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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 February 26
Brent Patterson | A National Energy Board audit of TransCanada has found that the company is non-compliant in four areas.
Blog - Brent Patterson February 11
Photo: pmwebphotos/flickr
Brent Patterson | Finance Minister Jim Flaherty says that this year's budget won't show a surplus, but that the spring 2015 budget will, just in time for the October 2015 election.
Blog - Brent Patterson February 4
Brent Patterson | The proposed 1.1 million barrels per day Energy East pipeline has been prompting community-based concerns related to the St. Lawrence River.
Blog - Brent Patterson January 31
Photo: Calypso Orchid/flickr
Brent Patterson | With a provincial election required in Newfoundland and Labrador within about a year, fracking and a 'free trade' deal with Europe could be increasingly on the political agenda in the province.
Blog - Brent Patterson January 27
Image: wikimedia commons
Brent Patterson | A quarry near Sochi that had been used as a source of materials for the construction of venues and luxury hotels for the 2014 Winter Olympics is now a gigantic landfill site for construction waste.
Blog - Brent Patterson December 11
Photo: Michael DancingEagle Cassidy
Brent Patterson | Today is the one-year anniversary of the start of Attawapiskat First Nation Chief Theresa Spence's 44-day hunger strike seeking a meeting with the Prime Minister, the Queen and First Nations leaders.
Blog - Brent Patterson November 20
Brent Patterson | The Council of Canadians participated in 15-20 'Defend Our Climate' actions across the country this past Saturday!
Blog - Brent Patterson November 12
Photo: The base camp for the Matoush mine
Brent Patterson | Here's yet another reason to abrogate NAFTA and to not ratify the Canada-European Union 'free trade' agreement.
Blog - Brent Patterson November 8
Photo: Way Out West News/flickr
Brent Patterson | Now, rather than every exploratory offshore well needing an environmental assessment, projects will only be required to undergo an assessment for the first exploratory well.
Blog - Brent Patterson November 7
Brent Patterson | Harper's slam-dunk argument for the Canada-European Union 'free trade' agreement, often uncritically reported in the media, is that CETA is key to Canada's economic prosperity.
Blog - Brent Patterson November 7
Photo by Nathan Einbinder
Brent Patterson | I am looking forward to being at the Supreme Court of Canada as it hears the Tsilhqot'in Nation's title case on 4,380 square kilometres of land west of Williams Lake in British Columbia.
Blog - Brent Patterson November 6
Photo: WWF@COP18/flickr
Brent Patterson | The 19th 'Conference of Parties' on the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change begins next week (November 11-22) in Warsaw, Poland.
Blog - Brent Patterson November 5
Photo: Toban Black/flickr
Brent Patterson | Are 400-foot-long barges on the Great Lakes each carrying 118,000 barrels of tar sands oil in our future? Maybe.
Blog - Brent Patterson October 18
Brent Patterson | If the provinces have already capitulated to Harper, then Canadian, Quebecois and Indigenous peoples will find a way to work with our European friends to defeat this deal.
Blog - Brent Patterson September 13
Photo: The public forum. Photo by Archana Rampure.
Brent Patterson | Close to 500 people gathered this week for a panel discussion on the upcoming public-private partnership (P3) referendum in Regina.
Blog - Brent Patterson June 24
Photo: wikipedia commons
Brent Patterson | The Enbridge Line 37 pipeline spilled an estimated 750 barrels of crude oil 70 kilometres southeast of Fort McMurray contaminating a nearby stream on Saturday morning.
Blog - Brent Patterson June 14
Brent Patterson | This morning the RCMP are arresting courageous defenders of the land and water. Police have been brought in from across the province so that SWN Resources can move in for fracking tests.
Blog - Brent Patterson June 14
Gros Morne National Park. Photo: Kelly-Anne/flickr
Brent Patterson | In a deal with Black Spruce Exploration, Shoal Point Energy is seeking to frack for oil and gas in Sally's Cove and other areas, just a few kilometres from the boundaries of Gros Morne National Park.
Blog - Brent Patterson June 11
Brent Patterson | A National Day of Action is planned for Monday June 17 to protest the Harper government's cuts to health care for refugees.
Blog - Brent Patterson June 10
The Fredericton chapter at yesterday's protest against fracking.
Brent Patterson | Opponents (are stepping) up efforts to stop shale gas exploration (in New Brunswick), mainly over concerns about what it could do to drinking water.
Blog - Brent Patterson June 5
Brent Patterson | We celebrate with all activists and organizations that helped to free Rubén Herrera -- and we continue to express solidarity with community resistance against harmful mining and dam projects.
Blog - Brent Patterson June 4
Brent Patterson | Defenders of the Land, Idle No More and other groups are organizing a 'Sovereignty Summer' for the coming months.
Blog - Brent Patterson May 30
Brent Patterson | This Tuesday, mayor of Alexandroupoli Vaggelis Lampakis and activist Maria Kadoglou spoke in Ottawa about mines being developed in their country by Vancouver-based Eldorado Gold.
Blog - Brent Patterson May 28
Photo: Jimmy Emerson/flickr
Brent Patterson | In 2012, we noted that Colchester County Council had voted to consider an "Atlantic Industrial Services application to dump 'treated' frack-wastewater down the Debert sewer system."
Blog - Brent Patterson May 23
Photo: leliebloem/flickr
Brent Patterson | The Council of Canadians and the Blue Planet Project stands with the more than 200 communities and civil society organizations in Peru who are demanding an end to destructive mining practices.
Blog - Brent Patterson May 20
Gros Morne National Park
Brent Patterson | Gros Morne National Park's status as a world heritage site may be in jeopardy due to plans for controversial oil exploration on Newfoundland's west coast.
Blog - Brent Patterson May 14
Protest in front of the area where Pacific Rim is exploring in Cabanas, El Salva
Brent Patterson | Blue Planet Project campaigner Meera Karunananthan is currently on a fact-finding mission on mining and water in El Salvador. She is participating in an international delegation.
Blog - Brent Patterson May 6
Image: Jared Rodriguez / t r u t h o u t; Adapted: tourist_on_earth, scottog
Brent Patterson | The Council of Canadians has joined with more than 30 groups to call on Alberta Premier Alison Redford to remove Gerry Protti as the chair of the province's new energy regulator.
Blog - Brent Patterson May 2
The Council of Canadians Vancouver chapter participates in Monday's Toxic Tour.
Brent Patterson | On Monday a 'Toxic Tour' march took place to 'expose Vancouver-based mining companies.' The tour started at the Goldcorp SFU Centre for the Arts and ended at the BC Mining Week's Opening Gala Event.
Blog - Brent Patterson April 26
Brent Patterson | The Council of Canadians is working with the Canadian Labour Congress and Common Causes to support lobby days and demonstrations against the Harper government's cutbacks to Employment Insurance.