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5 Montreal stories you must read this week: November 18

Firefighters battle a blaze in Montreal's Chinatown district at the Robillard building, which once housed Canada's first movie theatre, on Thursday, November 17, 2016.
Firefighters battle a blaze in Montreal's Chinatown district at the Robillard building, which once housed Canada's first movie theatre, on Thursday, November 17, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Giuseppe Valiante

From a fire raging through a historic heritage building in Chinatown to a couple opening a café to defray the costs of psychological services for children, here are the top five stories Global News covered in Montreal this week:

Click to play video: 'Fire rages in Montreal’s Chinatown' Fire rages in Montreal’s Chinatown
Fire rages in Montreal’s Chinatown – Nov 17, 2016

Canada’s first cinema burns

“It’s a very sad loss. Whatever the source of this disaster is, somehow, Montreal has lost a gracious building. A historic building.”

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A five-alarm fire raged through the historic Édifice Robillard in Montreal’s Chinatown Thursday.

READ THE STORY: Fire rages through Canada’s first cinema, in Montreal’s Chinatown

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EXCLUSIVE: Clients, instructors outraged as Energie-Cardio closes location – Nov 15, 2016

Énergie Cardio closes

“A little part of my daily routine is dead and gone. It’s almost like a grieving process.”

Clients and fitness instructors at Energie-Cardio in Kirkland are outraged after finding out the location is closing and turning into a gym with no on-site fitness classes.

READ THE STORY: Upcoming closure of Énergie Cardio’s Kirkland location causes uproar

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#GreatMTLer: Franca Sparapani, the giver – Nov 17, 2016

#GreatMTLer: the giver

“I’m grateful, I’m feeling blessed, I love the seniors — they always have a beautiful story to tell.”

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After suffering a setback in the corporate world, Franca Sparapani decided to focus her time on helping some of the most vulnerable seniors in her community.

READ THE STORY: #GreatMTLer: Franca Sparapani, the giver who helps vulnerable seniors in the South Shore

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Quebec women’s water polo league expands sport – Nov 15, 2016

Quebec women’s water polo

“The league is pretty much everything I have right now to keep playing water polo.”

A new university women’s water polo league in Quebec is looking to expand the sport in Canada.

READ THE STORY: New Quebec women’s university water polo league looks to grow sport

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A cup of coffee to defray psychological service costs? – Nov 17, 2016

A cuppa for services

“We wanted to start up this café in order to be able to cover some of the services.”

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A Montreal couple has established a café near the Atwater Metro station with the aim of defraying the cost of services at their private clinic.

READ THE STORY: Can a cup of coffee defray the cost of psychological services for children?

rachel.lau@globalnews.ca

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