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5 questions swirling around forestry giant Paper Excellence ahead of grilling from MPs

The mystery surrounding Paper Excellence, the country's biggest wood-pulp producer and one of its biggest logging companies, is only growing. The company says it is independent of a controversial Indonesian conglomerate, but CBC has found new information suggesting otherwise. MPs will have a chance to question company executives at hearings
The Fifth Estate

While Putin denies war crimes in Ukraine, Russian soldier confesses to executing a civilian

Despite blanket denials of war crimes from the Kremlin, a Russian soldier has revealed details of looting, torture and killing that took place in the Kyiv suburb of Andriivka back in March.

Instacart answering fewer questions than ever about puzzling drop in shoppers' pay

Instacart shoppers are again questioning whether they're being paid correctly. The grocery delivery giant says it’s all accurate and according to their contracts, but it also no longer shows shoppers a mileage breakdown of their pay, so they have to take the company’s word for it.
CBC Investigates

Reclusive Quebec billionaire allegedly paid underaged girls for sex for more than a decade

Robert G. Miller, a reclusive Quebec billionaire and founder of an electronics parts distributor, allegedly paid several young girls large sums of money in exchange for sexual favours for more than a decade. Miller denies all allegations.
CBC Investigates

Why a Canadian CEO could be Puerto Rico's most-hated man

LUMA Energy — half-owned by Calgary's ATCO and led by Canadian Wayne Stensby — has a 15-year, $2-billion contract to keep Puerto Rico's lights on. But the company has become a lightning rod instead, as customers complain about frequent blackouts, appliance-frying power surges and some of the highest prices in the world.
Go Public

Hyundai bursts into flames after routine servicing

An Ontario man's car burst into flames right after routine servicing, and there was seemingly no investigation by the dealership or insurance company. One safety expert says this highlights a gap in road safety regulations, but Transport Canada says new rules are on the way.

CAFE landlord convicted on appeal in Toronto illegal pot-shop case

Authorities have notched another victory in their long-running battle to shutter a notorious chain of illegal Toronto cannabis stores, as an appeal court this afternoon convicted the landlord of CAFE’s flagship outlet on all six provincial cannabis charges he was facing.

Travel insurance giant refuses payout, claiming Ontario man's COVID not severe enough

Despite having COVID-19 emergency medical coverage, an Ontario man's insurance claim was denied after he tested positive while vacationing in Antigua. Why? He wasn't sick enough to qualify. But one lawyer says the policy was clear and Manulife was wrong to reject the claim.

Iranians tried to hire private investigator to spy in Canada

A member of an Iranian intelligence network attempted to hire a private investigator in Canada to conduct surveillance on anti-regime activists, The Fifth Estate has learned.
CBC Investigates

New report's findings could kick 1,000 people off Algonquin membership rolls and out of land claim deal

A new report says there is no evidence that Thomas Lagarde dit St. Jean, a man born in the early 1800s near Montreal, was in fact Algonquin. This is significant, because more than 1,000 Canadians claim to be Algonquin because Lagarde is one of their ancestors. 
The Fifth Estate

Police cleared suspect's brothers before arresting him for grisly 1983 killings of 2 Toronto women

The man charged in the gruesome 1983 killings of Susan Tice and Erin Gilmour in Toronto was arrested after police eliminated his four brothers from their investigation of the cold cases, The Fifth Estate has learned.

Edmonton man could see private data of other Brinks customers through his home security system — for months

An Edmonton man was surprised to find he could see the private information of other Brinks home security customers through the Brinks system in his house. He was even more surprised it took Brinks months to fix it, even after he repeatedly called to alert them.

How fallout from top secret documents found at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort could affect Canada

The discovery of top secret documents at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort sparked a criminal investigation and has the former U.S. president facing the possibility of criminal charges. But it’s also raised alarms in intelligence circles, where allies of the U.S., which share information and include Canada, wonder what is in the documents and if it could have an impact on intelligence needed to protect national security.
CBC Investigates

N.S. spending tens of millions of dollars on private nursing companies for long-term care

The province is paying private contract nurses at least double the hourly wage of public-sector nurses. The higher pay often comes with greater flexibility in scheduling, which some nurses say is attracting early career staff to move out of the public sector — even as health officials grapple with recruitment and retention.

Inside the takedown of a government employee turned ransomware hacker

A former federal government IT specialist turned ransomware hacker from Gatineau, Que., attacked dozens of victims, including Canadian schools, businesses and a city in Quebec. The Fifth Estate takes you inside the police takedown of Sébastien Vachon-Desjardins and the largest cryptocurrency seizure at that time in Canadian history.

This blind man has been fighting for years to get 'talking prescriptions' at his local pharmacy

A Gatineau, Que. man, who is blind, has been fighting for five years to get 'talking prescription' service at his local Rexall, which the company has promised but not yet delivered.

Mormon Church in Canada moved $1B out of the country tax free — and it's legal

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has used $1 billion it collected for charity in Canada to finance its own private university in the United States, an investigation by CBC’s The Fifth Estate has found.


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N.S. records 86 renoviction applications; advocates fear many others uncounted

Tenants are becoming increasingly worried about renovictions in many major Canadian cities, but tenant advocates warn without proper tracking it’s difficult to understand the true scope of the issue.

Alleged U.S. human smuggler under investigation by RCMP in death of Indian family at Canadian border

The RCMP is investigating a convicted fraudster and alleged human smuggler in connection with the death of an Indian family at the U.S.-Canada border in January, The Fifth Estate has learned. But questions are being asked about why the RCMP took so long to investigate this individual who was under surveillance by U.S. authorities for four years.

Wood from B.C. forests is being burned for electricity billed as green — but critics say that's deceptive

The largest power station in the U.K., Drax, burns wood pellets sourced from B.C.’s old growth and untouched forests to create electricity. Scientists and environmentalists argue it’s a false solution to the climate crisis.

Most doctors took financial hit in 1st year of COVID, but top earners did just fine

For most physicians in Canada, the first full year of the pandemic delivered a financial gut punch, according to an exclusive CBC News data analysis. But for a select group of highly paid doctors, it was a very different story.
CBC Investigates

RCMP superfan in Ontario spent 2 weeks in jail following N.S. massacre

Warren Thwing says he's spent thousands of dollars on a collection of hundreds of RCMP items including uniforms, figurines, posters and books. He never imagined it would lead to a door-smashing, gun-toting police raid on his home.
CBC Investigates

Royal Bank ordered to reveal who's behind 97 offshore accounts

A Federal Court judge has ordered Royal Bank of Canada to divulge the real owners of 97 offshore corporations that used its services, but a critic is wondering why it's taken the Canada Revenue Agency so long to acquire the information.
CBC Investigates

Rapper wants justice after Ottawa police 'tore house apart' in failed no-knock raid

All charges have been dropped against Chris Woof of Ottawa, but his lawyer and an expert on policing say his case highlights major problems with no-knock drug raids — including the key question of whether there's any data the tactic is effective.
CBC Investigates

Family wasn't told of long-term care resident's death for almost a month

Family members of a woman who was in long-term care in London, Ont., want to know why it took nearly a month to be told she had died. The care home said it can’t comment on the case because of privacy legislation but that when a resident dies, “it follows all proper procedures for notification of substitute decision makers and powers of attorney as outlined in the resident’s chart.”