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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 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 - Alberta Diary September 1
David J. Climenhaga | How hard is it to believe that Trudeau's team is prepared to give away the store for the privilege of staying in a rebranded North American Free Trade Agreement?
Blog - Alberta Diary August 31
David J. Climenhaga | The economics of the pipeline project were always pretty dubious, and remain so, despite enormous political capital invested by numerous political players.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog August 31
Sophia Reuss | A federal court overruled the government's approval of Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain Pipeline, the U.S. prison strike spreads to Canada, and Doug Ford wages war on the poor.
Blog - The Views Expressed August 31
Steelworkers Toronto Area Council on Labour Day 2017. Photo: United Steelworkers/flickr
Ed Finn | The media are now operated like all other big corporations: their overriding fixation is to maximize profits. They see no way of profiting from in-depth labour coverage, so they have scrapped it.
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 - Yves Engler's Blog August 30
Image: Canadian Armed Forces/Flickr
Yves Engler | The NDP leadership's response to noted war hawk John McCain's death is shameful. Even worse, it reflects a general hostility towards the victims of Western imperialism.
Blog - A change is gonna come August 30
Doreen Nicoll | Burlington City Councillor Vince Fiorito is running on grounded, achievable goals that would help make Ward 1 and the entire City of Burlington a cleaner, more energy efficient, sustainable place.
Blog - Making Waves August 30
Dry, cracked ground. Photo: Trenna S/Flickr
Emma Lui | Many regions across provinces and territories, which are on the traditional territories of Indigenous peoples, have issued drought warnings.
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 - Yves Engler's Blog August 29
Canada 150 RCAF CF-18 Fighter Jet. Photo: Wilson Hui/Flickr
Yves Engler | The problem with glorifying soldiers is that veterans' organizations can use their cultural standing to uphold militarism and reactionary politics.
Blog - David Suzuki August 28
David Suzuki | With drier conditions, longer burning seasons, and more fuel on the forest floor, lightning, a discarded cigarette or runaway campfire is more likely to cause an out-of-control wildfire.
Blog - Indigenous Nationhood August 28
Justice For Tina Fontaine and Colten Boushie. Photo: Memaxmarz/Flickr
Pamela Palmater | At a time when our hearts were collectively breaking, First Nation members from Saskatchewan got together and created the Justice for Our Stolen Children Camp.
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 - Alberta Diary August 24
The White House
David J. Climenhaga | On August 24, 1814, British soldiers set flame to Washington, an anniversary that went unnoticed in the U.S. capital yesterday as more recent events loomed large.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog August 24
Sophia Reuss | Maxime Bernier splits from the CPC in a flurry of enraged tweets, the Jack Layton Journalism for Change Fellowship application is open, and an interview about workers co-operatives.
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 - A change is gonna come August 24
Jacquard loom. Photo: Charlie Allom/Flickr
Doreen Nicoll | Artist Line Dufour has immortalized the images of Ontario victims of sexual violence in 24 jacquard woven shrouds imbued with memory and feelings.
Blog - The Journalism Doctor August 24
Image: DonkeyHotey/Flickr
John Gordon Miller | The "hush money" deal Donald Trump's campaign had with the National Enquirer.
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 - Independent Jewish Voices Canada August 23
“The World Is Too Small For Walls.” Graffiti on a concrete block in front of the apartheid wall in Bethlehem.  Photo: Laurence Chiasson
Laurence Chiasson | An article in solidarity with participants on a Birthright Israel tour who left the tour to witness the lives and experiences of Palestinians.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 22
Andrew Scheer in Quebec. Photo: Andrew Scheer/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Most Canadians, whether they speak English or French at home, aren't going to get their pantaloons in a twist if the PM is a little sharp in either official language with a racist heckler.
Blog - The Activist Toolkit Blog August 22
Image from CWCF, used with permission
Maya Bhullar | A conversation with Hazel Corcoran, Executive Director of the Canadian Workers Co-operative Federation, about ways to collectivize in various co-operative models.
Blog - Indigenous Nationhood August 22
Maxime Bernier and Andrew Scheer. Photo: Andrew Scheer/Flickr
Pam Palmater | Last week, Conservative member of Parliament Maxime Bernier posted a series of tweets on Twitter espousing his opposition to "extreme multiculturalism" and the "cult of diversity" in Canada.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog August 22
rabble staff | We're announcing the second year of the Jack Layton Journalism for Change Fellowship, in partnership with the Institute for Change Leaders. Read on for more information on how to apply.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 21
Guy Kerr, departing president and CEO of the Alberta Workers Compensation Board. Image: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | Under Conservatives governments in the early 1990s, the workers' compensation system was subverted and undermined. The victims have been injured workers.
Blog - David Suzuki August 21
David Suzuki | We're about to get a taste of what to expect if we fail to take every measure possible to slow and eventually halt human-caused climate disruption.
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.