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This week on Focus Montreal: March 26

Brittany Kennell watches her battle round performance on The Voice with family and friends, Tuesday, March 22, 2016. Marc Latendresse/Global News

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:

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Focus Montreal: Montrealers and the Brussels attack – Mar 26, 2016

Impact of Brussels attacks 

Support for Belgium is pouring in after Tuesday’s deadly terror attacks in its capital.

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More than 30 people died and dozens were injured during the Brussels attack, when explosions went off at the Brussels airport and the Maalbeek metro station.

Monuments across Europe, including the Eiffel Tower, were lit up in the colours of the Belgian flag to show support for the country, which held three days of national mourning.

But these recent attacks, which come just four months after the deadly series of attacks in Paris, has Europe and the world bracing for more acts of terrorism.

In Montreal, dozens gathered at the Belgian Consulate Wednesday night to show their support for the Belgian community and Global Montreal’s Navneet Pall was there.

While the attacks happened in Europe, they have left many Montrealers feeling unsettled and unsafe, especially since they happened in public spaces.

Global News anchor Paola Samuel sat down with Kyle Matthews, a fellow with the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, to discuss the recent events and their impact.

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Focus Montreal: Brittany Kennel shines on ‘The Voice’ – Mar 26, 2016

Beaconsfield native takes The Voice by storm

Beaconsfield native, Brittany Kennell is the first Canadian to appear on the popular reality TV show The Voice.

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Right before fulfilling her life-long goal of singing “O Canada” at a Montreal Canadiens game, Brittany Kennell joined her family and friends in the West Island Tuesday, to watch her performance in the battle rounds of the singing competition.

Kennell found time in her busy schedule to drop by Focus Montreal studios to talk about her recent success.

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Focus Montreal: Spread the Word to End the Word – Mar 26, 2016

Spread the Word to End the Word

There are words that people just don’t say, and now there’s a campaign spreading across North America to end the use of the “R” word.

Three McGill community groups have joined the campaign to Spread the Word to End the Word.

They are encouraging people to take the pledge and therefore take a stand against this dehumanizing term that offends and belittles people with and without disabilities.

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Grace Loten, one of the organizers of the McGill camapign, explains how the pledge works and why she’s taking a stand.

 

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