Nick Fillmore

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Mr. Fillmore, formerly was an editor and producer with the CBC for 18 years, which included the position of Canadian Desk Editor at The National TV News, and head of an investigative journalism unit at CBC Radio’s Sunday Morning program. He’s a former member of the THIS Magazine Editorial Board, a regular contributor to The Globe and Mail from the Maritimes, and a former staff member with Reuters in London. Nick is a founding member of the Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) and Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE). He’s now a freelance journalist and media fundraiser based in Toronto. He can be reached at:

A coffee table display for the rich: The Globe and Mail

The new tarted-up, glossy, all-colour Globe and Mail is many things, but it is not a real "news paper."

It has been "dumbed up" and robbed of much of its news content.

The result is a hybrid never before seen in North America. It is some of the old Globe of course. But is also part Maclean's magazine and The Economist. It is part National Geographic, Sporting News, Vanity Fair, and Women's Wear Daily.


Conference pulls together public media support

Canada's for-profit mainstream media is in a state of crisis and failing to meet the country's needs, several concerned media critics told of a conference aimed at promoting alternative independent public media last week:


Group work is key to getting government action on climate change

Photo: Flickr/Takver

Canada’s dismal record on fighting climate change was brought into the spotlight twice this week -- first with a crucial UN report spelling out the tough task ahead for the world’s nations, and second, with the president of France delivering an embarrassing lecture to the Harper government in our own Parliament.

Practically tongue in cheek, French President Francois Hollande, glancing at Prime Minister Stephen Harper, told Parliament on Monday that he had no reason to doubt Canada’s commitment to reaching a global agreement on climate change when the final round of negotiations are held in Paris in December 2015.


How do we get the real climate action that is needed?

Photo: flickr/Annette Bernhardt

The 311,000 protestors who took part in the exhilarating Climate Summit march through Manhattan and those who blocked some entrances to Wall Street have returned to their homes.

The leaders of the more than 120 nation states that made pie-in-the-sky, non-binding promises for reductions in carbon emissions at the U.N. meeting and dozens of powerful corporations have moved on.


Is it time to change tactics and focus on big corporate polluters?

Photo: flickr/Climate March

The United Nations will host dozens of governments, corporations and non-governmental organizations during a one-day Climate Summit 2014 in New York on Sept. 23, but unfortunately, according to scientists and environmentalists, the meeting will deal mainly with only one limited way of fighting climate change: carbon pricing.

In recent years the UN has proven incapable of playing an important role in slowing world climate change in a meaningful way.


Image: Flickr/Peter
| August 20, 2014

Strategic voting plays big role in stopping Hudak's Conservatives

Photo: flickr/Jamie McCaffrey

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An evaluation of the results of Thursday's Ontario election indicates that the activist group One Big Campaign (OBC) and several unions clearly played an important role in stopping Tim Hudak and the Conservatives from becoming the government.


photo: flickr/Laura Blankenship
| May 2, 2014

Tackling Flaherty's legacy: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Photo: flickr/Stephen Harper

The unexpected, shocking death of Jim Flaherty, the Conservative Party's only Finance Minister until his retirement less than a month ago, has resulted in hundreds of warm tributes for his commitment to public life and praise from those in business and conservative circles who approved of his financial and economic policies.

Flaherty, who was only 64, died of a heart attack on April 10. He was devoted to his family and was one of the most popular Members of Parliament. Friends indicated that Flaherty was headed for a high-paying job on Bay Street, so he could make a better income after he had sacrificed by taking a lower paying government job.


Does Earth Hour actually produce environmental change?

Photo: flickr/Chuck Lee

It is one of the highest profile environmental events of the year. The lights plunged into darkness on the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Sydney's Opera House, the Kremlin in Moscow and even the world's tallest building, Dubai's 200-storey Burj Khalifa.

Last Saturday evening, organizers claimed that millions of people around the world recognized the threat to the world's environment by taking part in Earth Hour, shutting off the lights in giant buildings and in their homes.

Earth Hour has become a motherhood event in most parts of the developed world but, as with many perceived progressive activities, there are questions about how much it accomplishes and whether it is a productive event.


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