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Saturday, November 8
7pm

In the 43rd season premiere of Canada’s most-watched investigative series, a shocking new investigation turns the spotlight on Citizenship and Immigration Canada. W­-FIVE discovers unsettling details about how a convicted con man fell through the bureaucratic cracks and turned his deportation order into a Canadian citizenship.

What would you do if you dialed 911 and were put on hold? Shockingly, W-FIVE has found that some 911 call centres across the country are forced to operate without the resources they require, potentially putting Canadians’ lives at risk. On a brand-new episode of W-FIVE premiering Saturday, April 12 at 7 p.m. on CTV (visit CTV.ca to confirm local listings), reporter Victor Malarek reveals that 911 callers in a number of Canadian communities end up on hold, sometimes with devastating consequences.

In its investigation, W-FIVE found that callers to 911 are put on hold when call centres become too busy – a situation compounded by the fact that up to 50 per cent of 911 calls are deemed by the Ontario Provincial Police to not even be actual “emergencies.” As 911 dispatchers struggle to prioritize the requests they receive, the result can be a deadly delay in the arrival of emergency help.

In December 2007, Cranbrook, B.C., was rocked by the violent death of Tammy Ellis. As Ellis lay bleeding to death from a gunshot wound, her friend’s desperate 911 call was put on hold not once, but twice. It would take 22 minutes for help to arrive, by which time Ellis had died. Eighteen hours later, police arrested a man with criminal convictions for violence and weapons offences going back 30 years, and charged him with first-degree murder. Ellis’ untimely death, and similar situations in other communities across the country, has left Canadians – including the police – searching for answers.

Also in this episode, Alan Fryer tells the story of Tatiana and Krista, Canada’s only conjoined twins, and the family that is faced with the uncertainty of raising them.

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.

Oprah’s Big Give Premieres with 1.7 Million Viewers;

W-FIVE Outskates Hockey Night in Canada with 1.1 Million Viewers

— Dexter eviscerates the competition at 10 p.m. Sunday —
O baby! Oprah’s Big Give debuted BIG on CTV last night when 1.7 million viewers tuned in to the series premiere. The entertaining and heart-warming addition to CTV’s spring schedule was the most-watched program of the day nationally among total viewers as well as the key advertising demos A25-54 (1.01 million) and A18-49 (960,000). The program was also No. 1 among total viewers and A25-54 in Toronto and Vancouver.

At 10 p.m. Sunday, an all-new episode of CTV’s Dexter delivered 1.02 million viewers to become the most-watched program in its timeslot among total viewers, A25-54 and A18-49. Dexter was the No. 3 show of the night following Oprah’s Big Give and CTV Evening News (#2, 1.08 million).

On Saturday night, CTV’s W-FIVE delivered more viewers than Hockey Night in Canada (CBC,1.09 million) and won the night with 1.12 million viewers. The shocking W-FIVE episode uncovered startling facts about a Toronto gynecologist and the medical system that prevents the public from learning about their surgeon’s track record.

Source: Preliminary overnight data, CTV Full and Global Full (BBM Nielsen Media Research).

W-FIVE teams up with the Automobile Protection Association (APA) for its annual investigation of Canada’s used automobile industry. W-FIVE’s hidden cameras join APA’s secret shoppers as they visit used car lots and test-drive and inspect dozens of cars. Paula Todd reveals why all consumers should think carefully when buying their next used vehicle.

Saturday, March 8 at 7 p.m. on CTV

W-FIVE Investigates the Secretive World of Medicine and the Toronto Doctor Dozens of Women Claim Injured Them

In a shocking investigation, W-FIVE uncovers startling facts about a Toronto gynecologist and the system that prevents the public from learning about their physician’s track record, in a special all-new episode Saturday, March 1 at 7 p.m. on CTV (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times).

Last week’s W-FIVE episode was watched by 902,000 national viewers opposite Hockey Night in Canada. In this week’s instalment, W-FIVE’s Victor Malarek talks to 30 women who claim that Dr. Richard Austin, a Toronto-based gynecologist, injured them during routine surgeries. Austin was warned in 2004 that his complication rate for a routine surgery (laparoscopic hysterectomy) was 10 times greater than is considered acceptable by professional standards. Because of licensing restrictions, Austin no longer performs surgery alone, but he’s still working at Scarborough General Hospital where he assists on surgeries. Frighteningly, none of his patients have any way of looking into the details pertaining to his performance, until now.

