W5

CTV Saturday at 7pm ET, CTV Two Saturday at 10pm ET

Synopsis

Hosted by Kevin Newman with reporters, Sandie Rinaldo, Lisa LaFlamme, and Lloyd Robertson, W5 is Canada's most-watched current affairs and documentary program, tackling major stories and investigations.

Season 50 Episode 1
Season 50 Episode 1
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Season 50 - Episode 1

“GENERATION XXX”

Premiering Saturday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV, CTV GO, and CTVNews.ca, W5 investigates the devastating impact that readily accessible, hard-core online pornography is having on the minds and lives of young Canadian boys in “GENERATION XXX”. The stunning report has Senior Reporter Victor Malarek documenting one family’s struggle to help their pre-teen son break his all-consuming addiction to internet porn. In the evening’s second story, W5 examines the illegal use of fentanyl, a pain-killing drug reported to be 80 to 100 times more powerful than morphine. In a relatively short time on the black market, trade in Fentanyl has already claimed hundreds of lives across the country, and the numbers are rising daily. In “KILL PILL”, Co-Host and Correspondent Kevin Newman meets devastated families, a young man fighting his addiction, and police and medical professionals – all scrambling to deal with this burgeoning epidemic.

Season 50 Episode 2
Season 50 Episode 2
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Season 50 - Episode 2

"PREMIER: THE UNSCRIPTED KATHLEEN WYNNE"

PREMIER: THE UNSCRIPTED KATHLEEN WYNNE provides a rare and private glimpse into the life of a public servant, from life at home with her partner Jane Rounthwaite, to highlighting the pivotal and sometimes controversial policies and plans enacted during Premier Wynne’s time in office. From crafting a budget that attempts to address Ontario’s $300 billion debt to unveiling her government’s plan to end sexual violence and harassment, the revealing documentary also chronicles the course of a Sudbury by-election which became the subject of a police investigation and is now before the courts.

Cast Info

Kevin Newman
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Kevin Newman

One of Canada’s most authoritative voices in news, Kevin Newman is a household name and has been well-known to viewers as a news anchor in Canada and the U.S. for more than 30 years. A correspondent and co-host on the award-winning investigative series W5 since September 2012 as well as a fill-in anchor for CTV NATIONAL NEWS, Newman formerly anchored the innovative daily news program KEVIN NEWMAN LIVE and hosted the long-running political broadcast program QUESTION PERIOD.

Newman’s career has taken him to every major hotspot around the globe and through every community, territory, and province in Canada, covering some of the most significant events in recent history, from 9/11 and the Asian Tsunami, to Mandela’s release and Chris Hadfield singing in orbit. He has been embedded with Canadian troops in Afghanistan, and led award-winning newscasts north and south of the border. His work has garnered the industry’s highest honours, including Emmy® Awards, Gemini Awards, and a Peabody Award.

Newman has been instrumental in curating and building the CTV NEWS digital brand, while offering insight into the digital media strategy and future of other Bell Media properties. He is a devoted social media enthusiast, whose departure from traditional media in 2010 was borne of a desire to explore the emerging digital content field.

Prior to his role with CTV News, Newman returned to Canada from the US in 2001 to join Global Television, leading the creative, staffing, and editorial design of the national news, which he anchored for 10 years.

Newman’s return to the Canadian broadcaster followed his seven years as an anchor and correspondent at ABC News in New York. During that time, Newman hosted and reported for Nightline, World News Tonight, and Good Morning America, reporting for Nightline with Ted Koppel, and substitute anchoring and reporting for World News Tonight with Peter Jennings.

From 1992 to 1994 Newman anchored CBC Television’s Midday, after reporting for The National from Parliament Hill, Alberta and the North. From 1986 to 1988, Newman was CTV’s Atlantic Bureau Chief and Parliamentary Reporter. His first job as a reporter was with Global TV’s Sportsline in 1981.

