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This week on ‘Focus Montreal’: April 27, 2019

Montreal police have cordoned off a street in Pierrefonds due to flooding. Sunday, April 21, 2019.
Montreal police have cordoned off a street in Pierrefonds due to flooding. Sunday, April 21, 2019. Courtesy Dario De Felice

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.

Click to play video 'Pierrefonds mayor credits preparation for limited flooding so far' Pierrefonds mayor credits preparation for limited flooding so far
Pierrefonds mayor credits preparation for limited flooding so far

Pierrefonds flood preparations

For the second time in the past three years. spring flooding has forced thousands of Quebecers out of their homes.

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Those who have stayed behind have been working for a week now in a superhuman effort to keep the water out of their homes.

READ MORE: Montreal declares state of emergency as flooding worsens

In Pierrefonds, an army of volunteers has been pitching in to get the job done.

The borough is co-ordinating efforts from Pierrefonds Comprehensive High School which has been transformed into the epicentre for sandbagging efforts in the area.

READ MORE: Pierrefonds mayor credits preparation for limited flooding so far

Hundreds of volunteers have been filling thousands of bags for homeowners, and as of Thursday — when Focus Montreal is recorded — their efforts were paying off.

Borough mayor Jim Beis spoke to Global News’s Jamie Orchard to discuss all the work that has been done to minimize flooding in Pierrefonds.

Click to play video 'Shield of Athena celebrating 25 years of helping the community' Shield of Athena celebrating 25 years of helping the community
Shield of Athena celebrating 25 years of helping the community

Shield of Athena family services

The Shield of Athena family services is now in its 25th year of helping local families struggling with violence in their homes.

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Next Saturday, on May 4, Shield of Athena will be launching its annual fundraising drive at the always impressive Lilac event at the Palace Reception Hall in Laval.

Executive director Melpa Kamateros joined Orchard to talk about the event and where and how the money raised will be used.

Click to play video 'James Mullinger takes ‘Almost Canadian Comedy Tour’ to Montreal' James Mullinger takes ‘Almost Canadian Comedy Tour’ to Montreal
James Mullinger takes ‘Almost Canadian Comedy Tour’ to Montreal

‘Almost Canadian Comedy Tour’

Comedian James Mullinger played to a sold-out crowd in Montreal this week.

Originally from London, England, Mullinger has made a career out of pointing out the differences he notices since moving to the Maritimes.

The award-winning stand-up settled in St. John, NB with his family five years ago and his career took off soon after.

His shows now sell out across the country.

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His Almost Canadian Comedy Tour has just earned him a Canadian Comedy Award nomination and he brought it to Theatre Ste-Catherine this week.

Orchard had a chance to catch up with Mullinger before he hit the stage.