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Toronto Ranked Safest City in North America by the Economist

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October 13, 2017

DanielaAccording to an index of city rankings compiled by the Economist, Toronto has been named the 4th safest city in the world. The index report is based on comparative data which ranks 60 cities across 49 indicators covering digital security, health security, infrastructure security and personal security. Tokyo, Singapore and Osaka take the top three spots, while only three American cities made the top 20 with San Francisco at 15, Los Angeles at 18 and Chicago at 19. Toronto ranks high in digital security due to its ability to curb cyber threats….

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5 Measures that May Help Address the Escalating Refugee Influx to Canada

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September 27, 2017

Mario BellissimoFurther to our discussion on CTV Your Morning this is my final blog in a three-part series on the topic of the influx to Canada.  In my first two blogs, “Huge Influxes of Refugees to Canada is Not New but the Numbers May Be!” and “Impact of Escalating Refugee Influx to Canada’s Refugee System Complex, Multi-Faceted and Potential Source of Conflict” I highlighted we need to avoid a crisis of delay. In this blog, I will briefly speak to five potential measures that could assist in repositioning eligible foreign nationals…

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The Next Time You Travel To Toronto From Montreal It Could Be In Under 39 Minutes!

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September 18, 2017

DanielaThe Montreal-Toronto route has been named one of the strongest candidates for the Hyperloop One route. The Hyperloop is a ground transportation system which can reach speeds superior to aircraft! The system consists of pods that can move safely at extremely high speeds through low pressure tubes. Much like a puck gliding over an air hockey table, these pods carrying passengers would travel through the tubes at speeds topping out over 700 mph. The Hyperloop concept was proposed by billionaire inventor Elon Musk and it could revolutionize mass transit as we know…

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Impact of Escalating Refugee Influx to Canada’s Refugee System Complex, Multi-Faceted and Potential Source of Conflict

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September 13, 2017

Mario BellissimoIn my last blog, “Huge Influxes of Refugees to Canada is Not New but the Numbers May Be!” continued a discussion we had on CTV’s Your Morning with a focus on potential Salvadoran refugees.   As has been widely reported, the large volume of irregular crossings, mainly Haitian, at the Canadian border so far has resulted in Canadian Officials setting up a temporary welcome centre in Montreal at the Olympic Stadium amongst other locations, as the shelters in Montreal are already full.[1] As noted, the number of Salvadorans effected by the…

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Huge Influxes of Refugees to Canada is Not New but the Numbers May Be!

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September 5, 2017

Mario BellissimoFurther to our discussion on CTV Your Morning huge influxes of refugees into Canada are not new.  In fact, they date back hundreds of years.  One of the first most notable influxes was in 1783 when 35,000 Loyalist refugees from New York entered into Nova Scotia. Some settled in Quebec, and others in Kingston and Adolphustown in Ontario.  More recent examples include 37,000 Hungarians in 1956, 11,000 Czech refugees fled the Soviet and Warsaw Pact Communist invasion in 1968-1968 and in 1979 -1980: more than 60,000 Boat People found refuge…

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The Case of a Medical Doctor’s Canadian Citizenship Successfully Defended Making Headlines. National Post and Global!

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August 25, 2017

DanielaWe are pleased to share with you our most recent success story which made headlines across Canada. Our team is extremely proud of the work of Mr. Chris Collette and members of our litigation team that worked to successfully defend Dr. Irfan Saddique’s Grant of Citizenship. Mr. Saddique, an immigrant doctor doing medical training in the United States, applied to become a Canadian citizen; declaring having only 177 days of the 1095 days of residence in Canada required to gain citizenship. After interviewing with a citizenship judge, Mr. Saddique’s application…

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Mario D. Bellissimo named Immigration “Lawyer of the Year” by The Best Lawyers in Canada!

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August 23, 2017

DanielaOnce again Mr. Mario D. Bellissimo has been named  “Immigration Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers! Only a single lawyer in each practice area in each community is honored with this annual title. What makes the honour particularly special is that the selection is voted on by peers, other immigration lawyers. So we are extremely proud to see Mr. Bellissimo receive the top honor as Best Lawyers’ 2018 Toronto Immigration Law “Lawyer of the Year”. On behalf of our team we would like to send our heartiest congratulations for this remarkable…

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Is Diversity Canada’s Biggest Strength?

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August 1, 2017

DanielaCanada is known for opening its doors to people from different cultures and backgrounds. While Immigrants are encouraged to be proud of their heritages the topic of diversity in Canada is widely talked about and debated. We often hear our Prime Minister say that diversity is Canada’s strength and it is because of our differences that we are able to succeed. Canada’s openness to diversity can certainly be appreciated in times when borders are being shut off and races are being discriminated against. In the wake of horrific terrorist attacks…

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Planning A Trip Soon? Don’t Forget This.

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July 26, 2017

DanielaWith technology, our world is more connected than ever before but sadly we are also more disconnected from nature than we have ever been. Most of us would agree that the word “vacation” is like music to the ears and while most of us are eagerly planning our next trip, many of us forget about the powerful benefits of getting closer to nature. According to a 2014 report by the Canadian Parks Council, 80% of Canadians are living in cities and on average 90% of our time is spent in-doors….

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A Canada Day to Remember!

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July 5, 2017

DanielaCanada day was celebrated across the world, from London to Australia with a sentiment of pride and inclusion. Here at home, the Canadian spirit was at an all-time high with people expressing their love and gratitude for Canada. The celebrations started early in Ottawa with a patriotic speech from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau where he addressed the spirit of inclusiveness and constant improvement as our guiding principles. In Toronto, people flocked to the Waterfront to take selfies with a special guest – a giant rubber duck that brought approximately half…

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