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This week on Focus Montreal: March 11

Iranian-Canadian professor Homa Hoodfar smiles as she arrives in Montreal on Sept. 29, 2016, after spending nearly four months in prison in Iran. She discusses her experience this week on Focus Montreal.
Iranian-Canadian professor Homa Hoodfar smiles as she arrives in Montreal on Sept. 29, 2016, after spending nearly four months in prison in Iran. She discusses her experience this week on Focus Montreal. Ryan Remiorz/Canadian Press

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

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

Take a look at the guests Global News met on this week’s program:

Focus Montreal: Sugary alcoholic drink discontinued
Focus Montreal: Sugary alcoholic drink discontinued

Sugary alcoholic drink “FKCD UP” discontinued

Police believe 14-year-old Athena Gervais consumed the alcoholic energy drink FKCD UP before she died.

Shortly after, the Montreal company that manufactures the controversial drink announced it would cease production immediately.

The beverage contains almost 12 per cent alcohol and is packed with sugar and caffeine.

READ MORE: Quebec beverage maker Geloso Group announces end of FCKD UP drink

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Its website has now been replaced by a single message telling consumers to drink responsibly.

Even with the drink now off store shelves, some are saying more needs to be done to protect youth from such beverages.

Quebec’s public health minister, Lucie Charlebois, says the combination of alcohol and high sugar content should be revised.

Educ’Alcool‘s Hubert Sacy joined Global’s Elysia Bryan-Baynes to talk about the dangers of such drinks.

Focus Montreal: A conversation with Homa Hoodfar on International Women’s Day
Focus Montreal: A conversation with Homa Hoodfar on International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day: a conversation with Homa Hoodfar

Concordia University professor Homa Hoodfar spent 121 days in jail in Iran for”dabbling in feminism.”

Hoodfar was born in Iran, but has lived in Montreal for the past 30 years.

On a trip to Iran in 2016, Hoodfar was arrested and jailed.

READ MORE: 5 things we asked Homa Hoodfar on International Women’s Day

Hoodfar chats with Elysia Bryan-Baynes about that traumatic experience and how it strengthened her commitment to working for human rights and women’s rights.

What you need to know about Montreal’s St Patrick’s Parade 2018
What you need to know about Montreal’s St Patrick’s Parade 2018

What you need to know about the 2018 St. Patrick’s Parade

The 195th Montreal St. Patrick’s Day parade will be held on Sunday, March 18.

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The United Irish Societies of Montreal, along with Montreal’s mayor, marked the start of the Irish celebrations.

For the first time in 55 years, the parade route will be moved to De Maisonneuve Boulevard because of the construction on Sainte-Catherine Street.

READ MORE: Montreal’s annual St. Patrick’s Parade changes routes

Elysia Bryan-Baynes chats with Paul Loftus, president of the United Irish Societies of Montreal, and gets all the details you need to know about the annual celebration.

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