Ethan Sawyer

Associate Producer

Ethan Sawyer is a journalist for CBC Vancouver. He chooses waffles over pancakes, movies over television and the Toronto Raptors over everyone else. You can contact him at, or by phone at (604) 662-6784. Ethan contributes to CBC Vancouver's Impact Team, where he investigates and reports on stories that impact people in their local community.

Latest from Ethan Sawyer

Prospective pilots push B.C. flight school for refund

Four international students say they are fighting a B.C. flight school for a refund, claiming ongoing delays in their pilot training eventually led them to study elsewhere.

Vancouver couple's international adoption stalled by COVID-19 processing delays

Gary Lam and his wife, Mariette Baynton, have been trying to adopt a child from South Korea since late last year. They say delays attributed to COVID-19 have threatened to upend their application in its final stages.

B.C. couple calls for automatic extensions after permanent resident card renewal goes awry

While she is determined to see her father one last time, Kazuko Wakiyama claims Canadian government delays in renewing her permanent resident card have threatened to leave her stranded in Japan.

Kitsilano Community Centre accused of racial profiling in B.C. Ombudsperson complaint

Alistair Browne and his wife, Michelle Brezinski, have filed a complaint with the B.C. Ombudsperson claiming he was racially profiled by Kitsilano Community Centre staff.

Stranded Canadians ask for help after Air India rejects 150 passengers trying to come home

Up to 150 Canadians — including citizens and permanent residents — were denied boarding last minute, because Air India staff apparently misunderstood international COVID-19 guidelines.

B.C. siblings sue insurance company after they say delays depleted claim

Five years after they sold the burnt remains of their home, Bruce and Patricia Mitchell are suing Intact insurance, alleging the company refused to pay a significant portion of their claim, due to delays it caused.

Vancouver police officers could face charges following 2018 takedown of Black man

A Vancouver man says he is still waiting for justice after a group of police officers were caught on video wrestling him to the ground for an alleged jaywalking violation.

Families renew call for tips, 2 years after teens slain in targeted shooting

Jaskaran (Jassi) Singh Bhangal and Jaskarn (Jason) Singh Jhutty's deaths became a flash point for Surrey residents, but their families say it's been a difficult two years, with few updates on the RCMP's investigation.

B.C. boat dealers report record-breaking sales amid COVID-19 restrictions

As other businesses struggle to stay afloat, B.C. boat brokers say they are seeing record sales and running low on stock, as sailors of all stripes and experience explore safe ways to get in a little recreation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Made-in-B.C. app aims to prevent overdose deaths by automatically alerting 911

Emergency responders have a new tool in the fight to keep drug-users alive.

Family asks for help finding 88-year-old missing for days

The family of a missing senior presented a tearful appeal today, asking the public for assistance in finding the 88-year-old.

Call for tips after seniors allegedly scammed into committing CERB fraud

A federal benefit to help Canadians struggling to make ends meet due to COVID-19 is allegedly being used by scammers to bilk Vancouver seniors out of their savings.

Vancouver city council considers expanding patios for restaurants, breweries

Vancouver's curbs and alleys are poised to become the new frontier for foodies, as the city explores open air dining options to help restaurants affected by COVID-19.

CN train carrying coal derails near Burns Lake

A CN Rail spokesperson confirms nine cars left the track. No injures have been reported.

Wedding planners call for clarity as couples plan nuptials around COVID-19

As the wedding industry grapples with COVID-19 cancellations, some couples still plan to celebrate in person, and want to know what will be possible this summer.