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 Pit Bulls Unleashed: Should They Be Banned? New

It’s a fact that pit bulls, with their powerful jaws, can kill and maim. But are pit bulls born bad or do humans make them that way? Therein lies an emotional – sometimes vicious – debate. On one side, traumatized families and public safety advocates. On the other, a powerful group of lobbyists who say that pit bulls are misunderstood ...
  • 2017
  • 00:44:57
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 11/22/2017

The Fifth Estate Jagmeet Singh: The Colour of Politics New

He pulled off a first-ballot victory to become the new leader of the NDP, becoming the first visible minority to head a major political party in Canada. How did Jagmeet Singh do it? What singular event pushed him into politics — and what keeps driving him to take on the political establishment? Find out more as The Fifth Estate goes behind the ...
  • 2017
  • 00:27:40
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 11/22/2017

The Fifth Estate The Truth Smugglers: The Disappeared in Syria New

They are crimes a regime wants to keep secret: tens of thousands of Syrians have “disappeared” in the past six years of civil war, swept away to government prisons and detention centres to be interrogated, tortured and worse. The Fifth Estate tells their stories – and looks at the people who risk their lives to expose the truth about these and other ...
  • 2017
  • 00:45:12
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 11/22/2017

The Fifth Estate KPMG and Tax Havens for the Rich: The Untouchables

It was a tax dodge for the wealthy dreamed up by one of the biggest accounting giants in the world. KPMG Canada devised what it called an “Offshore Company Structure” for a select group of rich clients: they would claim to give away millions of dollars to a shell company supposedly out of their control and therefore wouldn’t have to ...
  • 2017
  • 00:45:10
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 10/26/2017

The Fifth Estate Cross Lake: "This Is Where I Live"

Last winter, five young people killed themselves in the northern Indigenous community of Cross Lake, Manitoba. In the weeks that followed 140 more attempted suicide. Cross Lake declared a state of emergency. The Fifth Estate went to Cross Lake to find out why and spent nine months there, talking to people, filming – and giving young people their own cameras to tell ...
  • 2017
  • 00:59:24
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 10/26/2017

The Fifth Estate Black Lives Matter: The Disruptors

It grew in just a couple of years from a hashtag to a powerful movement that has taken on police shootings of black people and is defiantly challenging the political establishment. Black Lives Matter (BLM) now has over 40 chapters in the United States and Canada. The Fifth Estate takes you inside the movement with the people who helped build it. Janaya ...
  • 2017
  • 00:45:01
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 10/26/2017

The Fifth Estate Lac Megantic Rail Disaster: The Case Runner

In July 2013, a runaway train with more than seven million litres of volatile crude oil crashed in a small Quebec town, leaving part of Lac Megantic incinerated and 47 people dead. Soon after the crash – when many bodies were still being identified – lawyers from the United States turned up in town, offering to help families fight for ...
  • 2017
  • 00:20:20
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 10/17/2017

The Fifth Estate Death In Thunder Bay: No Foul Play

It was a tale all too common — in October 2015 a young Indigenous man drowned in Thunder Bay. What happened to Stacy DeBungee was a mystery, but three hours after finding the body the Thunder Bay police issued a press release saying they found nothing suspicious about the death. Frustrated by the lack of action on the part of the ...
  • 2016
  • 00:45:11
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 05/30/2017

The Fifth Estate Welcome Back, Big Tobacco

Popular in Canada, electronic cigarettes are promoted as a less harmful way to smoke, and big tobacco companies are hoping to cash in. The Fifth Estate's Mark Kelley takes a look at the industry and where it may be headed. He speaks to some who sing the praises of non-combustible tobacco use. Public Health England believes that nicotine-containing e-cigarettes will help ...
  • 2016
  • 00:45:11
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 05/26/2017

The Fifth Estate Under attack: The Quebec mosque shooting and anger in America over Trump’s immigration ban

On January 29, 2017, a young man in Quebec entered a mosque and fired his rifle into the crowd, killing six worshippers. On the same weekend, tens of thousands gather across North America to protest what they see as President Trump's discriminatory bans on Muslim immigrants and refugees. Do these events point to a more fearful future? Do they suggest ...
  • 2017
  • 00:44:06
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 02/22/2017