Ten good news stories from Toronto Star headlines this week


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From one man raising more than $21,000 for a Tim Hortons employee to an inside look at why Raptors superfan Nav Bhatia is giving away his collection, we have compiled some of this week’s best good news stories from thestar.com.

1. This activist launched an organization to support LGBTQ refugees from African countries just four months after arriving in Canada as one herself

Christopher Nkambwe knew it was time to leave Uganda after her third run-in with police tied to her being trans and her work in the local LGBTQ community.

Once she successfully claimed refugee status, which took four months, she wasted no time getting to work helping others. Using funds from her cleaning job, she registered a charity focused on supporting predominantly LGBTQ people from African countries with navigating the legal process of making a refugee claim, finding employment and securing housing.

2. Tim Hortons employee gives out free smiles and gets $21,000 in return

No matter what he’s feeling going in, Matthew Shulman always leaves the Tim Hortons drive-thru with a full cup of promise, thanks to his favourite employee — Vishnugopan “Vishnu” Sothilingan.

“I call it getting a cup of Vishnu,” Shulman told yorkregion.com. If you’re having a bad day, “he’ll be there with a fist bump; he doesn’t give us coffee, he gives us hope for a better world.”

3. How this Ontario woman’s online chess school is getting young girls worldwide excited about the game

In 2015, when Ingrid Gayle, the founder of global online school Girl Boss Chess, started home-schooling her then five-year-old daughter, a friend mailed her a chess set and guide.

The two dove in and learned the game together.

4. Raptors Superfan Nav Bhatia shows his basketball collection and explains why he’s giving it away

Nav Bhatia might have the best basketball merch in the world. For the past three years, he’s donated almost all of it to underprivileged kids. (He’s keeping the 2019 championship ring though...)

5. Miss Pickles, a glamorous cancer-surviving pug, is all about spreading paws-itivity

Miss Pickles, the eight-year-old pug with a sparkly personality and even sparklier outfits, bills herself as the “world’s first doggy drag queen” and has a penchant for recreating the outfits of everyone from Cardi B to Cruella de Vil for her 43,000 Instagram followers.