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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 15
Brent Patterson | An "electronic tidal wave" contributed to the defeat of the Multilateral Agreement on Investment in 1998, what lessons does that hold for us today?
Blog - Brent Patterson October 15
Brent Patterson | Despite the spin, commentators argue that culture and media wasn't protected by the Trudeau government in NAFTA 2.0.
Blog - Brent Patterson October 13
Image: WhisperToMe/Wikimedia Commons
Brent Patterson | The Crown corporation has $5.9 million in stock in the private prisons that hold tens of thousands of detained immigrants in the United States.
Blog - Brent Patterson October 11
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Brent Patterson | The Supreme Court's shameful decision reinforces colonial relationship over Indigenous peoples in Canada.
Blog - Brent Patterson October 11
Dirty water spilling out of a large glass carboy on its side. Photo by Ildar Sagdejev/ Wikimedia Commons.
Brent Patterson | The Trudeau government did not hesitate to spend billions on a tar sands pipeline, but has delayed spending the dollars needed for clean drinking water.
Blog - Brent Patterson October 10
Protest against the presidency of Donald Trump in London, July 2018. Photo by Alisdare Hickson/ Wikimedia Commons.
Brent Patterson | Should the transnational corporations that profit from climate change be seen as committing the social murder of those who die prematurely because of it?
Blog - Brent Patterson October 9
Genetically modified corn. Photo by Maggilautaro/ Wikimedia Commons.
Brent Patterson | The biotechnology industry is celebrating NAFTA 2.0 as a win for genetically engineered foods.
Blog - Brent Patterson October 9
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Environment Minister Catherine McKenna at COP21. Photo by Environment and Climate Change Canada/ Wikimedia Commons.
Brent Patterson | The latest UN report on climate change highlights a deepening credibility gap between the Trudeau government's climate spin and its actual record.
Blog - Brent Patterson October 4
A house with solar panels in Falun, Sweden. Photo by Alicia Fagerving/ Wikimedia Commons.
Brent Patterson | The climate justice movement needs to fight for real solutions, not market-based schemes or modest taxes implemented by a federal government committed to spending billions on a pipeline.
Blog - Brent Patterson October 3
Brent Patterson | The transnational corporations that are driving climate chaos celebrate the new USMCA.
Blog - Brent Patterson October 3
Photo by Robin Tress.
Brent Patterson | We must collectively resist BP's drilling for oil and gas off the coast of Nova Scotia.
Blog - Brent Patterson October 2
U.S. President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shake hands during a joint press conference. Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead/ Wikimedia Commons
Brent Patterson | Although the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade deal phases out NAFTA's Chapter 11, analysis suggests transnational capital has other tricks up its sleeve to challenge the public interest.
Blog - Brent Patterson October 1
U.S. NAFTA protest. Photo: Jim Winstead/Flickr
Brent Patterson | Trudeau says it's "a good day for Canada," but is that really the case? While the full text of the USMCA needs to be thoroughly analyzed, a preliminary review raises numerous concerns.
Blog - Brent Patterson September 29
Photo by Wikimedia commons.
Brent Patterson | The North American Free Trade Agreement has harmed many. NAFTA 2.0 is unlikely to be any different.
Blog - Brent Patterson September 28
Twitter photo by @manitobahydro.
Brent Patterson | The dam under construction in Manitoba is raising concerns not unlike those with the Site C and Muskrat Falls mega-projects.
Blog - Brent Patterson September 27
Photo: Shealah Craighead/Office of the President of the United States/Wikimedia Commons
Brent Patterson | The renegotiation of NAFTA is approaching a significant deadline on September 30. That's the date set out by Washington to deliver the text of a deal with or without Canada.
Blog - Brent Patterson September 26
Brent Patterson | A meeting in Ottawa this October 24-25 will attempt to salvage the WTO.
Blog - Brent Patterson September 25
Photo by Brent Patterson.
Brent Patterson | Hearings begin today on the proposed Teck Resources Frontier tar sands mine that could produce at its peak 260,000 barrels of oil a day.
Blog - Brent Patterson September 24
Twitter photo by @CanadianPM
Brent Patterson | Trudeau government's renegotiation of Safe Third Country Agreement may be at odds with UN Refugee Convention.
Blog - Brent Patterson September 22
A tornado forming in Kansas in 2016. Scientists suspect Tornado Alley may move northward with climate change.
Brent Patterson | On Friday evening, a tornado hit the Ottawa-Gatineau area with winds of up to 200 kilometres per hour. Can we expect tornadoes to increase with climate change?
Blog - Brent Patterson September 20
June 2007 Critical Mass bike ride in Vancouver. Photo: Tavis Ford/Wikimedia commons
Brent Patterson | A global movement is highlighting the need to address the health and climate change impacts of cars and trucks.
Blog - Brent Patterson September 17
Brent Patterson | The one-year anniversary of CETA is a political moment to reflect and recommit to fighting a "free trade" agenda that worsens the climate crisis and subsumes the imperative of climate justice.
Blog - Brent Patterson September 15
Brent Patterson | Ford riding roughshod on Toronto city council and the Ontario legislature is an indicator of the tenor of fights to come.
Blog - Brent Patterson September 14
Brent Patterson | An Indigenous camp on Crown land near the Canada-U.S. colonial border seeks to stop construction of a 760,000-barrel-per-day tar sands pipeline.
Blog - Brent Patterson September 11
Photo by Spielvogel/ Wikimedia Commons
Brent Patterson | To stop climate chaos we need collective action to challenge capitalism. The system that brought us to this dangerous precipice isn't going to rescue us from it.
Blog - Brent Patterson September 7
Photo: Almigdad Mojalli (VOA)/ Wikimedia Commons
Brent Patterson | What is the Canadian government's role in the war in Yemen and how did climate change and water scarcity exacerbate the tensions that led to the conflict?
Blog - Brent Patterson September 6
U.S. President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during their expanded bilateral meeting at the G7 Summit in Charlevoix. Photo: Shealah Craighead/Wikimedia Commons
Brent Patterson | Trudeau spins a "red line" pushed by corporations as the will of Canadians.
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.

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