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Our choice of words may shape our opportunities
By Stephen Fogarty May 25, 2017

When visiting Westlake Village in California, a sign on a door caused me to do a double take. All my life, I had seen notices on doors leading out of buildings labelled as “Exit”, or as we say in Quebec, “Sortie”. But now before me on a door was bright … Read More




Conditional permanent residency rule abolished for Canadian sponsorships – Immigration officers to remain vigilant against fraud
By Stephen Fogarty April 29, 2017

Canadian Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen announced the end of “conditional permanent residency” for certain sponsored spouses and common-law partners on April 28, 2017.  Previously, certain sponsored persons were obliged to live together in a conjugal relationship with their sponsors for at least two years after arriving in Canada to retain … Read More




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