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Press Release: Bell Media Marks Bell Let’s Talk Day with Slate of Special Programming

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TORONTO (January 27, 2015) – Bell Media marks the fifth annual Bell Let’s Talk Day tomorrow (Wednesday, Jan. 28) with a full day of programming to help grow the conversation and raise awareness about mental health issues. Anchored by the debut of the original one-hour documentary CLARA’S BIG RIDE at 7 p.m. ET on CTVCTV Two, and CTV GO (and available on-demand all day on CraveTV and CTV.ca), a day of special mental health-themed programming will air across Bell Media’s properties, including CTV, CTV Two, BNN, CP24, CTV News Channel, Discovery, E!, M3, Much, MTV, RDS, Space, TSN, CraveTV, and TheLoop.ca, as well as its additional digital, radio, and local TV platforms.

“Bell Media is proud to support Bell Let’s Talk Day and engage Canadians in the important discussion about mental health,” said Kevin Crull, President, Bell Media. “It is a privilege to be able to provide programming that challenges people’s perceptions about mental illness and demonstrates to those who struggle that they are not alone.”

CANADA AM begins the day with a discussion about eradicating the stigma surrounding mental illness and features powerful stories, from mental health inside the military to parenting the mentally ill child. On CTV News Channel’s POWER PLAY, host Don Martin speaks to Minister of Health Rona Ambrose and several MPs about how they have been coping in the months since the attack on Parliament Hill. On CTV, THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW and THE SOCIAL each dedicate a full hour to various mental health-themed topics, while on the half-hour special ETALK PRESENTS: BELL LET’S TALK 2015, celebrities share their personal experiences with mental illness.

The day’s flagship program, CLARA’S BIG RIDE, chronicles the inspiring and emotional 110-day cycling journey across Canada by six-time Olympic medallist and long-time Bell Let’s Talk spokesperson Clara Hughes. Throughout the journey, Hughes spreads a hopeful message designed to break the silence surrounding mental illness and help create a stigma-free Canada. Crossing every region of the country, the documentary also features brave stories from Canadians whose lives are touched by Hughes’ historic ride.

Following Bell Let’s Talk Day, CTV’s W5 goes behind-the-scenes for a profile on TV personality Howie Mandel for a candid interview about the mental health challenges he has faced, airing this Saturday, Jan. 31,

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Press Release: Eaton Centre Gunshot Victim Sits Down With CTV News’ Chief Anchor Lisa LaFlamme in W5 Exclusive, Saturday on CTV

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TORONTO (January 15, 2014) – In a city landmark that welcomes some 50 million visitors each year, no one could have predicted the events that would unfold on June 2, 2012 inside Toronto’s Eaton Centre food court. This Saturday, Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO, and on-demand on the CTV NEWS GO app, shooting victim Connor Stevenson and his family sit down once more, exclusively with Lisa LaFlamme for W5, following the gunman’s second-degree murder conviction last month. The special one-hour segment follows-up on W5’s 2013 story “THE SURVIVOR”, which documented Stevenson’s miraculous recovery. The W5 story was recognized with the prestigious 2014 Canadian Screen Award for Best News Segment.

In an update to W5’s dramatic, award-winning recounting of heroic efforts by first responders to save Stevenson on that fateful day, LaFlamme speaks to the family, who share the physical and emotional trauma they have endured since the shooting. W5shows the Stevenson family for the first time surveillance video of the shooting from the Eaton Centre food court, made public during the nine-week trial, but not made available to key witnesses – including the Stevensons – until now. Viewers are taken inside the moving journey of Connor and his family: four surgeries and the relief at his miraculous, ongoing recovery, all of which is shrouded by the weighty fear, distrust, and helplessness that such a random act of violence can cause.

W5 also airs Saturdays at 10 p.m. ET and on CTV Two, CTV News Channel on Sundays at 7 p.m. ET, and can be seen on Investigation Discovery on Tuesdays at 11 p.m. ET, and Wednesdays at 12 noon ET; on demand at CTVNews.ca/W5; the CTV Mobile channel on Bell Mobile TV, and through video on demand partners, such as Bell Fibe TV (visit CTV.ca for local listings).

