Heather Menzies is the author of 10 books including Reclaiming the Commons, praised by Noam Chomsky and David Suzuki
Heather is a two-time winner of the Ottawa Book Award.
Through five books culminating in No Time: Stress and the Crisis of Modern Life, I explored the shadow side of digital connection: a disconnection from ourselves and each other, from community and from the earth.
More recently I’ve sought one root of this, as ancestral disconnection. In Reclaiming the Commons, I explored where and how my forbears lived in intimate, inter-generational connection to the land in the Scottish Highlands – until the Clearances when these shared common lands were enclosed.
When the TRC released its calls to action in 2015, I took some action of my own. I discovered that an 1827 treaty had legitimized my great great grandparents settling in traditional Nishnaabe territory, in present-day Southwestern Ontario, in 1832. Checking out what...
An engaging memoir of personal and political discovery, Reclaiming the Commons for the Common Good combines moving reflections on our common heritage with a contemporary call to action, individually and collectively, locally and globally.
Praised as “a thoroughly memorable memoir,” and recipient of much reader feedback thanking her for breaking the silence and so honestly sharing the personal experience of learning how to stay close beside a parent succumbing to dementia and dying.
No TimeStress and the Crisis of Modern LifeThe last of a series exploring the hidden human costs of globalization. Not just in job loss and deepening inequalities but in disconnection. And here, not just disconnection from sustained meaningful work, but more...
Technology has largely been seen as a subject for engineers, and ignored in other disciplines. Certainly it’s not examined critically as a social construction embodying important values choices, and as an historical and social agent in its own right, fundamentally influencing public and private affairs.
This book is important because it fills that gap.
In this passionate and down-to-earth book, Heather Menzies—one of Canada’s leading writers on technology and society—steers us through the jargon of the Information Highway, globalization and the Internet to grasp the moral and political issues at stake in the Brave New World of the new economy.
This book provides a history of Ontario’s cheese industry, the critical role of women in its development and growth, and ultimately the failure of government to support small and medium cheese producers from big food companies.
Fastforward and Out of Control: How Technology is Changing your Life Heather Menzies Published by Macmillan of Canada, 1989. ISBN: 0771599102.
Women and the Chip: Case Studies of the Effects of Informatics on Employment in Canada Heather Menzies Most technologically advanced countries have become increasingly concerned about what the micro-electronics revolution will do to people now in employment and to the...
Computers on the Job: Surviving Canada's Microcomputer Revolution Heather Menzies In offices, factories and stores across Canada - as the microcomputer is being put to work - more and more people are feeling the effects of the fastest technological revolution in...
This book is an attempt to answer the question, “Who are we and where are we going?”
Heather Menzies travels coast to coast and offers us this collection of our thoughts on a wide range of subjects.