Timothy Sawa

Host, Evil By Design

Timothy Sawa is the host of CBC's podcast series investigating Peter Nygard, Evil By Design. Sawa has been an investigative journalist with CBC for more than two decades. For more than half that time, he's been digging into allegations of sexual misconduct involving the former Canadian fashion mogul. Sawa is also a producer with CBC's The Fifth Estate. He has produced investigations exposing police corruption, sexual abuse in public institutions and offshore tax evasion.

Latest from Timothy Sawa


New sex abuse allegations target son of former headmaster at now-closed Christian boarding school

More former students of a now-shuttered Christian boarding school in eastern Ontario are coming forward with allegations of sexual abuse against a son of the former headmaster, fearing he continues to be a danger to children.

Military chaplain retires after report reveals abuse of students at his former school

A high-ranking chaplain is retiring from the Canadian Armed Forces in the wake of a CBC Fifth Estate investigation that revealed decades of abuse at an elite Ontario boarding school where he worked as headmaster before joining the military.

Peter Nygard charged with sexual assault, forcible confinement by Toronto police

Toronto police have charged former fashion mogul Peter Nygard with multiple counts of sexual assault, The Fifth Estate has learned.
The Fifth Estate

Ontario Christian school tells court it was unaware abuse would cause emotional damage

In February 2020, a judge presiding over a class-action lawsuit on behalf of former students found the staff at Grenville Christian College responsible for systematically abusing girls and boys who attended the boarding school in the 1970s, '80s and '90s. The school's appeal is being heard in court.

Secret Nygard videos show former fashion mogul charged with sex trafficking travelling with teenage girl

Hours of behind-the-scenes video shot by a whistleblower show former Canadian fashion mogul Peter Nygard, who is alleged to have abused women and girls for decades, screaming at his employees and approaching a 16-year-old girl at the London Olympics.
CBC Investigates

Photo of Peter Nygard passport raises questions about claims it expired in 2020

Fashion mogul Peter Nygard says not only is he not a flight risk, he says he let his passport expire in September 2020. However, a photo obtained by CBC News of what appears to be Nygard's Canadian passport shows an expiry date of March 19, 2025.

Class-action lawsuit against Peter Nygard on hold after U.S. government requests stay of proceedings

Court records show the judge presiding over the case, which involves allegations of sexual assault and rape dating back to 1977, entered a stay of proceedings on Friday in the Southern District of New York.

Sons accuse fashion boss Nygard of paying 'known sex worker' to rape them as teens

Two of Peter Nygard’s sons launched a new lawsuit filed Sunday, saying their fashion executive father set them up to be raped by his girlfriend — a "known sex worker" —  when they were teens.

18 Canadians among new accusers in Peter Nygard rape lawsuit

Eighteen Canadians are among 36 women who have newly come forward to say they were sexually assaulted by Canadian fashion mogul Peter Nygard. The allegations are contained in an updated class-action legal complaint filed in New York on Monday.
CBC Investigates

Doctors face sanctions for prescribing unproven COVID-19 drugs to friends and family, regulators warn

Medical regulators in Canada suspect some doctors have been stockpiling drugs that are being tested as potential treatments for COVID-19 and are now warning them they can be sanctioned if they prescribe the drugs to themselves or friends and family.