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Press Release: CANADA AM Presents a Special Week-Long Series: LIVING WITH ALZHEIMER’S, January 19-22 on CTV

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TORONTO (January 14, 2015) – The numbers are staggering: more than one in seven Canadians over the age of 65 live with Alzheimer’s Disease – 72% of them women. Beginning Monday, Jan. 19, CANADA AM delivers LIVING WITH ALZHEIMER’S, a comprehensive four-day series exploring the medical and social aspects of the fatal disease, including the symptoms, treatments, potential cures, high cost of care, and the need for a national strategy. Airing on CTVCTV News Channel, the CTV GO app, and the CTV News GO app, experts join a diverse range of Canadian voices throughout the series, including actor Victor Garber, former NDP MP and Toronto City Councillor Olivia Chow, and award-winning singer-songwriter Jann Arden, as they explore the Alzheimer’s from both medical and very personal perspectives. The series culminates on Thursday, Jan. 22 with a live Town Hall and simultaneous, interactive web chat at CanadaAM.CTVNews.ca. Viewers are invited to submit their questions and personal stories in advance of the broadcast at CanadaAM@ctv.ca.

“Alzheimer’s is a disease that touches all of us in some way. It’s a national issue – one that puts enormous strain on Canada’s healthcare system and families nationwide,” said Lis Travers, Vice-President and Executive Producer, CANADA AM. “It’s time to cast a national spotlight and explore the personal and societal impacts of this terrible disease.”

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Press Release: W5 Presents: GOD SAVE JUSTIN TRUDEAU In Special Broadcast Edition, December 27 on CTV

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TORONTO (December 19, 2014) – Before his historic political ascent to becoming Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, Justin Trudeau prepared for another epic battle – a 2012 charity boxing match that pitted him against then-Conservative Senator Patrick Brazeau. Premiering Saturday, Dec. 27 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV, CTV GO, and on-demand on CTV NEWS GO, W5 presents “GOD SAVE JUSTIN TRUDEAU”, a behind-the-scenes documentary chronicling an unguarded and determined Trudeau as he readies for the ring in a quest to raise funds for Canadian cancer foundation, Fight for the Cure. The film delivers a rare glimpse into the landscape of federal politics in Canada through a rather unique and unfiltered lens.

With screenings of the feature-length documentary in Quebec theatres in November 2014, followed by a broadcast premiere in Quebec, “GOD SAVE JUSTIN TRUDEAU” sparked debate across the province as to modern media’s influence on politics. The film also generated speculation over whether this candid view of Trudeau might help or harm his political fortunes with a federal election looming in 2015. Produced by Montréal’s Productions de la Ruelle, and the award-winning filmmaking duo Guylaine Maroist and Éric Ruel, W5 delivers an abbreviated, made-for-television cut and English Canada premiere of the documentary in this special broadcast presentation.

W5 also airs Saturdays at 10 p.m. ET and on CTV Two, CTV News Channel on Sundays at 7 p.m. ET; on demand at CTVNews.ca/W5; the CTV Mobile channel on Bell Mobile TV, and through video on demand partners, such as Bell Fibe TV (visit CTV.ca for local listings).

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Press Release: Standing on Guard: CTV Honours Canada’s War Heroes with REMEMBRANCE DAY 2014, This Tuesday, November 11

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TORONTO (November 07, 2014) – Paying tribute to all those who serve in Canada’s military, CTV’s REMEMBRANCE DAY 2014 unites Canadians across the country in solemn celebration of the courage, dedication, and sacrifice of true Canadian heroes. Airing nationally this Tuesday, Nov. 11, live at 10:30 a.m. ET on CTV, CTV Two, and CTV News Channel, CTV News’ Chief Anchor and Senior Editor Lisa LaFlamme helms the special, uninterrupted 90-minute broadcast, live from Canada’s National War Memorial in Ottawa.

A robust panel joins LaFlamme to provide rich historical context and commentary during REMEMBRANCE DAY 2014, including CTV News Political Correspondent Craig Oliver and General (Ret.) Rick Hillier, former Chief of Defence Staff for the Canadian Forces, who commanded the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan. Also on hand to deliver a first-hand look at the National War Memorial ceremony as it unfolds are CTV News Ottawa Bureau Chief and host of QUESTION PERIOD Robert Fife, along with CTV News Reporter Mercedes Stephenson.

