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Charges dropped against local baker trying to bring his family home from Italy

Now that charges against a Little Italy baker have been dropped, the man here on a worker's permit can apply for permanent residency. That move that would allow him to bring his family back home after a 14 month separation.

Massimo Marti's wife, son and daughter were forced to leave Canada last March because Marti's worker's permit hadn't been renewed on time.

He had regained that status but as he was planning to apply to become a permanent resident he was charged by Canada Border Services for storing his legal firearms improperly.

Marti disputes the charge, saying they had been properly stored before the lock was broken, he said, by CBSA agents.

The firearms charges were dropped Monday when a judge ruled the agents who searched his home didn't have a proper warrant and had violated Marti's rights.

Now Marti can reapply for residency, a process that should take no more than a month. He's made significant investments in his business here and in the local community and Marti said he wants his children to have a chance at a better future here.

"I like Canada, I like Ottawa, I work hard, I pay taxes, here for future of me and my family," he said.

As a permanent resident Marti will have nearly the same rights as a Canadian citizen, including being able to sponsor relatives to come to Canada.

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