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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 October 14
Photo: Council of Canadians
Brent Patterson | The Walking With Our Sisters art installation is a poignant reminder of the need for an inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women as well as the full implementation of TRC recommendations.
Blog - Brent Patterson October 13
Brent Patterson | While it's too early to say whether there will be a higher overall voter turnout this election, the indications look positive.
Blog - Brent Patterson October 8
Image: Council of Canadians
Brent Patterson | While the full text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership is not likely to be released until November 5 or later, we do know that it includes an investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) provision.
Blog - Brent Patterson October 6
Brent Patterson | Countries announced the conclusion of negotiations on the massive Trans-Pacific Partnership "free trade" deal this week. What's in that agreement and why should we be concerned?
Blog - Brent Patterson October 1
Photo: Government of Newfoundland and Labrador/flickr
Brent Patterson | The Government of Nunatsiavut is concerned that the thousands of Inuit people who eat fish downstream of the planned Muskrat Falls hydroelectric dam project could be at risk of mercury contamination.
Blog - Brent Patterson September 30
Photo: Council of Canadians
Brent Patterson | Ottawa-area farmers brought a convoy of tractors into Ottawa yesterday morning for a protest against the concessions the Harper government is poised to make at the Trans-Pacific Partnership talks.
Blog - Brent Patterson September 29
Brent Patterson | Chiefs of Ontario have launched the Who Is She campaign, a fundraising effort aimed at creating a First Nations-led, community-driven process to eradicate violence against Indigenous women and girls.
Blog - Brent Patterson September 29
Brent Patterson | Prime Minister Stephen Harper's trade minister Ed Fast will be in Atlanta this week for critical talks relating to the 12-country Trans-Pacific Partnership "free trade" deal.
Blog - Brent Patterson September 23
Brent Patterson | A long-term study of the Athabasca River warns about the future availability of river water for the tar sands.
Blog - Brent Patterson September 22
Photo: pmwebphotos/flickr
Brent Patterson | During the leaders' debate this past Thursday, Conservative leader Stephen Harper addressed cuts to refugee health coverage. Much has been rightly made of his use of the term "old-stock Canadians."
Blog - Brent Patterson September 1
Brent Patterson | Opposition is mounting as TransCanada is on the verge of drilling boreholes on the floor of the Bay of Fundy for its proposed Energy East export terminal in Saint John.
Blog - Brent Patterson August 18
Photo: USCGCPolarSea by w:en:User:ScottyBoy900Q/Wikimedia Commons
Brent Patterson | August 14 was the 30th anniversary of Council of Canadians activists dropping a flag on the deck of a United States Coast Guard ship in Arctic waters.
Blog - Brent Patterson June 26
Photo: BC Gov Photos/flickr
Brent Patterson | The drinking water for hundreds of communities and thousands of kilometres of waterways are at risk from tailings ponds in British Columbia.
Blog - Brent Patterson June 24
The Council of Canadians and allies protest the tar sands trade talks in front o
Brent Patterson | The Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) would worsen climate change.
Blog - Brent Patterson June 23
Brent Patterson | Given our current electoral system produces an unfair reflection of the overall vote, many people feel their vote doesn't count and so don't vote. This is a major concern for the Council of Canadians.
Blog - Brent Patterson June 22
Photo: Barlow speaks at a protest outside the Canadian embassy in Copenhagen dur
Brent Patterson | The stakes at the next UN climate summit are nothing short of planetary survival, as the world prepares to watch Paris this year.
Blog - Brent Patterson June 19
Brent Patterson | The Harper and Clark governments have approved the LNG Canada project. While this is the first to be approved under a federal-provincial streamlined process, more could be on the way.
Blog - Brent Patterson June 16
Photo: pmwebphotos/flickr
Brent Patterson | The Harper government will be using its $14-billion Building Canada Fund to help it win the October 19 federal election. But let's look more closely at the Building Canada Fund.
Blog - Brent Patterson June 11
Our allies protested outside the European Parliament in Strasbourg as MEPs debat
Brent Patterson | The European Parliament could not come to an agreement this week on the United States-European Union Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).
Blog - Brent Patterson June 10
Photo: pmwebphotos/flickr
Brent Patterson | While science tells us that the world cannot keep emitting carbon at current rates, Harper managed to delay a G7 target for a low-carbon economy by 50 years and even then says it's only aspirational.
Blog - Brent Patterson June 5
Photo: Amanda Graham/flickr
Brent Patterson | Canadians need public solutions to health-care wait times, not expensive contracts with for-profit private clinics.
Blog - Brent Patterson June 3
Brent Patterson | While universal pharmacare makes sense, the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) does not.
Blog - Brent Patterson June 2
Photo: pmwebphotos/flickr
Brent Patterson | As much as the Harper government wants to position itself as "able fiscal managers," it is not delivering an economy that offers secure employment.
Blog - Brent Patterson June 1
Brent Patterson | The Red Head Anthony's Cove Preservation Association organized a major protest against the proposed Energy East pipeline on May 30.
Blog - Brent Patterson May 29
The Council of Canadians and allies have lobbied at the European Parliament agai
Brent Patterson | The European Parliament's trade committee has voted to back the U.S.-EU TTIP trade deal. The resolution endorsing the agreement now goes to the full EU Parliament for a plenary vote.
Blog - Brent Patterson May 26
Photo: Crowd gathered outside old City Hall, during the Winnipeg General Strike.
Brent Patterson | Council of Canadians activists gathered in Winnipeg this weekend are dismayed to hear that the Canadian Museum of History has removed its exhibit on the Winnipeg General Strike.
Blog - Brent Patterson May 26
Photo: British High Commission, Ottawa/flickr
Brent Patterson | The Guardian warns of the prospect of a Conservative minority or even majority government come the October 19 federal election.
Blog - Brent Patterson May 25
Allies protest the TPP and fast-track authority outside the White House. Photo b
Brent Patterson | It appears that the conclusion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) "free trade" deal has been stalled over the issue of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), also known as fast-track authority.
Blog - Brent Patterson May 21
Photo: Screenshot from APTN report
Brent Patterson | The situation is serious in terms of access to clean drinking water for First Nations in Canada. Now the Harper government is looking at introducing privatization to First Nations water systems.
Blog - Brent Patterson May 20
Photo: pmwebphotos/flickr
Brent Patterson | The Council of Canadians is criticizing the emission reduction target set by the Harper government as weak, insufficient and lacking in credibility.