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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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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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PART 1: Ontario long-term care company accused of leaving residents 'soiled in diapers' will get millions for new beds

Inside Orchard Villa, the military observed cockroaches and flies, noting how the smell of rotting food wafted through the hallways outside patients’ rooms.

 

PART 2: Millions in taxpayer dollars earmarked for Ontario LTC company that allegedly left residents malnourished

PART 3: Ontario allocates beds to long-term care company accused of ignoring residents as they cried hours for help

Alessandra Lamanna says she believes that her 69-year-old mother would have been alive today if the Canadian Armed Forces entered Hawthorne Place Care Centre just a week earlier.

 

PART 4: Ontario company could get millions to rebuild nursing home where resident wasn't bathed for weeks before dying

PART 5: Ontario already had tools to penalize worst​ long-term care companies, including not-for profit with ongoing issues ​

“There's all kinds of stuff in the Act to hold the homes accountable, if that was really the agenda,” she said. “They could suspend licenses; they can suspend admissions, which gets them in the pocketbook."

 

Ontario looks to increase accountability in long-term care sector with harsher fines

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