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 Steven Truscott: His Word Against History + Update

In 1959, when a 12-year-old girl disappeared, an investigation lasting less than two days and a trial of less than two weeks sent a 14-year-old schoolboy to prison. Steven Truscott's murder trial was the most famous, infamous and one of the most disputed child criminal cases in Canadian legal history. His death sentence was commuted, but he spent 10 years ...
  • 2000
  • 01:09:46
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 08/27/2014

The Fifth Estate The Ultimate Response

On April 26, 1994, an all-male riot squad descended on the Prison for Women in Kingston, Ontario, after four days of incidents and assaults at the prison. The Fifth Estate obtained a copy of video shot by the response team and Corrections Canada tried to block airing the footage. It shows the male guards helping to strip, chain and remove ...
  • 1995
  • 00:25:10
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 08/18/2014

The Fifth Estate After The Cameras Went Away

Even after a story airs on television, the Fifth Estate does not stop investigating.  In the 2013-14 season finale, Gillian Findlay reveals the latest on the controversial religious sect Lev Tahor, Mark Kelley checks in with a survivor of the collapse of a garment factory in Bangladesh, and finally, Bob McKeown finds out how the Toronto Zoo elephants are adapting ...
  • 2014
  • 00:40:21
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/27/2014

The Fifth Estate Rabbi of the Pure Hearts: Inside Lev Tahor

Life in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community of Lev Tahor is supposed to be simple: the rules for dress, diet, schooling, marriage and worship are clearly defined and closely followed. But last November, in the middle of the night, about 200 members of the sect fled their homes in Quebec to start a new community in Chatham, Ontario, amid allegations of ...
  • 2014
  • 00:42:33
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/27/2014

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: Behind the Scenes with the Animation Team

Kagan McLeod is an illustrator. Travis Hopkins is an animator. Together, they explain how they took up the challenge of animating the stories of two people who escaped from North Korea for the Fifth Estate documentary The Last Great Escape.
  • 2014
  • 00:04:04
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 06/20/2014

The Fifth Estate The Last Great Escape: Why Use Animation in a Documentary?

Host Gillian Findlay discusses the Fifth Estate documentary The Last Great Escape. She explains the journalistic challenge they faced in depicting the stories of people who escaped from North Korea — and why they decided to use animation to bring their memories to life.
  • 2014
  • 00:03:14
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 06/20/2014

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 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)

  • How to Use Video Effectively in the Classroom [.pdf]

The Fifth Estate Voyage of the Black Dragon

It was a desperate gamble: more than 130 Chinese migrants spent months in squalid conditions below the deck of an old fishing boat, risking their lives for a chance for a better life in America. But those dreams were defeated when the crew of the Black Dragon left them stranded on a remote island off the coast of British Columbia ...
  • 2014
  • 00:44:59
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 05/12/2014