Public Presentation Wednesday, October 28th, 2009 @ 7pm
Northern Cross Church

** Sponsored by RCMP under the Family Violence Initiative Funding in partnership with Eagle River Literacy Advisory Committee

Happening in conjunction with the Conference Innovation and Collaboration: Learning and changing together.
" 'The War on Women' proof that it is indeed a war."

Topics covered includes:

  • Why no let-up in the number of women (and often their children) being killed in their homes.
  • Analyzing the role of the police, shelters, courts, government, schools and the media.
  • The rise of men's rights groups and their lobbying and public relations efforts.
  • Gender inequality - the elephant in the living room
  • Where and why the "system" breaks down and how to fix it.
  • The devastation wrought by criminal domestic violence in many First Nation communities.
Brian Vallee
Brian Vallée
Author / Journalist / Producer

  • Since the publication of Vallée's latest books, The War on Women and a special commemorative edition of Life With Billy, he has been the keynote speaker on intimate partner violence at events and conferences around the country.
  • The new 'Billy' book combines the original Life With Billy and Life After Billy into a single volume and includes an updated prologue.
  • The War on Women shines a light on the alarming number of women being murdered by their male partners and the failure of the justice system to protect them. A documentary based on the book is in the planning stage.
  • After working as a journalist on newspapers in England, the U.S. and Canada, Vallée joined CBC's award-winning documentary program 'the fifth estate' where he spent ten years.
  • He was researcher and associate producer of John Zaritsky's documentary, Just Another Missing Kid which won an Oscar at the 1983 Academy Awards. He was also associate producer for the one-hour documentary Cruel Camera which won an Audubon Society award and two of the numerous 'fifth estate' documentaries produced by Vallée won Actra Awards.
  • The best-selling Life With Billy, about Jane (Stafford) Hurshman, an abused wife who took the law into her own hands, was first published in Canada, the U.S. and France. Her case led to the Battered Wife Syndrome as a legitimate defence in Canadian law. A television movie based on the book won three Gemini Awards in 1995.
  • Since leaving the CBC, Vallée has produced and directed several documentaries for 'the fifth estate' and one-hour documentaries on Edwin Alonzo Boyd and Canadian artist Ken Danby for the network's Life and Times program.
  • His first novel, the reverse-aging thriller, Pariah, was published in Canada and the U.S. in 1991. His other non-fiction books include Edwin Alonzo Boyd: The Story of the Notorious Boyd Gang and The Torso Murder: The Untold Story of Evelyn Dick.
  • Vallée also researched and wrote the 2002 documentary The Notorious Mrs. Dick, which aired on CTV.
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