View Comments Broadway theaters will dim their marquees in honor of Peter Shaffer, the Tony and Oscar-winning playwright who passed away on June 6 at the age of 90. Marquees will go dark in his memory on June 16 at 6:45 PM for one minute.”Peter Shaffer…leaves behind a legacy of words through his notable body of critically and commercially successful works,” Broadway League President Charlotte St. Martin said in a statement. “He will be missed, and our thoughts are with his family and friends.”Born in Liverpool, Shaffer began his writing career by penning a series of mystery novels with his fraternal twin, the late Anthony Shaffer. Peter’s early works included Five Finger Exercise and Lettice and Lovage; the latter received a reading by the Acting Company featuring Angela Lansbury and Dana Ivey on June 13. Shaffer garnered his first Tony Award in 1975 for Equus and won again six years later for Amadeus. In 1985, he won an Academy Award for penning the film adaptation of Amadeus. Peter Shaffer(Photo: Bruce Glikas)
In his letter, Boone concluded that the final investment decision for the $8.8 billion project contains fundamental flaws. “We ask you to act in the best interests of BC ratepayers and delay the start of Site C construction until at least Summer 2017.” Boone has requested a written response from the Premier and the government by June 5.Below are copies of the letter sent to the Premier and a letter sent by Robert McCullough. Frustrated over the government’s repeated refusal to commission an independent review of Site C’s cost estimates, the PVLA took it upon themselves to hire leading US energy economist, Robert McCullough to look at the business case of the largest public infrastructure project in British Columbia’s history.From the outset, the government has touted Site C as the option that is best for the ratepayers of BC, and the least costly. The PVLA and McCullough’s report disagree with that assertion. In his letter to the Premier, accompanying McCullough’s report, PVLA president Ken Boone said, “BC Hydro’s financial analysis is skewed to favour Site C over alternatives.”Boone goes on to say that a 2-year delay in construction will save BC ratepayers $200 million, which is completely at odds with a statement made in January 2015 by BC Hydro Commercial Manager of Site C, Michael Savidant, that a delay will increase the cost of Site C by $175 million. Yet, according to McCullough’s report, and using BC Hydro’s own analysis, not only will a two-year delay create savings for ratepayers, but a longer delay will save even more money.- Advertisement -In his report, McCullough said that it was a surprising conclusion that a relatively high-cost hydroelectric project was reported to be only two-thirds as expensive as the alternatives.McCullough’s report examined the costs of natural gas, coal gasification, landfill biogas, geothermal, combined heat and power, wind and mass burn incineration, and compared them with the costs of Site C.“Using BC Hydro’s assumptions,” said McCullough in his report, “the difference in cost between the least expensive option and Site C is minimized. Using industry standard assumptions, Site C is more than three times as costly as the least expensive option. In fact, Site C fares poorly when compared to cogeneration, wind, landfill and coal gasification.”Advertisement
Top-ranked women’s tennis doubles pair of Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis cruised to the semi-finals of the Rogers Cup with a 6-4, 6-2 win over the Chan sisters, Hao-Ching and Yung-Jan.Hao-Ching and Yung-Jan got off to a great start on Friday, winning the first three games. But Hingis and Mirza reeled off 10 of the next 11 games to build a 6-4, 4-0 lead.The teams then held its serves until the No.1-seeded Swiss-Indian pairing had the straight set victory.”We’ve become really solid over the last three months, especially with the win at Wimbledon, and I’m happy how we’re playing,” Hingis said after the match.”Even when we were down 3-0 in the first set we managed to find a way. We’re showing we’ve really improved and we’re playing better with each match.”Mirza was asked about all the support the duo has been getting throughout the week in Toronto.”It’s always good. We’re thankful that we’re fan favourites in a lot of places, unless of course we’re playing people from that country,” she said.”But we have a lot of fun. The fans like it too – we have a lot of fun together in the matches, and I think they feed off of that. I think we feed off each other.”Also I made the finals here last year, so it’s really nice to be back in the semi-finals again.”Awaiting them will be No.4 seeds Caroline Garcia and Katarina Srebotnik who beat the all-Romanian duo of Irina-Camelia Begu and Raluca Olaru 6-3, 6-2.advertisementThe head-to-head win-loss count between the two teams is 1-1.