Award winning journalist, author, producer Brian Vallee dies at 70
July 23, 2011 - 10:21
The Canadian Press
TORONTO - Award-winning journalist and anti-domestic violence activist Brian Vallee has died after a battle with cancer. He was 70.
Vallee worked as a reporter for various newspapers in Canada, including the Windsor Star and the Toronto Star, as well as outlets in England and the United States before leaving to work for the CBC's "The Fifth Estate."
He went on to write a number of fiction and non-fiction books after that — many of which were about domestic violence.
The most well-known was "Life With Billy," a work of non-fiction about Jane Hurshman, a Nova Scotia woman who murdered her husband after five years of abuse.
One of his last books was the "War on Women," which detailed the number of women being murdered by their male partners and a novel, "Pariah," that tells the story of a woman who was killed with a gun years after murdering her husband.
Vallee was also a speaker on domestic violence at conferences and events around the country.
"His fight for more awareness of domestic violence substantially raised the profile of that issue," wrote Valllee's friend Ron Base in a blog post published Saturday. "He leaves a real legacy, a record of achievement few journalists can ever lay claim to."
He also produced a number of documentaries, including "Just Another Missing Kid." It won an Oscar at the 1983 academy awards.
Vallee died in St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto on Friday morning and is survived by his partner Nancy.