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January 2012 Archives

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Reviews:

on the edge

David Lennam reviews the Belfry Theatre's latest production 'on the edge'.
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B.C.'s rising temperatures, Lake Cowichan radio, Catalyst fights bankruptcy and cycling to Rio

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Temperature rising: Francis Zweirs of the UVic-based  Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium on the evidence of climate change in B.C. found in an analysis of weather data from the past 60 years.
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Mike Bishop and Ron Mackenzie talk about why  Lake Cowichan's only local radio station could be forced off the air by a lack of funds.
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Kevin Mason of ERA Forest Products Research discusses the challenges for Catalyst Paper as it tries to avoid bankruptcy.
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Naomi Devine talks about why she is cycling from her native B.C. to Brazil's Rio de Janeiro to attend the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development.
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Sooke French Immersion, raising the "A" word, fostering guide dogs and ferries reaction

Zut alors! Public school enrolment is up on the West Shore, and French Immersion is one of the reasons. Jim Cambridge, the Superintendent of the Sooke School District discusses the trend.
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Victoria councillor Shellie Gudgeon talks about why a newly formed group is hoping to kick start discussion on what do to about our fragmented collected of 13 municipalities.
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A new generation of future guide dogs are looking for homes on the Island. Guest host David Lennam speaks with Liz Roe of Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind, and Marion Harper, who is fostering one of the puppies, before they head off for their formal training.
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Brian Hollingshead of the BC Ferry Advisory Committee responds to the Ferry Commissioner's report on rejuvenating B.C.'s coastal ferry system.  
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Video surveillance violators, opposing PCC changes and the Political Panel

surveillance-camera.jpg    Elizabeth Denham, British Columbia's  Information and Privacy Commissioner, talks about a new public information campaign to educate the public and businesses about the law surrounding video surveillance, and its impact on our privacy.
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 NDP MLA Rob Fleming discusses his opposition to changes in the operations of the Provincial Capital Commission, including shifting property management to the government and requiring government consultation on major decisions.
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Setting a new course for B.C. Ferries: Our political panel weighs in on the results of the Coastal  Ferry Review report and the changes to the Provincial Capital Commission.
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Assessing PM's promises, managing PCC properties, Forest Ethics and salmon licences

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Doug White III, chief of the Snuneymuxw First Nation, talks about the outcome of the meeting earlier this week between First Nations leaders from across the country and the Prime Minister.

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Ida Chong , the minister for Community, Sport and Cultural Development, talks about why the B.C. government is stepping in to take over some of the operations of the Provincial Capital Commission, one of the biggest landlords in the Inner Harbour.
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Forest Ethics co-founder Valerie Langer responds to allegations that the Prime Minister's office made threats against environmental groups over opposition to the Northern Gateway Pipeline.
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Jeff Grout of Fisheries and Oceans Canada responds to concerns raised about a federal program to buy West Coast salmon fishermen's commercial licences.
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Rezoning Bamberton, Northern Junk plan, Gregor's job interview and ferries review

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 Ross Tennant of Bamberton Properties talks about the company's new proposal to expand industrial zoning for  the large tract of land bordering the Saanich Inlet.
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Ken Johnson of the Hallmark Heritage Society on the problems he sees with current plans to restore the derelict Northern Junk buildings on Victoria's Inner Harbour, which go before Victoria council this week.
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Gregor tries out a mock job interview with Leslie Liggett of the Gustafson School of Business at UVic, to find out how a special clinic this week is helping students put their best pitch forward.
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Independent ferry commissioner Gordon Macatee talks about his new report which calls for a cap on fare increases, and larger government subsidies for BC Ferries.
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Reviews:

The Drowsy Chaperone

Monica Prendergast reviews Langham Court Theatre's The Drowsy Chaperone
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Improving Highway 17, rescheduling recess, Burns Lake's loss and aboriginal language app

