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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 September 25
Photo by Brent Patterson.
Brent Patterson | Hearings begin today on the proposed Teck Resources Frontier tar sands mine that could produce at its peak 260,000 barrels of oil a day.
Blog - Brent Patterson September 24
Twitter photo by @CanadianPM
Brent Patterson | Trudeau government's renegotiation of Safe Third Country Agreement may be at odds with UN Refugee Convention.
Blog - Brent Patterson September 22
A tornado forming in Kansas in 2016. Scientists suspect Tornado Alley may move northward with climate change.
Brent Patterson | On Friday evening, a tornado hit the Ottawa-Gatineau area with winds of up to 200 kilometres per hour. Can we expect tornadoes to increase with climate change?
Blog - Brent Patterson September 20
June 2007 Critical Mass bike ride in Vancouver. Photo: Tavis Ford/Wikimedia commons
Brent Patterson | A global movement is highlighting the need to address the health and climate change impacts of cars and trucks.
Blog - Brent Patterson September 17
Brent Patterson | The one-year anniversary of CETA is a political moment to reflect and recommit to fighting a "free trade" agenda that worsens the climate crisis and subsumes the imperative of climate justice.
Blog - Brent Patterson September 15
Brent Patterson | Ford riding roughshod on Toronto city council and the Ontario legislature is an indicator of the tenor of fights to come.
Blog - Brent Patterson September 14
Brent Patterson | An Indigenous camp on Crown land near the Canada-U.S. colonial border seeks to stop construction of a 760,000-barrel-per-day tar sands pipeline.
Blog - Brent Patterson September 11
Photo by Spielvogel/ Wikimedia Commons
Brent Patterson | To stop climate chaos we need collective action to challenge capitalism. The system that brought us to this dangerous precipice isn't going to rescue us from it.
Blog - Brent Patterson September 7
Photo: Almigdad Mojalli (VOA)/ Wikimedia Commons
Brent Patterson | What is the Canadian government's role in the war in Yemen and how did climate change and water scarcity exacerbate the tensions that led to the conflict?
Blog - Brent Patterson September 6
U.S. President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during their expanded bilateral meeting at the G7 Summit in Charlevoix. Photo: Shealah Craighead/Wikimedia Commons
Brent Patterson | Trudeau spins a "red line" pushed by corporations as the will of Canadians.
Blog - Brent Patterson September 4
Facebook photo.
Brent Patterson | How can there be justice without a profound rejection of Canada's genocidal actions?
Blog - Brent Patterson September 1
Brent Patterson | The Trudeau government appears intent and confident that after a short delay it can still proceed with the building of the Trans Mountain pipeline.
Blog - Brent Patterson August 31
The Prison for Women in Kingston was opened in 1934 and closed in 2000. Wikimedia photo by Actionhamster.
Brent Patterson | The historic call to close prisons interconnects with movement demands against racism, colonialism and corporate power.
Blog - Brent Patterson August 30
Liberal cabinet ministers Jane Philpott and Catherine McKenna arrive for the cabinet meeting that approved their government’s purchase of the Trans Mountain pipeline. Photo by Brent Patterson.
Brent Patterson | The Liberals repeatedly say that the economy and the environment go hand in hand, but their spin tries to conceal a deception.
Blog - Brent Patterson August 29
Zapatista children. Wikimedia photo by Julian Stallabrass.
Brent Patterson | The fight against climate change now names the need for system change. The same should be true for the fight against neoliberal trade policy.
Blog - Brent Patterson August 28
Photo by Brent Patterson.
Brent Patterson | Our struggle for peace and climate justice needs to turn greater attention to the arms industry.
Blog - Brent Patterson August 25
Screenshot from Facebook video
Brent Patterson | Kanahus Manuel and other land and water defenders trying to stop the construction of a man camp on Secwepemc territory.
Blog - Brent Patterson August 24
Brent Patterson | What is the risk of Maxime Bernier's intention to form a new political party that would attack "extreme multiculturalism"?
Blog - Brent Patterson August 23
Photo by Brent Patterson.
Brent Patterson | The City of Ottawa should be respectful of Indigenous culture at a popular playground for children.
Blog - Brent Patterson August 21
Image: Murray Bush/Flux Photo
Brent Patterson | Nanaimo residents mount a spirited defence of DisconTent City after the Soldiers of Odin threaten to shut it down.
Blog - Brent Patterson August 17
A Facebook photo of Bolante Idowu Alo.
Brent Patterson | There are pressing questions that need to be answered about how Bolante Idowu Alo died while being deported from Calgary International Airport.
Blog - Brent Patterson February 28
Finance Minister Bill Morneau. Photo: Adam Scotti/PMO
Brent Patterson | The Council of Canadians had a first look at Budget 2018 tabled by Finance Minister Bill Morneau on February 27 and they didn't like what they saw. Here are their initial observations.
Blog - Brent Patterson February 23
Image: Council of Canadians
Brent Patterson | #JusticeForTinaFontaine gatherings are taking place today in Ottawa, Toronto and Halifax, on Feb. 24 in Victoria, Vancouver, Montreal, Oriliia and Regina, and on Feb. 25 in Guelph, Calgary and London.
Blog - Brent Patterson January 29
Steve Verheul, Canada's chief NAFTA negotiator. Image: Polish Institute of International Affairs/Flickr
Brent Patterson | If NAFTA talks are in less danger of imminent collapse, can we set the bar a little higher for what we expect from governments?
Blog - Brent Patterson December 7
Council of Canadians staff members. Image: Council of Canadians/flickr
Brent Patterson | To call on the Trudeau government to scrap the energy proportionality provision in NAFTA, please sign our online petition.
Blog - Brent Patterson November 10
 TPP rally in Ottawa. Image: SumOfUs/flickr
Brent Patterson | The Liberal government has failed to adequately consult Canadians and Indigenous peoples on the TPP and failed to listen to what the vast majority of people have told them about this deal.
Blog - Brent Patterson January 4
Photo: Julia Kilpatrick, Pembina Institute/flickr
Brent Patterson | The Trudeau government says talks toward a Canada-China Free Trade Agreement could begin as early as February 2017.
Blog - Brent Patterson January 3
Photo: JMacPherson/flickr
Brent Patterson | On the day Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced his approval of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline, he also announced his government's approval of the lesser-known Enbridge Line 3 pipeline.
Blog - Brent Patterson December 1
Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta
Brent Patterson | The Harper government gutted the former Navigable Waters Protection Act and other environmental protections in 2012, which paved the way for major energy project approvals.
Blog - Brent Patterson November 21
Flickr/Mack Male
Brent Patterson | By Friday, Canada's federal cabinet will decide on a $7.5-billion pipeline that would transport 760,000 barrels of oil a day from Alberta to Wisconsin.