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This week on ‘Focus Montreal’: Nov. 24

Several Canadians travelled to Mons, Belgium on Remembrance Day to honour relatives who fought in the First World War. Jamie Butler

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

The program airs Saturday at 5:30 p.m. as well as Sunday at 7:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and midnight.

Take a look at who we’re meeting this week.

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Focus Montreal: Minority language rights – Nov 24, 2018

Protecting linguistic minorities

Last week, Ontario premier Doug Ford’s provincial government announced cuts to services that affect the province’s French population.

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Specifically, the Ford government said it would abolish Ontario’s Office of the French Language Services Commissioner — as well as scrapping plans for a new francophone university in Toronto.

READ MORE: Quebec group says cuts to Ontario francophones touch all linguistic minorities

Prior to meeting with his Ontario counterpart earlier this week, Quebec premier François Legault had said he wanted French in Ontario to be protected as much as possible.

READ MORE: Ontario government announces new French commissioner job amid outcry over cuts

As president of the Quebec Community Groups Network, Geoffrey Chambers is well versed in the protection of minority language rights.

Chambers joined Global News anchor Andrea Howick to discuss how the cuts in Ontario are impacting all linguistic minorities.

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Focus Montreal: Black Watch return to Mons – Nov 24, 2018

Montreal Black Watch return to Mons

In the final days of the First World War, Canadians played a significant part in liberating Europe, including marching into Mons, Belgium and recapturing it from the Germans.

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Around 100 Montreal Black Watch Regiment members, including Honourable Lt.-Col Bruce Bolton and Master Cpl. Peter Crowley, travelled back to the iconic city last week to take part in a Remembrance Day ceremony.

READ MORE: Mike Armstrong — How I walked in my great-grandfather’s footsteps this Remembrance Day

As Global News national correspondent Mike Armstrong reported on Nov. 11, their sacrifice has not been forgotten — even after 10 decades.

In a sit-down interview with Howick, Bolton and Crowley recount their trip to Mons to celebrate the centennial anniversary of end of the First World War.

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Focus Montreal: Youth Making a difference – Nov 24, 2018

Youth making a difference

Olivia Monton has been actively involved in philanthropy for more than 10 years.

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A fractured spine at the age of 13 motivated her to begin volunteering.

In 2014, she founded Live for the Cause, creating a platform for young Montrealers to discover their passions while giving back.

To date, Monton has raised more than $120,000 for various local and grassroots organizations in Montreal, and her initiative has engaged over 10,000 young Montrealers in local philanthropy.

Monton has received several accolades for her work, including the Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Award given by the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Monton spoke to Howick earlier this week about what the award means to her.

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