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Press Release: GAMBLING ON EXTINCTION: W5 Investigates Booming Trade in Illegal Wildlife Products, This Saturday, February 28 on CTV

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TORONTO (February 25, 2015) – Across Africa, some of the most majestic creatures on earth have roamed the wilderness for millions of years. But now, elephants and rhinos are vanishing at breathtaking speed. This Saturday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV, CTV GO, and CTVNews.ca, W5 delivers the Canadian broadcast premiere of international co-production GAMBLING ON EXTINCTION, turning the lens on the war between poachers and wildlife in Africa. A war which the most-endangered species are losing, as demand for illegal wildlife products like ivory and rhino horn drive a thriving, multi-billion dollar underground industry.

This week’s all-new, special one-hour W5 episode airs amidst a blockbuster 49th season, which has attracted an average of close to one million viewers on Saturday nights – a 20% increase over last year in the program’s season-to-date audience, consistently winning Saturday nights in its timeslot among non-sports programing.

As covered in this in-depth report, narrated by W5 Host and Chief Correspondent Lloyd Robertson, with ivory worth $500 per kilogram to the poacher and a single rhino horn commanding as much as $60,000 USD, the staggering profits have attracted organized crime syndicates and terrorist organizations, which have quickly taken over the supply and trade in this illegal, booming enterprise. With control of the money and logistics to move thousands of tonnes of contraband around the globe, organized crime has propelled wildlife trafficking such that it now ranks right behind drugs and guns, worth an estimated $20 billion per year. Continue reading

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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: W5 Exclusively Visits Canada’s Legendary Sable Island, This Saturday, November 15 on CTV

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TORONTO (November 14, 2014) – A beautiful and unspoiled national preserve that can only be visited by invitation, Sable Island’s haunting past is complete with legendary stories of shipwrecks and ghosts, adding to the mystique of this remote and heavenly island paradise. Premiering this Saturday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO, and on-demand on the CTV NEWS GO app, W5’s “PARADISE ISLAND” invites viewers on a rare journey to Canada’s newest national park reserve located 300 kilometres east of mainland Nova Scotia, a fragile strip of sand populated by seals and wild horses grazing on windswept beaches. CTV NATIONAL NEWS’ Todd Battis, on special assignment for W5, delivers an insightful exploration of the island playground that has long been shrouded in secrecy, uncovering its mystical and mythical past and exploring its fragile future.

With 90 kilometres of white sand coastline – a secluded sandbar of gorgeous beach and crashing surf – Sable Island is a bona fide national treasure. Sable Island has earned the dubious title of the “Graveyard of the Atlantic,” boasting some 350 shipwrecks off its shore, only heightening its mythical quality. But Sable Island is also under constant threat: ravaged by the thrashing Atlantic Ocean on its northern side, the entire island is suffering the effects of climate change. Rising sea levels are causing waves to cut into the coastline and rip at the dunes. Furthermore, as W5 reveals, the biggest looming threat to Sable Island’s delicate ecosystem may loom just off-shore; massive oil and gas drilling rigs.

In the evening’s second story, W5’s Tom Kennedy gets up close and personal with the “FIRST FAMILY OF HOCKEY”, the Sutters. A success story unlike any other in sports, the sprawling family has had an unprecedented impact on professional hockey. Although uncomfortable with the moniker “Canadian hockey royalty,” brothers Darryl, Brian, Duane, Brent, and twins Rich and Ron all made it to the NHL. And when their playing careers ended, they became coaches, managers, and hockey scouts, winning championships along the way.

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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: W5 Exposes Curious Case of the Wife, the Hit Man, and the Questionable Verdict, This Saturday, November 1 on CTV

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TORONTO (October 30, 2014) – A loveless marriage, a bitter wife, and a plot to kill her husband seemed like an open-and-shut case, but the RCMP and the intended victim of a hit man would ultimately be shocked as the accused walked free. Premiering this Saturday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO, and on-demand on the CTV NEWS GO app, W5’s “’TIL DEATH DO US PART” reveals the astounding case of a Nova Scotia woman who hired a hit man to kill her husband, only to be later acquitted following a series of court decisions.

The hour-long documentary, fronted by W5 Senior Reporter Victor Malarek, takes viewers through Nicole Ryan’s plot to murder her husband, Mike. After several failed attempts to find a killer for hire, Ryan finds a hit man – who’s really an undercover police officer. Chilling video shows Ryan setting a deadline to have her husband murdered, and then handing over thousands of dollars to pay for it. Shortly after these exchanges, she was arrested and charged with counselling to commit murder.

In a surprising twist to the case, Ryan brought forward claims during the trial of abuse by her husband, dumbfounding the RCMP and her intended victim. Ryan was acquitted, and following appeals right through to the Supreme Court of Canada, walked free. W5’s report details the RCMP investigation and disappointment with the stunning verdict, and includes interviews with another man who had also been solicited to kill Ryan’s husband.

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