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Brian Vallee passes away (July 22, 2011)

We are saddened to report that Brian Vallee died of cancer on July 22, 2011 in St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto.  Brian’s death leaves a tremendous void in the lives of his friends, family and those who knew him through his books and as a determined and vocal advocate for victims of domestic violence.  He [...]

Algoma University’s Arthur A. Wishart Library is now home to the archives of Brian Vallée

SAULT STE. MARIE, ON (March 15, 2010) – Algoma University's Arthur A. Wishart Library is pleased to announce that it is now home to the archives for Sault Ste. Marie-born and Academy Award winning author, journalist, and documentary film-maker Brian Vallée. Vallée began his newspaper career in the Sault; as a journalist, he worked on [...]

Femicide: There’s not enough outrage – August 12, 2009

`There’s not enough outrage,” lamented one women’s rights activist at a candlelight vigil for the three women cut down last Tuesday night in a Pittsburgh-area aerobics class.

As the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette noted, only 75 people showed up to mourn Heidi Overmier, 46, Elizabeth Gannon, 49, and Jody Billingsley, 38, massacred by a man, who didn’t know them, simply because they were women.

Vermette case rouses spousal abuse issues – July 24, 2009

Being emotionally and physically abused spared Rhonda Vermette jail time, but her sentencing brought up the sometimes glazed-over issue of spousal abuse. Vermette, a convicted drug trafficker, was an integral part in a massive drug ring that spanned several provinces, but was based in the Prince Albert area. Her common-law spouse, Donald Fiddler, was the [...]

Why Conference to discuss issues women face – June 8, 2009

SYDNEY – Issues around the victimization of women and children by society, the criminal justice system and the media will be discussed at an upcoming conference at Cape Breton University. Hosted by the Cape Breton Interagency on Family Violence, the conference takes place Wednesday and Thursday at the Royal Bank Theatre at CBU. Helen Morrison, [...]

The battered-woman syndrome – March 15, 2009

The local Sunday Herald which arrived in the parlours and the well-appointed drawing rooms of the nation on International Women's Day informed its readers that domestic violence had taken the lives of two more individuals. A 38-year-old woman was shot in the neck by her common-law spouse and a 46-year-old man was stabbed during an [...]

House arrest not enough in case of woman’s abuser – February 17, 2009

In a war that our society has been losing for some time, Alisha Collicutte is just one more casualty. Her wounds were inflicted, literally, on the homefront, in a war we should all be waging on violence against women. This ongoing battle never receives the same media attention as the other wars that society is [...]

Author Brian Vallee to Visit Province for Violence Prevention Month – February 12, 2009

In recognition of Violence Prevention Month, Brian Vallee, best-selling author of Life with Billy and War on Women, will be touring various regions of the province starting Sunday, February 15 in Stephenville. Mr. Vallee will speak on the societal issue of violence against women through real-life stories and recommendations on what can be done to [...]

For women, closing the door on an abuser can open the door to murder – December 15, 2008

Why doesn’t she leave? Because that’s when she might be killed.
Women in abusive living situations are most at risk when they announce they’re leaving.
It’s at that point, researchers and advocates say, that an abusive man will start to question whether or not he can live without his submissive partner.
And he may decide that if she won’t be with him, then she won’t be with anyone else either.

At the Toronto Star, dogs do better than women – November 19, 2008

Dogs are more important to the editors of the Toronto Star than women dying at the hands of their intimate partners.

That’s what author and Sault native Brian Vallée was suggesting last night to a roomful of advocates fighting abuse against women.