We all have nagging worries -- did I turn off the stove? Did I lock the door? But for Canadians with Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, these thoughts get stuck.

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We all have nagging worries -- did I turn off the stove? Did I lock the door? But for Canadians with obsessive-compulsive disorders, these thoughts get stuck, playing over and over in the mind like a broken record. Full Story

When it comes to shopping for a second-hand vehicle most buyers are wary of smooth-talking used salespeople who may try to sell you a lemon.

W5: Buyer beware of used car deals

When it comes to shopping for a second-hand vehicle most buyers are wary of smooth-talking used salespeople who may try to sell you a lemon. So what can you do to ensure that you and your hard earned money aren't being taken for a ride?

Wrecking yards, like Stark Metal and Iron in west Toronto, are treasure troves for sellers looking for seriously damaged insurance write-offs to fix or rebuild and try to sell as clean, collision-free used cars.

W5 - How to protect yourself when shopping for a used vehicle

Buying a used vehicle? Have it inspected first, and make it clear to the dealer that no pre-purchase inspection means no sale.

A W5 undercover camera catches a 'curbsider' trying to pass off a used Honda Fit that was severely damaged as a vehicle that's only had minor repair work done to it.

2012 APA-W5 used car mystery shopper investigation

For this year's investigation, the APA mystery shoppers visited 20 used car sellers in the Greater Toronto Area. The shoppers were accompanied by an expert mechanic and all visits were recorded on W5's cameras.

A W5 investigation discovered that the rate of assault in long-term care is four times higher than in the population at large.

W5: Long-term care facilities may put seniors at risk

Resident-to-resident abuse in long-term care is far more common than you might think. Through access to information, W5 obtained the number of resident-to-resident assaults in Ontario nursing homes. There were 1,788 incidents in 2010.

A W5 investigation discovered that the rate of assault in long-term care is four times higher than in the population at large.

Analyzing the abuse stats: W5 crunches the numbers

Statistic provided under W5's access request by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term care show that there were 1,788 reported incidents of resident-to-resident abuse in 2010.

Jean-Marie Cloutier, 83, of Ottawa looks out his room window at his nursing home in Ottawa on Saturday, June 28, 2008. (Sean Kilpatrick / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Tips for families looking for a nursing home

Are you looking for a nursing home or other long-term care facility for a loved one? Follow these important tips before making a decision.

He is known for his enthusiastic and incisive political commentaries that are packed with good humour, but CTV's Craig Oliver had to overcome a tumultuous upbringing before making his way into broadcasting.

Getting to know the real Craig Oliver

Even casual news viewers will recognize CTV's chief political correspondent when he appears this week on W5. Craig Oliver's commentaries out of Ottawa bring novel insights and crackle with enthusiasm and good humour. He's a man who takes his work seriously, but never himself.    Comments  

A number of Canadians wanting an assisted death has once again put the issue front and centre. Along with the support of the BC Civil Liberties Union, they have launched a court challenge to strike down the law making assisted suicide illegal as unconstitutional.

W5: Seeking an end to life and challenging the law

A lot has happened since Sue Rodriguez, who suffered from Lou Gehrig's disease, took her fight to legalize assisted suicide all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada in 1993. Now, the debate has been re-ignited in British Columbia.   40 Comments 40  

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W5: William Shatner - To infinity and beyond

At an age when many might think the richness of their lives was found in collected experience and savoured memories, William Shatner disagrees.

For a fee, travel clubs offer discounts on everything from hotels and flights, to meals and car rentals. W5 investigates fake vacation clubs selling broken promises to consumers and leaving them in debt.

W5: The shady business of vacation clubs

For a fee, travel clubs offer discounts on everything from hotels and flights to meals and car rentals. But a W5 hidden camera investigation has found the only thing some of them may really be selling is broken promises.

The remains of Mariam Makhniasvhili, who disappeared on Sept. 14, 2009, were found on Feb. 28, 2012.

The mysterious disappearance of Mariam Makhniashvili

The baffling disappearance of Mariam Makhniashvili sparked an unprecedented police search and left many lingering questions about her family. We may never know exactly how long the remains of the 17-year- old lay undiscovered in a ravine beneath a Toronto highway overpass.

CTV's Omar Sachedina investigates new homes with brand new heating systems that deliver a host of headaches instead of actual heat.

W5: Seeking answers for home heating woes

W5 investigates cases where brand-new HVAC systems aren't working properly, with some homeowners finding that their homes are freezing on one floor and feeling tropical on another.

W5 takes on the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) with a special investigation. Victor Malarek exposes questions about how effective the Ontario agency really is in 'Above the Law.'

W5: Is Special Investigations Unit a 'toothless tiger'?

W5 takes on the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) with a special investigation. Victor Malarek exposes questions about how effective the Ontario agency really is in 'Above the Law.'

They are disturbing images: police officers kicking, hog-tying, maiming suspects and, sometimes, innocent citizens. Captured on surveillance videos and by cellphone cameras. CTV's W5 looks at cases in Victoria, where it seems no matter how damning the evidence, the officers involved get off with few penalties.

