• Marking the École Polytechnique massacre, 25 years on

    On December 6, 1989, Marc Lépine walked into Montreal's École Polytechnique and shot 14 young women to death. The massacre shocked the world. Questions about Lépine and his motives were difficult to answer. In this 1999 profile of Marc Lépine, The Fifth Estate traces his upbringing and other factors that shaped his distorted world in an effort to provide some explanation for his heinous crime. Legacy of Pain also looks at the aftermath from a number of perspectives, starting with the families of the murdered women.

    View Legacy of Pain here.

    From The Fifth Estate website:

    It was December 6, 1989 - the last day of classes before midterm exams at Montreal’s Ecole Polytechnique. Around 4 p.m., a man entered a classroom with an assault rifle.

    “He ordered the men - the students and the professors - to go on the right side of the class, and the girls on the left side,” said Adrien Cernea, one of the teachers in class at the time.

    Fourteen women were shot dead in all. The gunman, Marc Lepine, then took his own life.

    In 1999 the fifth estate conducted an investigation into Lepine’s life, and just what it was that led him to pick up a gun and attack complete strangers. But the gunman’s plans extended beyond women he had never met. Lepine also left behind a list of other women he’d planned to kill - many of them well-known in Quebec.

    Francine Pelletier, host of the CBC’s fifth estate, was on that list.

    Pelletier delves into Lepine’s past, speaking with his aunt, friends and roommates, and discovers factors that may have led him to act as he did. Pelletier also sits down with relatives of Lepine's victims.

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  • How to use video EFFECTIVELY in the classroom

    Students today are always “plugged-in” to television and media, which is why when teachers use technology in the classroom it piques student interest. Using a video is a simple way to integrate technology into the classroom. Utilizing video in the classroom does not mean you are putting your classroom on auto-pilot. Some teachers shy away from using video because they do not know how to incorporate it effectively into a lesson, or fear they will not choose a video applicable enough to their topic. But you can overcome these fears by discovering how to prepare and implement productive lessons using video.

  • PINEL wins award for Excellence in Mental Health Journalism at CMA’s 2014 Media Awards for Health Reporting

    Watch it here.

    On September 30, 2014, director Hélène Magny was awarded the Canadian Medical Association’s Excellence in Mental Health Journalism award for her film Pinel at the 2014 Media Awards for Health Reporting, Canada’s premier health journalism awards. The CMA Media Awards honour outstanding Canadian journalism that enhances understanding of health, the health care system and the role of health professionals. Independent panels of individuals with backgrounds in journalism, medicine and health care evaluated the entries, selecting winners in 10 categories from over 100 submissions.

    Previously awarded a Media Excellence Award from the Association of Quebec Psychiatrists (AMPQ) in June 2014, Pinel tells the story of three men afflicted with mental illness who committed a violent crime. Hospitalized at Montreal’s Philippe Pinel Institute, a maximum-security institution specializing in the treatment of violent behavior linked to mental illness, the three mental patients struggle to overcome their illness and regain their freedom and place in society. A long and painful journey that was followed for over a year by filmmakers Hélène Magny and Pierre Mignault, who had exclusive and unprecedented access to the institution.





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