Angels in America pure heaven at The Jessies for Art Club Theatre Co.

When the 35th annual Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards were handed out Monday night at the Commodore Ballroom it was The Arts Club Theatre Company’s Angels in America: Millennium Approaches which took home the outstanding production award in the large theatre category.

The Pulitzer-prize winning Tony Kushner play about the HIV/AIDS crisis in New York in the mid-’80s also earned outstanding actor in a lead role for Damien Atkins and outstanding sound for Torquil Campbell and Alessandro Juliani.

The Arts Club scored two other victories: Valin Shinyei for his supporting role performance in Billy Elliot: The Musical, while Dorothy Dittrich earned the Jessie for outstanding original script for The Piano Teacher.

The Jessie Awards are divided into three categories: Large theatre, small theatre and theatre for young audiences. A variety of special awards were also presented. This past season saw 40-plus companies register more than 70 productions.

Also winning a Jessie in the large theatre category was Bard on the Beach’s Pericles. Considered one of Shakespeare’s stranger works the play, based on the Greek legend of Apollonius of Tyre, garnered three nods with Lois Anderson winning for outstanding direction, along with honours going to lighting designer John Webber and costume designer Carmen Alatorre.

Alatorre also won a second Jessie that night for her work in the small theatre category’s Walt Whitman’s Secret by the frank theatre company.

Rounding out the large theatre category with three awards was Touchstone Theatre’s Brothel #9. Scoring the hardware for Touchstone was Adele Noronha for lead actress and Laara Sadiq for her performance in a supporting role and Drew Facey for set design.

In the small theatre category, Realwheels led the group with three Jessie awards for its production Creeps. The show won for outstanding production and the ensemble of Paul Beckett, David Bloom, Genevieve Fleming, Brett Harris, David A. …read more

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Two campers fall off 40-foot cliff near Harrison Hot Springs

A weekend camping trip ended with a trip to the hospital for a Prince George couple who fell 40 feet down a cliff while looking for a toilet.

Michelle Periera and Brian Fox pitched a campsite on a picturesque spot known locally as Moon Rock overlooking Morris Lake, west of Harrison Hot Springs, with friends Airn Plonka and Danielle Bleaney on Saturday.

After an idyllic afternoon swim, an evening around the campfire eating smokies and s’mores, and putting their two boys, age 3 and 5, to bed, Periera and Fox went to the bushes to answer the call of nature. It was about 11:30 p.m. In the darkness, they didn’t realize how close they were to the edge.

“We heard them screaming so we ran over to where we could hear them,” said Plonka, who lives in Abbotsford. “I went too fast and almost fell over myself.

“In the darkness, it almost looked like a tree-line, as if you’re walking into the forest.”

Daytime shot of where Brian Fox and Michelle Periera fell while camping Saturday near Morris Lake.

Plonka and Bleaney grabbed a flashlight and made their way down to the base of the cliff. The pair was drifting in and out of consciousness. Fox also had a gash in his head that was bleeding.

Soon after, Plonka and Bleaney realized there was a bear in the area. Bleaney, whose dad is a logger and who spent a lot of time in the bush growing up, described the sound as “a kind of heavy breathing, like a grunting.”

“We got freaked out a bit,” said Plonka.

He went back to his truck, grabbed and loaded a shotgun, grabbed a first-aid kit, then went back down. He left the shotgun with Bleary while he returned to the campsite, roused the boys, and ushered …read more

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Documents in historic Tallio murder case released by court

A B.C. Court of Appeal justice has lifted most of a publication ban on Phillip Tallio’s attempt to appeal his second-degree murder conviction.

Tallio pleaded guilty in 1983 to the murder of Delavina Lynn Mack, in Bella Coola, but as Postmedia News reported last month in a series of stories, he has maintained his innocence ever since he was sentenced to prison in early 1984.

Mack’s name, along with several volumes of documents, can now be reported publicly as a result of B.C. Court of Appeal Justice Elizabeth Bennett’s ruling Monday in response to an application from Postmedia and the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network challenging a publication ban.

Several parties opposed the release of information, or argued that its release should be delayed, and Justice Bennett summarized some of their concerns in her ruling.

While Mack’s name had appeared in print in The Province shortly after the girl’s murder, her parents had sought to protect their child’s identity during Tallio’s appeal attempt. They also wished to keep confidential “any information about the current investigation into Mr. Tallio’s innocence or guilt,” as Justice Bennett put it in her judgment.

The federal and provincial governments had sought to protect the identities of some people connected with the case, including those involved in forensic and psychiatric work, and to prevent the release of certain information.

Meanwhile, the lawyers who represented Tallio during his 1983 murder trial had sought to delay the publication of their names, arguing “The open court principle is based on an assumption that light will shine on the evidence of all parties equally.” Those lawyers are listed in 1983 court records as Phil Rankin and Ms. E. Bond.

VANCOUVER, BC., June 26, 2017 — Rachel Barsky, the lawyer representing Phillip James Tallio in action in Vancouver, BC., June 26, 2017. Phillip James Tallio was sentenced to …read more

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