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Intersection, Hwy 17 at Sayward Rd. (Google maps)

A new study has just been announced on how to improve the much-studied Pat Bay Highway. Saanich Mayor Frank Leonard talks about what it is expected to accomplish.
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Taking a break from recess: Saanich Schools Superintendent Keven Elder on the proposal to move recess as a result of the teachers' strike and their withdrawal of recess supervision of students.
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Victoria-Beacon Hill MLA Carole James speaks from Burns Lake about the destruction of the Babine sawmill in an explosion this week and the impact on the community where her husband serves as elected chief of the Burns Lake Indian Band.
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Peter Brand, the Coordinator for First Voices, talks about a new online application that has been created to help First Nations people reconnect with their traditional languages. 
 It's available at firstvoices.com
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Teachers strike impact, libraries' ebook access, fishing licence buy-back and affordable homes

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High school students begin writing provincial exams today, while elementary pupils write the foundation skills assessments tests. Principals and vice-principals are administering the tests because of the teachers' job action. Gregor speaks with Jameel Aziz, the president of the B.C. Principals and Vice Principals Association.
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The surging popularity of ebooks is shaking up the world of publishing, But some publishers are balking at selling electronic books to libraries. Greater Victoria Public Library CEO Maureen Sawa and Rina Hadziev, the head of technical services, discuss the problem.
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The federal government wants to buy back licences from commerical trollers, but Ucluelet Mayor Bill Irving talks about why some salmon fisherman are opposing the plan.
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It's real estate for those who can't afford to buy a home at today's prices. Langford Councillor Denise Blackwell speaks with reporter Michael Tymchuck about that city's affordable housing program.
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Boosting support for disabilities, Political Panel and defending authors' copyright


Faith Bodnar of the B.C. Association for Community Living responds to the results of the audit of the agency that provides services for adults with developmental disabilities, and the announcement of an additional $40-million dollars in funding.
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The political panel looks at the government's handling of problems with Community Living British Columbia, the premiers' plan to find health care savings and the apparent warmth between Premier Christy Clark and Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
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In response to critics of U.S. anti-piracy  legislation, author Michael Elcock discusses the consequences for authors of widespread sharing of their creations by libraries and large sites such as Google.
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Searching for Matthew Huszar, seeking shelter, SOPA's local impact and policing the police

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More than a month without a trace. Matthew Huszar's mother, Danny,  talks about the search for her son and a new reward the family is offering for for information on his disappearance on December 16th.
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 Rev. Al Tysick of the Dandelion Society talks about how the homeless community is faring in the snow and sub-zero temperatures of the last couple of days.
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Victoria programmer and blogger Herb Lainchbury talks about why there's local concern about a bill in front of the U.S. Congress that wants to stop sharing of copyrighted content on the web.
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Gregor speaks with Richard Rosenthal, B.C.'s first Chief Civilian Director for the Independent Investigations Office.  
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Winter driving, Bond on courtroom cameras, immigrant jobseekers and TFSA loophole


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If you're driving on the snow covered roads,  you had better be well equipped. That's the message from Constable Neil Lundin of the Victora Police crash team, who gave a demonstration of winter driving techniques.
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B.C. Attorney General Shirley Bond responds to critics of the proposal to put cameras in the courtroom for the Stanley Cup riot trials.
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Hilde Schlosar of the Central Vancouver Island Multicultural Society talks about the difficulties of immigrants in Nanaimo who are looking for jobs in a tough economy.
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Jean Crowder, the NDP Member of Parliament for Nanaimo-Cowichan, says a tax loophole concerning tax free savings accounts is giving wealthy retirees access to benefits intended for low-income seniors.
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Sedating seniors, health transfers, Esquimalt Lagoon and bookbinding

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Seniors under sedation: Gloria Gutman of the Simon Fraser University's Gerontology Research Centre talks about  a government report that finds half of all seniors in nursing homes are receiving anti-psychotic drugs that in many cases are not recommended for the elderly.












