W5

7:00pm – Saturday, October 15 on CTV

In “Let Me Go”, W5’s Victor Malarek investigates the controversial topic of assisted suicide.

W5

7:00pm – Saturday, October 8 on CTV

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7:00pm – Saturday, October 1 on CTV

It may be the biggest ponzi scheme in Canadian history: two Canadians accused of defrauding thousands of Canadian and Americans in a scheme that some say was worth as much as five billion dollars. But it could have been prevented. W5 reveals that the Alberta Securities Commission and the RCMP knew about the scheme for five years before they moved in to shut it down. Victor Malarek investigates why Canadian authorities turn a blind eye to financial fraud.

7:00pm – Saturday, September 24 on CTV

Joined by CTV’s Seamus O’Regan, award-winning international hip-hop star K’naan returns to his famine-stricken homeland and to Dadaab, a Kenyan refugee camp where many Somalis fleeing war, drought, and famine seek refuge. O’Regan takes viewers inside a journey through K’naan’s unique lens: he fled Somalia in the early stages of a 20-year civil war, and returns as a survivor and a beloved African superstar, widely recognized for Waving Flag, the song that became Africa’s unofficial anthem, and the official song of the 2010 World Cup. O’Regan reports from refugee camps and the new world of entertainment that has embraced K’naan, with his desire to give back to a devastated region, and to use the power of his music and poetry to focus the world’s attention on a humanitarian crisis.

W5, Canada’s #1 documentary series, returns for its 46th season with three weeks of back-to-back, hard-hitting stories in keeping with its pedigree as North America’s longest-running and Canada’s most-respected investigative series.

With Host and Chief Correspondent Lloyd Robertson at the helm, W5 kicks off with CTV National News’ Chief Anchor and Senior Editor Lisa LaFlamme’s in-depth interview with former media baron Conrad Black, premiering Saturday, September 17 at 7 p.m. ET on CTV.  

W5 repeats Sundays at 1 p.m. ET on CP24, 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).

The following two weeks of W5 feature all-new stories. On Saturday, September 24 at 7 p.m. ET on CTV, W5 and Seamus O’Regan take viewers to Africa along with K’naan, as the Canadian musical artist joins W5 in lands where famine and drought threaten millions with starvation. And on Saturday, October 1, W5’s Victor Malarek takes an investigative look at what has been described as one of the biggest Ponzi schemes in Canadian history, asking where were authorities who had been tracking the alleged perpetrators?

“Long-form documentary is a powerful medium, and one that I am excited to bring my story-telling skills to with W5,” said Robertson. “Viewers have long illustrated their fascination and interest in W5’s award-winning investigative reports, and I’m thrilled for the opportunity to get beyond the headlines with its thorough, and often controversial stories that advance the dialogue on subjects that resonate with Canadians.”

More details on the first three episodes of W5’s 46th season are below:

 

Conrad Black – Saturday, September 17 at 7 p.m. ET on CTV

Lisa LaFlamme, CTV National News’ Chief Anchor and Senior Editor, is on special assignment for W5, delivering a candid interview with the once-powerful media mogul, Conrad Black.  The corporate titan’s spectacular fall from grace has been played out in the media: a stunning tale of power and hubris. Convicted of obstruction of justice by an American court, LaFlamme interviewed Black just weeks before he returned to prison in the U.S. W5’s special one-hour season premiere takes viewers beyond the daily headlines, offering an intimate glimpse of a somewhat humbled tycoon with startling admissions about his past and future. 

 

Fame & Famine: K’naan in Africa – Saturday, September 24 at 7 p.m. ET on CTV.

K’naan is an award-winning international hip-hop star. He also has a powerful voice to bear on what has been described as the biggest human-created disaster in decades: the famine facing the Horn of Africa. Joined by CTV’s Seamus O’Regan, K’naan returns to his famine-stricken homeland and to Dadaab, a Kenyan refugee camp bigger than most Canadian cities, where many Somalis fleeing war, drought and famine seek refuge. O’Regan takes viewers inside a journey through K’naan’s unique lens: he fled Somalia in the early stages of a 20-year civil war, and returns as a survivor and a beloved African superstar, widely recognized for Waving Flag, the song that became Africa’s unofficial anthem and the official song of the 2010 World Cup. O’Regan reports from refugee camps and the new world of entertainment that has embraced K’naan, with his desire is to give back to a devastated region and to use the power of his music and poetry to focus the world’s attention on a humanitarian crisis.