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Press Release: Wrongful Conviction: W5 Investigates Case of Ivan Henry – a “Dangerous Offender” Who Served 27-Year Prison Sentence Before Acquittal This Saturday on CTV

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TORONTO (November 6, 2014) – For 27 years, Vancouver’s Ivan Henry was locked up in prison, declared a dangerous offender, and behind bars before being acquitted of committing a string of brutal sexual attacks in the early 1980s. Premiering this Saturday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO, and on-demand on the CTV NEWS GO app, W5’s “VICTIM OR VILLAIN” digs into the investigation and conviction of the man who police called the “Rip-Off Rapist” – a sexual predator who terrorized Vancouver until 1982. CTV News Vancouver’s Jon Woodward, on special assignment for W5, takes viewers through the case, from the seemingly prejudicial treatment by police to shaky eye-witness testimony to the apparent failure of the courts to give him a fair trial – and Henry’s steadfast refusal to admit guilt.

This week’s all-new W5 follows last week’s season-high ratings broadcast, attracting 1.03 million viewers – a 14% increase of viewers in the program’s 49th season-to-date average – and winning Saturday night among non-sports programming*.

With few leads and growing public pressure to make an arrest, police zeroed in on Henry, who lived in the heart of Vancouver’s Mount Pleasant neighbourhood, where many of the attacks occurred. What followed was an investigation with little physical evidence and dubious identification of Henry by some of the victims. His current lawyer, Cameron Ward, tells W5 the Henry case is “a textbook example of a wrongful conviction.” Sentenced as a dangerous offender, Henry faced an indeterminate sentence but never gave up protesting his innocence, filing 50 applications to have his conviction overturned – all of them denied. W5 reveals how mounting evidence questioning his conviction was eventually impossible to ignore. More than two decades later in October 2010, a comprehensive review of the case led the B.C. Court of Appeals to acquit Henry on all counts.

In the second story, W5’s Kevin Newman delivers an up-close-and-personal profile of Great Big Sea frontman, Alan Doyle. “WHERE I BELONG” features the pride of Petty Harbour, N.L., recounting rich childhood memories growing up in the small fishing town, where a rich history and Celtic tradition continues to infuse his music. While Doyle’s life as a musician has kept him on the road for 20 years, he credits his deep Petty Harbour roots for keeping him grounded as he found acclaim across Canada and around the world.

W5 also airs Saturdays at 10 p.m. ET and Sundays at 5 p.m. ET on CTV Two, CTV News Channel on Sundays at 7 p.m. ET, and can be seen on Investigation Discovery on Tuesdays at 11 p.m. ET, and Wednesdays 12 noon ET; on demand at CTVNews.ca/W5; the CTV Mobile channel on Bell Mobile TV, and through video on demand partners, such as Bell Fibe TV (visit CTV.ca for local listings).

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Press Release: Canada’s Longest-Running Political TV Program QUESTION PERIOD Returns for 44th Season, September 7 on CTV

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TORONTO (August 20, 2014) – CTV announced today the launch of the 44th season of QUESTION PERIOD, premiering Sunday, Sept. 7 at 11 a.m. ET on CTV and CTV GO, once again hosted by CTV News’ Robert Fife, the multiple award-winning political reporter and one of the country’s foremost Parliament Hill journalists. QUESTION PERIOD is Canada’s weekly destination for in-depth and insightful discussion on Canadian politics, with a unique look at the agenda for the upcoming week. Fife invites viewers behind the walls of parliament, lending his insider knowledge and authoritative analysis to the intricacies of Canada’s political scene and the issues that affect all Canadians.

“When it comes to analyzing and interpreting the often complex political happenings on Parliament Hill, as well as the breaking political news that sets the national agenda, Robert continually demonstrates his commitment to journalistic excellence and to sharing the stories that impact our nation,” said Wendy Freeman, President, CTV News.

With Fife’s careful guidance, audiences are poised to receive the best view of Parliament Hill and its inner workings. In addition, QUESTION PERIOD continues to deliver the country’s most popular political panel, “The Scrum,” featuring press gallery members who have deep insight into the happenings in Canadian politics. Continue reading