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Did the BC Liberal government pull a U-turn on its health-transfer policy, as suggested by the NDP? CBC Legislative reporter Jeff Davies talks about the debate over federal healthcare transfers.
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What do ancient glaciers have to do with a bridge falling down? Colwood councillor Judith Cullington explains the challenges facing the Esquimalt Lagoon.
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Khalil looks over the shoulder of a Sidney bookbinder Paul Tronson as he restores centuries-old volumes to their former glory.

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Sooke's pipeline worries, Ian Thow, United Way shortfall, movers fined and courtroom cameras

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All eyes have been on the Northern Gateway pipeline proposal. Sooke Mayor Wendal Milne explains why some local politicians are demanding their voice be heard before the deal is done on another pipeline plan much closer to Victoria.  
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Fraudster Ian Thow is still behind bars after the rejection of his day parole application last week. CBC reporter Jason Proctor talks about Thow's plea, his apology and what defrauded investors think about it. 
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Falling short of the mark: Linda Hughes, the Victoria United Way chief executive, talks about the United Way of Greater Victoria's 10 per cent shortfall in its fall fundraising campaign, and how it will affect their spending to support community organizations. 
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Go Public reporter Kathy Tomlinson brings the story of a woman whose belongings were held hostage by a moving company, and the court judgement that has ordered Two Small Men with Big Hearts to pay for their actions.
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The BC government is pushing hard to put cameras in the courtroom for those charged in the Stanley Cup riots but the B.C. Crown Counsel Association has come out against the idea. Gregor speaks with Bentley Doyle of the Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia about the pros and cons of cameras in courts.
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Gaming grants, cleaning Nanaimo's hospital, political panel and Market Square


The B.C. government says it will expand funding to community groups through gambling revenue following a review of its policies. UVic professor Michael Prince talks about how well the government's changes will work at fixing problems with the grant program. 
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Murray Hutchinson of the Vancouver Island Health Authority discusses the new cleaning contract given to Compass after a series of infection outbreaks at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital.
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The political panel talks about a shakeup in the premier's office that brings in a "Big C" federal Conservative insider as Chief of staff, as well as the deal to pay back HST transition funding and public sector bargaining.  
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The future of market square:  As a handful of businesses leave the downtown landmark, David Ferguson, the manager of the property for Anthem Properties, talks about the road ahead.
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Restoring gaming grants, Victoria's 150th, public-sector bargaining and leaving Market Square


Rob Gloor, the executive director of the Alliance for Arts and Culture, talks about the B.C. government's announcement that it will restore funding to arts through gambling revenue.
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Break out the party hats: The City of Victoria is getting set to celebrate it's 150th birthday. Katie Josephson, Victoria's director of corporate communications. talks about what's happening and how citizens can get involved.
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Contract talks have started between the province and its unionized workers. Gregor speaks with Darryl Walker, president of BC Government and Service Employees Union, about how bargaining been so far.
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Khalil speaks with Market Square business owners about why some of them are leaving and concerns about the need for revitalization of the area. 
 
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Mapping wellness, identity theft, looking between the covers and neighbourhood vs neighbour

You can't find health on a compass, but now there is an atlas to point you in the right direction. Gregor speaks with Professor Les Foster of the UVic Department of Geography about the British Columbia Atlas of Wellness.

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Data and security consultant Sharon Polsky talks about what's at risk with the theft of UVic employees personal and banking information in a weekend break-in, and the legal requirements for employers to protect that information. 

