guidelines

July 25, 2017

Marisa MastrogiovanniThose who sit behind a desk for hours at a time can become prone to neck and back pain, or sore wrists and fingers. Proper office ergonomics, however, can help you and your joints stay comfortable at work and allow you to feel your best! Here is a visual guide on how to give your sitting work area a comfortable makeover:    

This Week’s Success Story: Couple Reunites in Canada After Subsequent Refusals/Removal Order

July 20, 2017

Marisa MastrogiovanniAfter a removal from Canada, followed by a refusal of a sponsorship application, we were recently successful in securing permanent residence for a spouse of a Canadian citizen under the Overseas Spousal Sponsorship application which was supported by a comprehensive application for Authorization to Return to Canada (ARC), that clearly set out the compelling reasons that this individual should be allowed to return to Canada to reunite with her spouse. Prior to hiring legal representation, the couple had experienced many years of separation. We are pleased that we were able to quickly…

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Client Secures Permanent Residence Status Based on H&C Grounds

June 28, 2017

Marisa MastrogiovanniWe are most pleased to advise that we worked closely with our clients for many months to protect and then secure their permanent residence, allowing them to re-settle in Canada together with their family members – despite being outside of Canada for a number of years. This was possible, based on humanitarian and compassionate grounds advanced on their behalf as we were able to establish that the reasons that they were outside of Canada were proven to be well beyond their control.

World Refugee Day

June 20, 2017

Marisa MastrogiovanniEach year on June 20th, individual’s come together to celebrate World Refugee Day. Today gives people the opportunity to focus on the plight of refugees around the world, the causes of their exile, their resolve, as well as how we can assist and support those forced to flee. Canada is strongly committed to helping refugees, and has one of the largest refugee resettlement programs in the world. In recent years, Canada has welcomed over 40,000 Syrian refugees who have made significant contributions to our communities and have helped define us as…

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This Week’s Success Story: Young Professional Granted PR Under the Express Entry System

June 15, 2017

Marisa MastrogiovanniOur office was approached by a young professional to manage her permanent residence application under the Express Entry system. We worked diligently to complete and submit her permanent residence application pursuant to the Express Entry category – Canadian Experience Class within the deadline provided to our client by Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Only two months after submission, we received a request for original passport for IRCC to place her permanent resident visa inside. Her original passport was submitted to IRCC and we expect our client to get landed…

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Treat Yourself to an Authentic Culinary Experience!

June 7, 2017

Marisa MastrogiovanniAfter a hard day`s work, we all deserve to eat nothing but the best! There is a lot to love about Toronto`s dining scene, with a variety of restaurants to choose from that pride themselves on offering an authentic culinary experience.  Here are a few restaurants to try out if you are interested in tasting food from different parts of the world: Pai (18 Duncan Street): Named after the Northern Thai town, there’s no doubt that Pai is the real deal when it comes to Thai cuisine. Wrst (609 King…

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