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  • Toronto Star - Secrets of the Four Seasons

    In the middle of one of the hottest real estate markets in the world, a surprising number of residents in Toronto's most luxurious condo development are selling at a loss. The Toronto Star dug deep to figure out why and discovered that the Ontario property market is open to abuse because people can buy and sell anonymously. While other hot markets like New York, London and Vancouver have made moves to increase transparency, Toronto remains vulnerable to money laundering and tax evasion.
  • APTN: Reckoning at Ste. Anne's

    Dear Judges, An investigation by the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network helped expose the ongoing injustices faced by survivors of the notorious St. Anne’s Residential School in Fort Albany, Ontario. Many of the former students of St. Anne’s have been involved in a years-long court battle with the federal government over the suppression of volumes of documents detailing decade’s worth of abuse that occurred at the school.
  • Season 1 from Someone Knows Something

    The true crime investigative podcast, Someone Knows Something (SKS), explores a different cold case every season. The first season delved into the mysterious case of five-year-old Adrien McNaughton, who vanished on a family fishing trip in 1972. SKS host David Ridgen, a celebrated documentarian and filmmaker, grew up in the same small town in Eastern Ontario as the McNaughton family. Through his investigation, Ridgen discovers new information about who was present at the lake that day, and uncovers a series of surprising new leads suggesting what might have happened to Adrien, including signals from four cadaver dogs, which suggest that there may be human remains in Holmes Lake, near where Adrien was fishing that day.
  • Inside Sysco: Where Your Food is Really Coming From

    Sysco Corporation is the world’s largest food distributor. It’s a $43 billion dollar publicly traded corporation that supplies restaurants, hotels, hospitals, schools, and many other food facilities with everything from raw meat and dairy to fruits and vegetables. The company’s motto is “Good Things Come from Sysco.” But this yearlong investigation exposed the company’s widespread practice of storing fresh food in dirty, unrefrigerated, outdoor storage lockers for hours, before it was delivered to unsuspecting customers across Northern California. Employees across the U.S. and Canada later revealed that these sheds were part of the company’s food distribution practices for over a decade. The investigation uncovered a widespread network of sheds in places including Washington, Utah, Illinois, Tennessee, New York, Maryland and the District of Columbia stateside, in addition to Ontario and British Columbia in Canada.
  • The Bell of Batoche - The Mystery Solved

    Journalist Todd Lamirande spent years trying to solve one of the enduring mysteries of Canada's Metis* people: What happened to the famed "Bell of Batoche"? The bell originally hung in the cathedral of Batoche, Saskatchewan, the provisional capital of Metis leader Louis Riel during the Riel Rebellion in 1885. The bell had come to symbolize the nationhood of the Metis people and after a final battle which ended in the defeat of Riel's forces and the seizure of Batoche, 2 Canadian soldiers took the bell as a war trophy and returned with it to Ontario. The bell's last known location was a Canadian Legion hall, a gathering place for former soldiers. The bell vanished after a mysterious break-in at the Legion in 1991. It remained hidden for over 20 years.
  • Confession to Murder

    Confession to Murder Part I: 15 year old Christine Harron disappears on May 18, 1993 from Hanover, Ontario. Then, 11 years later, a man named Anthony Ringel comes forward, telling family and police that he killed her. Confession to Murder Part I tells the shocking story for the first time of how police errors led to the case’s collapse, and how family members, heretofore kept in the dark, make a dramatic bid for answers from the man who confessed. Confession to Murder Part II Then, just months after Confession to Murder Part I goes to air, late on the evening of February 27, 2013, Anthony Ringel is re-arrested six long years after the case went dormant. Confession to Murder Part II documents the aftermath of this arrest as Christine Harron’s family come to grips with the fact that their efforts in Part I helped to lead to this outcome.
  • Beaten Down: Fear and Violence in Canada's Nursing Homes; Off Limits

    "Beaten Down" takes a look at how seniors are being poorly treated in nursing homes and that violence had increased significantly from 2003 to 2006. There were found to be increases in all types of violence: resident to resident, staff to resident, and resident to staff. In the "Off-Limits" series, prescription medication sales data for a 24-month period were examined after Health Canada warned doctors about prescribing medication that carried an increased risk of heart attack.
  • Luck of the Draw

    This is the story of 82-year-old Bob Edmonds, "who had his ticket stolen and then had to fight the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation for years to get his winnings back." This story also details other issues with the lottery in Ontario, Canada, like the fact clerks "selling lottery tickets were stealing from their customers."
  • The Great Lakes: An Endangered Legacy

    A series of stories that invesigate how pollution, sewage and foreign marine animals are helping to destroy the Great Lakes
  • Smokescreen

    "This investigation probed Ontario's Drive Clean emissions testing program." The investigation found that the program forced millions of people to pay for unnecessary tests and achieved very dubious environmental benefits. The program is very flawed and corrupt, and doesn't even accomplish anything; the air quality benefits claimed by the government were based on discredited models.