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W5 INVESTIGATES | Is a drug overdose murder?

W5’s upcoming documentary ‘Death Penalty,’ airing on Saturday at 7 p.m. on CTV, compiles the first-ever research on a growing trend to treat overdose deaths as potential homicides.

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Counting murders by overdose deaths in Canada

Homicide charges following investigations into overdose deaths in Canada can be described as falling into two categories: pre- and post- fentanyl. W5 found that starting in 2016, there was a significant uptick: 135 manslaughter and criminal negligence causing death charges being laid by police and prosecutors across Canada.

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W5 Investigates | British Columbia awaits results of comprehensive inquiry into money laundering

A W5 investigation helped convince B.C.'s government to launch a commission to investigate the scope of money laundering in the province's economy. Port Coquitlam Mayor Brad West is among those eagerly waiting for its recommendations. Watch W5's 'The Laundromat: Inquiry' Saturday at 7 p.m. on CTV.

Since its inception in May of 2019, the Cullen Commission has attempted to understand how transnational criminal gangs created a way for that money to be washed through Lower Mainland casinos, real estate, and luxury cars.

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