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This week on Focus Montreal: April 23

A poster at Dawson College representing worldwide peace, April 19, 2016.
A poster at Dawson College representing worldwide peace, April 19, 2016. David Sedell/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:

Focus Montreal: Karla Homolka’s privacy rights
Focus Montreal: Karla Homolka’s privacy rights

 Karla Homolka: Privacy rights

Earlier this week, it was discovered that Karla Homolka –who served 12 years in prison for manslaughter in the sex slayings of two Ontario schoolgirls — has been living in the south shore community of Châteauguay for over two years.

Reports of Homolka’s life in the Montreal suburb caught some parents and neighbours by surprise and prompted the New Frontiers School Board  to send home a letter assuring them that their children at Centennial Park School were safe.

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The story, as reported by Global Montreal, sparked a lot of reaction and raised many questions.

Legal analyst, Philip Schneider joins senior anchor Jamie Orchard to answer those questions and discuss Homolka’s rights versus those of the public.

Focus Montreal: Lauren Alexander Support for Families Fund
Focus Montreal: Lauren Alexander Support for Families Fund

Lauren Alexander Support for Families Fund

The intensive care unit (ICU) on the ninth floor of Montreal’s General Hospital is a special place — fueled by some remarkable doctors and nurses.

Senior anchor Jamie Orchard had the chance earlier this week to spend some time with them and to see firsthand their hectic work pace and the stress they deal with on a daily basis.

Operating a level one trauma unit and ICU requires a dedicated and focused team.

An inspiring doctor and nurse team at the Montreal General is going above and beyond patient care, by also taking care of patients’ families.

Dr. David Hornstein and Bita Danechi, the dynamic duo behind the Lauren Alexander Support for Families Fund, dropped by Focus Montreal to talk about an upcoming fundraiser that makes it all possible.

For more information on the foundation, or to purchase tickets to the April 30 benefit concert, visit the Lauren Alexander website.

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Focus Montreal: Dawson College’s 10,000 messages of peace
Focus Montreal: Dawson College’s 10,000 messages of peace

Dawson College: 10,000 messages of Peace

Five years ago, Dawson College students started a project to collect messages of peace from around the world.

The project has been revived this year and its significance is no coincidence.

The students are hoping to collect 10,000 messages of peace from all 193 countries within the United Nations in time for the 10-year anniversary of the Dawson shooting, when a lone-gunman entered the school killing 18-year-old Anastasia De Sousa and injuring 19 others.

So far, messages have been sent from all over the world including India, Russia, the Philippines, and Ghana.

Students Megan Jutras and Kaitlyn Patterson, accompanied by their teacher, Chris Adams, were in Focus Montreal studios to promote the school’s peace initiative.