December 4, 2016 4:39 pm
Updated: January 23, 2017 1:23 pm

This week on Focus Montreal: Dec. 3

WATCH ABOVE: This week on Focus Montreal, hear from a local gender-equality activist making a difference in young girls' lives, meet a woman whose love of dogs led her to her true calling and find out if Montreal drivers are really all that bad.


Focus Montreal introduces Montrealers to people who are shaping our community and 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:

Are Montrealers bad drivers?

Allstate has released the results of its Annual Safe Driving Study and it shows that drivers in Montreal continue to be some of the worst drivers in Quebec.

The rankings compare insurance claims filed in cities across the province.

Those rankings put Chomedy Laval as the place with the most car accident claims in the past year, with Saint-Laurent, Montreal North and Montreal rounding out the top four.

Essentially that means areas around our city account for more accident claims than any other city in the province.

Allstate Agency manager Patrizia D’Ignazio dropped by Focus Montreal studios to lend some perspective to what all those numbers mean.

Story continues below

For us Girls

A community initiative called “For us Girls” provides programs for marginalized girls aged 10 to 17.

It was started a year and a half ago by Montrealer Aminka Belvitt.

The goal of the program is to empower and educate girls and it’s proving so successful that Belvitt was invited to the One Young World Summit in Ottawa in September.

Belvitt shared her message with 1,300 young women, world leaders and Global Goodwill Ambassador for UN Women, Emma Watson.

In fact, Belvitt’s dedication to women’s empowerment landed her the Emma Watson scholarship which recognizes her community work as a gender equality activist.

Belvitt sat down with senior anchor Jamie Orchard to discuss her work empowering young women.

“For Us Girls” has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise $5,000 to establish a scholarship fund to give five graduating girls a $700 scholarship for university.

GreatMtler: Anne Dubé

This week’s Great Montrealer is a woman who found her true calling in life in her love for dogs.

Anne Dubé is the founder and executive director of Rosie Animal Adoption.

The dog rescue service runs out of the Pierrefonds animal hospital and is considered a precious resource on the West Island.

Rosie Animal Adoption is a passion Dubé stumbled upon when she was dealing with a setback in her own life.

Jamie Orchard caught up with Dubé at the veterinary clinic in Pierrefonds.

There are so many Great Montrealers around us. If you know someone who should be profiled as part of Global News’ Greater Montreal campaign, don’t forget to nominate them!

You can send us a private message on Facebook, tweet at us on Twitter or by e-mail:

© 2016 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.

Report an error


Want to discuss? Please read our Commenting Policy first.