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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 January 22
Brent Patterson | Guatemalan president's actions raise concerns about a slow-motion coup, human rights violations, more forced migration, impunity for war crimes, and electoral fraud.
Blog - Brent Patterson January 20
Brent Patterson | The Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras says "no to the plunder" of Wet'suwet'en territories.
Blog - Brent Patterson January 19
Brent Patterson | Community activists in Honduras are opposing dams on the Cuyamel River over concerns about the environment and Indigenous rights.
Blog - Brent Patterson January 17
Facebook photo by Shelter City Network.
Brent Patterson | Land, water and human rights defenders increasingly face danger and death. The Shelter City Network offers safety and a brief rest from the struggle.
Blog - Brent Patterson December 20
Image: Jason Zhang/Wikimedia Commons
Brent Patterson | As 2018 comes to a close, what political dates are in your calendar for 2019?
Blog - Brent Patterson December 18
Twitter photo by @ec_minister.
Brent Patterson | Emission trading systems and weak carbon pricing coupled with a new tar sands pipeline do not add up to a credible action plan to stop climate breakdown.
Blog - Brent Patterson December 16
Environment Minister Catherine McKenna in 2017
Brent Patterson | As the United Nations climate conference in Poland comes to a close, Canada fails to increase its ambition to address climate breakdown.
Blog - Brent Patterson December 14
Facebook photo by El Comandante Cheronimo
Brent Patterson | The Canadian Yellow Vest movement targets the carbon tax and "illegal" immigration, rather than reflecting the anti-austerity demands resonating in France.
Blog - Brent Patterson December 13
Photo by Rachel Small.
Brent Patterson | Council of Canadians chapters recently hosted rabble writer-activist Brent Patterson’s talk on climate breakdown and the movements challenging this existential threat.
Blog - Brent Patterson December 13
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh. Photo: Wayne Polk/Flickr
Brent Patterson | With the NDP losing incumbents, down in fundraising, and its polling looking bleak, will it have the courage to turn to the example of Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party in the U.K.?
Blog - Brent Patterson December 11
Brent Patterson | With a federal election fast approaching on October 21, 2019, political parties need to clearly articulate their plans to address the climate emergency.
Blog - Brent Patterson December 11
Photo of Berta Cáceres via UN Environment/Wikimedia Commons
Brent Patterson | The number of human rights defenders and environmental activists killed around the world continues to grow as environmental crises and climate breakdown intensify.
Blog - Brent Patterson December 4
Twitter photo by Greta Thunberg.
Brent Patterson | The Sunrise Movement, Environnement Jeunesse, Skolstrejk för klimatet, Earth Strike, Extinction Rebellion, and Progressive International are taking action to avoid climate breakdown.
Blog - Brent Patterson December 2
Brent Patterson | December 3 marks the third anniversary of the in-service date of the controversial 300,000 barrel per day tar sands pipeline.
Blog - Brent Patterson December 1
Twitter photo by Mark O'Mahony
Brent Patterson | While the yellow vest movement can be seen simply as a revolt against a climate change-tax, it could more deeply signal a populist reaction to liberal democratic elitism.
Blog - Brent Patterson November 26
Facebook photo by Extinction Rebellion.
Brent Patterson | As Extinction Rebellion actions continue in the United Kingdom, activists are rapidly connecting online to take action in this country.
Blog - Brent Patterson November 16
Twitter photo via @fordnation.
Brent Patterson | What was in the economic statement released by the Ford government in Ontario?
Blog - Brent Patterson November 13
Extinction Rebellion/Twitter
Brent Patterson | More of our support needs to go to Extinction Rebellion-like strategies based on disruption in order to shift our political culture and advance transformative change.
Blog - Brent Patterson November 12
Twitter photo via @JustinTrudeau.
Brent Patterson | A wealthy, privileged establishment defending liberal democracy risks being an accelerant, not an antidote, to right-wing populism.
Blog - Brent Patterson November 10
Brent Patterson | Jean Charest wants France to back CETA's investment provision, but concerns are raised about the impact that would have on elections to the European Parliament.
Blog - Brent Patterson November 9
 Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez canvasses in Sunnyside, Queens on June 26, 2018. Photo: Corey Torpie/Wikimedia Commons.
Brent Patterson | A Generation X political activist asks if there is hope in a renewed collaboration between electoralism and social movement activism.
Blog - Brent Patterson November 8
Photo by Brent Patterson
Brent Patterson | Doug Ford's "open for business" government sees water as a commodity; delaying new permits doesn't equal a commitment to the right to water.
Blog - Brent Patterson November 8
Person hanging their head. Photo: Alex/Wikimedia Commons
Brent Patterson | It's very human to feel down about the injustices in the world around us. How do we cope and find the strength to work for a better world?
Blog - Brent Patterson November 7
Official portrait of Jeremy Corbyn. Photo: Chris McAndrew/Wikimedia Commons
Brent Patterson | The British Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn plans to end water privatization with publicly owned companies. Would this put an end to Canadian pension funds investing in for-profit water?
Blog - Brent Patterson November 5
Ontario Proud/Twitter photo
Brent Patterson | The tech-savvy right-wing populist group is marshalling its resources for the October 2019 election. Are progressive social movements prepared to challenge them?
Blog - Brent Patterson November 1
A farm in Mpumalanga, South Africa. Photo by PZFUN via Wikimedia Commons.
Brent Patterson | Anti-fascists in Ottawa plan a counter-protest to challenge a white supremacist group holding "vigil" for South African farmers.
Blog - Brent Patterson October 30
Photo by Brent Patterson
Brent Patterson | A KPMG consulting firm report prepared for Parks Canada identifies publicly owned bridges and dams for divestment.
Blog - Brent Patterson October 26
Rally against the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. Photo by Neil Ballantyne via Wikimedia Commons
Brent Patterson | The Trudeau government's tacking "progressive" onto the name of the TPP is both absurd and wrong.
Blog - Brent Patterson October 23
Photo by Raysonho @ Open Grid Scheduler / Grid Engine via Wikimedia Commons.
Brent Patterson | In less than one year voters will go to the polls to cast their ballot; what analysis and hope can social justice activists offer?
Blog - Brent Patterson October 23
Twitter photo via @pedroultreras
Brent Patterson | An estimated 7,200 people are now walking together toward the U.S. border to flee violence and repression in Honduras.