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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 May 23
Photo: leliebloem/flickr
Brent Patterson | The Council of Canadians and the Blue Planet Project stands with the more than 200 communities and civil society organizations in Peru who are demanding an end to destructive mining practices.
Blog - Brent Patterson May 20
Gros Morne National Park
Brent Patterson | Gros Morne National Park's status as a world heritage site may be in jeopardy due to plans for controversial oil exploration on Newfoundland's west coast.
Blog - Brent Patterson May 14
Protest in front of the area where Pacific Rim is exploring in Cabanas, El Salva
Brent Patterson | Blue Planet Project campaigner Meera Karunananthan is currently on a fact-finding mission on mining and water in El Salvador. She is participating in an international delegation.
Blog - Brent Patterson May 6
Image: Jared Rodriguez / t r u t h o u t; Adapted: tourist_on_earth, scottog
Brent Patterson | The Council of Canadians has joined with more than 30 groups to call on Alberta Premier Alison Redford to remove Gerry Protti as the chair of the province's new energy regulator.
Blog - Brent Patterson May 2
The Council of Canadians Vancouver chapter participates in Monday's Toxic Tour.
Brent Patterson | On Monday a 'Toxic Tour' march took place to 'expose Vancouver-based mining companies.' The tour started at the Goldcorp SFU Centre for the Arts and ended at the BC Mining Week's Opening Gala Event.
Blog - Brent Patterson April 26
Brent Patterson | The Council of Canadians is working with the Canadian Labour Congress and Common Causes to support lobby days and demonstrations against the Harper government's cutbacks to Employment Insurance.
Blog - Brent Patterson April 25
Mark Calzavara set up camp with allies next to Lake 468 at the ELA
Brent Patterson | We asked people to 'Tell Ontario and Manitoba they are our only hope to save the ELA!' -- and they did!
Blog - Brent Patterson April 19
Brent Patterson | Put a stop to the Canada-China FIPA! Tell your MP to vote YES in Parliament.
Blog - Brent Patterson April 5
Brent Patterson | In mid-March, Canada Border Services Agency officers raided construction sites in east Vancouver and detained an estimated 29 workers. That raid was filmed for the reality TV series Border Security.
Blog - Brent Patterson April 5
Theo Karyotis and Maria Kanelopoulo speak about the Skouries mine project.
Brent Patterson | While in Tunisia for the World Social Forum, the Blue Planet Project met with Greek activists Maria Kanelopoulo and Theo Karyotis.
Blog - Brent Patterson April 1
Brent Patterson | Council of Canadians organizer Mark Calzavara has set up camp with allies next to Lake 468 at the Experimental Lakes Area in northern Ontario.
Blog - Brent Patterson March 28
The roundtable conversation begins.
Brent Patterson | About 85 people from at least 23 different countries came together for a 'Roundtable on water as a human right and a commons' at the World Social Forum in Tunisia.
Blog - Brent Patterson March 26
Brent Patterson | The Blue Planet Project and the Council of Canadians joined today’s three-hour march through the city.
Blog - Brent Patterson March 26
Brent Patterson | It's 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning here in Tunisia and we're getting ready for the major march this afternoon that will officially launch the World Social Forum.
Blog - Brent Patterson March 26
Blue Planet Project water campaigner Meera Karunananthan introduces the day.
Brent Patterson | More than 80 people from around the world gathered for a 'Water Justice Day' forum at the Université de Tunis in advance of the World Social Forum.
Blog - Brent Patterson March 25
Brent Patterson | We've just arrived in Tunis along with many others from around the world who are gathering here for the World Social Forum.
Blog - Brent Patterson March 23
Brent Patterson | Support the day of action against GM alfalfa on April 9
Blog - Brent Patterson March 15
Brent Patterson | Blockade challenges Enbridge Alberta Clipper pipeline
Blog - Brent Patterson March 15
Brent Patterson | Council of Canadians posts ELA invoice to Kent’s constituency office door
Blog - Brent Patterson March 13
Brent Patterson | Harper government considers for-profit blood donation clinics
Blog - Brent Patterson March 12
Aamjiwnaang activist Ron Plain, Maude Barlow, Ecojustice lawyer Justin Duncan.
Brent Patterson | Council of Canadians water campaigner Emma Lui and organizer Mark Calzavara will be participating in the 'Toxic Tour' in Sarnia and at the Aamjiwnaang First Nation, located on Lake Huron, on March 15.
Blog - Brent Patterson March 7
Brent Patterson | The World Social Forum will bring together an estimated 70,000 activists from around the world to Tunisia from March 26-30.
Blog - Brent Patterson March 1
Brent Patterson | Federal Court challenge against the federal Schedule 2 provision that allows mining companies to dump their tailings waste into freshwater lakes.
Blog - Brent Patterson February 27
Brent Patterson | Council of Canadians in Federal Court today to protect freshwater lakes
Blog - Brent Patterson February 25
Brent Patterson | The Council of Canadians and Wellington Water Watchers have won the right to challenge a proposed agreement.
Blog - Brent Patterson February 22
Brent Patterson | Write the Prime Minister at pm@pm.gc.ca or send him a tweet @pmharper asking him, quite simply, to walk away from CETA.
Blog - Brent Patterson February 14
Brent Patterson | Given U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to decide on the fate of the Keystone XL pipeline as early as this April, many were watching his State of the Union address for clues on his decision.
Blog - Brent Patterson February 11
The Council of Canadians at the #Surround the White House protest, November 2011
Brent Patterson | The Council of Canadians continues to encourage its supporters make it clear that the Harper government does not speak for us when it lobbies in the U.S. in favour of KXL.
Blog - Brent Patterson January 28
Brent Patterson | Last week, a new assembly of social movements called Common Causes -- associated with the Council of Canadians -- announced its support for Idle No More to mark the global day of action.
Blog - Brent Patterson January 14
Brent Patterson | This past Friday and Saturday, Council of Canadians chapters were out on the street to express their solidarity with the Idle No More movement in at least 15 communities.