The Fifth Estate

For almost four decades, The Fifth Estate has been Canada's premier investigative documentary program, acquainting viewers with a dazzling parade of political leaders, shady characters and ordinary people whose lives were touched by triumph or tragedy. The tradition of provocative and courageous journalism which began with Adrienne Clarkson, Warner Troyer and Peter Reilly on September 16, 1975 continues unabated with our current team of Bob McKeown, Gillian Findlay, Mark Kelley and Habiba Nosheen.

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Episodes

The Fifth Estate Diagnosis Murder: Shaken Baby Syndrome

It's a scenario as horrifying as it is heartbreaking: a frustrated parent ... a baby that just won't stop crying ... and suddenly, what were tender, cradling arms become instruments of death. At least this is how Shaken Baby Syndrome has been characterized in countless court cases in recent years. But what are the scientific foundations of this diagnosis? "Diagnosis ...
  • 2012
  • 00:41:09
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Fifth Estate Kingston Pen: Secrets and Lies

As the nearly 180-year-old Kingston Penitentiary that has housed some of Canada's most notorious inmates prepares to close its gates for good, Linden MacIntyre weaves together the stories of three of its most famous inmates: Edwin Alonzo Boyd, leader of one of Canada's most infamous gangs; Ty Conn, a serial bank robber who became instantly notorious when, in 1999, he ...
  • 2012
  • 00:42:06
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 11/18/2014

The Fifth Estate The Life and Death of Gloria Taylor: Assisted Suicide

Gloria Taylor, a B.C. woman stricken with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease), was the first Canadian ever to win the right to ask a doctor for help in dying. The Fifth Estate chronicles her struggle with mortality as she fights publicly to change the law over the course of what would be the last year of her life. This documentary ...
  • 2012
  • 00:42:10
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 03/04/2014

The Fifth Estate Time Bomb: OxyContin Addiction

Since OxyContin was introduced in 1996, Canada has recorded the second-highest number of prescription opioid painkiller addictions and the world's second-highest death rate from overdoses. But how did this little pill become so big, so fast? In 1998, Canadian sales were just a few million dollars, but within 12 years they had soared to $243 million. In the U.S., yearly ...
  • 2012
  • 00:42:46
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 06/14/2013