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Nick Fillmore

Award-Winning Journalist

An award-winning investigative reporter and a founder of the Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ), Nick was a news editor and producer with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation for more than 20 years.

One of the founders of Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE), he was involved in helping press freedom organizations in developing countries for several years.

Early in his career, Nick was publisher/editor of The 4th Estate newspaper in Halifax, worked with Reuters in London, Canadian Press in Toronto, and was one of the editors of THIS magazine. Nick is also the author of Maritime Radical: The Life and Times of Roscoe Fillmore.

In addition to his work as a journalist, Nick’s main organizational experience involved leading the creation of the now 95-member International Freedom of Expression eXchange (IFEX). He also has helped organize campaigns against repressive regimes in many under-developed countries, and was one of the main organizers of the Catch 22, aimed at defeating Conservative candidates in the last election.

Now based in Toronto, Nick is a freelance journalist and activist and writes for his blog A Different Point of View.http://nickfillmore.blogspot.ca/
Take The Fight Directly To Canada's Fossil-Fuel

Take The Fight Directly To Canada's Fossil-Fuel Companies

I contend that divestment activities are not effective enough, particularly because it is likely to take many years for the campaigns to have meaningful impact - in the meantime, the climate will be damaged beyond repair.
02/21/2017 02:29 EST
We Shouldn't Weep For Broke But Biased Mainstream

We Shouldn't Weep For Broke But Biased Mainstream Media

A report from the Public Policy Forum of Montreal released on January 26 says the Canadian news industry "is reaching a crisis point as the decline of traditional media, fragmentation of audiences and the rise of fake news pose a growing threat to the health of our democracy."
01/31/2017 02:59 EST
Canada Pension Plan Knee-Deep In Unethical Fossil Fuel

Canada Pension Plan Knee-Deep In Unethical Fossil Fuel Stocks

At a time when countries around the world are phasing out coal operations, the Investment Fund is holding billions of dollars in coal operations. Canada is far behind in meeting its carbon reduction obligations, and burning coal is the single greatest threat to our climate.
11/14/2016 02:13 EST
Why Are Our Environmental Groups Supporting Weak Climate

Why Are Our Environmental Groups Supporting Weak Climate Targets?

Canada is far behind many other countries when it comes to meeting its carbon reduction targets. Canadians probably believe that our major environmental groups are busy lobbying and pushing the federal and provincial governments to do much more. But no, this is not the case.
11/04/2016 04:00 EDT
Can Civil Disobedience Spur Action On Climate

Can Civil Disobedience Spur Action On Climate Change?

Ninety-nine young environmental activists achieved their goal on Parliament Hill on Monday by carrying out acts of civil disobedience. As conditions worsen, civil disobedience is a growing response to the lack of government action on climate change and the full-speed-ahead attitude of the fossil fuel industry.
10/26/2016 01:45 EDT
Will Harper Spill Canadian Secrets To Help Corporate

Will Harper Spill Canadian Secrets To Help Corporate Clients?

Former Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper apparently isn't satisfied with having destroyed a lot of wonderful and important things in Canada. Now he has signed on with Dentons, the world's largest elite law firm, to spread his dark viewpoints around the globe.
09/16/2016 01:09 EDT
As Mansbridge Exits, Can CBC Build A Truly Great News

As Mansbridge Exits, Can CBC Build A Truly Great News Program?

Finding a new host for The National should not be the CBC's main goal. CBC should address the fact that neither The National nor any other CBC news program is trusted very much by the public. The content of CBC News programs is just like programming at mainstream media, and the public doesn't like either.
09/08/2016 11:00 EDT
Athletes Pay The Price For Rampant Olympic Committee

Athletes Pay The Price For Rampant Olympic Committee Spending

Given the financial difficulties faced by athletes, you would think the Canadian Olympic Committee and the International Olympic Committee would provide every dime possible to sports bodies to provide funding. Not so. In fact, both are guilty of greedily spending millions of dollars on themselves while struggling athletes scrambled for a few bucks to get to Rio.
08/19/2016 11:35 EDT
Aging World Social Forum Can Still Be The Leader The Left

Aging World Social Forum Can Still Be The Leader The Left Needs

It is time for the WSF to seriously evaluate itself and its place in the world. The movement has lost some of its radical edge over the years. Organizers have given in to some extent to the influences of government and the corporate world -- initially the group's main enemies.
08/09/2016 03:09 EDT
Baton Rouge Proves Policing And Racial Attitudes Must

Baton Rouge Proves Policing And Racial Attitudes Must Change

Police departments across the U.S. need to be radically changed. Brutally racist officers, often working in teams, thrive in too many departments. A massive effort is required to weed out as many racists as possible and rehabilitate those capable of changing.
07/27/2016 10:46 EDT
Old Canadian Media Reveals Its Washington Bias With Recent

Old Canadian Media Reveals Its Washington Bias With Recent Coverage

An analysis of Canadian mainstream media's reporting of U.S. President Obama's visit to Vietnam recently was so biased that stories may as well have been written by the White House. Just about all traditional media provided Washington's pre-packaged message to the Canadian public.
06/24/2016 10:45 EDT
Biased Reporting On Climate Change Is A Danger To Us

Biased Reporting On Climate Change Is A Danger To Us All

Mass media is the main place where people should be learning of the threat ahead. Largely because of inadequate reporting by mass media, most Canadians are not well enough informed or angry enough to demand action by government and non-renewable corporations.
05/20/2016 01:31 EDT
Attawapiskat And Fort McMurray Prove Not All Crises Are Seen As

Attawapiskat And Fort McMurray Prove Not All Crises Are Seen As Equal

I contend that the decades of poverty, the murder of more than 1,000 women, the many youth suicides, and the general degradation of a race of people deserve equal attention to the aid and love being bestowed on Fort McMurray. Why is one crisis receiving massive support while another is getting little attention?
05/16/2016 09:17 EDT