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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 19
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Brent Patterson | As controversial monuments are being toppled around the world, the Canadian military is planning to place a warplane on a pedestal at its Ottawa headquarters.
Blog - Brent Patterson September 29
A Lockheed Martin F-35 warplane. Image: Ant Le Breton/Flickr
Brent Patterson | The Canadian government's purchase of new warplanes is on an "aggressive" schedule, while its promise to end long-term boil water advisories could be delayed.
Blog - Brent Patterson August 27
Brian Grandbois at Unist'ot'en Camp. Image: Jeh Custerra/Facebook
Brent Patterson | There's an inspiring history to be remembered of Dene Su'lene' land defenders opposing the Cold Lake air force base and weapons range on Treaty 6, Treaty 8 and Treaty 10 lands.
Blog - Brent Patterson August 19
Chrystia Freeland in 2017. Image: Wikimedia Commons
Brent Patterson | Chrystia Freeland has supported billions being spent on the military. Could the $1.2 trillion debt change that?
Blog - Brent Patterson August 14
Police on Haudenosaunee territory, July 2020. Image: Skyler Williams/Facebook
Brent Patterson | Lawyers and experts have repeatedly highlighted the skewed, ahistorical and colonial nature of court injunctions against Indigenous land defenders.
Blog - Brent Patterson August 5
Image: Zach Stern/Flickr
Brent Patterson | The memory of those killed should be not be historicized, but instead situated in the present day struggle against the threat of nuclear militarism.
Blog - Brent Patterson August 4
Image: U.S. Airforce
Brent Patterson | With Lockheed Martin seeking $19 billion from the Canadian government to build new warplanes, now is an ideal time for teachers to divest from the war machine.
Blog - Brent Patterson July 22
Image shows fishermen spotted by G̲aandlee Guu Jaalang, "Daughters of the Rivers," who are the Haida women who have responsibility to protect Haida Gwaii. Image: G̲aandlee Guu Jaalang/Screenshot of Facebook video
Brent Patterson | The Haida Nation had a population of tens of thousands of people prior to contact. It then dropped to 600 people. Now, they are protecting themselves from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Blog - Brent Patterson June 29
F/A-18Fs being refueled over Afghanistan in 2010. Image: U.S. Air Force/Flickr
Brent Patterson | Boeing makes the case that its Super Hornet fighter jet is good for jobs, but studies show peaceful production is a better way to address unemployment.
Blog - Brent Patterson June 26
Image: aezoss/Flickr
Brent Patterson | With the Canadian government planning to spend billions more on fighter jets and missiles, this is a critical moment to discuss alternatives to war and to mobilize around the need for peacebuilding.
Blog - Brent Patterson June 23
Image: Still taken from the film "Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance"/NFB
Brent Patterson | As the Trudeau government prepares to spend billions on the Canadian military, it's urgent and necessary to discuss alternatives.
Blog - Brent Patterson May 19
A Lockheed Martin F-35 jet on display in Germany in 2018. Image: Lutz Blohm/Flickr
Brent Patterson | Global spending on arms could decline due a drop in the price of oil, pandemic related debt and the imperative of a Green New Deal. How does Canada's plan to buy fighter jets by 2022 fit into this?
Blog - Brent Patterson May 14
Land defender Freda Huson. Image: Unist'ot'en Camp/Video Screenshot/YouTube
Brent Patterson | Does the Trudeau government want a seat on the Security Council enough to follow a resolution from the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination?
Blog - Brent Patterson May 8
Anti-war protesters during one of the first Mother's Days in history. Image: bravenewfoundation/Video Screenshot/YouTube
Brent Patterson | This Mother's Day let us recall the radical origins of the day and the women who proclaimed it to be a day to challenge war and militarism.
Blog - Brent Patterson May 4
Armed RCMP officer trespasses on unceded Wet'suwet'en territory in October 2019. Image: Unist'ot'en Camp/Video Screenshot/Twitter
Brent Patterson | While the Trudeau government's ban on military-grade weapons in Canada is needed, it should extend to this country's increasing arms export industry as well.
Blog - Brent Patterson April 23
The Security Council chamber from the vantage point of the president of the council. Image: United Nations Photo/Flickr
Brent Patterson | With the vote in June on Canada's bid for a Security Council seat, now would be an ideal time for the Trudeau government to affirm the role of human rights defenders.
Blog - Brent Patterson April 18
Image: UNclimatechange/Flickr
Brent Patterson | The G7 is meeting regularly by video conference, so why not hold a similarly urgent summit to slash carbon pollution and fossil fuel subsidies?
Blog - Brent Patterson April 17
Eurofighter Typhoon F-2000A. Image: Andrea Graziadio​/Flickr
Brent Patterson | The Guardian recently reported on BAE Systems profiting from the Saudi war on Yemen, but Canadian mainstream media hasn't yet made the connection to the Canada Pension Plan.
Blog - Brent Patterson April 12
Image: Ibrahim Qasim/Wikimedia Commons
Brent Patterson | Canadian foreign minister endorses call for global ceasefire the day after he lifts restrictions on new arms exports to Saudi Arabia.
Blog - Brent Patterson April 6
Activist and actress Shirley Douglas in 2006. Image: frank saptel/Flickr
Brent Patterson | Shirley Douglas was a champion of public health care, nuclear disarmament and the Black Panther breakfast program.
Blog - Brent Patterson April 2
Trans Mountain pipeline construction continues despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Image: Kanahus Manuel/Twitter
Brent Patterson | The World Health Organization says that climate change increases the risk of contagious diseases, yet this pandemic is seeing increased state subsidies for oil and gas.
Blog - Brent Patterson March 29
A worker protest at Amazon in Minnesota, December 2018
Brent Patterson | The coronavirus pandemic has made unjust power relations all the more evident, but how can we organize while self-isolating at home?
Blog - Brent Patterson March 27
Image: Charles Michel/Twitter
Brent Patterson | Billions of dollars have been wasted over the years on two-day G20 summits. The coronavirus pandemic shows they can be held practically for free.
Blog - Brent Patterson March 25
Image: Defence Images/Flickr
Brent Patterson | Despite the pandemic, the production of F-35 fighter jets continues in Italy and the U.S., while Quebec deems "defence manufacturing" an essential service.
Blog - Brent Patterson March 21
A protester holds a sign at a 2017 anti-pipeline rally in Vancouver. Image: William Chen/Wikimedia Commons
Brent Patterson | Given the twin crises of the coronavirus pandemic and climate breakdown, it is all the more essential for Canada to uphold its human rights obligations.
Blog - Brent Patterson March 19
Image: Koozma J. Tarasoff
Brent Patterson | Even after the pandemic was declared, CADSI stated its arms show would continue, but now they say they will make an updated announcement on April 1.
Blog - Brent Patterson March 15
A migrant detention centre in Texas, June 2019. Image: Wikimedia Commons
Brent Patterson | Will Canada suspend the Safe Third Country Agreement during the coronavirus pandemic to uphold human rights and global public health?
Blog - Brent Patterson March 13
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Brent Patterson | In a shocking decision, the organizers of CANSEC say they still intend to convene a trade show in Ottawa that could bring together 12,000 people from 55 countries.
Blog - Brent Patterson March 7
San Luis de Palenque, Colombia. Image: Wikimedia Commons
Brent Patterson | Concerns are being raised about a Toronto-based oil company's contract with the Colombian army following community protests against its operations.
Blog - Brent Patterson March 6
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Brent Patterson | Those who buy and sell arms will be in town on May 27-28, but a major conference and protest says it's time to cancel CANSEC.