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 Death in Paradise

It's a story that has become tragically familiar: travellers, often young and healthy, visit sun splashed tourist destinations, fall ill and suddenly die. In the sudden deaths of Canadians Noémi and Audrey Bélanger, Thai authorities are quick to speculate on what might have happened, including drugs and food poisoning. There are even suspicions about a toxic cocktail laced with a ...
  • 2013
  • 00:42:37
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 10/20/2014

The Fifth Estate Elephants on Board: A Journey to Remember

In the zoo business, elephants are known as “charismatic mega fauna.” Plodding yet graceful, these beasts possess lethal power. It’s why they say that if you don’t have an elephant, you can’t call yourself a zoo. But two years ago, despite their huge popularity with the zoo-going public, three female elephants in Toronto faced eviction. The Toronto Zoo was forced ...
  • 2013
  • 00:41:42
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 05/14/2014

The Fifth Estate Made in Bangladesh Classroom Favourites

As Canadians, a lot of our clothes bear the label "Made in Bangladesh." But before the deadly collapse of a garment factory there in April 2013, most of us never thought about the people who make them. In Canada, the story hit close to the bone, when tags and clothing bearing the name "Joe Fresh" appeared in the rubble. Bangladesh ...
  • 2013
  • 00:43:35
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 01/13/2014

The Fifth Estate Rate My Hospital

What do we really know about the quality of care we get? The Fifth Estate set out on a nine-month quest to uncover data about Canadian hospitals’ performance and make it public. In this sweeping initiative, CBC based its assessment on data collected from hospitals by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), a publicly funded, non-profit organization that gathers and analyzes ...
  • 2013
  • 00:43:04
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 03/04/2014

The Fifth Estate Silence of the Labs Classroom Favourites

Scientists across the country are expressing growing alarm that federal cutbacks to research programs monitoring areas that range from climate change and ocean habitats to public health will deprive Canadians of crucial information. In the past five years the federal government has dismissed more than 2,000 scientists, and hundreds of programs and world-renowned research facilities have lost their funding. Programs ...
  • 2013
  • 00:42:06
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/26/2014

The Fifth Estate The Last Great Escape Classroom Favourites

North Korea is among the world's most mysterious and secretive countries. The little we know comes from desperate souls who risk everything escaping overland in search of a new life. Many are captured in China and sent back home to an uncertain future. But a few somehow manage to make it all the way to Canada. The Last Great Escape ...
  • 2013
  • 00:43:48
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 05/09/2014

The Fifth Estate The Murder and the Money Trail

When a body was found in a roadside ditch outside Mexico City, it seemed like just another murder — one of tens of thousands of violent killings in that country each year. But the victim was in fact the hard-working mother of two and the branch manager for Canadian-owned Scotiabank. The death of Maru Oropesa revealed the risks that Canadian ...
  • 2013
  • 00:41:27
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 10/16/2014

The Fifth Estate The Rob Ford Story

Crack cocaine. Alcohol. Friends who have criminal backgrounds. Toronto Mayor Rob Ford once stood next to Police Chief Bill Blair promising to fight gang crime. But then the two most powerful men in Canada's largest city became locked in a bitter political struggle. The Fifth Estate unravels the story of the man who became the world's most controversial mayor.
  • 2013
  • 00:40:19
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 09/24/2014

The Fifth Estate The Secrets of Sugar

We’ve heard for years about the dangers of eating too much fat or salt. But there have never been recommended limits for sugar on Canadian food labels, despite emerging research that suggests the sweet stuff may be making more of us fat and sick. The Fifth Estate’s Gillian Findlay digs into the surprising science — and the reaction from the ...
  • 2013
  • 00:43:49
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 05/14/2014

Teacher Guide(s)

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The Fifth Estate The Sextortion of Amanda Todd

A year after her death, most people remember Amanda Todd from her YouTube video, holding up handwritten pages describing how one mistake in front of a webcam led to her torment by bullies at school and online. But beyond that viral video, The Fifth Estate reveals a more complex and disturbing story about what happened to the B.C. teenager driven to suicide ...
  • 2013
  • 00:44:02
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 05/12/2014