January 31, 2016 5:40 pm

This week on Focus Montreal: Jan. 30

WATCH ABOVE: This week on Focus Montreal: Philippe Couillard cabinet shuffle analysis, the EMSB launches its 2016 literacy initiative and the Irish language makes a resurgence.

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MONTREAL — Focus Montreal introduces Montrealers to people who are shaping our community, bringing their stories into focus.

It airs on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. and on Sunday at 7:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and at midnight.

Take a look at who we’re meeting this week on Focus Montreal:

Quebec Liberal party cabinet shuffle

Premier Philippe Couillard shuffled his cabinet for the first time since his party took power back in April of 2014.

Some familiar faces kept their portfolios such as Gaeten Barette who is staying on in health and Carlos Leitao in finance.

NDG’s Kathleen Weil is keeping her immigration portfolio and Beaconsfield’s Geoff Kelly stays on in native affairs.

But there are also some major changes, some new faces  and at least one big name ejected from the inner circle.

Global Montreal’s senior anchor Jamie Orchard speaks to Montreal Gazette political columnist Philip Authier about the big changes.


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EMSB reads: 2016 literacy initiative

Angela Price, blogger and wife of Habs goalie Carey Price, was at Dante Elementary School in Saint-Leonard earlier this week to read to grade one students.

Price and numerous other local celebrities were on hand to hear that the English Montreal School Board’s (EMSB) balanced literacy program has translated into an 88 per cent graduation rate.

EMSB literacy experts Anik Malenfant and Paul Kettner, dropped by Focus Montreal to talk about the successful program.

Irish language resurgence

The Irish language is one of the world’s most ancient minority languages. It has been listed on the UNESCO’s Atlas of the World’s Languages in Danger for years.

But recently Montreal has been experiencing a resurgence of the Irish language.

Siobhan Ni Mhaolagain travelled from Ireland to Montreal last summer to teach the Irish language at Concordia University.

 For more information on the Canadian Irish Studies program consult the Concordia University website.

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