W5

Saturday, April 17 at 7 p.m. ETon CTV

Are Canadian mining companies giving Canada a bad reputation abroad? In an all new one-hour special episode, CTV’s W5 offers an in-depth probe of Canadian mining companies in Guatemala, where they have been accused of social and environmentally destructive practices in the quest for underground riches.
 

Canada’s newest international recording star, teen heartthrob Justin Bieber, took the music world by storm in 2009. Now, CTV’s W5 begins 2010 with “Leave it to Bieber,” an insider look at the road traveled by the 16-year-old from an unknown busker in Stratford, ON to one of the world’s most explosive new artists. The episode premieres on Saturday, Jan. 2 at 7 p.m. ET (visit CTV.ca for local listings). In W5’s second story, “Nightmare on Quebec Street”, viewers are taken into the middle of a neighbourhood where residents have endured a relentless campaign of harassment and vandalism.

Justin Bieber is living any teenager’s dream. He’s traveling the world, performing to crowds of adoring fans and working alongside hip hop superstar Usher. If it were not for YouTube he might still be busking on the streets of his hometown of Stratford, Ontario. In ”Leave it to Bieber” W5’s Sandie Rinaldo chronicles his remarkable path to international stardom, and explores whether Justin Bieber has what it takes to go from teen idol to adult artist. This fall, Bieber’s debut CD My World skyrocketed to #1 in Canada and was the biggest release of the year by a new artist in the United States.

In “Nightmare on Quebec Street”, also featured in this episode, W5’s Investigative Reporter Victor Malarek examines a Toronto neighbourhood where many area residents have experienced harassment and vandalism– no one more so than Carmela Canino, an 87-year-old widow. For eight years, she was subjected to a vicious campaign that saw her windows smashed, her family threatened and even dead animals left in her yard. Malarek chronicles the community’s effort to catch the tormentors and have them banished from the neighbourhood.

With an ongoing commitment to covering tough, relevant stories with fair and responsible reporting, W5 is in its 44th 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. Anton Koschany is Executive Producer of W5. Brett Mitchell is Senior Producer. Robert Hurst is President of CTV News and Current Affairs.

7:00pm – Saturday, November 21 on CTV

CTV’s medical reporter Avis Favaro investigates a radical new theory of what causes Multiple Sclerosis and discovers a novel way to treat the symptoms that may provide relief for millions of suffers – a medical discovery made through love.

7:00pm – Saturday, November 14 on CTV

W5 explores the horror behind funeral homes that have mistakenly mixed-up bodies.

7:00pm – Saturday, November 7 on CTV

W5 takes an in-depth look at how spouses turn their kids against one after marriage breakup.

W5 – Canada’s #1 current affairs program – returns to CTV with a new season, a new look, new logo and for the first time ever is broadcast in stunning High Definition. In the season premiere on Saturday, October 24 at 7 p.m. ET (visit CTV.ca for local listings) reporter Paula Todd turns the high beams on All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs). With more than 100 Canadian deaths in 2009 alone, W5 discovers virtually non-existent safety regulations in Canada that may leave drivers of the popular off-road vehicles at risk of injury and death. W5 puts several ATVs to the test in an effort to determine just how prone they are to tipping.

While almost a million Canadians own an ATV, the public is generally unaware of the dangers associated with these recreational vehicles. W5 has uncovered mounting evidence that these powerful, heavy machines are more dangerous than most people realize and that little is being done by either government or ATV manufactures to increase safety standards.

In Alberta, where ATV injuries and fatalities are on the rise, W5 interviews Alberta Transportation Minister Luke Ouellette. In 2002, Ouellette promised to create a new ATV safety law, which was to include new helmet requirements and a minimum age for riders. To date, no ATV safety act has been drafted or passed despite the increase in preventable injuries and deaths.

On the opposite side of the debate are those who say it’s the ATV rider’s skill level and blatant disregard for safety that are to blame for the high accident rate, not the safety standards that are set by the ATV’s industry. 

Todd seeks answers to why the federal government has done little to create standards for ATVs from federal Transport Minister John Baird.

Also in W5’s season premiere, reporter Victor Malarek discovers that there is a thriving black market for spouses willing to wed for money. W5 goes undercover in a hidden-camera investigation and reveals immigration consultants willing to arrange illegal marriages for cash to obtain Canadian citizenship.

Malarek investigates how far people are willing to go to get there. In his report, Malarek finds that thousands of Canadians have been used by foreign brides and grooms, who abandon their spouse after they arrive in Canada and receive their Landed Immigrant Status. These Broken Vows leave their sponsors responsible for their former spouse, including welfare costs.