 

Canadian Con – Saturday, October 1 at 7 p.m. ET on CTV

It may be the biggest ponzi scheme in Canadian history:  two Canadians accused of defrauding thousands of Canadian and Americans in a scheme that some say was worth as much as five billion dollars. But it might have been prevented. W5 reveals that the Alberta Securities Commission and the RCMP knew about the scheme for five years before they moved in to shut it down. Victor Malarek investigates why Canadian authorities turn a blind eye to financial fraud.

7:00pm – Saturday, April 9 on CTV

For its season finale, W5 presents The Mechanic, an investigation of what really goes on at your mechanics garage in W5’s annual hidden camera survey of the Canadian car industry. Also in this episode, W5 leads an in-depth examination into problems with Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit in Policing the Police.

W5 closes out a powerful season of challenging and informative news documentaries this Saturday, April 9 at 7 p.m. ET on CTV with a hidden camera investigation into the widespread problems consumers can face when repairing their cars.

Paula Todd looks at what may go on at your mechanic’s garage when W5 partners with the Automobile Protection Association (APA) to present “The Mechanic.” Also in this episode, W5 takes on the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) with a special investigation of its own as W5’s Victor Malarek exposes questions about how effective the Ontario agency really is in “Above the Law.”

W5 repeats Sunday, April 10 at 12 noon on CTV and at 1 p.m. ET on CP24, and Monday, April 11 at 8 p.m. ET on Investigation Discovery, and then on demand on the CTV News Video Player at CTV.ca (visit CTV.ca for local listings).

In the first part of this week’s episode, Paula Todd delivers an undercover look at the automotive industry in “The Mechanic,” W5’s 12th annual hidden camera investigation conducted along with the APA. For many Canadians, dropping a car off at a garage can be a heart-racing, wallet-draining drama. Can repair shops be trusted to only do work that’s really required? The APA puts them to the test, visiting dozens of garages with test cars in top shape but with one, simple, easy-to-fix problem. Secret shoppers get a first-hand look at truths, half-truths, and downright lies about what mechanics say their car really needs. From needlessly changed car parts, to unnecessary expensive maintenance, W5 enlightens car owners on many of the questionable practices they may encounter when seeking help on their car, and how to protect themselves and recognize the signs of fraud.

In the second part of this week’s program, “Above the Law,” Canada’s # 1 documentary program takes viewers inside its fearless examination of the controversial civilian agency that possesses the power to both investigate and recommend criminal charges against police officers. Victor Malarek examines Ontario’s SIU’s involvement in the case of Doug Minty, a developmentally delayed man who was shot and killed after a confrontation with police. W5 shows how the SIU’s investigation into Minty’s death was derailed from the start. From disagreement on what is a “serious injury” and officers sharing lawyers, to special treatment for “witness officers”, the system is fraught with problems. If the SIU can’t assert authority over the police and maintain balance against a powerful police interest – who can?

7:00pm – Saturday, April 2 on CTV

CTV’s South Asia Bureau Chief Janis Mackey Frayer profiles a Canadian couple, who raised 21 children, and went on to found a charity in South Asia for poor and orphaned children. Watch this amazing story of love and family unfold as super parents, Bonnie and Fred Cappuccino, work tirelessly child-by-child and brick-by-brick to create a child haven. Also on W5 this week, they invested on the advice of friends and family, now members of an Ontario community are struggling to pay off huge debts. As W5’s Paula Todd discovered the supposedly fantastic financial opportunity has turned into a living nightmare. The community has been rocked by the news they were “Taken On Faith”.

Following last week’s episode which garnered an impressive 825,000 viewers, W5 investigates the plight of North Vancouver resident Pavel Kulisek who has languished in a Mexican jail for three years awaiting trial.

This breaking news report airs on Saturday, March 26 at 7 p.m. ET on CTV. Also in this episode, W5 tells the incredible tale of two severely-wounded Canadian veterans, who refuse to let their injuries hold them back, and compete in a two-thousand kilometre road race across Newfoundland.

