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 The Bishop of Bountiful

The mysterious and devoutly religious community of Bountiful, B.C. allows journalist Hana Gartner a rare peek inside its confines, including an interview with leader Winston Blackmore. The community calls itself the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints; it has no ties to mainstream Mormons. Members believe that God and the Canadian Charter of Rights condone polygamy. Some ...
  • 2003
  • 00:42:47
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Fifth Estate Legacy of Pain

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. A profile of Marc Lépine traces his upbringing and other factors that shaped his distorted world in an effort to provide some explanation for his heinous crime. ...
  • 1999
  • 00:43:57
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Fifth Estate Part of the Job: Teen Deaths

As young people search for summer jobs, they're not thinking about being killed on the job, but far too often that's exactly what happens. Young workers are far more likely to be killed or injured than older ones, and far too often the response from politicians, employers and unions seems to be that it's simply part of the job. Sometimes ...
  • 1996
  • 00:24:24
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Fifth Estate A Stitch in Time

The Shouldice Hospital is world famous for its successful hernia surgery and its policy of getting patients back on their feet within hours – rather than the typical weeks – of a hernia operation. In this documentary, The Fifth Estate visits Shouldice Hospital in its country-club setting north of Toronto, following a patient from arrival to departure, through two operations in which ...
  • 1986
  • 00:16:02
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Fifth Estate Throwaway Citizens

This documentary picks up pages of the bureaucratic paper trail which led to the ethnic cleansing of British Columbia – the internment of Japanese Canadians during World War II. There was never any legitimate security risk involved. Motive for the internment and confiscation of their property had everything to do with commercial jealousy and racism mixing with politics. After the ...
  • 1995
  • 00:32:15
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Fifth Estate To Sell a War

Examination of the atrocious story of how Saddam Hussein's invading Iraqi troops pulled Kuwaitee babies from incubators and left them to die. This invented horror story turns out to be part of a multi-million dollar public relations campaign to sell the Gulf War to the American people and motivate support of Kuwait.
  • 1992
  • 00:28:34
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Fifth Estate Hackers

Whatever anyone may claim, there is no defense against computer hackers — those people who get into places you thought were safe. This program takes a journey into their world to see what they're capable of doing — the young hacker who stole thousands of credit card numbers and then bragged about it on Internet radio; the one who hacked ...
  • 2000
  • 00:47:33
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Fifth Estate Kurds: The Forgotten People

This program traces U.S. involvement in the plight of the Kurds in Iraq. Kurds are the largest ethnic group in the world that don’t have their own country. The government of Saddam Hussein tried to exterminate Kurd settlements in northern Iraq in the late 1980s with deadly showers of cyanide and mustard gases. That’s when American officials grew concerned about ...
  • 2002
  • 00:26:04
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Fifth Estate No Way Home

A harrowing examination of Canada's street youth and shelter system. Hana Gartner traces the journey of three kids who ran away at age 13 to the gritty, violent reality of the streets. Learn how they navigate through the dark corners of society: panhandling, abusing drugs and selling their bodies. The documentary offers a rare glimpse of the country's homeless youth ...
  • 2004
  • 00:51:09
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Fifth Estate This Secret Shame

This story concerns a terrifying ritual that at one time or another becomes reality in the life of so many Canadian youngsters – bullying. It can go far past teasing and name-calling; it can come to feel like a death sentence. And that's how it felt for Wesley Oleksuk, the constant target of vicious bullying. The summer before his first ...
  • 1996
  • 00:27:19
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013