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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The Fifth Estate The Life and Death of Abdinasir Dirie

In the 1990s, Abdinasir Dirie's parents fled civil war in Somalia for the apparent peace and safety of Canada. Years later, G Baby, as his family called him, made his own way from the rough streets of Toronto's Jamestown Crescent neighbourhood to the oilfields of Alberta looking for riches and good fortune. There, he died and his murder remains unsolved, ...
  • 2010
  • 00:41:34
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 10/16/2014

The Fifth Estate Thin Ice Update: Junior Hockey

An investigation into the shocking behavior in Canada's most beloved sport.The Fifth Estate delves into the things the public does not see — demeaning initiation rites, ugly hazing and shocking rituals performed in the name of team spirit. There are also girls who attach themselves to teenage hockey stars like rock 'n roll groupies. They think of themselves as "puck ...
  • 1997
  • 00:29:06
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 10/06/2014

The Fifth Estate The Rob Ford Story

Crack cocaine. Alcohol. Friends who have criminal backgrounds. Toronto Mayor Rob Ford once stood next to Police Chief Bill Blair promising to fight gang crime. But then the two most powerful men in Canada's largest city became locked in a bitter political struggle. The Fifth Estate unravels the story of the man who became the world's most controversial mayor.
  • 2013
  • 00:40:19
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 09/24/2014

The Fifth Estate House of Cards

When Lehman Brothers collapsed in September 2008, heralding the onset of a recession, the focus was on the greed and vanity of the Americans who ran the doomed investment giant. But The Fifth Estate has uncovered the Canadian connection to that collapse. His name: Brian Chisick. A Grade 10 dropout from Vancouver who moved to California, Chisick pioneered a predatory type of ...
  • 2010
  • 00:43:48
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 09/19/2014

The Fifth Estate The Wrong Man

Despite the presumption of innocence and the right to a fair trial, there are still cases in Canada in which innocent people are convicted — most disturbingly, for murder. The Fifth Estate investigates the murder convictions of four Manitoba men and the Crown prosecutor, George Dangerfield, who presided over all of them. In the 1980s, as Manitoba’s star Crown prosecutor, ...
  • 2010
  • 00:41:51
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 09/17/2014

The Fifth Estate Cruel Camera

As long as they've made movies, animals have been killed or injured to do it. In a landmark investigation over 25 years ago, The Fifth Estate's Bob McKeown uncovered an uncomfortable, even shocking, reality about moviemaking — animals, intentionally put in harm's way, abused, often killed to create the kind of cinematic excitement that draws a crowd. As well, The ...
  • 2009
  • 00:42:01
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 08/27/2014

The Fifth Estate Behind the Wall

With guards watching and a video camera rolling, Ashley Smith slowly choked herself to death in a federal prison on October 19, 2007. How could this tragic turn of events have happened? And what does it tell us about the way mentally ill inmates are treated in a prison system that was once the envy of the world? This Fifth Estate documentary ...
  • 2010
  • 00:42:25
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 08/27/2014

The Fifth Estate Dead Enough

It’s a question you might think medical science would have answered long ago — when are you dead? But in Dead Enough, The Fifth Estate explores how the standards for when and how people are declared dead can vary from province to province and even from hospital to hospital. Host Bob McKeown looks at how, in the rush to meet the need for ...
  • 2014
  • 00:38:48
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 08/27/2014

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