Kevin Newman was born in Toronto, and started his broadcasting career by co-founding CHRW radio at Western University in London, Ontario. He produced the first Western Mustangs football radio broadcasts and was awarded an Honourary Doctorate of Laws from his alma mater in June 2011.
Career Highlights

 

  • 2012 – Gold Medal at the 2012 New York Film & Television Festival for social issues documentary Execution Under Fire
  • 2011 – Honourary Doctor of Laws, Western University Canada
  • 2008 – Lifetime Achievement Award, Western University Canada
  • 2008 – Gemini Award winner, Best Newscast
  • 2005 and 2006 – Gemini Award winner, Canada’s Best Anchor
  • 2003 –Edward R. Murrow Awards, Best Continuing Coverage
  • 2001 – Emmy Award winner, Outstanding Coverage of a Breaking News Story
  • 2000 – Emmy Award winner, Outstanding News and Documentary Program Achievement
  • George Foster Peabody Award, ‘ABC2000 Millennium’ Coverage
Lisa LaFlamme
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Lisa LaFlamme

As Chief News Anchor and Senior Editor of CTV NATIONAL NEWS WITH LISA LAFLAMME since 2011, Lisa LaFlamme leads the country’s #1 newscast where she has cemented her role as the face of news in Canada. In December 2016, LaFlamme was appointed to the Order of Ontario, the province’s highest honour,  recognizing individuals whose exceptional achievements in their field have left a lasting legacy on the province, Canada, and beyond. In June 2016, LaFlamme won the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) President’s Award, recognizing her decades of distinguished service reporting on Canadian airwaves. In March 2017, LaFlamme was named Best News Anchor at the Canadian Screen Awards, marking her third award in this category which she also won in 2015 and 2014, in addition to the pair of Canadian Screen Awards for Best National Newscast received in 2016 and 2014. Also in 2014, LaFlamme won the prestigious RTDNA Bert Canning Award for Best Network Television Newscast, marking the third consecutive year of capturing this distinction since becoming Anchor.

Never far from the heart of the story, LaFlamme was in Sochi delivering the newscast for the week leading up to the 2014 Winter Olympic Games; in May 2014, LaFlamme landed an exclusive interview with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, following a three-day international summit on maternal and child health; in January 2014, at a crucial time in the Middle East peace process, LaFlamme took CTV NATIONAL NEWS to Jerusalem for an exclusive interview with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In December 2013, as the world united in mourning the loss and celebrating the life of Nelson Mandela, LaFlamme was in Johannesburg, South Africa, delivering live coverage of Mandela’s memorial service. She was in Rome in March 2013, broadcasting live from Vatican City, taking viewers inside the historical Papal Conclave and the election of Pope Francis; and she was in Egypt during the uprising in February 2012, anchoring CTV NATIONAL NEWS live from her Cairo hotel room as protesters called for President Mubarak to step down, in the crisis that left more than 300 people dead and several thousand injured.

Prior to assuming the Anchor chair in 2011, LaFlamme spent a decade on the road as National Affairs Correspondent for CTV NATIONAL NEWS, covering everything from wars and elections to natural disasters from some of the world’s most dangerous locations. She was in Rome to report on the death of Pope John Paul II; has reported from Sri Lanka on the devastation from the Tsunami that hit South Asia; was in New Orleans to cover the impact Hurricane Katrina had on New Orleans; and has journeyed to Haiti several times to cover the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake and political turmoil gripping the country.

One of Canada’s top journalists, LaFlamme is a trailblazer for women in Canadian news broadcasting, covering some of the biggest stories of the times.  LaFlamme anchored CTV NATIONAL NEWS from London, England during the 2012 Summer Olympics, and helmed CTV’s non-stop coverage of the Royal Wedding of William and Kate, live from Buckingham Palace in 2011. She played an integral part of CTV’s national broadcast team at Vancouver 2010 as Co-Host of OLYMPIC DAYTIME, and helmed CTV NATIONAL NEWS from London during the 2012 Olympic Games.

