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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 4
Facebook photo.
Brent Patterson | How can there be justice without a profound rejection of Canada's genocidal actions?
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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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.
Blog - Brent Patterson August 17
A Facebook photo of Bolante Idowu Alo.
Brent Patterson | There are pressing questions that need to be answered about how Bolante Idowu Alo died while being deported from Calgary International Airport.
Blog - Brent Patterson February 28
Finance Minister Bill Morneau. Photo: Adam Scotti/PMO
Brent Patterson | The Council of Canadians had a first look at Budget 2018 tabled by Finance Minister Bill Morneau on February 27 and they didn't like what they saw. Here are their initial observations.
Blog - Brent Patterson February 23
Image: Council of Canadians
Brent Patterson | #JusticeForTinaFontaine gatherings are taking place today in Ottawa, Toronto and Halifax, on Feb. 24 in Victoria, Vancouver, Montreal, Oriliia and Regina, and on Feb. 25 in Guelph, Calgary and London.
Blog - Brent Patterson January 29
Steve Verheul, Canada's chief NAFTA negotiator. Image: Polish Institute of International Affairs/Flickr
Brent Patterson | If NAFTA talks are in less danger of imminent collapse, can we set the bar a little higher for what we expect from governments?
Blog - Brent Patterson December 7
Council of Canadians staff members. Image: Council of Canadians/flickr
Brent Patterson | To call on the Trudeau government to scrap the energy proportionality provision in NAFTA, please sign our online petition.
Blog - Brent Patterson November 10
 TPP rally in Ottawa. Image: SumOfUs/flickr
Brent Patterson | The Liberal government has failed to adequately consult Canadians and Indigenous peoples on the TPP and failed to listen to what the vast majority of people have told them about this deal.
Blog - Brent Patterson January 4
Photo: Julia Kilpatrick, Pembina Institute/flickr
Brent Patterson | The Trudeau government says talks toward a Canada-China Free Trade Agreement could begin as early as February 2017.
Blog - Brent Patterson January 3
Photo: JMacPherson/flickr
Brent Patterson | On the day Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced his approval of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline, he also announced his government's approval of the lesser-known Enbridge Line 3 pipeline.
Blog - Brent Patterson December 1
Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta
Brent Patterson | The Harper government gutted the former Navigable Waters Protection Act and other environmental protections in 2012, which paved the way for major energy project approvals.
Blog - Brent Patterson November 21
Flickr/Mack Male
Brent Patterson | By Friday, Canada's federal cabinet will decide on a $7.5-billion pipeline that would transport 760,000 barrels of oil a day from Alberta to Wisconsin.
Blog - Brent Patterson November 18
Image: PMO/Adam Scotti
Brent Patterson | U.S. president-elect Donald J. Trump has promised to renegotiate NAFTA. What will the Trudeau government's position be going into these talks?
Blog - Brent Patterson November 15
Anti-Trump protest in Los Angeles, California. Flickr/Ken Shin
Brent Patterson | Since the election results were announced, Canadians across the country have joined their American neighbours in rallying against U.S. president-elect Donald Trump.
Blog - Brent Patterson November 11
Image: PMO/Adam Scotti
Brent Patterson | The Trudeau government has signalled to the incoming Trump administration that it’s willing to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Blog - Brent Patterson November 10
Image: PMO/Adam Scotti
Brent Patterson | Unlike President Barack Obama, Donald Trump said he supports the 1,197-mile Keystone XL pipeline 100 per cent.
Blog - Brent Patterson November 8
Image: PMO/Adam Scotti
Brent Patterson | The Trudeau government has announced a $1.5-billion "Oceans Protection Plan" just weeks before it is expected to approve Kinder Morgan's $6.8-billion Trans Mountain tar sands pipeline.
Blog - Brent Patterson November 7
Flickr/Peg Hunter
Brent Patterson | The Liberal party is failing their promise to support the work of reconciliation and UNDRIP.
Blog - Brent Patterson November 4
Image: The Canadian Federation of Students
Brent Patterson | The Canadian Federation of Students held a National Day of Action Wednesday to call for universal access to public, post-secondary education in Canada.
Blog - Brent Patterson October 27
TPP rally in Ottawa on June 10, 2014. Flickr/SumOfUs
Brent Patterson | Council of Canadians delivered a petition to Parliament Hill that was signed by 20,000 to voice concern against the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.
Blog - Brent Patterson October 24
PMO/Adam Scotti
Brent Patterson | The Council of Canadians celebrates European opposition to CETA.
Blog - Brent Patterson October 20
Image: PMO/Adam ScottiImage: PMO/Adam Scotti
Brent Patterson | One year ago on Wednesday, the Trudeau Liberals were swept to power when they won 184 seats in the House of Commons with the promise of "real change."