January 22, 2013
W5 Investigates Traffic Ticket Travesties, Saturday on CTV
- W5 highlights outrageous traffic tickets and asks what’s behind this apparent cash grab, followed by the courageous coming out story of a gay teenaged hockey player -
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TORONTO (January 22, 2013) – This week, W5’s Victor Malarek takes viewers on a cross-country road trip examining the traffic ticket practises of Canada’s big-city police forces in “TO SERVE AND COLLECT”, premiering Saturday, Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. ET on CTV. In the second story of the evening, W5 correspondent Kevin Newman takes viewers “OFFSIDE” and into the life of Scott Heggart, a gay teenager’s experience with coming out to his family, friends, and teammates.
In “TO SERVE AND COLLECT”, W5 reveals that across the country, there is a growing expectation – and even a requirement – that police officers issue a specific number of traffic tickets to raise revenue for the cities where they work. The story highlights drivers frustrations at the prospect of having to pay for violations that include confusing signage, too little windshield washer fluid and even driving while using a non-existent cell phone.
With statistics showing that one in three gay youth attempt suicide, W5’s “OFFSIDE” illustrates the critical need for support from family and friends for gay teens. Ottawa teen Scott Heggart is a typical hockey jock. At 6’4” with a tough athletic build, he grew up competitive, confident, and outgoing. He also knew at an early age that he was gay. Fearing rejection from his family and teammates, Heggert instead turned to the online community for support. Also, Newman reveals a heartfelt connection to the story by sharing for the first time, the coming out experience of his own son.
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