From the heart of the G20 riots that shook Toronto in 2010 to the environmental disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, and from the World Cup in South Africa to the miracle of the Chilean miners, LaFlamme has had a front row seat to some of the most compelling stories of a generation. She has covered every angle of the aftermath of 9/11- from New York to Afghanistan, Iraq to Guantanamo Bay. Over the years, LaFlamme has reported extensively on the Canadian mission in Afghanistan as well as the humanitarian crisis facing the Afghan people.

A graduate of the University of Ottawa, LaFlamme began her broadcasting career in 1989 at CTV Kitchener (then named CKCO) in her hometown of Kitchener-Waterloo, Ont. She received an honourary Doctorate from her alma mater University of Ottawa in 2014, a Doctor of Laws degree from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ont., and was awarded the Distinguished Canadian Award from the University of Ottawa, along with Julie Payette, Rick Mercer, and Michael Burgess.

A passionate advocate of democracy in journalism, LaFlamme traveled with Journalists for Human Rights (JHR) to the heart of the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2013 to mentor and train young journalists in Goma, in the heart of the conflict zone. LaFlamme also heads up a program with CTV News to identify eligible and deserving staff journalists to participate in JHR missions around the world. In 2014, LaFlamme serves as co-chair of JHR Night for Rights event.

LaFlamme is also an ambassador of PLAN International, traveling to remote areas to promote child rights and to end poverty around the world.

Career Summary:

  • 2017: Best National News Anchor, Canadian Screen Awards
  • 2016: Appointed to the Order of Ontario
  • 2016: President’s Award, Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA)
  • 2016: Best National Newscast, Canadian Screen Awards
  • 2015: Appointed to the International UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize Jury
  • 2015: Best National News Anchor, Canadian Screen Awards
  • 2014: Best National Newscast, Best National News Anchor, Canadian Screen Awards
  • 2014: Honored by the Women’s Executive Network as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women
  • 2014: University of Ottawa Honorary Doctorate
  • 2014: Daughters for Life, Industry Luminary Award
  • 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012: Radio-Television News Directors Association Bert Canning Award for Best Newscast
  • 2010: Appointed successor to Lloyd Robertson as full-time anchor of CTV NATIONAL NEWS
  • 2003-2010: National Affairs Correspondent, CTV NATIONAL NEWS WITH LLOYD ROBERTSON
  • 2001-2003: Co-Host of CANADA AM
  • 2000-2001: Parliamentary Correspondent, CTV News
  • 1998-2000: Prime News Anchor for CTV Newsnet (now CTV News Channel)
  • 1997-1998: Consumer Reporter, CTV News
  • 1997-1998: Weekend Anchor/Reporter for CTV Newsnet
  • 1991-1997: Reporter and News Anchor for CKCO
  • 1989-1999: Radio News Reporter for CFCA/AM109
  • 1988: Joined CKCO as copy writer and script assistant
Sandie Rinaldo
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Sandie Rinaldo

For more than 30 years, Sandie Rinaldo has been the weekend anchor for CTV NATIONAL NEWS, Canada’s most-watched national newscast. In addition to her role behind the desk, Rinaldo heads into the field to report stories for CTV’s investigative news program W5.

Every weekend, Rinaldo takes Canadians through the major news events making headlines at home and around the world while focusing on angles that are most important to Canadians.

Over the years, Rinaldo has received national recognition for her news stories, earning numerous prestigious nominations and awards. Most recently, Rinaldo was named to the 2013 Women’s Executive Network list of Canada’s Most Powerful Women in the Arts & Communications category. Additional awards include the Canadian Veterinary Award 2005 “Never Give Up”; Canadian Association of Journalism Award 2001 award for Best Overall Newscast (shared with Lloyd Roberson); RTNDA Award – Best Newscast 2001 “Egypt Air”; RTNDA Award – Best Newscast 2000 (shared with Lloyd Robertson) “Ice Storm” and RTNDA Award- Best Newscast 1999 “Swiss Air Crash”; and Gemini nominations for Best Newscast 2003/2002/2001 (“Bali Attack/ Sept 11 Aftermath/Egypt Air”); Gemini Nomination – Best Newscaster 2000; numerous Canadian Screen Award nominations for her investigations into abuse in nursing homes.

