1. I sent my notarized original copy to CCPE. But some people said it isn't necessary to be notarized if you send the original copy.
2. I went to HK office. At that time, HK is 12months as well as Beijng is 18 months. ( more or less).
3. I don't know if IELTS you take by yourself will be admited by visa officer now. It wasn't admin unless you got the notice before.
4. What do you mean organizations?
5. More opportunites in Toronto. And also more expensive for living.