W5 Closes Out Season with Investigation into Sexual Assault in Nursing Homes, Saturday, April 9 on CTV
— April 7, 2016
– CTV’s Sandie Rinaldo reports disturbing incidents of sexual assault on vulnerable residents living in long-term care facilities–
– Also, Victor Malarek leads W5’s investigation into the promise of new car advertising against the reality found at auto dealerships –
TORONTO (April 7, 2016) – What happens when a convicted sexual predator is also a patient in a long-term care facility for the elderly? Premiering Saturday, April 9 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV, CTV GO, and CTVNews.ca, W5 closes out its 50th season of powerful and informative journalism with a disturbing investigation into resident-on-resident sexual assault in long-term care facilities. CTV’s Sandie Rinaldo continues her hard-hitting investigation into what has become a national crisis facing Canada’s long-term care facilities with an examination into cases where protecting one resident’s privacy leaves other vulnerable residents defenseless.
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In early 2008, Mary McAlpine moved into Hillsdale Estates Seniors Centre, a long-term care centre in Oshawa. A feisty woman in her 80s, her family moved her into the Oshawa nursing home when her health started to fail, to provide a safe environment along with access to round-the-clock quality care. In June 2008, McAlpine’s children received a call from Hillsdale Estates saying their mother had been assaulted – and were stunned to find out from their mother that the assault was sexual in nature. While their mother was able to fend off her assaulter and call for help, W5’s investigation reveals other victims at Hillsdale Estates were far more vulnerable.
W5 uncovers three other women were assaulted on the same day as McAlpine – by the same elderly assailant, who was eventually charged and convicted of four counts of sexual assault, and spent some months in jail. W5’s investigation reveals that the accused was a convicted sex offender – and still on probation when he ended up in Hillsdale Estates.
Not only was the nursing home unaware that they had a convicted sex offender living in their care, W5 further reveals they are not allowed to be aware, since there is no criminal background check required for residents. While caregivers have a legal duty to protect vulnerable residents under the Long Term Care Act, they have no idea if residents with criminal pasts are coming to live among them.
Saturday’s W5 broadcast also features Senior Reporter Victor Malarek’s investigation into the Canadian car industry. Conducted in partnership with the Automobile Protection Agency (APA), W5’s annual hidden-camera investigation follows secret shoppers as they attempt to find advertised deals for new vehicles. Taking this year’s survey to Vancouver, in showroom after showroom, the APA’s shoppers ran into inflated prices and bogus fees. The story also examines the true source of some of misleading ads.
In addition to airing Saturdays at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV, W5 also airs Saturdays at 10 p.m. ET on CTV Two and Sundays (see local listings). W5 can also be seen on Investigation Discovery on Tuesdays at 11 p.m. ET, and Wednesdays at 12 noon ET; on demand at CTVNews.ca/W5, on the CTV NEWS GO app, the CTV Mobile channel on Bell Mobile TV, and through video on demand partners, such as Bell Fibe TV (visit CTV.ca for local listings).
With an ongoing commitment to covering tough, relevant stories with fair and responsible reporting, W5 is in its 50th season of investigative journalism. Hosted by CTV NEWS’ Lloyd Robertson, W5 is the most-watched documentary program in Canada, and the winner of several awards including the prestigious Gordon Sinclair Award for Broadcast Journalism. Anton Koschany is Executive Producer of W5. Brett Mitchell is Senior Producer. Wendy Freeman is President, CTV News.
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