W-FIVE has discovered that the Canadian public has almost no way of finding out what their doctor’s complication rate is, or worse, if their doctor is being investigated by the College of Physicians and Surgeons or is being sued for malpractice. Many doctors complain that publicizing their track records will only make good doctors avoid taking on difficult cases. W-FIVE’s Victor Malarek travels to England where the government has forced cardiac surgeons to publish their success rates. Manchester-based heart surgeon Dr. Ben Bridgewater explains that publishing success rates enables the public to make better decisions and the medical profession to maintain its integrity.

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.

March 1 at 7pm on CTV

In 1982, Albertan Ronald Smith murdered two American citizens in cold blood during a road trip to Montana. He was sentenced to death – and welcomed it at the time – but a year later and to this very day, Smith has fought to return to Canada to avoid lethal injection. W-FIVE investigates both sides of the Smith case, the powerful arguments for and against the death penalty, and the controversy that one man has stirred in Ottawa.

Saturday, February 23 at 7 p.m. on CTV

 

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).

 

W-FIVE investigates cases of police misconduct and how in some instances officers who have committed serious misconduct have continued to collect full pay sometimes for years, when Canada’s #1 investigative news program W-FIVE returns with the first of 11 new episodes. In the same episode, W-FIVE uncovers some frightening truths behind the cosmetic surgery industry in Canada and what the public should know before considering these potentially life-threatening procedures.

Saturday, February 9 / 7 p.m.

For those looking for love on the Internet – beware! In an all new episode, W-FIVE reveals some of the dangers lurking behind the screens for Canadians using online dating services – with cybersharks searching for their next victim. W-FIVE airs Saturday, November 3 at 7 p.m. on CTV (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times).

In this episode, W-FIVE’s Victor Malarek uncovers cases where women who meet a potential suitor through online dating services and were later conned for thousands of dollars, and in some cases, forced to endure extensive physical and mental abuse. W-FIVE cameras are rolling as Malarek tracks down one known-criminal and online predator.

In the second half hour, W-FIVE’s Alan Fryer reveals that the quality of new houses across Canada are grossly inadequate with many builders putting Canadian families in what critics refer to as “disposable homes.”

W-FIVE Uncovers CN Involvement in a String of Freight Train Derailments

The romantic image of the Canadian railway is long gone. Over the past few years a string of major freight train derailments has devastated some communities throughout Canada. All too often the trains involved in the accidents have the familiar CN logo – Canadian National Railway. In a new episode, W-FIVE exposes CN’s shocking track record and investigates how the Canadian icon may have sacrificed rail safety. W-FIVE airs Saturday February 10 at 7 p.m. on CTV (check local listings).

Since new de-regulation rules took effect giving railway companies greater control of safety measures, CN trains have been coming off the tracks in alarming numbers. These train derailments have had devastating results including the evacuation of communities, polluting rivers and lakes, as well as the loss of life. W-FIVE’s Senior Reporter Victor Malarek talks to victims and railway insiders.

In the second half of the program, W-FIVE’s Sandie Rinaldo follows a British Columbia man halfway around the world on a quest for a new life. Facing up to an eight-year wait for a kidney transplant in Canada, he sets off on a controversial journey to buy a kidney from a live donor in Pakistan.

With an ongoing commitment to covering tough, relevant stories in all their shades of gray, W-FIVE continues its 41st 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.

CTV, Canada’s largest private broadcaster, offers a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming. It has the number-one national newscast, CTV National News With Lloyd Robertson, and is the number-one choice for prime-time viewing. CTV owns 21 conventional television stations across Canada and has interests in 15 specialty channels, including the number-one Canadian specialty channel, TSN. CTV is owned by CTVglobemedia, Canada’s premier multi-media company. More information about CTV may be found on the company Web site at www.ctv.ca .

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