Timothy Sawa

Investigative journalist

Timothy Sawa works for CBC's Investigative Unit and the fifth estate, and has been an investigative journalist at CBC News for more than a decade. He has produced investigations looking at police corruption, sexual abuse in public institutions and offshore tax evasion.

Latest from Timothy Sawa


'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.
Fifth Estate

Costco fined $7.2M for accepting illegal kickbacks

The Ontario government fines Costco more than $7 million after an investigation into allegations the bulk food giant asked for illegal kickbacks from a generic drug manufacturer.

'Greed is a powerful weapon': Are illegal kickbacks in Ontario driving up the cost of your generic drugs?

A hidden camera investigation and confidential documents obtained by The Fifth Estate raise questions about whether Canada’s largest pharmaceutical distributor is profiting from illegal kickbacks on sales of generic drugs in Ontario.

Costco under investigation by Ontario forensic team over drug company payments

Costco is under investigation by an Ontario government forensic team that specializes in “allegations of wrongdoing against government” after the retail giant received $1.2 million in potentially illegal payments from a generic drugmaker, The Fifth Estate has learned.

Like 'flipping a coin': Why it's so hard to test drivers for pot

The federal government plans to invest $81 million to train police officers to smoke out drivers impaired by pot across Canada while using a test experts say is flawed and that is being challenged in a U.S court.

Undercover FBI agent defends role in drawing 3rd man into Via Rail terror investigation

The FBI undercover agent at the centre of a plot by two men planning to derail a Via Rail train travelling from New York to Toronto stands by a controversial decision to target a third suspect who was living in Quebec City at the time.

Muskoka mystery: Family linked to disappearance of seniors fights release of police documents

Members of the family who were the focus of a Fifth Estate investigation into the disappearance of four seniors in Ontario’s Muskoka region are fighting the release of additional information from police documents that were obtained earlier this year.
CBC Investigates

Brock University faced earlier sex assault complaint involving history professor

The professor at the centre of Brock University’s recent sexual harassment scandal faced a very similar allegation from a different student only months earlier in a complaint also involving large amounts of alcohol, CBC News has learned.
CBC Investigates

Brock University to hire new sexual violence response co-ordinator, review policies

Brock University will be creating a task force to review all of its policies dealing with sexual harassment, sexual violence and unprofessional behaviour and will hire a new sexual violence response co-ordinator, the school's president, Jack Lightstone, announced Friday.
CBC Investigates

Brock University faculty demand changes to sexual harassment policies

Several dozen faculty at Brock University issued an open letter to the school's president Wednesday calling for changes to the way sexual harassment and assault complaints are handled after a CBC News investigation found the administration attempted to silence a student who was sexually harassed by a professor.
CBC Investigates

Brock University students angered by handling of sexual harassment case

Brock University students responded with frustration and anger after CBC News revealed that a former student was asked to keep quiet about a report that found her professor gave her alcohol and tried to force himself on her sexually.
CBC Investigates

​Brock University tells student to keep quiet about sexual harassment finding

Brock University in southern Ontario says a professor who was found to have sexually harassed one of his students late one night in his office is no longer “assigned to a class and is not on campus.”
CBC Investigates

Travel claim paid out by Canadian Commercial Corp. based on false receipt

A Canadian Crown corporation paid out a travel claim to the chair of its board based on a false receipt, and approved two taxpayer-funded trips to international conferences that overlapped with his private business interests, CBC News has learned.
CBC Investigates

3 Crown corp. chairs paid $284,000 compensation for 'part-time' work

The three most recent chairmen of the Canadian Commercial Corp., a federal agency, were paid more than $284,000 in total fees and expenses for what is considered a part-time job with a $9,400 annual stipend, CBC News has learned.