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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 9
 Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez canvasses in Sunnyside, Queens on June 26, 2018. Photo: Corey Torpie/Wikimedia Commons.
Brent Patterson | A Generation X political activist asks if there is hope in a renewed collaboration between electoralism and social movement activism.
Blog - Brent Patterson November 8
Photo by Brent Patterson
Brent Patterson | Doug Ford's "open for business" government sees water as a commodity; delaying new permits doesn't equal a commitment to the right to water.
Blog - Brent Patterson November 8
Person hanging their head. Photo: Alex/Wikimedia Commons
Brent Patterson | It's very human to feel down about the injustices in the world around us. How do we cope and find the strength to work for a better world?
Blog - Brent Patterson November 7
Official portrait of Jeremy Corbyn. Photo: Chris McAndrew/Wikimedia Commons
Brent Patterson | The British Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn plans to end water privatization with publicly owned companies. Would this put an end to Canadian pension funds investing in for-profit water?
Blog - Brent Patterson November 5
Ontario Proud/Twitter photo
Brent Patterson | The tech-savvy right-wing populist group is marshalling its resources for the October 2019 election. Are progressive social movements prepared to challenge them?
Blog - Brent Patterson November 1
A farm in Mpumalanga, South Africa. Photo by PZFUN via Wikimedia Commons.
Brent Patterson | Anti-fascists in Ottawa plan a counter-protest to challenge a white supremacist group holding "vigil" for South African farmers.
Blog - Brent Patterson October 30
Photo by Brent Patterson
Brent Patterson | A KPMG consulting firm report prepared for Parks Canada identifies publicly owned bridges and dams for divestment.
Blog - Brent Patterson October 26
Rally against the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. Photo by Neil Ballantyne via Wikimedia Commons
Brent Patterson | The Trudeau government's tacking "progressive" onto the name of the TPP is both absurd and wrong.
Blog - Brent Patterson October 23
Photo by Raysonho @ Open Grid Scheduler / Grid Engine via Wikimedia Commons.
Brent Patterson | In less than one year voters will go to the polls to cast their ballot; what analysis and hope can social justice activists offer?
Blog - Brent Patterson October 23
Twitter photo via @pedroultreras
Brent Patterson | An estimated 7,200 people are now walking together toward the U.S. border to flee violence and repression in Honduras.
Blog - Brent Patterson October 22
Photo by New Zealand Defence Force/Wikimedia Commons.
Brent Patterson | Federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh says the sale of LAV 6s must stop following the murder Jamal Khashoggi.
Blog - Brent Patterson October 19
Refugees entering Europe in 2015, arriving by sea through Greece and Italy. Photo by Jmersina/ Wikimedia Commons.
Brent Patterson | There is no common cause with anti-immigration parties in the U.S., France, Italy, Germany and elsewhere when seeking trade justice.
Blog - Brent Patterson October 18
Extinction Rebellion Facebook photo.
Brent Patterson | Yesterday, environmental activists from a new U.K.-based movement occupied the Greenpeace office in London, with the message: "It is time to rebel."
Blog - Brent Patterson October 15
Brent Patterson | An "electronic tidal wave" contributed to the defeat of the Multilateral Agreement on Investment in 1998, what lessons does that hold for us today?
Blog - Brent Patterson October 15
Brent Patterson | Despite the spin, commentators argue that culture and media wasn't protected by the Trudeau government in NAFTA 2.0.
Blog - Brent Patterson October 13
Image: WhisperToMe/Wikimedia Commons
Brent Patterson | The Crown corporation has $5.9 million in stock in the private prisons that hold tens of thousands of detained immigrants in the United States.
Blog - Brent Patterson October 11
Image: Dig deeper/Wikimedia Commons
Brent Patterson | The Supreme Court's shameful decision reinforces colonial relationship over Indigenous peoples in Canada.
Blog - Brent Patterson October 11
Dirty water spilling out of a large glass carboy on its side. Photo by Ildar Sagdejev/ Wikimedia Commons.
Brent Patterson | The Trudeau government did not hesitate to spend billions on a tar sands pipeline, but has delayed spending the dollars needed for clean drinking water.
Blog - Brent Patterson October 10
Protest against the presidency of Donald Trump in London, July 2018. Photo by Alisdare Hickson/ Wikimedia Commons.
Brent Patterson | Should the transnational corporations that profit from climate change be seen as committing the social murder of those who die prematurely because of it?
Blog - Brent Patterson October 9
Genetically modified corn. Photo by Maggilautaro/ Wikimedia Commons.
Brent Patterson | The biotechnology industry is celebrating NAFTA 2.0 as a win for genetically engineered foods.
Blog - Brent Patterson October 9
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Environment Minister Catherine McKenna at COP21. Photo by Environment and Climate Change Canada/ Wikimedia Commons.
Brent Patterson | The latest UN report on climate change highlights a deepening credibility gap between the Trudeau government's climate spin and its actual record.
Blog - Brent Patterson October 4
A house with solar panels in Falun, Sweden. Photo by Alicia Fagerving/ Wikimedia Commons.
Brent Patterson | The climate justice movement needs to fight for real solutions, not market-based schemes or modest taxes implemented by a federal government committed to spending billions on a pipeline.
Blog - Brent Patterson October 3
Brent Patterson | The transnational corporations that are driving climate chaos celebrate the new USMCA.
Blog - Brent Patterson October 3
Photo by Robin Tress.
Brent Patterson | We must collectively resist BP's drilling for oil and gas off the coast of Nova Scotia.
Blog - Brent Patterson October 2
U.S. President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shake hands during a joint press conference. Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead/ Wikimedia Commons
Brent Patterson | Although the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade deal phases out NAFTA's Chapter 11, analysis suggests transnational capital has other tricks up its sleeve to challenge the public interest.
Blog - Brent Patterson October 1
U.S. NAFTA protest. Photo: Jim Winstead/Flickr
Brent Patterson | Trudeau says it's "a good day for Canada," but is that really the case? While the full text of the USMCA needs to be thoroughly analyzed, a preliminary review raises numerous concerns.
Blog - Brent Patterson September 29
Photo by Wikimedia commons.
Brent Patterson | The North American Free Trade Agreement has harmed many. NAFTA 2.0 is unlikely to be any different.
Blog - Brent Patterson September 28
Twitter photo by @manitobahydro.
Brent Patterson | The dam under construction in Manitoba is raising concerns not unlike those with the Site C and Muskrat Falls mega-projects.
Blog - Brent Patterson September 27
Photo: Shealah Craighead/Office of the President of the United States/Wikimedia Commons
Brent Patterson | The renegotiation of NAFTA is approaching a significant deadline on September 30. That's the date set out by Washington to deliver the text of a deal with or without Canada.
Blog - Brent Patterson September 26
Brent Patterson | A meeting in Ottawa this October 24-25 will attempt to salvage the WTO.

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