W5’s Victor Malarek reports on the deeply flawed case against Kulisek including dubious evidence, a corrupt police officer and a lead prosecutor accused of taking bribes. Pavel Kulisek was a successful entrepreneur in search of a simpler life for he and his family. They were savouring the beauty of Mexico’s Baja peninsula when on March 11, 2007, his life changed forever. He was arrested and charged with being a part of an organized crime group – the Tijuana Drug Cartel.

Three years later, there’s still no end in sight. Kulisek, who has no criminal history, says he simply was a victim of circumstance. He has spent the years since his arrest in a squalid prison separated from his wife and daughters growing more and more despondent and ever more desperate for a chance to prove his innocence.

In the second story, “Road To Recovery,” W5’s Paula Todd takes viewers on an emotional and inspiring tale of two remarkable heroes who have not allowed the horrors of war to define their lives or their goals. W5 reports on Andrew Knisley and Jody Mitric, two Canadian soldiers who sustained catastrophic injuries while serving in Afghanistan. In January 2009, Corporal Knisley lost his right leg after stepping on an improvised explosive device (IED). Mitric’s life changed forever in 2007 when a bomb he stepped on was detonated, resulting in the loss of both of his legs below the knee.  They are among the more than 500 Canadian soldiers who have been severely wounded during the war against the Taliban.

Back in Canada, these brave soldiers are on a new mission – to raise money for their fellow wounded vets. And the way they plan to do it is to race in The Targa, a wild, 2,000 km road race on Newfoundland’s cliff-hanging highways. W5 follows the amputee amateurs in the months before the race, as they set out to learn how to race a car with just one leg and three arms between them, and through to the dramatic, surprising finish line.

W5 repeats Sunday, March 27 at 1 p.m. on CP24, on Monday, March 28 at 8 p.m. ET on Investigation Discovery, and then on demand on the CTV News Video Player at CTV.ca (visit CTV.ca for local listings).

With an ongoing commitment to covering tough, relevant stories with fair and responsible reporting, W5 is in its 45th season of investigative journalism. Hosted by CTV NATIONAL NEWS’ Lloyd Robertson and Sandie Rinaldo, 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 and Current Affairs.

In this week’s all-new episode “Unorthodox Loans,” W5 speaks to victims who were left nearly penniless after paying expensive upfront fees to Canadian Funding Corporation (CFC) for loans that never came to fruition.

As W5’s Victor Malarek reveals, Saturday, March 19 at 7 p.m. ET on CTV, the president of CFC, Sandy Craig Hutchens, is a man with a dubious past, including multiple aliases along with drug and fraud convictions. Also in this episode, W5 exposes how sophisticated hackers are using Wi-Fi technology to violate others as they deliberately target unsuspecting Internet users.

W5 repeats Sunday, March 20 at 12 noon ET on CTV and 1 p.m. ET on CP24, and Monday, March 21 at 8 p.m. ET on Investigation Discovery.  The program is also available on demand on the CTV News Video Player at CTV.ca (visit CTV.ca for local listings).

Many Canadians found themselves financially devastated after turning to private lender CFC, whose website boasts “Just because your bank has said ‘no’ doesn’t mean we will.” W5 finds victims like PEI resident Tanyia Kingyens, who turned to Canadian Funding Corporation to secure a loan to purchase a million dollar seniors residence. Kingyens borrowed $32,000 from family members to cover CFC’s upfront fees. Then, CFC started changing the rules and adding conditions, which Kingyens met, ultimately leaving her in the hole another $70,000. When the loan didn’t show up on its due date, Kingyens got nervous and searched the name of the CFC president, Craig Hutchens. She was shocked to discover Hutchens had a history of defrauding people. 

Hutchens’s lengthy criminal history includes a 2005 conviction for drug trafficking and four counts of fraud, which included bilking a cancer survivor out of $40,000. The 51-year-old now lives in an affluent suburb just north of Toronto. He has converted to Orthodox Judaism and assumed the name “Moishe Alexander,” just one of at least a dozen aliases that W5 discovered in this investigation.

In the second story, W5’s Paula Todd shows viewers just how easy it is for a seasoned hacker to target unsuspecting victims who are also online to spy or hack into the many mobile devices that people rely on. Todd speaks to a member of the “hacktivist” group Anonops, which is linked to Anonymous, the internet site that drew widespread media attention for cyber attacks on Visa, Mastercard and other companies in 2010.