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


Archdiocese of Toronto threatens sexual abuse accuser in legal defence

David Cullen launched a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Toronto in 2021, alleging he was sexually abused as a child by a priest who has since died. He says he wasn't prepared for the Archdiocese's legal response, which experts and former clergy members contacted by The Fifth Estate describe as “threatening,” “victim blaming” and a “massive institutional betrayal.”
The Fifth Estate

NHL stars mum on gambling endorsement deals

Three hockey stars contacted by CBC's The Fifth Estate as part of an investigation into sports betting in Canada refused to talk about their brands despite their reported multimillion-dollar deals to do exactly that.

Mormon Church in Canada moved $1B out of the country tax free — and it's legal

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has used $1 billion it collected for charity in Canada to finance its own private university in the United States, an investigation by CBC’s The Fifth Estate has found.

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.