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5 Montreal stories guaranteed to make you smile this week: June 29

The 'A' has been returned to Avocado Sushi in Pointe-Claire, Tues. June 26, 2018.
The 'A' has been returned to Avocado Sushi in Pointe-Claire, Tues. June 26, 2018. Karol Dahl/Global News

From a café breaking barriers for Montreal’s Indigenous community to some good news at a Pointe-Claire sushi restaurant, here are five stories guaranteed to make you smile this week:

Breaking barriers

Indigenous roundhouse café helps city’s homeless get back on their feet
Indigenous roundhouse café helps city’s homeless get back on their feet

“It’s like a urban Indigenous restaurant.”

A little café in the heart of Shaughnessy Village is teaming up with a community group known for helping Montreal’s most vulnerable.

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READ THE STORY: Roundhouse café serves up Indigenous traditions while breaking barriers

It’s fun to stay at the YMCA

Champagne was an early tell that the YMCA could stay.Thursday, June 28, 2018.
Champagne was an early tell that the YMCA could stay.Thursday, June 28, 2018. Billy Shields/Global News

“When you start a year like we engaged in, you hope for the best.”

The YMCA in Complexe Guy-Favreau has reached a tentative deal to remain at the site over the next 10 years.

READ THE STORY: After deal with government, Chinatown YMCA to remain open for at least 10 years

Just like home

#JustLikeHome: Lesley Chesterman talks food, nostalgia
#JustLikeHome: Lesley Chesterman talks food, nostalgia

“When you find the food, you find the people that go with the food and you automatically feel better.”

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After viewing Global News’ series Just Like Home, Lesley Chesterman explains why food can bring up such a strong sense of nostalgia.

READ THE STORY: Lesley Chesterman talks food, nostalgia and feeling just like home

A for Avocado

The Avocado sushi restaurant in the Pointe-Claire Village said its letter “A” was stolen, Tues., June 19, 2018.
The Avocado sushi restaurant in the Pointe-Claire Village said its letter “A” was stolen, Tues., June 19, 2018. Avocado Restaurant Facebook Page / Facebook

“It’s intact, so we are very happy to know that our ‘A’ is back home.”

The beloved ‘A’ has been given back to Avocado Sushi in Pointe-Claire Village.

READ THE STORY: Avocado Sushi in Pointe-Claire locates letter ‘A’

Book a babysitter

Montrealer’s website makes finding a babysitter a snap
Montrealer’s website makes finding a babysitter a snap

“We guarantee babysitters, it’s all the vetting process and transportation is included as well.”

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Busy parents often find themselves scrambling to find a last-minute babysitter, but one Montrealer’s new website aims to match parents with experienced caregivers whenever needed.

READ THE STORY: Montreal startup ‘Kiid’ connects parents to babysitters online like Uber connects people to drivers

rachel.lau@globalnews.ca