W5: Who investigates police when they are accused of using excessive force?

They are disturbing images: police officers kicking, hog-tying, maiming suspects and, sometimes, innocent citizens. Captured on surveillance videos and by cellphone cameras. CTV's W5 looks at cases in Victoria, where it seems no matter how damning the evidence, the officers involved get off with few penalties.

Trevor Greene's brain was almost cut in two while he was serving on the Canadian mission in Afghanistan. Now, he's learning to walk  again.

W5: Love conquers all for wounded soldier

If Trevor Greene and Debbie Lepore had never met, you wonder if he would have had the will to recover from a devastating injury to his brain.in 2006.

When you hear about human trafficking in the sex trade, most people have an image of women being smuggled into Canada from abroad and forced to work in seamy brothels. But there's a thriving trafficking trade right here at home.

W5: Rescuing 'the girl next door' from the sex trade

When you hear about human trafficking in the sex trade, most people have an image of women being smuggled into Canada from abroad and forced to work in seamy brothels. But there's a thriving trafficking trade right here at home.

W5's Victor Malarek investigates the unjust and secretive tactics of the Canada Revenue Agency, and the people who fight back.

W5: Taxman's secret refunds aided some, others struggled

W5 reveals shocking tax horror stories faced by hard-working, ordinary Canadians who came up against the Canada Revenue Agency.

W5: Into Thin Air

In Pictures: The Unsolved Mystery of Mariam Makhniashvili

This Saturday on W5, Into Thin Air: What happened to Mariam Makhniashvili?

W5's Seamus O'Regan has the story of one determined woman who has sparked a cultural renaissance to rejuvinate her hometown of Fogo Island, N.L.

W5: Finding a sustainable future for outport Newfoundland

Newfoundland and Labrador being a small province, I'd heard of Zita Cobb, and knew she was doing some extraordinary things in her birthplace of Fogo Island. I didn't realise just how extraordinary until I arrived there with W5.

How far would you go to save the life of your child? This is the question that haunts the Kim Walker story as we follow the twists and turns of a gripping real life drama on W5.

W5: How far would you go to save your child?

Lloyd Robertson on the twists and turns of a real-life drama on Saturday's W5: the story of a Saskatchewan man who took up arms to protect his daughter from a drug dealer.   48 Comments 48  

W5's Victor Malarek looks at three letters that can turn doctors into unseen enemies: DNR.

W5: Life or death - who gets to decide?

Hassan Rasouli, an electrical engineer, brought his family to Toronto from Iran, in the spring of 2010. Five months later, what was supposed to be routine surgery for a benign brain tumor, left Hassan unconscious. Bacterial meningitis had infected his brain.

The killing of the ocean's most graceful creatures -- dolphins, whales and seals -- motivates many animal lovers to object but few are willing to go to the lengths of Canadian environmentalist Paul Watson.

W5 - Modern pirate seeks to protect world's sea life

The killing of the ocean's most graceful creatures -- dolphins, whales and seals -- motivates many animal lovers to object but few are willing to go to the lengths of Canadian environmentalist Paul Watson.

W5 goes undercover to investigate risky laser treatments and exposes misleading sales pitches and questionable training.

W5 Investigation: The painful side to laser skin treatments

W5 goes undercover to investigate risky laser treatments and exposes misleading sales pitches and questionable training. As these high-tech treatments have become more prevalent, so have patients' horror stories.

The images of apparent cruelty against animals inside medical research facilities has many debating whether animal testing is even needed to advance medical science.

W5: Emotional debate over use of chimpanzees for medical research

Stare into the eyes of a chimpanzee, meet the intelligent gaze that stares back at you and you will recognize a link with human beings that stretches back millions of years. Now that link has become the centre of a heated and often emotional debate.

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In Pictures: W5 investigates the hidden dangers of cosmetic laser treatments.

A Calgary man is defrauded of $6 million and goes to extremes in a quest for justice. Was it justified, or an example of brutal vigilantism?

Extreme measures in the quest for justice

On W5: A Calgary man, defrauded of millions, goes to extreme measures in his quest for justice after the law fails to help him.

W5 tells a harrowing ordeal that residents of a quaint family-filled neighbourhood in Toronto's west end had to endure, at the hands of a neighbour who decided to make their lives a living hell.

W5 Investigates: Neighbours From Hell

W5 tells a harrowing ordeal that residents of a quaint family-filled neighbourhood in Toronto's west end had to endure, at the hands of a neighbour who decided to make their lives a living hell.

He is a Somali-born Canadian musician and rapper with a worldwide following, but there are more important things in K'naan's life than fame. The superstar is working to get the world to save thousands of lives in the homeland he barely escaped.

W5: Fame and Famine with K'naan in Kenya

It's too easy to think of this famine - one of the worst in our history - as being too big, too foreign, too obscure for us to grasp. But seen through K'naan's eyes, it became very real and very human.   3 Comments 3  

A mother witnesses her daughter's murder but can't remember a thing. Without these memories, the hunt for a killer has hit a dead end.

