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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 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.
Blog - Brent Patterson May 19
Photo: NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory/flickr
Brent Patterson | The Council of Canadians has joined with other public interest groups to call on Ontario to reject the proposal to bury 200,000 cubic metres of radioactive waste near Lake Huron.
Blog - Brent Patterson May 14
Brent Patterson | In the third and final vote this week, the Lax Kw'alaams First Nation voted against the proposed Pacific NorthWest LNG terminal, despite a $1 billion offer to them to accept it.
Blog - Brent Patterson May 13
Brent Patterson | The privatization of publicly owned electricity utility Hydro One in Ontario could contribute to the privatization of water and wastewater services, with possible trade implications as well.
Blog - Brent Patterson May 13
Photo credit: Don Hoffmann
Brent Patterson | Two First Nations took large Bull trout contaminated with mercury to the B.C. legislature this week, to highlight the effects of the proposed Site C dam on their land.
Blog - Brent Patterson May 12
Photo: European Union 2015 - European Parliament/flickr
Brent Patterson | EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström has presented her proposals to resolve the investor-state dispute settlement controversy in the U.S.-EU Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.
Blog - Brent Patterson May 7
Brent Patterson | As we approach both the election and the pivotal United Nations climate summit in Paris, Stephen Harper is hoping that climate change will not become an issue in the October 19 federal election.
Blog - Brent Patterson May 7
Artist's conception of the Pacific Northwest LNG terminal on Lelu Island
Brent Patterson | Energy company Petronas is offering $1 billion dollars to the Lax Kw'alaams First Nation in British Columbia to secure their support for the proposed $36-billion Pacific NorthWest LNG project.
Blog - Brent Patterson May 4
Photo: Nick Castonguay/flickr
Brent Patterson | Food safety should be an issue of concern for voters evaluating Harper's record in the lead-up to the October 19 federal election.