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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 November 24
Brent Patterson | A group of northern trappers is blocking a road near LaLoche, Saskatchewan to prevent oil companies' access to exploration camps north of that point.
Blog - Brent Patterson November 19
Brent Patterson | Calgary-based TransCanada hired the controversial public relations firm Edelman in an attempt to derail growing public opposition to its proposed 1.1 million barrels per day Energy East pipeline.
Blog - Brent Patterson November 14
Karunananthan and Spronk march with 5,000 people for water justice in San Salvad
Brent Patterson | Right-wing lawmakers in El Salvador have blocked legislative reform which would grant the right to water and food the status of a human right.
Blog - Brent Patterson November 13
The Council of Canadians at the People's Climate March in New York City, Septemb
Brent Patterson | The United States and China have come to an agreement on carbon emissions prior to the United Nations climate summit in Lima next month. What does this mean for Canada?
Blog - Brent Patterson November 11
Brent Patterson | Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper met with the leaders of 11 other countries this week in Beijing to try to advance talks on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
Blog - Brent Patterson November 6
Image: Jared Rodriguez / t r u t h o u t; Adapted: j-fi, Gage Skidmore
Brent Patterson | In the U.S. midterm elections, the Republicans won the majority of seats in both the Senate and the House of Representatives. What will that mean for Canada-U.S. trade and pipeline proposals?
Blog - Brent Patterson November 5
Photo: Niall Williams/flickr
Brent Patterson | This week, former BC Hydro CEO and Suncor Energy Board member Marc Eliesen withdrew from NEB hearings reviewing a pipeline proposal from Kinder Morgan, calling the process a "farce."
Blog - Brent Patterson October 29
Photo: Iouri Goussev/flickr
Brent Patterson | The Council of Canadians is concerned by the increasing pattern of surveillance under the Harper government of social movement groups, including our own organization.
Blog - Brent Patterson October 22
Pimicikamak occupation of the Jenpeg dam
Brent Patterson | Last Wednesday, October 15, more than 100 people from the Cross Lake First Nation (Pimicikamak Cree Nation), located north of Lake Winnipeg, occupied the grounds of the Jenpeg hydro-dam.
Blog - Brent Patterson October 21
Brent Patterson | Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow spoke about the need to defend and expand public health care to a full house in Campbell River, British Columbia last night.
Blog - Brent Patterson October 21
Photo: Eric B./flickr
Brent Patterson | It's not just about shortfalls in revenue. Falling oil prices may also have a major impact on tar sands expansion, pipeline development, and even shipping bitumen on the St. Lawrence River.
Blog - Brent Patterson October 7
Haditha Dam. Credit: James McCauley/flickr
Brent Patterson | Drinking water is a human right. The deliberate targeting of sources of drinking water in any conflict is a denial of that fundamental human right and a violation of international humanitarian law.
Blog - Brent Patterson October 6
Photo: Jeannine St. Amand/flickr
Brent Patterson | The new premier of New Brunswick will need to keep in mind the $250 million NAFTA investor-state challenge launched by Lone Pine Resources in Quebec after the government revoked permits to frack.
Blog - Brent Patterson September 23
Brent Patterson | The Council of Canadians joined with more than 400,000 people participating in the People's Climate March. It sent a clear message about the need for action on the eve of a major climate summit.
Blog - Brent Patterson September 4
Photo: Peoples Water Board Coalition
Brent Patterson | There have been ongoing concerns that the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department could be privatized. Brent Patterson surveys media reports to get some answers.
Blog - Brent Patterson September 2
Photo: Martin Lopatka/flickr
Brent Patterson | The Council of Canadians was in Charlottetown asking the premiers to take a stronger stand on health care and to defend public health care from the threats posed by so-called "trade" agreements.
Blog - Brent Patterson August 28
Brent Patterson | While the Canada-EU "free trade" agreement may be signed on September 25, the deal will not be done at that point. It will still need to survive a bruising two-year or more ratification process.
Blog - Brent Patterson August 13
Photo by Annita McPhee via Twitter
Brent Patterson | The Klabona Keepers of the Tahltan First Nation have blockaded the site of the Imperial Metals' Red Chris copper and gold mine near Prince George, B.C.
Blog - Brent Patterson August 11
Photo by Jeffrey Wang, Ziff Photography
Brent Patterson | Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan has announced a 10-point plan regarding the water shut-offs that have been happening in that city these past months, but his plan falls short.
Blog - Brent Patterson August 8
Brent Patterson | On Tuesday August 5, the Harper government announced that negotiators had finalized the 1,500-page text of a Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).
Blog - Brent Patterson July 30
Brent Patterson | There has been a flurry of developments on the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) over the past four days. And there are undoubtedly more twists and turns to come.
Blog - Brent Patterson July 29
Brent Patterson | After almost three weeks of bombing, the death toll in Gaza rose to more than 1,030 on Sunday. The Palestinian poet Jehan Bseiso writes, "There's more blood than water today in Gaza."
Blog - Brent Patterson July 29
Brent Patterson | The rejection by Germany is a significant development because, "All 28 members of the EU have to sign the agreement for it to take effect." It is also notable that Germany is Europe's largest economy.
Blog - Brent Patterson July 8
Brent Patterson | Trans-Pacific Partnership talks began in Ottawa on July 3 and will continue through to July 12. But almost nothing has been made public about these talks, including even the location.
Blog - Brent Patterson June 26
Brent Patterson | The Supreme Court of Canada grants declaration to Tsilhquot'in that they have Aboriginal title to their lands and that the BC Forestry Act does not apply over their lands.
Blog - Brent Patterson June 20
Photo: kris krüg/flickr
Brent Patterson | The village of Restigouche-Partie-Sud-Est in Quebec is being sued over a municipal bylaw to protect its water from oil exploration projects.
Blog - Brent Patterson June 20
Photo: travis blanston/flickr
Brent Patterson | Both pipelines may be running by 2018 and both represent a destructive expansion of the tar sands and greenhouse gas emissions that will accelerate our path to climate catastrophe.
Blog - Brent Patterson June 19
Brent Patterson | In a sign of the tension ahead, a group of protesters issued a statement on Wednesday saying they staged a peaceful sit-in at the British Columbia office of MP James Moore.
Blog - Brent Patterson June 19
Brent Patterson | In the coming months we will see court challenges, protests and maybe even a provincial referendum on this issue. Enbridge will then face opposition when they try to start construction.
Blog - Brent Patterson June 17
Photo: Caelie_Frampton/flickr
Brent Patterson | Even if the Harper government approves the Northern Gateway pipeline today, a range of strategies are being proposed to ensure the pipeline is never built.