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5 Montreal stories you must read this week: November 25

Owner Alexandre Bastide outside L'Gros Luxe on rue St-André in Montreal's Plateau borough, Tuesday, November 22, 2016. Global News

From the city’s first snowflake hitting the ground to a restaurant being told its patrons are too noisy, here are the top five stories Global News covered in Montreal this week:

Click to play video: 'Fire rages on Montreal’s Parc Avenue' Fire rages on Montreal’s Parc Avenue
Fire rages on Montreal’s Parc Avenue – Nov 23, 2016

Fire on Parc Avenue

“Parts of the roof are starting to fall.”

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A five-alarm fire engulfed a vacant building on Parc Avenue, just south of Milton Street in downtown Montreal.

READ THE STORY: Flames fill the sky as Parc Avenue fire rages in downtown Montreal

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PQ criticizes Quebec’s proposed religious neutrality law – Nov 24, 2016

Religious neutrality?

“I listen to a lot of Muslims, women and men who said, ‘We came here to live with you in peace because we know what’s going on abroad.’”

Political parties continue to debate the broad question of identity as the Parti Québécois argues against the government’s new religious neutrality law.

READ THE STORY: Quebec political parties can’t agree on chadors in schools

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#GreatMTLer: Gabriel Bran Lopez, the educator – Nov 24, 2016

Gabriel Bran Lopez

“Kids can learn, kids can succeed not just academically but in life.”

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Gabriel Bran Lopez created a youth fusion group to lend a helping hand to students across the province.

READ THE STORY: #GreatMTLer: Gabriel Bran Lopez, the educator who lifts up Montreal’s youth

Click to play video: 'Changing your winter tires' Changing your winter tires
Changing your winter tires – Nov 21, 2016

Ready for winter

“I like to be busy, but I do dread it because it’s hectic, it’s busy, it’s chaotic. Everybody’s nerves are a little bit on edge.”

With winter upon us, mechanics at Merson Automotive in Montreal’s NDG borough are working in overdrive mode.

READ THE STORY: Montreal’s first snowfall prompts winter tire frenzy as deadline approaches

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L’Gros Luxe restaurant permit suspended – Nov 22, 2016

L’Gros Luxe: penalized

“This is crazy. We’re talking about a vegetarian, non-violent restaurant.”

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L’Gros Luxe, one of the busiest restaurants in Montreal’s Plateau borough, has had its permit suspended for 30 days due to noise concerns.

READ THE STORY: L’Gros Luxe restaurant in the Plateau fighting a 30-day suspension

rachel.lau@globalnews.ca

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