This week on Focus Montreal: April 2

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: QCGN proposes creation of liason office – Apr 3, 2016

QCGN proposes liaison office

A group representing members of Quebec’s English-speaking community is calling on the Quebec government to create a liaison office to build bridges with minority English speakers.

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The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) wants the province to create  the office so that policymakers have a better understanding of the needs and priorities of English speakers, particularly as they relate to legislation that will impact Anglophones directly.

A recent example is Bill 86, the government’s attempt to abolish school board elections.

Sylvia Martin-Laforge, director general of the QCGN, discusses the need for a liaison office and what that office could look like.

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Focus Montreal: Patrick Lehman – Apr 3, 2016

Patrick Lehman

His music is rich and deep and he has been called “Canada’s best-kept soul secret.”

But if you haven’t heard of him yet, you surely will soon.

Pierrefonds native Patrick Lehman‘s singing career is at a turning point.

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He is nominated for his first ever JUNO Award this weekend, for an album he put out in the wake of his father’s death.

The 13-song record is called Butchy’s Son, after his dad who was affectionately called Butchy by friends and family.

Senior anchor Jamie Orchard caught up with Lehman earlier this week just before he boarded a flight for his exciting week at the JUNO’s in Toronto.

Patrick Lehman is performing here in Montreal on Sunday April 17 at the Montreal Casino.

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Focus Montreal: Big Blue Hug – Apr 3, 2016

Big Blue Hug

After learning his young son had autism and could not relate to others, Jason Goldsmith began to use pictures to communicate.

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He learned that drawing was the best way to connect with his son Ellis.

Now the two have conversations by drawing instead of, or in addition to, talking to each other.

They had so much success that Jason began sharing his story with others.

And that is how the Big Blue Hug was born.

Jason and Ellis Goldsmith, dropped by Focus Montreal to talk about Big Blue Hug’s mission and purpose.

To learn more about non-verbal communication or to see some of Ellis’ artwork, you can visit the Big Blue Hug website.

Ellis’ drawings will be on display at Peter Hall School in Saint. Laurent on May 13.

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