In 1980, Rinaldo joined a slowly expanding circle of women in the profession, when she was promoted to News Anchor of CANADA AM, earning distinction for becoming the first woman in Canadian history to anchor a daily network newscast. In 1977, Rinaldo was appointed Reporter-at-Large for CANADA AM, a position that saw her regularly traveling everywhere from Vancouver to Cape Breton to the Middle East. Rinaldo joined CANADA AM in 1976 as a story producer specializing in federal and provincial politics.

In May 2016, Rinaldo marked 43 years with CTV. It was May 6, 1973 when Rinaldo first walked through the door of the network, one week after graduating from York University where she earned an Honours B.A. in Fine Arts. In that first year, Rinaldo jumped from Junior Secretary to Production Secretary to Production Manager, and then became a researcher for W5. In 1975 Rinaldo went to New York City with the W5 team to produce The Bankruptcy of New York, which won a journalism award.

Lloyd Robertson
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Lloyd Robertson

As Host and Chief Correspondent for CTV’s investigative news series, W5, Lloyd Robertson is still one of the most trusted faces in television news. He spent 35 years as Chief Anchor and Senior Editor of the country’s most-watched national newscast, CTV NATIONAL NEWS WITH LLOYD ROBERTSON.

One of the most accomplished journalists in North America, Robertson has been broadcasting for more than 50 years. Robertson joined CTV in 1976, and held the title of CTV’s Chief Anchor and Senior Editor since 1983. Throughout his illustrious career, Robertson has guided Canadians through some of the most significant events in recent history. In 1998, Robertson became a Member of the Order of Canada, and in 2007, was the first journalist inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame.

Widely known for his baritone delivery and for his iconic signoff line, “And that’s the kind of day it’s been,” Robertson announced on July 8, 2010 that he would vacate his anchor chair in 2011 after 35 years at CTV News.  Robertson began his broadcasting career in 1952 at CJCS radio in his hometown of Stratford and then joined CJOY in Guelph in 1953.

After moving into television in 1954 with CBC in Windsor, Robertson spent four years (1956-’60) in Winnipeg and two years in Ottawa (1960-’62). He went on to anchor CBC’s national news from 1970 to 1976.

Television Experience and Career Highlights:

  • Awarded Honourary Degree from Brandon University, 2013
  • Honourary Doctoral Degree from Niagara University, May 2012
  • Canadian Club of Toronto’s Lifetime Achievement Award, 2012
  • Gordon Sinclair Award for Broadcast Journalism, 2011
  • First Journalist inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame, 2007
  • Awarded Honourary Degree from Royal Roads University, 2006
  • Honoured with the Canadian Association of New York’s Arts and Letters Award, October 2006
  • Awarded the Order of Canada, February 1998
  • Inducted into Canadian Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame, 1998
  • Voted Most Trusted TV Journalist by the readers of TV Guide for a record 11 times; voted Best Anchor twice
  • Voted Canada’s Favourite News Anchor in the first two annual TV Times Readers’ Choice Awards, 1998 and 1999
  • Three-time Gemini winner as “Best Host, Anchor or Interviewer” in 1992, 1994 and 1997
  • 1995/96 Canadian Association of Broadcasters’ Gold Ribbon Award winner for Broadcast Excellence
  • Honoured in 1993 with the Radio Television News Directors’ Association (RTNDA) President’s Award
  • Voted Favourite TV Anchor in NOW Magazine’s first Reader Poll
  • Recipient of the Toronto Sun 1994 Reader’s Voice Award for Favourite TV Anchor
  • Named Broadcaster of the Year in 1992 by the Central Canadian Broadcasters Association
  • 1988 Gemini Award nominee for Best Coverage of a Special Event for Decision ’88
  • Appointed Honorary Chairperson of the 1992 Terry Fox Run

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