Brent Patterson

Brent Patterson

Brent Patterson is the executive director of Peace Brigades International-Canada. He supported cross-country activism at the Council of Canadians for almost 20 years. Brent has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Saskatchewan and an M.A. in International Relations from York University. He lives in Ottawa on the traditional, unceded, and unsurrendered territories of the Algonquin nation.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015
The Council of Canadians is Prepared to Push the New Liberal Government on Key Campaign Areas
More than a year ago the Council of Canadians set twin objectives for this federal election: to get out the vote and to defeat the Harper government. Both were accomplished last night. More than 17.5 million people, about 68 per cent of all eligible voters, cast a ballot in this election. That's a...
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Monday, June 08, 2015
Will the Climate Justice Movement "Seattle" the Paris Talks?
While the New York Times editorial board says , "The Paris [climate summit] may well be the world’s last, best chance to get a grip on a problem that, absent urgent action over the next decade, could spin out of control", most are already bracing for another massive failure by the political elite...
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Monday, January 19, 2015
What Does the Falling Price of Oil Mean for the Pipelines We Oppose?
Will the falling price of oil affect the construction of the proposed Energy East, Trans Mountain, Northern Gateway and other pipelines? What are the economics of pipelines with multi-billion dollar price tags when the price of oil is now at about $40, well below the break-even point of $65-70 for...
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Monday, October 06, 2014
Spectre of NAFTA Investor-State Challenge Looms over New Brunswick Fracking Moratorium
On September 22 the people of New Brunswick voted clearly and decisively against fracking. They defeated the incumbent government that was backing (and was backed by) the fracking industry and elected a government that promises to implement a moratorium against fracking. And so far the premier-...
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Harper Will Be a No-Show for UN Climate Summit Next Week
The New York Times editorial board has commented , "The Paris [climate summit in December 2015] may well be the world’s last, best chance to get a grip on a problem that, absent urgent action over the next decade, could spin out of control." Bill McKibben has stated , "In order to spur those talks...
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Monday, July 28, 2014
The Right to Water in Gaza
After almost three weeks of bombing, the death toll in Gaza rose to more than 1,030 on Sunday. The Palestinian poet Jehan Bseiso writes , "There’s more blood than water today in Gaza." Haaretz notes , "After two and a half weeks of bombardments from the air and ground, roughly two-thirds of the...
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Monday, June 16, 2014
Five Strategies to Stop the Northern Gateway Pipeline from Being Built
The Harper government must announce its decision on the 525,000 barrels per day Northern Gateway tar sands export pipeline by midnight tomorrow. On CTV's Question Period yesterday, Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, president of the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs, said, "We fully expected the...
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