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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
Brent Patterson | Council of Canadians says the Muskrat Falls project violates the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Blog - Brent Patterson October 13
Brent Patterson | Ottawa residents discussed a new 30-page report, which found that a spill from the Energy East Pipeline would have catastrophic consequences.
Blog - Brent Patterson October 6
The Rideau River about 35 kilometres downstream of the Energy East pipeline cros
Brent Patterson | Council of Canadians says the Energy East pipeline is "all risk and no reward."
Blog - Brent Patterson October 5
Justin Trudeau at his swearing-in ceremony on Nov. 4, 2015. PMO Photo by Adam Sc
Brent Patterson | The Council of Canadians calls on the Trudeau government to invest more into First Nations' water and wastewater services.
Blog - Brent Patterson September 28
Image: Council of Canadians
Brent Patterson | The Trudeau government has approved the Pacific NorthWest Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) project in British Columbia. The export facility is now set to be constructed on Lax U'u'la (Lelu Island).
Blog - Brent Patterson September 6
PMO Photo by Adam Scotti
Brent Patterson | Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been promoting the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) at the G20 summit in Hangzhou, China this weekend.
Blog - Brent Patterson September 1
Photo: Members of the Tsilhqot'in Nation on the front steps of the Supreme Court
Brent Patterson | In 2014 a Supreme Court decision affirmed Tsilhqot'in Nation's title to their territory in B.C. Now it's at the centre of new protests and legal cases concerning First Nations land property rights.
Blog - Brent Patterson August 31
Photo: Environmental Defence Canada/flickr
Brent Patterson | There is no word when the NEB hearings will resume, though they were scheduled to be in Quebec City next (from October 3-7) and then eventually to conclude in Kingston (on December 12-16).
Blog - Brent Patterson August 11
Photo: The Ottawa River at Pointe-Fortune/Council of Canadians
Brent Patterson | The Husky Energy oil spill in the North Saskatchewan River is making it harder for TransCanada to cross the Ottawa River with its proposed 1.1 million barrel per day Energy East pipeline.
Blog - Brent Patterson August 4
Photo: Council of Canadians
Brent Patterson | While there have been many expressions of support and hope for the Liberal government's inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women, there are also numerous concerns being expressed.
Blog - Brent Patterson August 3
AJ Klein and Emma Lui express their solidarity with Treaty 8 land defenders oppo
Brent Patterson | Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has approved a Navigation Protection Act (formerly Navigable Waters Protection Act) permit and Fisheries Act permit for the construction of the Site C dam.
Blog - Brent Patterson July 21
Photo: Canada 2020/flickr
Brent Patterson | The PM's popularity may be based on the perception that his government is truly progressive and implementing a different agenda than Harper. The evidence is suggesting that's not totally true.
Blog - Brent Patterson July 12
Photo: Gavin Smith/flickr
Brent Patterson | Let us hope that the Trudeau government, unlike the Tony Blair Labour government in 2003, really does have a plan beyond its ongoing support for coalition bombing missions.
Blog - Brent Patterson June 29
Photo: Pete Souza/Wikimedia Commons
Brent Patterson | What issues will be discussed at the "Three Amigos" summit this Wednesday and how will their decisions affect you and me?
Blog - Brent Patterson June 17
Photo: Canada 2020/flickr
Brent Patterson | There are growing concerns about how the Trudeau government will fund its promised $120 billion in infrastructure spending over the next decade.
Blog - Brent Patterson May 12
Photo: Jeremy Board/flickr
Brent Patterson | Major concerns are being raised about the waterways threatened in British Columbia by mining.
Blog - Brent Patterson May 11
Civil society protests outside the House of Commons trade committee hearings on
Brent Patterson | The House of Commons standing committee on international trade will be in Montreal, Quebec City, Windsor and Toronto and civil society will be there to let them know that they want the TPP stopped.
Blog - Brent Patterson May 5
Photo: Prime Minister of Canada/flickr
Brent Patterson | The next so-called "Three Amigos" summit between North American leaders will take place in Ottawa on June 29. So what will the summit be about?
Blog - Brent Patterson May 4
Photo: jasonwoodhead23/flickr
Brent Patterson | A huge wildfire in Fort McMurray, Alta., destroyed an entire neighbourhood and burned homes and businesses in several others Tuesday, and continues to rage out of control.
Blog - Brent Patterson April 14
Photo: Province of British Columbia/flickr
Brent Patterson | It is fundamentally impossible to both expand tar sands production with new export pipelines and meet our commitment for global warming not to exceed 1.5 degrees Celsius.
Blog - Brent Patterson April 7
Photo: Kate Raynes-Goldie/flickr
Brent Patterson | The Council of Canadians welcomes the class-action lawsuits representing the more than 1,000 people whose civil rights were violated at the G20 summit on June 26-27, 2010 in Toronto.
Blog - Brent Patterson April 6
Photo: Kabsik Park/flickr
Brent Patterson | The TPP would open some of Canada's dairy market to imports from the U.S., but less than what had been demanded by American dairy farmers.
Blog - Brent Patterson March 31
Brent Patterson | The Council of Canadians endorses the West Coast Environmental Law report calling for the changes to the Fisheries Act made under the Harper government to be immediately repealed.
Blog - Brent Patterson March 30
Photo: Dave Kalmbach/Wikimedia Commons
Brent Patterson | What's happening with the Liberal promise for a new health accord? The federal budget only mentions the negotiation of a new accord without commiting needed increases in health funding.
Blog - Brent Patterson March 17
Photo: Lax U'u'la (Lelu Island)/Council of Canadians blog
Brent Patterson | Federal environment minister Catherine McKenna was to decide whether or not to grant approval to the proposed Pacific NorthWest LNG terminal by the regulatory deadline of March 22.
Blog - Brent Patterson March 16
Photo: Teddy Kwok/flickr
Brent Patterson | A number of Canadian companies are helping to finance a legal action to block U.S. President Barack Obama's Clean Power Plan. The legal action is being led by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Blog - Brent Patterson March 15
Brent Patterson | Indigenous opposition is growing across Canada against the Energy East pipeline, which would pass through Mohawk territory including the Seigneury of the Lake of Two Mountains and the Outaouais River.
Blog - Brent Patterson March 15
Photo: Mac Armstrong/flickr
Brent Patterson | TransCanada has secured a permit to conduct seismic testing where the Energy East pipeline would cross the St. Lawrence River and is seeking a similar permit for the Ottawa River.
Blog - Brent Patterson March 10
Photo: Council of Canadians blog
Brent Patterson | The United Nations Special Rapporteur for Indigenous Rights Victoria Tauli-Corpuz says the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) threatens Indigenous land rights.
Blog - Brent Patterson March 9
Twitter photo of protest against water privatization in Peru.
Brent Patterson | More than 2,000 people marched in Lima, Peru on February 29 in opposition to the government's plan to privatize public water services.