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7:00pm – Saturday, April 14 on CTV

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W5 wraps up a season of powerful, informative and inspirational documentaries with an up-close investigation of the world of used car sales.

Conducted in partnership with the Automobile Protection Association (APA), W5’s annual hidden-camera investigation (“Used & Abused”) airs this Saturday, April 14 at 7 p.m. ET on CTV and CTV Mobile.

CTV’s Seamus O’Regan, on special assignment for W5, uncovers the tricks used by “curb siders” who misrepresent themselves as ordinary individuals who claim to be selling the family vehicle, while often flipping badly repaired cars to unsuspecting buyers, and then disappear without a trace.

Also in this episode, W5 explores Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), the fourth most common mental disorder in the world, affecting an estimated one million Canadians. In “The Obsession” CTV’s Health Correspondent Avis Favaro, takes an intimate look at an intensive new therapy that is helping successfully overcome the symptoms that hijack their lives.

W5 also airs Sundays on CP24 at 1 p.m. ET, and at 7 p.m. ET on CTV Two, and then on demand on the CTV News Video Player at CTVNews.ca (visit CTV.ca for local listings).

W5’s annual investigation of the automotive marketplace discovers commonly employed deceptions: from ads listing vehicles that are not available for sale when the mystery shoppers come calling, to extra fees not listed in ads, to under-reporting of collision damage. The APA’s secret shopping team includes a mechanic working undercover who takes viewers on a test drive of used car sellers and finds the ride is not a smooth one.

W5 also takes a look at the new high risks in the used automotive marketplace: online, at services like Kijiji. The APA shoppers track one car, a 2010 Corolla with only 3,400 kilometres on the odometer, selling for $16,000. The seller claims the car is in good shape except for a small bumper impact. A closer look by the APA’s undercover mechanic reveals body filler in the rear quarter panels, indicating that the car had been in a serious accident. Investigation of the car’s history by W5 discovers that the Corolla had been in an accident so serious it had been declared a $21,000 dollar insurance write-off. The wreck was later purchased from a salvage auction, repaired, and then offered for sale without being certified as road-worthy. W5 confronts the seller, who boldly denies any wrongdoing.

In the second story in this week’s program, W5 looks at Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), the crippling mental illness that controls the lives of an estimated one million Canadians. In OCD sufferers, normal worries go haywire, and they repeat ritual behaviours over and over in an effort to restore feeling of calm. CTV’s Medical Correspondent Avis Favaro meets “Paul,” a fourteen-year-old living with severe OCD. His illness is so consuming that he cannot stand having anything to his right side, fearing it will bring him pain. His parents sought treatment more than a decade ago to correct their son’s unusual behaviour. Visits to many psychiatrists and psychologists proved fruitless, and prescribed drugs damaged Paul’s liver and heart. But none of the treatments helped. W5 joins Paul on the scariest journey of his young life, to a clinic at Montreal’s McGill University, where he is about to embark on cognitive behaviour therapy to cure his OCD.

With an ongoing commitment to covering tough, relevant stories with fair and responsible reporting, W5 is in its 46th season of investigative journalism. Hosted by Lloyd Robertson, the award-winning series is the most-watched documentary program in Canada. Anton Koschany is Executive Producer of W5. Brett Mitchell is Senior Producer. Wendy Freeman is President of CTV News.

7:00pm – Saturday, April 7 on CTV

In the first story, “Pull the Plug,” W5 asks “who decides when you die?” with a look at two cases at Toronto’s Sunnybrook Hospital where the families and doctors have different opinions on how much should be done to prolong a patient’s life. Then, W5 sits down for an in-depth conversation with CTV’s Craig Oliver. Known for his enthusiastic and incisive political commentaries packed with good humour, Oliver had to overcome a tumultuous upbringing before making his way into broadcasting.

In an all-new investigation, W5 explores the shocking number of assaults in Ontario seniors’ homes. On Saturday, March 31 at 7 p.m. ET on CTV and CTV Mobile TV, “Senior’s Moments” reveals that in just one year, there have been a staggering 1,788 resident-to-resident attacks in extended care facilities in Ontario.

W5 further uncovers the changing face of nursing home patients: elderly and frail, near end-of-life patients are now living in mixed populations with patients aged 18 years and older.

With the systemic closure of psychiatric hospitals in Ontario, long-term care facilities have become a dumping ground for violent patients in need of psychiatric care.

In the second story of the evening, W5 takes an in-depth look at the life and times of William Shatner. The iconic Canadian actor has a career on stage, screen, as a writer and director that spans seven decades and is still going strong. “Star’s Trek” features an insightful and candid interview and key moments from Shatner’s career. The W5 profile airs on the eve of Shatner’s role as host THE 2012 JUNO AWARDS the next night, Sunday, April 1 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV.

