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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 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.
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.