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5 Montreal stories guaranteed to make you smile this week: June 8

Gurnam Singh Malhi talks nostalgia and bringing up memories with food on Just Like Home.
Gurnam Singh Malhi talks nostalgia and bringing up memories with food on Just Like Home. Rachel Lau/Global News

From memories brought about through food and two boys from very different backgrounds building bridges in their community, here are five Montreal stories guaranteed to make you smile this week:

An icon

Iconic St-Joseph’s Oratory to get dazzling facelift
Iconic St-Joseph’s Oratory to get dazzling facelift

“We want to give that space back to Montrealers.”

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It is one of the most iconic symbols of Montreal — and now it’s getting a facelift.

READ THE STORY: Major facelift for St-Joseph’s Oratory will allow public access to previously forbidden areas

Like mama makes

Just like home: North Indian spices bring nostalgia
Just like home: North Indian spices bring nostalgia

“There’s a certain level of comfort that most of us feel when we come to this place.”

The taste or smell of specific foods can bring up strong memories — who would have thought the pop and fizz of a Fanta bottle does just that for one Indian-Canadian?

READ THE STORY: North Indian spices bring out a sense of nostalgia

Future leaders

Students did not receive their diplomas but instead were bestowed a red and gold stole which features a white feather.
Students did not receive their diplomas but instead were bestowed a red and gold stole which features a white feather. Global News

“It gives us a chance to spend time with their families and to look at these students as future leaders in their community.”

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Students representing 11 First Nation communities across Canada were honoured at the 6th annual Indigenous Graduation Gathering.

READ THE STORY: Indigenous students at Concordia honoured with intimate convocation ceremony

Building bridges

Two longtime friends build cultural bridges in the West Island
Two longtime friends build cultural bridges in the West Island

“The fact is, our friendship is really not a big deal for us.”

A friendship between two boys is building bridges between communities as Mormons and Muslims gather to break fast together.

READ THE STORY: Two longtime friends build cultural bridges in the West Island

Ready to race

Kicking off Formula One
Kicking off Formula One

“I’m starting to feel all the energy and the buzz leading up to the weekend. It is home for me and nothing beats home.”

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Montreal-born racer Lance Stroll gives us a look ahead at what he’s expecting from the big F1 race.

READ THE STORY: Montrealer Lance Stroll home for the Canadian Grand Prix

rachel.lau@globalnews.ca