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Brent Patterson

Brent Patterson is a political activist and writer. He has worked in solidarity with revolutionary Nicaragua, advocated for the rights of prisoners in jails and federal prisons, taken part in civil disobedience actions in Toronto's financial district and at the Ontario Legislature, and participated in street protests at the Battle of Seattle and at UN climate summits. He supported cross-country activism at The Council of Canadians for almost 20 years. Brent has a BA in Political Science from the University of Saskatchewan and an MA in International Relations from York University. He lives in Ottawa on the traditional, unceded and unsurrendered territories of the Algonquin nation.

Blog - Brent Patterson January 27
The Sapotaweyak Cree Nation blockade was set up on Saturday.
Brent Patterson | The Sapotaweyak Cree Nation set up a blockade this weekend to stop Manitoba Hydro from clear-cutting a path 65 metres wide for 250 kilometres through their traditional territory.
Blog - Brent Patterson January 22
25,000 people protest GMOs, CETA and TTIP in Berlin on January 17. Twitter photo
Brent Patterson | The EU food safety commissioner says that there are no signs of majority support in EU national parliaments for the U.S.-EU TTIP because of public concerns about food and environmental safety.
Blog - Brent Patterson January 21
Photo: pmwebphotos/flickr
Brent Patterson | While cheaper gas means Canadian motorists could save $12 billion in 2015, it has other implications for the Harper government given its chosen dependence on a petro-economy.
Blog - Brent Patterson January 20
Photo: shannonpatrick17/flickr
Brent Patterson | Will the falling price of oil affect the construction of the proposed Energy East, Trans Mountain, Northern Gateway and other pipelines?
Blog - Brent Patterson January 19
The audience at the Council of Canadians public forum against the Energy East pi
Brent Patterson | The first of the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) public consultations on the Energy East pipeline took place in Kenora and Thunder Bay last week. People in attendance raised questions about the impacts.
Blog - Brent Patterson January 19
Photo: dolanh/flickr
Brent Patterson | The Energy East, Trans Mountain and Northern Gateway pipelines would add hundreds of export oil supertankers on the Atlantic and Pacific oceans and millions of tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions.
Blog - Brent Patterson January 15
Brent Patterson | The falling price of oil could have a major impact on the electoral prospects of the Harper Conservatives in the federal election expected on October 19.
Blog - Brent Patterson January 13
Photo: Martin Lopatka/flickr
Brent Patterson | Canada's premiers and territorial leaders need to grapple with the issue of climate change. And they're not doing so well so far.
Blog - Brent Patterson January 12
Photo: kris krüg/flickr
Brent Patterson | With climate change on the political agenda, the release of a new report on what Canada must to do to limit climate change to two degrees Celsius is of critical importance.
Blog - Brent Patterson January 8
Brent Patterson | It's worth keeping an eye on the market to see what the imperative of profit means for the Energy East pipeline. After all, this is about our risk and their reward.
Blog - Brent Patterson January 7
Photo: Premier of Ontario Photography/flickr
Brent Patterson | Did Stephen Harper and Kathleen Wynne discuss access to water for First Nations only in the context of advancing a water-destructive mining agenda?
Blog - Brent Patterson January 6
Photo: Mark Klotz/flickr
Brent Patterson | There is mounting speculation that a Liberal-NDP coalition government could be the outcome of the federal election. What could a coalition government mean for the Trans Mountain pipeline project?
Blog - Brent Patterson January 5
Photo: A protest against GMOs in the European Parliament. Photo by Euractiv
Brent Patterson | The Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and the U.S.-European Union Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) will increase the risk of GM food entering Europe.
Blog - Brent Patterson January 2
Brent Patterson | While the federal election is still ten months away, there is already speculation that a likely outcome of the vote on October 19, 2015 is a Conservative minority government that could be displaced by
Blog - Brent Patterson December 29
Brent Patterson | Could the outcome of the October 2015 federal election be a minority parliament where the issue of a coalition government becomes the key political question?
Blog - Brent Patterson December 19
Brent Patterson | The Enbridge Line 4 pipeline, a 796,000 barrels per day pipeline from Alberta to Superior, Wisconsin, has spilled 1,350 barrels of oil at a pumping station in Regina.
Blog - Brent Patterson December 18
Brent Patterson | Between 1994 and 2012, 80 complaints have been filed with the Commission on Environmental Co-operation. Eighty-five per cent of those submissions have been dismissed or terminated.
Blog - Brent Patterson December 16
The Canadian Youth Delegation
Brent Patterson | A weak and disappointing five-page agreement was reached by the 194 countries present at the United Nations Conference of Parties (COP) 20 climate summit in Lima, Peru.
Blog - Brent Patterson December 11
Brent Patterson | The Blue Planet Project and the Council of Canadians took part in actions on Human Rights Day to highlight the verdict of the Permanent People's Tribunal on Canadian mining in Latin America.
Blog - Brent Patterson December 11
Brent Patterson | There is a new tension in finalizing the Canada-European Union 'free trade' agreement. Newfoundland is threatening to withdraw support for the agreement, a move that could create havoc for Harper.
Blog - Brent Patterson December 10
Brent Patterson | NDP leader Thomas Mulcair says that the European Union shouldn't support the Canada-EU Economic and Trade Agreement if it includes an investor-state dispute settlement provision.
Blog - Brent Patterson December 9
Highway 16 blocked by LNG protest Dec. 6
Brent Patterson | Gitxsan hereditary chiefs Spookw and Luutkudziiwus closed Highway 16 at New Hazelton on Dec. 6 in protest over the approval of two pipelines to be built on Gitxsan territory.
Blog - Brent Patterson December 8
Photo: 350.org/flickr
Brent Patterson | It would appear that TransCanada is not really "standing down" but rather that their work permit expired forcing them to stop their survey work for the port until the spring.
Blog - Brent Patterson December 5
Brent Patterson | The European Fuel Quality Directive is a modest climate measure to reduce emissions from transport fuel by 6 per cent by 2020. Harper's latest effort to fight it is in a European Parliament vote.
Blog - Brent Patterson December 5
Brent Patterson | Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne and Quebec premier Philippe Couillard are both signalling that their climate test for the proposed Energy East pipeline could be very weak.
Blog - Brent Patterson December 3
Photo: Mark Klotz/flickr
Brent Patterson | With Kinder Morgan planning for construction of the pipeline to begin in 2015 -- and for it to be operational in 2017 -- what are the next steps that need to be taken to defeat the pipeline?
Blog - Brent Patterson November 28
Brent Patterson | Five years ago this week, anti-mining activist Mariano Abarca Roblero was killed in Chiapas. He had blamed the Calgary-based mining company Blackfire Exploration for contaminated rivers and crops.
Blog - Brent Patterson November 28
Brent Patterson | The Council of Canadians is pleased that Bill 6 -- which places a legal moratorium on high-volume hydraulic fracturing -- has passed in Nova Scotia.
Blog - Brent Patterson November 26
Brent Patterson | Integrity Framework regulations state that companies convicted in Canada or internationally would be disqualified from bidding on Public Works contracts. Could these rules open the door to lawsuits?
Blog - Brent Patterson November 25
Wynne and Couillard announce their conditions on the Energy East pipeline. Photo
Brent Patterson | The Council of Canadians is pleased that Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne has agreed with the Quebec government on stringent conditions for the proposed Energy East pipeline project.