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Between the covers: Brian Hartz of Douglas Magazine and Anne Mullens of Boulevard magazine talk about the stories in their latest issues. 
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Producer Erin Skillen talks about a new reality TV pilot under production in Saanich, Neighbourhood vs Neighbour, which looks at disputes between neighbours.
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Labelling pipeline critics, UVic break-in, opposing a cull and Courtenay councillors' warning

 Emma Gilchrist of Victoria's Dogwood Initiative responds to the federal government's description of pipeline opponents as radicals  funded by foreign special interest groups.
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University of Victoria vice president Gayle Gorrill talks about the theft of personal and financial information for thousands of UVic employees in a weekend break-in, and how the university is responding. 
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Another voice in the debate over controlling urban deer populations on the south Island. Stephanie Bell is the Associate Director of Cruelty Investigations with PETA: she responds to proponents of a cull of deer by luring them to a cage and killing them with a  bolt gun.
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Is someone trying to intimidate politicians in the Comox Valley? Reporter Philip Round of the Comox Valley Record discusses mysterious letters sent recently to three Courtenay city councillors.
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Northern pipeline hearings, dealing with deer, debating biomass and the coming apocalypse

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With hearings set to begin this week on the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline, company spokesperson  Paul Stanway talks about why the company sees the project as a good one for B.C. 

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To cull or not to cull: That is the question facing Capital Regional District directors this coming spring as they grapple with the problems of growing deer population. Oak Bay mayor Nils Jensen talks about what he thinks should be done about them.

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 The Harmac Mill in Nanaimo plans to build a wood biomass plant and sell the excess energy back to B-C Hydro. But researcher Rob Wiltzen of the Reach for Unbleached Foundation discusses environmental concerns about the use of wood for energy production.

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There's much speculation about whether the Mayan Calendar predicts the end of the world in 2012, but Colin Goldblatt, a UVic physicist, describes other scientific scenarios for the end of the Earth as we know it. 

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Seafood fraud, cougar sightings, coast guard cuts and a holocaust past

Seafood fraud is a growing concern around the world. For another take on this, we called Mike McDermid, with the Oceanwise conservation group.

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We'll talk with conservation officer Peter Pauwels about a recent string of cougar sightings in Saanich.

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Preparing for stormy seas. The union representing Coast Guard workers says it's worried about cuts in service, we hear from a representative.

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Bringing the past to life. We'll hear from a Victoria man who just returned from Germany where he confronted his family's Holocaust history.

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Foster children, anti-semitic vandalism and Malaspina Gardens layoffs

A Surrey couple wants to know why they had to wait four years before re-gaining custody of their children in foster care. We talk to to a former Ministry social worker.

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Last week, vandals spray-painted headstones at the Jewish cemetery in Victoria with swastikas. We get some perspective from an instructor of Jewish studies.

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Union busting or profit boosting? A Nanaimo nursing home issues layoff notices to most of its staff. We talk to a senior executive from Chartwell Seniors' Housing.

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A Day In The Life: On The Road to the London Olympic Games

Follows athletes from five different sports for one typical training day in Victoria as they prepare for the Summer Olympics. It's hosted by Gregor Craigie and produced by Kirstie Hudson. Listeners will get an inside look at the lives of triathlete Simon Whitfield, diver Riley McCormick, rowers Lindsay Jennerich and Patricia Obee, wheelchair basketball player Jessica Vliegenthart and 800 metre runner Lemlem Bereket Ogbasilassie.
 

A Day In The Life: On The Road to the London Olympic Games Part 1

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A Day In The Life: On The Road to the London Olympic Games Part 2

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Seafood fraud, Campbell River tax dilemma and losing the fat battle

We hear from a local business that has started DNA testing its seafood imports to make sure consumers are getting the fish they pay for.

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Falling short at Elk Falls. Property value of the former pulp and paper mill in Campbell River has plummeted. So will the city have to raise taxes to make up for it? We talk to the mayor.

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Fighting the fat often feels like a losing battle. A look at why the odds are stacked against us when it comes to losing weight.

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2012 property assessments, Claremont School musical and the critic's choice awards

What's your home worth this year? The 2012 B.C. property assessments are released today. We speak to one of the the assessors.