Murder Most Forgotten -- Investigating a cold case

In "Murder Most Forgotten," W5 investigates the murder of Leah Souza 20 years ago. Her mother, Lora, saw her daughter's killer but can't remember a thing.

W5 investigates the Navy's floundering submarine program. Nearly $1 billion was paid for the boats, and Canadians can expect to spend even more in the future for a program that still isn't fully operational, 15 years after the purchase.

W5 Investigates Canada's floundering submarine fleet

W5 investigates the Navy's floundering submarine program. Nearly $1 billion was paid for the boats, and Canadians can expect to spend even more in the future for a program that still isn't fully operational, 15 years after the purchase.

W5's 10-month investigation of Caron Oderbien, a grifter who has left a trail of broken hearts and empty wallets across five provinces and two countries.

Swindler leaves trail of broken hearts, empty wallets

W5's 10-month investigation of Caron Oderbien, a grifter who has left a trail of broken hearts and empty wallets across five provinces and two countries.

Familes of loved ones who've gone missing for years tell W5 their stories of hope and suffering, with the federal government unlikely or unwilling to make changes to the DNA database that could bring them closure.

Families long for answers for missing loved ones

Families of loved ones who've gone missing for years tell W5 their stories of hope and suffering, with the federal government unlikely or unwilling to make changes to the DNA database that could bring them closure.

The HMS Investigator hasn't been seen it got stuck in the ice in Mercy Bay 160 years ago. W5 joins an elite Parks Canada team as they search for the stranded British Navy vessel.

W5: Search for HMS Investigator reveals secrets

W5 joins an underwater archeology mission to solve a 160-year-old mystery that lies at the bottom of the Arctic Ocean.

W5: Frozen in Time

In Pictures: Parks Canada's archaeologists capture scenic views

This Saturday on W5, Frozen in Time: The quest to solve a 160-year-old mystery that lies at the bottom of the Arctic Ocean.

She has been challanging women and men to redefine the relationship between the sexes for forty years. CTV's Sandie Rinaldo speaks with Gloria Steinem about her life as the face of the struggle for gender equality.

Gloria Steinem: Don't call her an icon. She's a 'slut from East Toledo'

Gloria Steinem is an American writer, a lecturer, and co-founder of MS magazine. She's one of the leading figures of the women's movement and helped bring feminism into the mainstream consciousness thanks to her good looks and popular writing.

Gloria Steinem and 'Slutwalk' organizers (Anton Koschany/W5)

The 'F' Word: On feminism, sluts, and Gloria Steinem

Gloria Steinem is the co-founder of MS magazine, a best-selling author, and a leading figure in the women's movement. Here on W5, she comes face-to-face with the founders of "Slutwalk."

W5 tells the story of Capt. Trevor Greene's amazing road to recovery.

W5: Capt. Trevor Greene, in his own words

On W5: Canadian soldier Trevor Greene recounts his remarkable journey of recovery since that fateful day in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan in 2006 -- when he was the victim of an axe attack during a meeting with village elders.

Sue Rodriguez at her Saanich home in 1993. (Chuck Stoody / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide in Canada: Chronology to 2010

From the report: Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide in Canada (Background Paper, National Library of Canada)

W5 investigates the convicted fraudster behind a money-lending scheme.

W5: Desperate borrowers fleeced in fee-for-loan scheme

W5 investigates Toronto-based lender, Sandy Hutchens (aka Moishe Alexander), and reveals how he collected millions of dollars in fees from desperate borrowers.

The incredible story of two soldiers -- Corporal Andrew Knisley and Master Corporal Jody Mitic -- who refuse to let their horrendous injuries slow them down from taking part in a gruelling endurance rally race for a good cause.

Canadian soldiers won't let amputations slow them down

W5 tells the incredible story of two soldiers -- Corporal Andrew Knisley and Master Corporal Jody Mitic -- who refuse to let their horrendous injuries slow them down from taking part in an endurance rally race for a good cause.

They made promises of huge returns on investments to Canadians looking to secure a comfortable future. W5's Victor Malarek looks at how two fraudsters were able to lure thousands into multi-million dollar Ponzi scheme.

W5: Who is protecting your investments?

When Genie and Helmut Vollmer's accountant introduced them to a new investment opportunity, they had no reason to doubt their financial advisor and friend of 30 years.   9 Comments 9  

He defeated two well known front runners to become the first Muslim mayor of Calgary. CTV's Sandie Rinaldo sits down with Mayor Naheed Nenshi to find out what he's learned since taking office.

W5: Calgary Mayor Nenshi turning heads across Canada

It's not often you meet the mayor of a city who is as popular in other cities across Canada as he is on home turf.

W5 tells the amazing story of 48 students, plus 8 teachers and 8 crew members, who survived the sinking of the tall ship Concordia, 500 kilometres off the coast of Brazil on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010.

Disaster at sea: reliving the horror and struggle to survive

W5 tells the amazing story of 48 students, plus 8 teachers and 8 crew members, who survived the sinking of the tall ship Concordia, 500 kilometres off the coast of Brazil February 17, 2010.

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