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.

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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.

Police in Bahamas investigating sex assault allegations against Peter Nygard

Peter Nygard, one of Canada's wealthiest businessmen and clothing manufacturers, is the target of a police investigation in the Bahamas involving allegations of sexual assault by four women, CBC's The Fifth Estate has learned. 

Peter Nygard, Canadian clothing manufacturer, accused of raping 10 women and girls in class-action lawsuit

This story contains disturbing details. Ten women filed a civil class-action lawsuit Thursday accusing Peter Nygard, one of Canada’s wealthiest businessmen and clothing manufacturers, of raping them at his seaside mansion in the Bahamas, and operating what they refer to as a “sex trafficking ring."

'Just a matter of time': Police pursue 'significant' number of new tips in Muskoka mystery of missing seniors

After two decades, the Ontario Provincial Police have received substantial tips that are helping them advance their investigation into what happened to four seniors who disappeared from the province's Muskoka region in the late 1990s, The Fifth Estate has learned.

'Crazy out there': Increasing violence in North Central Regina has residents looking for solutions

With an increase in gang and gun violence in Regina, the city’s police service has been adding to its arsenal, including buying an armoured vehicle and equipping officers with semi-automatic rifles. But a successful program out of the U.S. shows there’s another way to deal with the problem.