W5 also airs Sundays on CP24 at 1 p.m. ET, and then on demand on the CTV News Video Player at CTVNews.ca (visit CTV.ca for local listings).

The life of Sandra Croteau’s brother Keith came to a tragic end when he was brutally assaulted by his roommate at located nursing home in Sudbury, Ontario. The 50-year-old, developmentally-delayed Croteau was admitted by his sister when his health started to deteriorate following the death of their mother. On January 24, 2007, police were called after Croteau was repeatedly struck on the temples. His injuries were fatal – Croteau died the next day of a massive brain hemorrhage. W5’s investigation reveals what Sandra Croteau did not know: her brother’s roommate was a chronic schizophrenic with a psychopathic personality disorder, who also a lengthy criminal record with 37 convictions.

W5’s disturbing investigation reveals that attacks in nursing homes are an astounding four times higher than assaults in the population at large. W5 dispatches hidden cameras inside Ontario nursing homes to see the mixed populations firsthand, and discovers young and old, ailing, and psychiatric patients – living together in for-profit, long-term care facilities. W5 shows viewers a disturbing glimpse of facilities that are short-staffed, where many of the personal support workers (PSWs) do not have the time or adequate training to deal with this new, dangerous patient mix. PSWs tell W5 of dealing with residents suffering with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and alcohol or drug detox. Dealing with aggressive and violent residents, young and old, has become the new normal in nursing homes.

In W5’s second story, CTV’s Los Angeles Bureau Chief Tom Walters, sits down for a wide-ranging and intimate interview with William Shatner. The Canadian actor rocketed to fame as Captain Kirk, becoming a cultural icon and international star for his role on the 1960s sci-fi classic STAR TREK and its spinoff movies. Shatner’s star continued to shine in television series T.J. HOOKER, RESCUE 911, and his recent starring role as Denny Crane in THE PRACTICE and its spinoff BOSTON LEGAL, for which he earned two Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe. W5’s interview airs on the eve of Shatner’s latest gig as host of THE 2012 JUNO AWARDS, airing Sunday, April 1 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV.

7:00pm – Saturday, March 24 on CTV

W5 investigates dubious vacation clubs promising luxurious holidays combined with other perks like discounts for major purchases at a fraction of the cost. “Paradise Lost” reveals victims of fraudulent travel schemes who share their stories of being bilked. In a dramatic undercover investigation, W5 confronts one fraudster convicted of misleading consumers in the operation of a travel club but who is already back in business seeking new “members.” W5 also confronts government agencies – trying to discover who should be cleaning up this fraudulent industry.

This week’s all-new W5 investigates dubious vacation clubs.  These clubs promise luxurious holidays combined with other perks like discounts for major purchases at a fraction of the cost.

Premiering Saturday, March 24 at 7 p.m. ET on CTV and CTV Mobile TV, “Paradise Lost” reveals victims of fraudulent travel schemes who share their stories of being bilked.  

In a dramatic undercover investigation, W5 confronts one fraudster convicted of misleading consumers in the operation of a travel club but who is already back in business seeking new “members.”  W5 also confronts government agencies – trying to discover who should be cleaning up this fraudulent industry.

W5 also airs Sundays on CP24 at 1 p.m. ET, and at 7 p.m. on CTV Two, and then on demand on the CTV News Video Player at CTVNews.ca (visit CTV.ca for local listings).

For Matteo Gironi, Club Par Excellence was a dream come true – an affordable way to vacation in the sun. Initially drawn into the travel club with a prize of an all expenses paid trip for two to Las Vegas, Geroni and his wife, Monique, attended a compelling sales pitch offering amazing discounts on flights, hotels, car rentals – as well as huge savings on appliances, real estate and other major purchases.

Deciding the discounts would offset the $9,000 membership fee, Geroni joined only to soon realize the prize and the discounts were a sham as Club Par Excellence closed its doors. Geroni contacted local police in Newmarket, who directed him to the RCMP, who told him his complaint was a matter for civil court.

With the travel club seemingly out of business, Geroni stopped payment on his membership. A few months later, loan collectors were threatening him for defaulting on the payments –Club Par had arranged a loan for him – allowing the company to escape with his membership fees but leaving Geroni with the debts.

The dream had become a nightmare for Geroni and the hundreds of people like him who had been taken by Club Par Excellence and similar vacation club schemes.

W5’s Victor Malarek seeks answers from Ontario’s Ministry of Consumer Services: the agency that did crack down on vacation clubs, beginning in 2007 – including Club Par Excellence. Despite the Ministry’s efforts, operators of fraudulent travel clubs are undeterred and “morph” into new schemes, seeking new victims under new names.  W5 goes undercover to confront the perpetrator of one of fraudulent travel club scheme convicted under Ontario’s Consumer Protection Act, but who is discovered back in business at a new travel club.

