The Fifth Estate

For four decades The Fifth Estate has been Canada's premier investigative documentary program. Hosts Bob McKeown, Gillian Findlay and Mark Kelley continue the tradition of provocative and fearless journalism which began with Adrienne Clarkson, Warner Troyer and Peter Reilly in 1975.

Each week The Fifth Estate brings in-depth investigations that matter to Canadians – delivering a dazzling parade of political leaders, controversial characters and ordinary people whose lives were touched by triumph or tragedy.

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Episodes

The Fifth Estate Polygamy in Canada: An open secret New

Polygamy is against the Canadian Criminal Code, yet some imams are openly willing to perform a marriage for Muslim men who want second wives, including one of the most prominent imams in the country.
  • 2019
  • 00:16:03
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/25/2020

The Fifth Estate Drug Kickbacks: Caught on Camera New

It’s illegal in Ontario and drives up the price of generic drugs across Canada. So why are pharmacists taking what are called rebates, which are like kickbacks, from some of the the largest drug suppliers in the world? We went undercover to find out. How much more are you paying for your generic prescription drugs than you should be?
  • 2019
  • 00:24:20
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/24/2020

The Fifth Estate The Deepfake New

AI-manipulated video has become so sophisticated that words can literally be put into people's mouths...and it's virtually impossible to tell the difference. Mark Kelley explores how it's done and its profound implications. It's not all fun and games, however. The U.S. Defence Department is looking at how to protect itself against the "weaponization" of this creation.
  • 2018
  • 00:22:49
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/24/2020

The Fifth Estate Promises of Glory New

This Fifth Estate documentary tracks the successes and failures of four 16-year-old boys as they struggle to balance education, adolescence and family with careers in the Ontario Hockey League. The OHL has been considered the gateway to NHL fame and wealth. The odds are 100 to one that they will make this next step. A big gamble at this age, ...
  • 1993
  • 00:50:55
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/21/2020

The Fifth Estate Church of Secrets New

It’s a controversial church with millions of followers around the world known as the Iglesia Ni Cristo. Thousands of Canadians belong to congregations here. The INC, as it’s known, is headquartered in the Philippines, where church members are accused of financial irregularities, kidnapping and even the murder of a Canadian man. The church denies the allegations. The Fifth Estate uncovers ...
  • 2018
  • 00:28:34
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/09/2020

The Fifth Estate The journalists fighting fake news: The Lie Detectors New

The Fifth Estate checks in with journalists fighting fake news around the world. They tell us how they’re doing it and reveal what consequences they face.
  • 2018
  • 00:09:34
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/09/2020

The Fifth Estate The war over truth: New York Times vs. Donald Trump New

Donald Trump's attacks on the media are fierce and frequent. It's a war. On one side, The New York Times, CNN and other news agencies — and on the other, U.S. President Donald Trump. Both sides believe the future of democracy is at stake.
  • 2018
  • 00:09:08
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/03/2020

The Fifth Estate Unnecessary Risk: Why it took so long to get seatbelts in coaches New

In part two of the investigation into bus safety, The Fifth Estate takes a look at coach buses. Years before the Humboldt tragedy, Transport Canada was warned that without seatbelts on coach buses, passengers were at unnecessary risk of serious injuries. The warnings were ignored.
  • 2018
  • 00:24:44
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/02/2020

The Fifth Estate Unbuckled: School Bus Safety New

Why are there are no seat belts on school buses? The Fifth Estate asked that question and discovered a flawed Transport Canada report which argued against seat belts — a policy which studies show has led to injuries and deaths that might have been prevented. Bob McKeown investigates.
  • 2018
  • 00:25:20
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/02/2020

The Fifth Estate Fishing for Fun and Death

Warner Troyer explores the presence of mercury in some of Northern Ontario's lakes and rivers. In Minamata, Japan in 1956 a new disease was discovered and the cause was mercury poisoning from ingested fish. The disease came to be known as Minamata disease. At that time the Ontario government found it also existed in the Wabigoon River and banned commercial ...
  • 1975
  • 00:27:42
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 03/04/2020