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Fred Wilson’s blog

Fred Wilson is the Director of Strategic Planning at Unifor. He volunteers with the Council of Canadians and serves on its Board of Directors. Twitter @fwilson2
Blog - Fred Wilson’s blog December 20
Image: flickr/environmentaldefence
Fred Wilson | How the NEB disregarded labour, ENGOs and First Nations, jobs and environmental concerns.
Blog - Fred Wilson’s blog October 20
Fred Wilson | Supporting the reversal of the Line 9 pipeline for the same reasons as opposing KXL and Gateway.
Blog - Fred Wilson’s blog December 13
Fred Wilson | Stephen Harper's class war against Canadian unions came out into the open Wednesday when the PM led the Conservative majority to pass the anti-labour bill C-377.
Blog - Fred Wilson’s blog October 19
Fred Wilson | Conservative retreat on proposal to shorten season for Rideau and Trent canals.
Blog - Fred Wilson’s blog September 28
Fred Wilson | As the summer of 2012 recedes into memory, extreme events leave their mark on the land, the water and on the institutions that for millions are part of a shared Canadian experience.
Blog - Fred Wilson’s blog July 11
Fred Wilson | Community support and global labour solidarity were on the side of workers in a crucial fight in Alma, Quebec.
Blog - Fred Wilson’s blog March 27
Fred Wilson | At times of significant political change, it always helps to wait a while before reaching ultimate conclusions. So it is with the election of Thomas Mulcair as the new leader of the NDP.
Blog - Fred Wilson’s blog March 4
Fred Wilson | Remembering the labour leader who founded Vancouver's COPE and End the Arms Race peace coalition.
Blog - Fred Wilson’s blog January 6
The EMD picket in London, Ontario. Photo courtesy of CAW
Fred Wilson | CAW and USW picketers are the face of the 99 per cent this Canadian winter.
Blog - Fred Wilson’s blog December 29
Fred Wilson | Not a turning point for democracy and progress, 2011 leaves us a less friendly and more dangerous world.
Blog - Fred Wilson’s blog November 17
Fred Wilson | Attacking unions and reducing their political and economic role has emerged as a central element of the Conservative political strategy.
Blog - Fred Wilson’s blog November 10
The protest against the Keystone XL pipeline project, Washington, DC, on Nov. 6, 2011. Photo: M.V. Jantzen/Flickr
Fred Wilson | Another embarrassment for Canada as U.S. environmentalists force a delay on a decision over the bitumen pipeline until 2013.
Blog - Fred Wilson’s blog November 4
Fred Wilson | Investors, politicians and some labour leaders should heed Elvis’ advice.
Blog - Fred Wilson’s blog September 27
Fred Wilson | Dave Coles and I climbed over the fence knowing that XL is a pivotal moment in the development of the bitumen tar sands.
Blog - Fred Wilson’s blog June 21
Fred Wilson | The brutal anti-union bill is a rigged outcome against the union that leaves nothing for collective bargaining to accomplish.
Blog - Fred Wilson’s blog May 27
Fred Wilson | Now it's up to trade unionists to give the politicians something to talk about.
Blog - Fred Wilson’s blog April 25
Fred Wilson | The election is now an historic opportunity for progressive Canadians and for the social movements to take a place in the mainstream of our politics.
Blog - Fred Wilson’s blog April 15
Fred Wilson | The debates are over and platforms are in -- and the choice is between Harper and the rest of us.
Blog - Fred Wilson’s blog April 4
Fred Wilson | As Americans march for their rights in the memory of Dr. King on April 4, it instructs that we can mobilize now, or later, to deal with a Harper majority.
Blog - Fred Wilson’s blog March 25
Fred Wilson | For thousands of trade union activists rolling into action this week, there is one great unifying purpose -- to end Steven Harper's five-year minority rule.
Blog - Fred Wilson’s blog March 4
Fred Wilson | American trade unionists and their student allies are putting up a hell of a fight to stop union busting, and there is a lot we can learn from the experience.
Blog - Fred Wilson’s blog February 21
Fred Wilson | Partly on the cusp of democratic struggles and partly with its back to the wall, labour is in the streets in a way that we have not seen for some time.
Blog - Fred Wilson’s blog January 24
Fred Wilson | Oil politics has divided Canada, blocked environmental change and for the most part has been a disaster for progressive politics.
Blog - Fred Wilson’s blog January 19
Fred Wilson | There is one overriding question that hangs over the Harper government's adamant refusal to face up to climate change and to regulate a reduction in Canada's greenhouse gases.
Blog - Fred Wilson’s blog January 18
Fred Wilson | The Conservative mantra on climate change has been that Canada must harmonize our targets with the U.S. It's now show time for the Harper government, because the Americans are at last doing something.
Blog - Fred Wilson’s blog January 17
Fred Wilson | The Conservatives want to change the channel on climate change and oil politics. When you hear about the Alberta bitumen sands, they want you to answer that Canada's "ethical oil" is the best.
Blog - Fred Wilson’s blog December 4
Fred Wilson | Who sticks up for the “lunch pail, blue collar people?” Let the audience decide.
Blog - Fred Wilson’s blog December 1
Fred Wilson | Julian Fantino is a Chris Hedges moment in Canadian politics.
Blog - Fred Wilson’s blog November 21
Fred Wilson | The Harvard prof who designed Obama's movement for change reflects on what has happened.
Blog - Fred Wilson’s blog November 16
Fred Wilson | Who needs Parliament when trade negotiators can change or ignore our laws?

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