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Great Event, Greater Cause: Night for Change Charity Gala!

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August 19, 2016

Nora UrsulescuMario D. Bellissimo recently attended the Night for Change Charity Gala, in support of the Canadian Safe School Network. This event was held at Leafs superfan’s house, Mike Wilson, and for the past two years has raised $250, 000 in order to help campaigns that combat bullying. Many NHL greats (both past and present) were in attendance, including Bobby Orr, Phil Esposito, and Doug Gilmour. Brian Burke, the former Leafs president and general manager, who is an avid supporter of the cause, was also present. For photos of Mr. Bellissimo and…

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Say Goodbye to Summer with the Sights & Sounds of the CNE!

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August 16, 2016

Nora UrsulescuThe smell of sugary cotton candy, roasting corn, and the sounds of midway rides whizzing by are sure signs that the CNE is here. Though it is also a sign that summer is coming to a close, it’s a chance to celebrate the season with one last hurrah! From August 19th to September 5th, the Canadian National Exhibition will be on yet again for the 137th year. Included in the price of admission, you will have access to many fun and interesting activities –including shopping pavilions, a petting zoo, acrobatics and…

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Mario D. Bellissimo Selected for Inclusion in the 11th Edition of Best Lawyers Canada!

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August 11, 2016

Nora UrsulescuMario D. Bellissimo has been selected among his peers to be included in the 11th annual edition of Best Lawyers Canada, practising in the field of immigration law! Selection is based on a rigorous peer-review, through evaluations by top lawyers. We are delighted that Mario D. Bellissimo has been included, and it is an honour to be part of the list. To view the listing, please click here.

Counting Canada’s Olympic Success so Far!

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August 9, 2016

Nora UrsulescuThe 2016 Rio Olympics are in full swing, and Canada is already making its mark. Things got underway with the opening ceremony last  Friday, August 5th and Rosie McLennan as flag bearer. Following the dynamic, cheerful, and colorful celebration, athletes realised that’s it’s time to rest up and get ready for two weeks of competition. So far, Canada has added four medals to its count –3 in swimming and 1 in rugby. With the games only beginning, more are sure to follow. Speaking of following, we here at BLG will…

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New Season, New Rules: Immigration Changes Coming This Fall

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August 3, 2016

Nora UrsulescuMario D. Bellissimo has been featured in an article written by Peter Mazereeuw for The Hill Times. Titled “Feds consulting on two-tiered immigration processing”, it explores the changes coming to immigration this fall. These include having applicants be able to pay for expedited processing. According to Mr. Bellissimo, this would allow for the application process in general to be sped-up. To read the full article, please click here.

Explore the City’s Historic Sites!

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August 2, 2016

Nora UrsulescuSchool may be out for the summer, but that does not mean that learning has to come to a halt. Keep the history lessons going by exploring your own city and visiting the many interesting and significant sites that Toronto has to offer. To get you started on your tour, here are a few ideas. The best part? Many have admission fees that are very affordable and usually under $10 (so you can cross them all off your must-see list)! Spadina Museum: As the next-door neighbour to Casa Loma, the Spadina…

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TIFF Films Announced Today!

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July 26, 2016

Nora UrsulescuEvery year, the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) takes over Toronto and showcases star-studded flicks that are often a hit during the award season! With just over a month left to go before the city is turned into Hollywood North yet again, festival officials have released some of the movies that will be featured from September 8th to the 18th. On the list are The Magnificent Seven (starring Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt), Snowden (with Joseph Gordon Levitt as the main star), and La La Land ( a musical featuring…

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Beyond the Six: Day Trips Outside of Toronto

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July 19, 2016

Nora UrsulescuSummer is short, and we should make the most of it with every chance we get! Of course, the city is always buzzing with activities, festivals, street fairs, and events, but it’s also nice to explore its surroundings. So this season, expand your horizons and see all that the GTA has to offer. To get you started on your adventures, see below for a few fun ideas! See the World through Lavender Coloured Glasses: If you’re a fan of all things calm and relaxing, then visiting a lavender farm will be the right…

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Ready for the Races: Roaring Honda Indy Takes Over Toronto!

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July 14, 2016

Nora UrsulescuIf you’re in the need for speed, then look no further than this weekend’s Toronto Honda Indy event. For the 30th year in a row, race car engines will be roaring as they speed down the track down at Exhibition Place. Festivities will kick off with Fan Friday on July 15th, and continue with qualifying rounds on Saturday, and the finals on Sunday. The weather also promises to be on everyone’s side with sun in the forecast and toasty temperatures. To be on the safe side, make sure you bring…

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Spend Summer Watching Shakespeare in High Park!

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July 7, 2016

Nora UrsulescuSummer is a season when we should spend as much time outdoors as possible. That may not always be an easy thing to do with busy schedules, but you can manage to pencil in an hour or two of fun in the sun…or sunset, rather. Doing what, you may ask? Catching a session of Shakespeare in High Park! Shakespeare in High Park is an outdoor theatre experience, set in the city’s most lush green space. On stage this year are Hamlet (playing on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays) and All’s Well (playing Wednesdays, Fridays and…

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