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5 Montreal stories guaranteed to make you smile this week: April 6

Mikael Theimer's project Humans of the Street seeks to raise awareness on the issue of homelessness in Montreal through photographic portraits and videos.
This week's great Montrealer has worked to help the city's homeless for 10 years. Mikael Theimer/Humans of the Street

From an important decision by Quebec’s health minister to a great Montrealer helping the homeless, here are five stories you should definitely read this week:

A new home

Money raised to buy accessible home for Quebec mosque shooting victim
Money raised to buy accessible home for Quebec mosque shooting victim

A man who lost the use of his legs in last year’s Quebec City mosque shooting is thanking Canadians for the support they’ve shown him in recent months.

Aymen Derbali received the $400,000 that was raised to buy him a wheelchair-accessible home in a ceremony at the mosque on Saturday.

READ THE STORY: Quebec man paralyzed in mosque shooting receives $400K for new home

Important decision

EXCLUSIVE: Quebec to pay for man to seek treatment in Ontario
EXCLUSIVE: Quebec to pay for man to seek treatment in Ontario

“I’ve fought for my son but hopefully something will change in the system to help everyone else.”

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Quebec’s health ministry has reversed its decision and will now cover the cost of sending a Montreal man to Ontario for specialized mental-health services.

READ THE STORY: Quebec to pay for West Island man to seek mental-health services in Ontario

Helping the homeless

#GreatMTLer: Matthew Pearce houses Montreal’s homeless
#GreatMTLer: Matthew Pearce houses Montreal’s homeless

“We’re seeing miracles, we’re seeing people who otherwise would languish in homelessness who after a week or two of stabilization are ready to move on.”

Matthew Pearce has been at the helm of the Old Brewery Mission for 10 years, significantly changing it for the better.

READ THE STORY: #GreatMTLer Matthew Pearce taking care of Montreal’s homeless

Learning about language

Preserving one of Canada’s oldest languages
Preserving one of Canada’s oldest languages

“There’s a serious lack of education about the Mohawk communities living around us.”

Students at Concordia University are examining the efforts being made in two Mohawk communities to preserve and promote the Mohawk language – one of the oldest in Canada.

READ THE STORY: Concordia journalism class delves into one of Canada’s oldest languages

Donating undies

Underwear.
Underwear. Deborah Baic/The Globe and Mail

“Obviously, we don’t want to give out used underwear.”

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A Montreal shelter is desperately searching for new underwear of all sizes for the women in its care.

READ THE STORY: Montreal women’s shelter desperate for underwear donations

rachel.lau@globalnews.ca