W5 also reveals a method whereby fraudulent vacation clubs sign up prospective members for loans with legitimate financial institutions. Even when the scheme closes, the victimized members are left paying off on loans for memberships that were supposed to provide access to cheap vacations and services they will never receive. Once again, regulatory bodies seem helpless or unwilling to get involved. In a maddening circle of denial, Malarek seeks answers from Ontario’s Ministry of Finance, the province’s Consumer Protection Ministry and the federal Competition Bureau and discovers that this regulatory and enforcement “black hole” leaves Canadians at the mercy of travel club schemes.

7:00pm – Saturday, March 17 on CTV

W5 takes viewers inside the investigation into the mysterious and troubling disappearance of the teen who had recently arrived from the Republic of Georgia. The documentary also examines the back story of the Makhniashvili family and the complex web of confusion and controversy that has surrounded them, even as they have struggled to find their missing daughter.

W5

7:00pm – Saturday, March 10 on CTV

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In this week’s all-new W5, CTV’s Omar Sachedina investigates new homes with brand new heating systems that deliver a host of headaches instead of actual heat.

The documentary report “Cold Comfort” premiers Saturday, March 3 at 7 p.m. ET on CTV and CTV Mobile TV. In the evening’s second story “Baby Steps”, Sandie Rinaldo brings viewers the amazing true love story of Canadians Trevor and Debbie Greene.

Captain Trevor Greene nearly died after an axe-attack while serving with Canada’s mission in Afghanistan, but with the unwavering love and support from his wife Debbie and years of rehabilitation, Trevor has overcome the odds to once again become a husband, a father and also a writer.

His book March Forth will be published March 6.

W5 also airs Sundays on CP24 at 1 p.m. ET, and at 7 p.m. on CTV Two, and then on demand on the CTV News Video Player at CTVNews.ca (visit CTV.ca for local listings).

Purchasing a new home is an exciting event, but as heating systems become more energy efficient and complex, homeowners may want to worry about more than their choice of cupboards, counters, paint colours and carpets. W5 investigates cases where brand-new HVAC systems aren’t working properly, with some homeowners finding that their homes are freezing on one floor and downright tropical on another. The program focuses on one type of combo heating system installed in newly-built subdivisions around the Greater Toronto Area and finds hundreds of homes where there has been trouble with the temperature.

Is the problem with the air handling equipment or with the installations? As W5 discovered, unfortunately for home buyers, governments do not require mandatory heating performance testing for combo systems. If the unit is defective or the installation is deficient the problem may not be caught until the mercury dips. Instead of coming to the rescue of homebuyers, in Ontario the warranty provided by Tarion for newly-built homes may leave homeowners shivering in the cold. W5 speaks to homebuyers who were put through a multitude of steps, tests and legal battles in order to get their problems addressed.

In “Baby Steps,” Trevor Greene, a reservist in the Canadian Army and former journalist, was deployed to Kandahar with the 1st Battalion PPCLI Battle Group. While on patrol and meeting with village elders in a remote village, Greene removed his helmet out of respect, confident that a centuries-old pact would protect him from harm. Without warning he was attacked by a Taliban fighter, who came up behind Greene and swung a rusty axe deep into his skull, nearly splitting his brain in two.

While his wife, Debbie, was told that Greene would not live, she never left his side. After years of rehabilitation, setbacks, and crises, Trevor learned to talk and move again. In 2010, W5 shared the Greene’s story as Trevor stood up at his own wedding with Debbie at his side, and their daughter, Grace, carrying the rings down the aisle as the flower girl. W5 revisits the miraculous love story, offering viewers a close-up of Trevor’s ongoing rehabilitation, and reveals a surprise happy development for the Greene family.  

Greene has now written a new book, March Forth, which tells a remarkable story of love, told in two voices: Trevor’s, up until the attack that changed their lives; and Debbie’s, as she worked tirelessly to rehabilitate the man she loves. Together, Trevor and Debbie tell their powerful story of love and determination to overcome unbelievable odds.

7:00pm – Saturday, February 18 on CTV

W5 returns to its annual in-depth investigation of the Canada Revenue Agency, with all-new cases that reveal tax horror stories faced by hard-working, ordinary Canadians when they come up against the taxman. “Unfair Advantage” investigates tax cases from coast-to-coast and finds Canadians who have had their financial well-being shattered at the hand of callous and secretive CRA employees. Also in this episode, W5 heads to Newfoundland for a look at one woman’s efforts to revitalize her homeland of Fogo Island, the struggling fishing community located off the coast of Newfoundland.