was born in Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England, on Feb. 19th 1947 and
was educated at Deighton Country Primary School and later at Huddersfield
New College, a boys-only grammar school. He went to Manchester University
in 1965 and graduated with an Honours degree in Economic and Social
Studies in 1968, later returning for a postgraduate Diploma in Advanced
Studies in Government.
He has three children:
Christie, living in Kent, England; Julian and Adrian, both living
in Winnipeg. He was divorced in 1996. He emigrated to Canada in 1968
and lived in England between 1983 and 1986; and between 1987 and 1990,
when he returned to Canada.
He has four grandchildren,
all in England. His brother and mother live in Yorkshire and he has
a sister in Cambridgeshire, as well as one in Toronto, Ontario.
2003 Peter was awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal for
service to Canada and the community. The award was created by the
Governor-General of Canada and is given for outstanding public
began his career as a feature writer, travel editor and finally assistant
foreign editor of the Winnipeg Free Press. Later he was a producer
with Information Radio and CBC Radio in Winnipeg and he also broadcast
frequently on the local, national and international networks of CBC
Radio and of Radio Canada International. He also used to do guest
editorials on CJAY Television and has appeared on television many
He has been a
former Manitoba correspondent for United Press International, Time
Canada, The Financial Post and, from 1978 to 1983 was Manitoba correspondent
for Macleans Magazine. In those five years he covered many stories
and wrote over 200 articles for Macleans.
He has written
for scores of papers and magazines in North America and Britain. Included
on the list are:
Macleans, Chatelaine, Canadian Geographic, Canadian Business,
Financial Post, Winnipeg Free Press, Winnipeg Tribune, Winnipeg Sun,
Winnipeg World Magazine, International Business News, Toronto
Montreal Gazette, Vancouver Sun, London Free Press, Daily Telegraph,
The Guardian, Huddersfield Examiner, San Francisco Chronicle,
Magazine, Financial Post Magazine, Readerís Digest, Canadian Retailer,
Daily Express, Manchester Evening News, Liverpool Echo, Bristol
Post, Wakefield Express, Halifax Courier, Bradford Telegraph and
Argus, Coin World, Winnipeg Homes, Going Places, Prairie Messenger,
Equipment and Methods, Hub Magazine, Our Voice, Trade and Commerce
Magazine, CBC Radio Magazine, I.W.A. Journal, Journal of Physiotherapy,
Business Man Magazine, Journal of the University of Manitoba Alumni,
Manitoba Nature, Western Canada Water; and many others.
still writes for a number of publications on a freelance basis.
the Winnipeg Free Press and several smaller magazines. He writes
a monthly column for a publication based in Alberta but circulated
and edited the book, Paths To Freedom, the personal account of Bob
Kellow, a wartime member of the Dambustersí team who was shot down
and escaped from occupied Europe.
His own writing
appears in the book Kaleidoscope, published by the Book Society of
Canada; and in the book Winnipeg Eight (1982: Queenston House). His
20,000 word essay in the latter was a profile of Joyce Milgaard and
was the first time any writer said in print that her son David was
not guilty of murder: he was released ten years after the book came
out and was finally awarded $10 million for the 23 years he wrongly
spent in jail.
The last chapter
of the book Murderous Women (Headline Books) by Toronto Star writer
Frank Jones is devoted to Peterís investigative work in the Katie
Harper murder case; his investigative work on the Milgaard murder
case appears in A Motherís Story (Doubleday) by Joyce Milgaard (please
see a brief review of the book here); and in the book When Justice
Fails (McClelland & Stewart) by Karp and Rosner.
book Lady Mary of Mossley Hill, a social and family history of
the Wilson family of Moose Jaw, was launched in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan,
in June 2002 as well as in Winnipeg, Manitoba, a couple of months
later. The book chronicles the life of millionaire publisher and
actor Larry Wilson, who died in Mexico early in 2002. He left his
fortune to fund Arts scholarships in Saskatchewan and also donated
a downtown building in Moose Jaw, which will form the hub of a
new $7 million cultural centre, due to open in 2004.
Over the years
he has interviewed thousands of people from all walks of life. Some
of the more notable include:
First Lady, Ladybird Johnson, writer Dame Daphne du Maurier, former
Israeli prime minister Shimon Peres, actor Patrick MacNee of The Avengers,
Canadian Governor-General Edward Schreyer, Premier Sterling Lyon,
Canadian writer W.O. Mitchell, Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, Guyana
Prime Minister Cheddi Jagan, British writer and broadcaster Malcolm
From 1971 to 1975
Peter was director of Continental Public Relations, a division of
the national company, Foster Advertising. As such he developed and
executed complete public relations programs for such clients as: City
of Winnipeg, Government of Manitoba, Manitoba Bar Association, Boeing
of Canada, Bristol Aerospace, Host Rent-a-Car, Brandon University,
Great-West Life Assurance, Winnipeg Convention Centre, Lakeview Properties
and many others.
He has also done
public relations work in the past for a variety of clients, including
Bristol, Myers, Squibb Ltd., Health Canada, University of Winnipeg,
University of Manitoba and Manitoba Blue Cross.