Impoverished Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Denied Adequate Government Assistance & a Canadian Imprisoned in Mexico

 

W-FIVE Investigates: Impoverished Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Denied Adequate Government Assistance and a Canadian Imprisoned in Mexico, Feb. 16 on CTV

Unlike foster parents, impoverished grandparents who assume the role of raising grandchildren are regularly denied adequate financial assistance from the government. An all-new W-FIVE examines this national problem amongst the aging population on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. ET (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times).

Last week’s W-FIVE episode about police corruption and cosmetic surgery was watched by 808,000 viewers opposite Hockey Night in Canada. In this week’s heart-wrenching episode, W-FIVE’s Sandie Rinaldo interviews grandparents who assume responsibility for grandchildren whom their own children can no longer care for. Often the burden of raising these children overwhelms the grandparents physically, emotionally and financially. While sufficient funding is provided for foster families, many grandparents raising their grandchildren must apply for welfare, receiving a fraction of the assistance offered to foster parents.

Also in this episode, CTV’s Paula Todd investigates the case of Brenda Martin, a Canadian woman who has been held in a Mexican prison since 2006 on charges of Internet fraud. Since her arrest, the Canadian government has done little to assist her, despite overwhelming evidence of her innocence.

With an ongoing commitment to covering tough, relevant stories in all their shades of grey, W-FIVE continues its 42nd season of investigative journalism. Hosted by CTV National News’ Lloyd Robertson and Sandie Rinaldo, the award-winning series is the most-watched current affairs program in Canada. Malcolm Fox is Executive Producer and Anton Koschany is Senior Producer of W-FIVE, a presentation of CTV News. Robert Hurst is President of CTV News and Current Affairs.

February 13 / 7 p.m. ET (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times).

 

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