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Sure, kids these days love to watch people sing on shows like Glee and American Idol. But is it just entertainment? We'll visit one high school to see if TV singers are inspiring young people to take up the microphone.

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Four theatre critics, David Lennam, Monica Prendergast, Adrian Chamberlain and John Threlfall, reveal their best of list for VIctoria productions last year.

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CRITICS CHOICE AWARDS 2010-2011

SET DESIGN

Judith Bowden, Cinderella (Pacific Opera Victoria)

Nancy Bryant, Rodelinda (POV)

Narda McCarroll, The Trespassers (The Belfry)

Janet Munsil & Megan Newton, Influence (Intrepid Theatre)

WINNER: Narda McCarroll, The Trespassers

 

COSTUME DESIGN

Judith Bowden, Cinderella (POV)

David Hardwick, The Wizard of Oz (Victoria Operatic Society)

Cat Haywood, Twelfth Night (Phoenix Theatre)

Erin Macklem, Influence (Intrepid Theatre)

WINNER: David Hardwick, The Wizard of Oz

 

SOUND DESIGN

John Gzowski, It's A Wonderful Life (Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre)

Miles Lowry, Influence (Intrepid)

Joelysa Pankanea, The Life Inside (Belfry)

Tobin Stokes, The Cryptogram (Belfry)

WINNER: Joelysa Pankanea, The Life Inside

 

LIGHTING DESIGN

Bonnie Beecher, Cinderella (POV)

Kerem Çentinel, The Trespassers (Belfry)

Itai Erdel, The Life Inside (Belfry)

David Ferguson, Influence (Intrepid)

WINNER: Itai Erdel, The Life Inside

 

DIRECTION

Mark DuMez, The 39 Steps (Chemainus Theatre Festival)

David Ferry, Inside (Phoenix)

Linda Hardy, Twelfth Night (Phoenix)

Brian Richmond, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Blue Bridge)

WINNER: Brian Richmond, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

 

PERFORMANCE IN A COMMUNITY PRODUCTION

Kesinee Haney, Twelfth Night/Yerma (Phoenix)

Clayton Jevne, Moscow Stations (Theatre Inconnu)

Kyle Kushnir, Elizabeth Rex (Victoria Theatre Guild, Langham Court)

Chelsea Tucker, The Wizard of Oz (VOS)

WINNER: Clayton Jevne, Moscow Stations

PERFORMANCE IN A PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTION

Jennifer Clement, The Trespassers (Belfry)

Brian Dooley, The Trespassers (Belfry)

Vincent Gale, The Cryptogram (Belfry)

Meg Tilly, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Blue Bridge)

WINNER: Meg Tilly, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

MUSICAL PRODUCTION

2 Pianos, 4 Hands (Belfry)

Ride the Cyclone (Atomic Vaudeville)

[title of show] (Urban Arts)

The Wizard of Oz (VOS)

WINNER: Ride the Cyclone

 

BEST NEW PLAY

Chalk, by SNAFU

Influence, by Janet Munsil

Inside, by Daniel MacIvor

Son of Africville, by Justin Carter

WINNER: Inside

 

OVERALL PRODUCTION (COMMUNITY)

Elizabeth Rex (Langham)

Inside (Phoenix)

The Laramie Project (Langham)

Twelfth Night (Phoenix)

WINNER: Twelfth Night

 

OVERALL PRODUCTION (PROFESSIONAL)

2 Pianos, 4 Hands (Belfry)

The 39 Steps (Chemainus)

The Trespassers (Belfry)

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Blue Bridge)

WINNER: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

 

FRINGE PRODUCTION

Giving Into Light (DancingStorySinger)

Grim & Fischer: A deathly comedy in full-face mask (Wonderheads)

SmartArse (Rob Gee)

Tara Firm and the Lunar War Chronicles (Launch Pad)

WINNER: Grim & Fischer

 

THANK GOD THEY WERE COMPS!

Death of a Clown (Phoenix/Itsazoo