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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 March 9
The Women's Boat to Gaza international coalition meeting in Messina, Sicily. Pho
Brent Patterson | The Freedom Flotilla Coalition has announced a Women's Boat to Gaza will set sail in mid-September.
Blog - Brent Patterson March 2
Photo: Council of Canadians
Brent Patterson | The Trans-Pacific Partnership Division at Global Affairs Canada has provided an email address for the public to send in their comments and questions about the TPP. Here are some of their responses.
Blog - Brent Patterson February 17
Brent Patterson | The Council of Canadians is looking to the federal and provincial governments to commit to "a 100 per cent clean economy by 2050" at a first minister's meeting in Vancouver on Thursday March 3.
Blog - Brent Patterson February 11
Council of Canadians Map of Energy East Pipeline
Brent Patterson | Last week, the mayors of the 22 biggest cities in this country met and the Energy East pipeline was on the agenda. Where do the mayors stand on the issue?
Blog - Brent Patterson February 10
Image: Council of Canadians blog
Brent Patterson | There is a growing wall of Indigenous opposition to the Energy East pipeline.
Blog - Brent Patterson February 5
Photos: Twitter photos of yesterday's protests against the TPP in Auckland.
Brent Patterson | As Canadian trade minister Chrystia Freeland signed the Trans-Pacific Partnership in Auckland yesterday, more than 1,000 people shut down the central part of the city in protest against the deal.
Blog - Brent Patterson February 3
Photo: Council of Canadians
Brent Patterson | A genuine public consultation should not be about disregarding (or ignoring) concerns being expressed, it should be about listening to those concerns.
Blog - Brent Patterson January 28
The Council of Canadians has called for climate change to be included in NEB rev
Brent Patterson | The Trudeau government's interim regulations for pipeline review processes are a good first step, but there are questions and fundamental issues that still need to be addressed.
Blog - Brent Patterson January 14
Photo: Council of Canadians blog
Brent Patterson | Vancouver-based Eldorado Gold has suspended work on its controversial Skouries mine after a year of confrontations with the Greek government that included permits being revoked and delayed.
Blog - Brent Patterson January 13
DePape on Lax U'u'la with Chief Yahaan.
Brent Patterson | It appears that the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency could issue a report on the proposed Pacific NorthWest LNG terminal this month and announce a decision as early as February.
Blog - Brent Patterson January 12
Image: Council of Canadians blog
Brent Patterson | The Saugeen First Nation is in the process of making its decision about a nuclear waste repository on their territory near Lake Huron.
Blog - Brent Patterson January 7
Brent Patterson | The Liberals need to make good on their promises to restore water regulation and to ensure that Canada has the highest standards for water protection.
Blog - Brent Patterson January 6
Photo: Council of Canadians
Brent Patterson | During the federal election, Justin Trudeau promised to hold an open public debate in Parliament on the TPP. What we are getting so far from the Liberal government is quite different.
Blog - Brent Patterson January 6
Photo: Council of Canadians
Brent Patterson | Resolute Forest (formerly known as AbitibiBowater) is launching its second NAFTA Chapter 11 challenge within five years against Canada.
Blog - Brent Patterson January 5
(L-R) Esther Pedersen, Arleen Boon, Verena Hoffmann. Photo by Donald Hoffmann
Brent Patterson | Solidarity with Treaty 8 members and allies who have set up a protest camp at Rocky Mountain Fort on the Peace River to oppose the Site C dam.
Blog - Brent Patterson December 23
Photo: DeSmogCanada/flickr
Brent Patterson | Treaty 8 members and allies opposing the Site C dam have set up a protest camp at Rocky Mountain Fort on the Peace River.
Blog - Brent Patterson December 22
Photo: Council of Canadians
Brent Patterson | First Nations leaders have written to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to ask that his government fulfill its pledge to overhaul the review and assessment process for tar sands export pipelines.
Blog - Brent Patterson December 22
Photo: Council of Canadians
Brent Patterson | It's clear that fracking causes earthquakes. So why do we have voluntary corporate guidelines in place instead of proper regulations?
Blog - Brent Patterson December 21
Image from the Make Muskrat Right video.
Brent Patterson | There may be increasing consensus that the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric dam project in Newfoundland and Labrador is a huge mistake.
Blog - Brent Patterson December 17
Shoal Lake 40 First Nation policy analyst Cuyler Cotton and Maude Barlow cross t
Brent Patterson | The Trudeau government has committed to cost-sharing a $30-million all-weather road for the Shoal Lake 40 First Nation.
Blog - Brent Patterson December 16
Photo: Council of Canadians
Brent Patterson | Tar sands corporations appear unfazed by the Trudeau government's support of the 1.5-degree target in the Paris Agreement.
Blog - Brent Patterson December 15
Diane Connors at the D12 march held as the Paris Climate Summit ended.
Brent Patterson | A new draft climate agreement has been reached on the last day of the COP21 talks in Paris. It's framed as "ambitious and equitable" but does it deliver real commitments?
Blog - Brent Patterson December 9
Photo: British High Commission, Ottawa/flickr
Brent Patterson | With ambitious targets must come ambitious actions. This means freezing tar sands expansion, rejecting both the Energy East and Kinder Morgan pipelines, and planning for a just energy transition.
Blog - Brent Patterson December 3
Natural resources minister Jim Carr and his chief of staff Janet Annesley. Image
Brent Patterson | There are numerous questions to be asked about Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr's choice of his chief of staff.
Blog - Brent Patterson December 1
Photo: Council of Canadians
Brent Patterson | With the COP21 climate talks beginning in Paris this Monday, the indications are that the critical aspects of Trudeau's climate policy fall well short of what is needed.
Blog - Brent Patterson December 1
Maude Barlow makes a convincing case against CETA, at the Austrian Parliament ea
Brent Patterson | Given the Canada-EU trade deal was "approved in principle" in October 2013, one might wonder what has happened to the agreement 14 months after negotiations on it were completed.
Blog - Brent Patterson November 27
Stop the Trojan treaty – Brussels 04/02/15 Friends of the Earth Europe/Lode Said
Brent Patterson | The Natural Resources Defense Council has projected that Europe could be receiving 700,000 barrels of tar sands bitumen a day by 2020, thanks to trade deals like CETA and TTIP.
Blog - Brent Patterson November 26
Photo: Prime Minister of Canada/flickr
Brent Patterson | The review of laws, policies and practices for energy projects must be done in partnership and consultation with Indigenous peoples, to ensure that the Crown is meeting its consultation obligations.
Blog - Brent Patterson November 25
Photo: Council of Canadians
Brent Patterson | Is it possible that the COP 21 climate summit could be used as a moment to promote the tar sands and export pipelines?
Blog - Brent Patterson November 19
Photo: Council of Canadians
Brent Patterson | Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland and Foreign Minister Stephane Dion are now in Manila, the Philippines for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit.