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 Fire Breather: The Rise and Rage of Donald Trump

He has launched often vitriolic attacks on minorities, Muslims, women and pretty much anyone else he wants – and yet Donald Trump’s popularity just keeps on climbing. He is leading the race to win the Republican nomination and his next victory, he hopes, will be the White House. Bob McKeown joins the campaign trail for a disturbing look at an ...
  • 2016
  • 00:42:59
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 05/31/2016

The Fifth Estate Canada in Iraq: The Hidden War

One of the largest decisions weighing on the shoulders of prime minister-designate Justin Trudeau is what role, if any, should Canada play in the war against ISIS. And how will Canadians know whether their efforts are having the intended results? Do we really know what our troops are doing in Iraq? Do we even know whether Coalition airstrikes are hitting ...
  • 2015
  • 00:40:51
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 02/17/2016

The Fifth Estate The Boy Who Should Have Lived

Chazz Petrella had an idyllic childhood in Cobourg, Ontario – four siblings, loving parents, a hobby farm. But that all changed when his rages became too much for his family to handle. He was diagnosed with mental illness at age 10 and was soon on the caseloads of nine agencies and services – including residential placements. Despite all of this ...
  • 2015
  • 00:40:22
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 01/14/2016

The Fifth Estate Too Young to Lose

This documentary from CBC's The Fifth Estate tells the story of four young Edmonton women who became ensnared in the sex trade, singled out and exploited by pimps preying upon their vulnerability. Mark Kelley sat down with these young women to find out how they were recruited and groomed for the sex trade. The Fifth Estate also spoke with police and with community and ...
  • 2015
  • 00:41:40
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 01/14/2016

The Fifth Estate The War on Wheat

It's a multi-billion dollar battle for your belly. Millions of people are joining the anti-wheat revolution. Kellogg's, the world's largest cereal maker, has seen its biggest drop in sales since the 1970s. Food companies are selling off their struggling bread divisions. It's all because best-selling health evangelists say that wheat is causing everything from fat bellies to schizophrenia. But do ...
  • 2015
  • 00:37:52
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/02/2015

The Fifth Estate The Mohamed Fahmy Story: 400 Days Classroom Favourites

Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy never expected he would go to jail just for doing his job. But in his first-ever television interview since release, the former Cairo bureau chief for Al-Jazeera English describes 400 days of utter hell, some of which he spent locked up with hardened prisoners and violent jihadists. Fahmy sat down with The Fifth Estate's Gillian Findlay in ...
  • 2015
  • 00:38:39
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 09/02/2015

The Fifth Estate The Pain Game: Drugs, Doctors and Pro Sports Classroom Favourites

It's no secret that professional sports is big business, but as this investigation by The Fifth Estate reveals, the pressures put on some team doctors to nurse high-priced star players back to health is leading to the over-prescription of drugs and ultimately harming the athletes.
  • 2015
  • 00:41:52
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 07/03/2015

The Fifth Estate Behind the Veil

The niqab – a face-covering veil worn by some Muslim women – became a flashpoint on Parliament Hill this year. Prime Minister Stephen Harper said it was un-Canadian for a woman to wear the veil during her citizenship ceremony. But one Canadian woman watched this debate from a unique perspective – because she fought for the right to wear the ...
  • 2015
  • 00:11:54
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 05/13/2015

The Fifth Estate GM Recall: The Switch from Hell

This Fifth Estate investigation raises the ultimate business ethics question: if you're a company that has to recall and repair your product, does the safety of your customers outweigh the cost of admitting your errors? It was a deadly defect in an ignition switch that led to the recall of millions of GM cars like the Cobalt and the Ion and the ...
  • 2014
  • 00:40:51
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 05/04/2015

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