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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 May 12
Photo: European Union 2015 - European Parliament/flickr
Brent Patterson | EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström has presented her proposals to resolve the investor-state dispute settlement controversy in the U.S.-EU Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.
Blog - Brent Patterson May 7
Brent Patterson | As we approach both the election and the pivotal United Nations climate summit in Paris, Stephen Harper is hoping that climate change will not become an issue in the October 19 federal election.
Blog - Brent Patterson May 7
Artist's conception of the Pacific Northwest LNG terminal on Lelu Island
Brent Patterson | Energy company Petronas is offering $1 billion dollars to the Lax Kw'alaams First Nation in British Columbia to secure their support for the proposed $36-billion Pacific NorthWest LNG project.
Blog - Brent Patterson May 4
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Brent Patterson | Food safety should be an issue of concern for voters evaluating Harper's record in the lead-up to the October 19 federal election.
Blog - Brent Patterson April 28
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Brent Patterson | The Harper government's agenda of tar sands expansion, LNG development and pipeline construction is clearly incompatible with the math of climate change.
Blog - Brent Patterson April 21
The Council of Canadians and allies have lobbied against CETA at the European Pa
Brent Patterson | A resolution on the United States-European Union Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is expected to be voted on in the European Parliament on June 9.
Blog - Brent Patterson April 16
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Brent Patterson | Efforts are being stepped up to conclude a Canada-India Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement by September, just prior to the October 19 federal election.
Blog - Brent Patterson April 16
Council of Canadians chapters marched in Quebec City on April 11 to demand clima
Brent Patterson | The Council of Canadians joined 25,000 people in Quebec City and at solidarity rallies across the country to demand climate action from provinces and territories, but leaders failed in that task.
Blog - Brent Patterson April 15
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Brent Patterson | Undoubtedly, Harper hopes that the Modi government will ratify the Canada-India Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement, a FIPA signed in June 2007 but never ratified.
Blog - Brent Patterson April 13
Brent Patterson | The Conservatives with their 160-seat majority in the House of Commons could easily ratify CETA should they opt to do so before the summer break.
Blog - Brent Patterson April 10
Brent Patterson | The Council of Canadians is warning about more oil spills on the West Coast should export pipelines proceed, after bunker fuel spilled from a cargo ship in English Bay this week.
Blog - Brent Patterson April 7
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Brent Patterson | Gov. Jerry Brown has ordered cities and towns across California to cut water use by 25 per cent as part of a sweeping set of mandatory drought restrictions, the first in state history.
Blog - Brent Patterson April 2
Game-changers tour at Nipissing University.
Brent Patterson | The Council of Canadians was at Nipissing University in North Bay earlier this week helping to get out the youth vote for the upcoming federal election.
Blog - Brent Patterson March 31
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Brent Patterson | Former foreign affairs minister John Baird is now a member of the international advisory board for the mining giant Barrick Gold. What type of "expertise" will Mr. Baird be bringing to Barrick Gold?
Blog - Brent Patterson March 27
Brent Patterson | The Council of Canadians Game-Changers campaign was at Ryerson University in Toronto earlier this week, with Youth Vote campaigner Brigette DePape.
Blog - Brent Patterson March 24
Photo: European Parliament/Pietro Naj-Oleari/flickr
Brent Patterson | There is a process within CETA that would promote regulatory harmonization and address non-tariff barriers that could allow the export of genetically modified apples into Europe.
Blog - Brent Patterson March 20
Brent Patterson | The company behind the proposed Energy East pipeline is being investigated by the National Energy Board.
Blog - Brent Patterson March 19
Brent Patterson | The country pledges for the Paris 2015 climate summit aren't adding up yet to stop the planet's temperature increasing by more than two degrees Celsius.
Blog - Brent Patterson March 18
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Brent Patterson | A universal prescription drug plan could reduce total spending on medications in Canada by billions and cover everyone at an affordable price for taxpayers, health policy researchers say.
Blog - Brent Patterson March 17
Photo: Sally T. Buck/flickr
Brent Patterson | News reports are heightening concerns about how C-51, the Harper government's so-called "anti-terrorism" legislation, could be used against people protesting against its resource extraction agenda.
Blog - Brent Patterson March 16
Photo: Katie/flickr
Brent Patterson | The Alberta government has announced a weak framework on water use by the tar sands and on tailings ponds.
Blog - Brent Patterson March 9
Map showing the proposing location of Site C dam and its reservoir.
Brent Patterson | Earlier last week, the Blueberry River First Nations, a Treaty 8 First Nation, launched a legal challenge against Site C to be heard in the B.C. Supreme Court.
Blog - Brent Patterson February 25
Brent Patterson | German minister of the economy Sigmar Gabriel is proposing to revise the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), notably its investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanism.
Blog - Brent Patterson February 24
Brent Patterson | The Council of Canadians congratulates our European allies for collecting 1.5 million signatures of Europeans who want to halt negotiations on "free trade" agreements.
Blog - Brent Patterson February 23
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Brent Patterson | The International Monetary Fund has stated that Canada's massive subsidization of the fossil fuel industry includes, in relation to natural gas, about $440 million in producer support.
Blog - Brent Patterson February 19
Photo: Flickr/Mark Klotz
Brent Patterson | The RCMP has labelled the "anti-petroleum" movement as a growing threat to Canada's security, raising fears among environmentalists that they face increased surveillance, and possibly worse.
Blog - Brent Patterson February 18
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Brent Patterson | From the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, various so-called 'free trade' agreements are taking aim at the advancement of health care for all.
Blog - Brent Patterson February 11
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Brent Patterson | German Chancellor Angela Merkel met Stephen Harper in Ottawa this week and after her visit, some questions remain about the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement.
Blog - Brent Patterson February 4
Brent Patterson | Despite the lack of social license from local residents, Compliance Energy is pushing to build the Raven Coal Mine project full steam ahead.
Blog - Brent Patterson January 27
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Brent Patterson | While Syriza has been in the news because of its vow to cancel brutal austerity measures, it has also stated that if elected it would not ratify the Canada-EU "free trade" agreement.

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