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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 February 5
Photo by Peace Brigades International.
Brent Patterson | Meza requires protective accompaniment to report on human rights violations under a government Canada recognizes despite widespread allegations of electoral fraud in 2017.
Blog - Brent Patterson February 4
Photo from Unist'ot'en Camp video posted on Facebook.
Brent Patterson | Corporations, the state and security forces must be held accountable for their human rights violations across Turtle Island.
Blog - Brent Patterson February 2
Brent Patterson | Will the provincial Special Investigations Unit consider colonialism and systemic racism as contributing factors in the shooting death of Greg Ritchie by Ottawa Police?
Blog - Brent Patterson January 29
Brent Patterson | Trudeau willing to sell weapons to the autocratic monarchy in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia but draws the line with Chavezista socialists in Venezuela.
Blog - Brent Patterson January 26
Brent Patterson | Forest defenders face risks as deforestation driven by agri-business, logging and drug trafficking worsens climate breakdown and intensifies harm to Indigenous cultures.
Blog - Brent Patterson January 24
Photo of the Palenque Palace Aqueduct in Chiapas by Ricraider/Wikimedia Commons.
Brent Patterson | A proposed multi-billion-dollar tourist train through tropical forests opposed by Indigenous peoples and the Zapatistas draws the interest of Canadian investors.
Blog - Brent Patterson January 23
Photo by Peace Brigades International.
Brent Patterson | The migrant justice groups that support the caravans and individuals crossing Mexico into the United States also need protection and support.
Blog - Brent Patterson January 23
Brent Patterson | TZK'AT links extractivism, dispossession, and the criminalization of land defenders to patriarchy, violence against Indigenous women and emphasizes the need for spiritual recovery.
Blog - Brent Patterson January 22
Facebook photo by Peace Brigades International - Honduras.
Brent Patterson | A community forum of more than 2,000 people has said no to the mines that endanger their rivers and drinking water.
Blog - Brent Patterson January 22
Facebook photo by PBI-Guatemala Project.
Brent Patterson | The Resistencia Pacifica de Cahabón (Peaceful Resistance Cahabón) opposes the OXEC I and II hydroelectric dams that lack free, prior and informed consent.
Blog - Brent Patterson January 22
Brent Patterson | Guatemalan president's actions raise concerns about a slow-motion coup, human rights violations, more forced migration, impunity for war crimes, and electoral fraud.
Blog - Brent Patterson January 20
Brent Patterson | The Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras says "no to the plunder" of Wet'suwet'en territories.
Blog - Brent Patterson January 19
Brent Patterson | Community activists in Honduras are opposing dams on the Cuyamel River over concerns about the environment and Indigenous rights.
Blog - Brent Patterson January 17
Facebook photo by Shelter City Network.
Brent Patterson | Land, water and human rights defenders increasingly face danger and death. The Shelter City Network offers safety and a brief rest from the struggle.
Blog - Brent Patterson December 20
Image: Jason Zhang/Wikimedia Commons
Brent Patterson | As 2018 comes to a close, what political dates are in your calendar for 2019?
Blog - Brent Patterson December 18
Twitter photo by @ec_minister.
Brent Patterson | Emission trading systems and weak carbon pricing coupled with a new tar sands pipeline do not add up to a credible action plan to stop climate breakdown.
Blog - Brent Patterson December 16
Environment Minister Catherine McKenna in 2017
Brent Patterson | As the United Nations climate conference in Poland comes to a close, Canada fails to increase its ambition to address climate breakdown.
Blog - Brent Patterson December 14
Facebook photo by El Comandante Cheronimo
Brent Patterson | The Canadian Yellow Vest movement targets the carbon tax and "illegal" immigration, rather than reflecting the anti-austerity demands resonating in France.
Blog - Brent Patterson December 13
Photo by Rachel Small.
Brent Patterson | Council of Canadians chapters recently hosted rabble writer-activist Brent Patterson’s talk on climate breakdown and the movements challenging this existential threat.
Blog - Brent Patterson December 13
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh. Photo: Wayne Polk/Flickr
Brent Patterson | With the NDP losing incumbents, down in fundraising, and its polling looking bleak, will it have the courage to turn to the example of Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party in the U.K.?
Blog - Brent Patterson December 11
Brent Patterson | With a federal election fast approaching on October 21, 2019, political parties need to clearly articulate their plans to address the climate emergency.
Blog - Brent Patterson December 11
Photo of Berta Cáceres via UN Environment/Wikimedia Commons
Brent Patterson | The number of human rights defenders and environmental activists killed around the world continues to grow as environmental crises and climate breakdown intensify.
Blog - Brent Patterson December 4
Twitter photo by Greta Thunberg.
Brent Patterson | The Sunrise Movement, Environnement Jeunesse, Skolstrejk för klimatet, Earth Strike, Extinction Rebellion, and Progressive International are taking action to avoid climate breakdown.
Blog - Brent Patterson December 2
Brent Patterson | December 3 marks the third anniversary of the in-service date of the controversial 300,000 barrel per day tar sands pipeline.
Blog - Brent Patterson December 1
Twitter photo by Mark O'Mahony
Brent Patterson | While the yellow vest movement can be seen simply as a revolt against a climate change-tax, it could more deeply signal a populist reaction to liberal democratic elitism.
Blog - Brent Patterson November 26
Facebook photo by Extinction Rebellion.
Brent Patterson | As Extinction Rebellion actions continue in the United Kingdom, activists are rapidly connecting online to take action in this country.
Blog - Brent Patterson November 16
Twitter photo via @fordnation.
Brent Patterson | What was in the economic statement released by the Ford government in Ontario?
Blog - Brent Patterson November 13
Extinction Rebellion/Twitter
Brent Patterson | More of our support needs to go to Extinction Rebellion-like strategies based on disruption in order to shift our political culture and advance transformative change.
Blog - Brent Patterson November 12
Twitter photo via @JustinTrudeau.
Brent Patterson | A wealthy, privileged establishment defending liberal democracy risks being an accelerant, not an antidote, to right-wing populism.
Blog - Brent Patterson November 10
Brent Patterson | Jean Charest wants France to back CETA's investment provision, but concerns are raised about the impact that would have on elections to the European Parliament.