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TORONTO (March 6, 2014) – Following a whirlwind week at the Canadian Screen Awards that saw W5 honoured with the prestigious Gordon Sinclair Award for Broadcast Journalism and Best News Information Segment for “THE SURVIVOR” – Canada’s longest-running documentary program returns with an all-new episode. Premiering this Saturday, March 8 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO, W5’s “THE LOVE OF A CHILD” recounts the emotional and inspirational story of an Ottawa woman and the life-changing events that transpired after she was given a newborn by his orphaned, teenaged mother.
The deeply moving segment takes viewers inside the heart-wrenching journey of Peggy Taillon, as she challenged Kenyan laws and traditions to become a mother to her son, Devlin. Their case was the first foreign adoption of a young boy to a single mother granted by a Kenyan judge. CTV News Ottawa’s Kimothy Walker, on special assignment for W5, follows Peggy and her son as they return to Kenya six years after departing.
In 2006, Peggy traveled to Asembo Bay, an impoverished community located on the shore of Lake Victoria in Western Kenya, to help the many widows and orphans whose lives have been devastated by HIV, AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria. Moved by the suffering and loss within the community, Peggy offered one newborn a chance for a completely different life. With the blessing of his family, Peggy agreed to care for the baby boy, Devlin – a child born to a poverty-stricken 14-year-old orphan. Kenya’s strict laws and policies surrounding adoption, including prohibiting foreign adoptions to single parents, did not deter Peggy, who left her life in Ottawa to stay with Devlin.
After remaining in Kenya for more than a year, Peggy’s maternal devotion finally convinced the judge to allow the adoption to proceed - an unprecedented turn of events that brought a family together. Six years later, W5 joins Peggy and Devlin as they return to Asembo Bay for the first time since the adoption, where the community and Devlin’s biological mother welcome them with open arms.
In the second story of the evening, W5’s Tom Kennedy joins six-time Canadian Olympic medalist Clara Hughes as she prepares for an epic cross-country journey for Clara’s Big Ride. Hughes, the only Olympian in history to have won multiple medals in both the Summer and Winter Games, discusses her troubled childhood and her struggles with depression and mental illness. W5’s cameras capture Hughes as she trains in Arizona and as her support team plans her 110-day cycling tour. Beginning March 14 in Toronto, Clara’s Big Ride will cover 12,000 kilometres and visit 95 communities in every province and territory in order to raise awareness and to end the stigma surrounding mental health.
W5 also airs Saturdays at 9 p.m. ET on CTV Two, and can be seen on Investigation Discovery on Tuesdays at 11 p.m. ET, and Wednesdays 12 noon ET; on demand at CTVNews.ca/W5; the CTV 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). W5 is also simulcast in Toronto on CFRB NEWSTALK1010.
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With an ongoing commitment to covering tough, relevant stories with fair and responsible reporting, W5 is in its 48th 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.
CTV is Canada's #1 private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV has been Canada’s most-watched television network for the past 12 years in a row. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio and digital. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about CTV can be found on the network’s website at ctv.ca.
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