This Week on W5 – TROUBLED WATERS and SEPARATE LIVES
— November 10, 2016
Airdate: Saturday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV, CTV GO, and CTVNews.caPromo for W5’s episode this week: Available on W5’s Facebook PageVideo Clips: Available upon request to Patricia.email@example.comInterview Opportunities: Victor Malarek is available for interviews on Friday, Nov. 11. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with interview requests.
KEY STORYLINE: This week, W5’s “TROUBLED WATERS” takes viewers to local communities currently facing off against the bottled water industry, as they fight to protect the precious natural resource from flowing out of their communities. W5’s Victor Malarek investigates how Swiss transnational food and drink giant Nestlé is pumping a staggering 1.7 billion litres of fresh water out of wells in Ontario each year. Across the country in Hope, British Columbia, Nestle is pumping 311 million litres a year out of wells, with some local residents complaining that the water is being extracted only to be given away for free.
In Ontario, Nestlé pays only $3.71 per million litres of water pumped from the ground, while in British Columbia that cost is even lower – only $2.25 per million litres. Malarek interviews local residents concerned about this essential community resource being exploited for profit, and worried about depletion of groundwater aquifers. Nestlé Waters Canada insists it monitors groundwater levels to ensure there is no negative impact on local aquifers, while contending they are prepared to pay a fair price for the water they are pumping.
Also this week, W5 reporter and producer Marleen Trotter delivers “SEPARATE LIVES”, a follow up to the decade-old story about twin brothers Tenashe and Tinotenda. Born conjoined at the abdomen, the twins spent eight months in Canada, where they received life-saving surgery. Their plight and operation at Toronto’s Sick Children’s Hospital captivated the country in 2005. Now 12 years old, the brothers are growing up in their native Zimbabwe.
Trotter travels to their poor, remote village to see their progress first-hand. She helps them reunite with Dr. Paul Thistle, the Canadian obstetrician who successfully delivered them as conjoined twins. Trotter also updates the team of doctors who operated to free Tenashe and Tinotenda from their “deadly embrace” in the hours-long surgery. W5 charting the inspirational course of how a missionary doctor stationed in Zimbabwe and a Canadian hospital halfway around the world made a difference to these two little boys and their family.