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This week on ‘Focus Montreal’: March 9

Credit cards are displayed in Montreal in a Wednesday, December 12, 2012 file photo. One mortgage expert is worried Canada's mortgage rules are too restrictive and hurting potential home buyers.
Credit cards are displayed in Montreal in a Wednesday, December 12, 2012 file photo. One mortgage expert is worried Canada's mortgage rules are too restrictive and hurting potential home buyers. Ryan Rmiorz/The Canadian Press

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

The program airs on 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.

‘Beyond #MeToo’
‘Beyond #MeToo’

‘Beyond #MeToo’

For more than 20 years, Sandi Curtis — a music therapist and professor — has been using music as a tool for healing and social activism.

Now, she’s taking that knowledge and sharing it in a new film called Beyond #MeToo.

READ MORE: ‘Me too’ backlash has women worried about losing career opportunities

Premiering on  April 8 at Concordia University, the film explores the use of music and art to challenge our culture of male violence against women.

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Curtis joined Global’s Elysia Bryan-Baynes to discuss her work.

Focus Montreal: Mortgage concerns?
Focus Montreal: Mortgage concerns?

Mortgage concerns?

Terry Kilakos, a local mortgage expert, has expressed some concern over Canada’s mortgage rules.

READ MORE: Rates are up, prices down. How tough is the mortgage stress test across Canada today?

The president of North East Mortgages says the federal government’s mortgage rules have become too restrictive.

Kilakos argues housing markets have cooled to the point where potential responsible homeowners are being turned away.

READ MORE: Canadians’ debt remains ‘really high,’ but improving thanks to tight mortgage rules: BoC

Kilakos joined Bryan-Baynes to discuss the situation facing buyers.

Exploring cultural identity
Exploring cultural identity

Exploring cultural identity

What does it mean to be Chinese in Canada?

That’s something William Ging Wee Dere has been exploring through writing in film.

In his new book, Being Chinese in Canada: The Struggle for Identity, Redress and Belonging, Dere discusses his personal struggle for identity and belonging in this country.

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READ MORE: Montreal Chinese community demands apology from Québec Solidaire MNA

He shares stories from his childhood that include a lot of hard work and struggling to connect with the narratives of his friends.

He also touches upon the effects that years of exclusionary policies by the Canadian government had on his family.

Dere joined Bryan Baynes to discuss his new book.

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