Peter Menzies

Peter Menzies writes on culture, media and communications. While he now works in the cultural industry and advises tech companies, he has in the past served as vice chairman of telecommunications for the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). He was publisher and editor-in-chief of one of Canada's major daily newspapers, the Calgary Herald.

Bio last updated September 16th, 2021.

Peter Menzies

Articles by Peter Menzies

  • The Man the Hour Demands

    What struck me was how so many of them are convinced that the character and the plan of a single human being can change the world, when most often it is the unanticipated challenges the world's events present that reveals our character, changes our lives, and even completely alters the mandate and t...

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  • What's left to be progressive about?

    Yet while they may share a desire for liberal outcomes in society, those groups are actually more divided at their foundations than are conservatives and liberals/progressives who agree on markets as fundamental to economic success (Here it is worth remembering that in terms of politics, Canada's "T...

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  • Hats & Higher Powers

    Many countries not fortunate enough to enjoy the benefits of constitutional monarchy have adapted that to be loyal to "God and my country" (whatever unfortunate republican construct that may be), and in so doing it is fair to say they have retained the original principles intended by the pledge But ...

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  • Who's Serving Whom?

    The services of Team Canada's Stewart, for instance, were declined by Team USA, so Canada became an alternative option to not only pursue her ambitions on the field but to serve her "other" country ...

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  • This Was Never Going to Happen

    As much as who should and should not be married and to how many people at any one time continues to be a debate in North American society, no one seems anymore to care about whether or not marriage is a useful institution and if it is, is it healthy? So, I thought it worth checking with Statistics C...

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  • Sneaking in the Back

    So while the interview with I Dig Your Girlfriend was no doubt well-received in the lesbian and gay community, what stirred the pot among some of the 34% of Albertans who voted for Smith's party in this year's April 23 election was that when she said people of faith have to show they can represent e...

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  • The Highway of Death

    But all during the years when the province's books were in outstandingly fine nick and $4 billion was being budgeted for trendy items such as carbon capture and storage, people were dying on Highway 63 It carries more tonnage per kilometer than any highway in the world, transferring massive pieces o...

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  • What Else Lives to 100?

    This, after all, is an event that was started up by an entrepreneur, Guy Weadick, in order to honour the conclusion of the open range way of life that pretty much ended in 1905 when Alberta became a province and, as they say, "the barbed wire went up ...

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  • Death and Getting Better

    Recent events continue to confirm that media in Canada is undergoing a fundamental transformation away from dominant legacy platforms into an era of diversity and competition that should and could enrich the culture ...

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  • An Absurdly Large Country

    Conscious of the fact Canada is a rather large country—the entire United Kingdom and its 60 million people fit into a land mass 36% the size of the province of Alberta and its 3.6 million people alone—they were curious to know precisely how far it is between Calgary and Ottawa ...

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  • The Soul of a City

    Calgary city hall re-opens its downtown plan to accommodate people of faith. Peter Menzies reports.

    How, I thought, could this have happened? Had we not just heard Peter Burgener describe how in all the world's cities—great and small—there is a temple, a mosque, a synagogue, shrine or cathedral embedded in their cores as if it were the bedrock upon which those civilizations were built? Was Calgary...

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  • Children and tears

    The other is that as we entered an era in which having children was a clear matter of choice, more and more women chose not to have them, and the birth rate plunged to 1.6 children per woman ...

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  • A Greeting Once Rich

    Stripping the greeting down to the bare bones of "Happy Holidays" does not just mask the religious meaning of the day to make it acceptable in a secular society; it buries the a-religious cultural understanding of Christmas as the one day on the statutory holiday calendar that is uniquely dedicated ...

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  • Common Life

    Eyes light up in a place of serious darkness. "Common Life" features Canadian voices articulating perspectives on those things that connect us.

    Because as much as it is a clear part of the Judeo-Christian tradition to "Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth" (Genesis 1:28), the modern sense of stewardship i...

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  • First day of this, last day of that

    11 2001 edition of EXTRA (America Under Attack) is the last great artifact of the era when newspapers roamed the earth like the media equivalent to Tyrannosaurus Rex By noon, a single section 8-page EXTRA (America Under Attack) edition was on those presses and heading out the door and onto the stree...

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