The Fifth Estate, CBC – “Fearless”
“Citius, Altius, Fortius” is the Olympic motto – “Faster, Higher, Stronger.” But for today’s athletes, when does pushing the envelope cross the line into recklessness and the very real risk of serious injury or death? That’s the question to be explored Friday (February 24) at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT), as CBC’s the fifth estate presents “Fearless.” Family and friends – and fellow freestyle skiers – share personal stories and video footage of Sarah Burke, the champion skier who died last month from injuries sustained during a manoeuvre that she had done many times before but was nevertheless tricky. Danger goes hand-in-hand with sports like freestyle skiing – and the combination of thrilling action and potential peril generates huge TV ratings. But are participants being pushed too far?
Marketplace, CBC – “Framed”
The materials they are made of are downright cheap. Even crafting the lenses is hardly labour-intensive. So why are prescription eyeglasses so darned expensive? In an eye-opening report, Tom Harrington focuses in on the outrageously high price of spectacles. In Framed, Friday, Feb. 24 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) on CBC Television, MARKETPLACE compares a pair of eyeglasses ordered online with a comparable pair purchased in an eyewear store. We send a hidden camera into a number of stores to reveal the pressure to purchase a wide range of extras, all of which further add to the price of a pair of glasses. And we document the huge disparity of choice between what’s available to people in need of glasses in British Columbia compared to other provinces – and meet the Ontario optician who ended up in jail because he tried to give people the same kind of choice.
King, Global – Season 1 finale “Scout Winter”
When an anti-racist activist is assaulted, Jess discovers her prime suspect, a skinhead leader, is actually an undercover federal agent. When new evidence emerges, Jess discovers the true criminal has a more personal motive against the activist and his family.