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 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

For years we’ve heard 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 food ...
  • 2013
  • 00:43:49
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 05/14/2014

Teacher Guide(s)

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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

The Fifth Estate The Man Who Hears Voices

The federal government has made it a priority: to toughen laws that allow people who commit violent acts — even murder — to be found "not criminally responsible" due to mental illness. That’s what happened to Jeffrey Arenberg, who was deemed NCR after he killed a popular Ottawa sportscaster in 1995 in what he says was an attempt to stop ...
  • 2014
  • 00:43:33
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 05/12/2014

The Fifth Estate The Sextortion of Amanda Todd

A year after her death, most people remember Amanda Todd from her YouTube video, holding up handwritten pages describing how one mistake in front of a webcam led to her torment by bullies at school and online. But beyond that viral video, The Fifth Estate reveals a more complex and disturbing story about what happened to the B.C. teenager driven to suicide ...
  • 2013
  • 00:44:02
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 05/12/2014

The Fifth Estate The Last Great Escape Classroom Favourites

North Korea is among the world's most mysterious and secretive countries. The little we know comes from desperate souls who risk everything escaping overland in search of a new life. Many are captured in China and sent back home to an uncertain future. But a few somehow manage to make it all the way to Canada. The Last Great Escape ...
  • 2013
  • 00:43:48
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 05/09/2014

The Fifth Estate Brian Mulroney: The Unauthorized Chapter

The Fifth Estate first broadcast this documentary on October 31, 2007, about Brian Mulroney’s attempt in the late 1990s to conceal a questionable financial relationship with a businessman and lobbyist named Karlheinz Schreiber. The story quickly went from the status of historical controversy to the hottest political challenge the Harper government had faced since taking office. Within two weeks, Stephen Harper ...
  • 2008
  • 00:41:49
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 04/15/2014