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.

Visit the show website

Episodes

The Fifth Estate Becoming Ayden

Changing sex. Not simple, not well understood, not consistently regulated, but here to stay and getting complicated. The Fifth Estate follows 17-year-old Adina Scheim from Toronto, who is becoming a boy named Ayden. Ayden is willing to go to great lengths to alter her female body to correspond with her male self-image. And Ayden is not alone. One Canadian clinic ...
  • 2004
  • 00:40:27
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Fifth Estate Moment of Truth: Steven Truscott Update

For more than 45 years, the murder of teenager Lynn Harper and the fate of the boy convicted of her killing, Steven Truscott, has haunted this country. At the age of 14, Steven Truscott was sentenced to hang for the crime. After 10 years behind bars, his sentence was commuted and Truscott disappeared in anonymity, living under another name in ...
  • 2006
  • 00:38:21
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Fifth Estate Life with Billy

Hana Gartner reports from Bangs Falls, Nova Scotia on the events leading to the murder of Billy Stafford, a cruel and sadistic husband who for years brutalized his wife and children. On March 11, 1982 a desperate Jane Stafford stuck a rifle through an open window and killed her husband as he slept. In a candid interview Jane describes the ...
  • 1984
  • 00:35:30
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Fifth Estate Getting Off Easy: White-Collar Criminals

Even after stealing millions from innocent victims or bilking charities, first-time non-violent offenders are eligible for parole after serving as little as one-sixth of their sentence. Free to go with what some see as a slap on the wrist, some crooks and cons are released and at risk to re-offend without being required to pay restitution to their victims. As ...
  • 2011
  • 00:40:29
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Fifth Estate Justice for Nadia: Victim of a Cyberpath

It's the fall of 2007 and Nadia Kajouji has no way of knowing she is about to fall into the clutches of an online predator when she turns to the web for help. She is just eighteen years old, pretty, self-confident; a talented and ambitious student. Her sights set on a career in law and politics, she's in her first ...
  • 2011
  • 00:40:21
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Fifth Estate Death of the Don

With hidden cameras, wiretaps and undercover footage broadcast here for the first time, The Fifth Estate goes deep inside the Canadian mafia. It's a story of money and the mob that traces the Rizzutos ruthless rise from their beginnings in New York City to murder and mayhem on the streets of Montreal. As the Rizzuto family's control over organized crime dissolves in blood ...
  • 2011
  • 00:40:12
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Fifth Estate My Friend the Bank Robber

For decades, Stephen Reid has captured the imagination of Canadians. An outlaw bandit who robbed banks with stopwatch precision, a fast-talking charmer, and master of disguises who twice escaped prison, a reformed convict and accomplished best-selling author, and a loving father and husband. It seemed Stephen Reid's story might have a Hollywood ending. But real life isn't so kind. The ...
  • 2011
  • 00:41:26
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Fifth Estate Avoidable Tragedy: Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is caused when pregnant women seriously abuse alcohol, resulting in permanent damage to parts of an unborn child's brain. This cause of mental retardation is especially common among Canada's native people and the real tragedy is there is very little help available from schools and governments for these children and their families.
  • 1993
  • 00:23:04
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

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