Saturday, October 20, 2018

October, Press Pass Pickets for Citizen Free News since 2007

Crossing the new Walterdale bridge today I spotted an fan 📢protesting the use of road salt on winter roads. No son, that's not me your dad, that's a real Oiler fan! 📢

I have advised the sheriffs and the Sergeant-at-Arms of the (#Ableg) Alberta Legislature that I will continue my picket indefinitely, perhaps beyond the next Provincial election 2019. I'm looking forward to following the fall session from the public (Not Press) gallery in the meantime. Citizen Free News was esablihed in 2007 as Civil Information Activism, citizens being the media. Since 2007 thousands of 📢Albertan's voices have been heard across Canada, around the world again and again and...! Over half a million views on YouTube over a million minutes watched. Citizen free news are active citizens stepping up in thier community and being the news media. Besides free speech and freedom of expression our Charter of Rights and Freedoms gives all Canadians the right to be the press, to be the news media. That Charter of Right and Freedom of the press does not apply only to the corporate news media in Canada such as Global, Chorus, TheRebel, CBC, CTV, Bell, Post Media... It's a right and freedom of every Canadian to add thier voice by being the news media.  

October 18, 2018 #WomensHistoryMonth #Persons Day #AbLeg Abpoli 🌹
My picket for a press pass into our Alberta Legislature assembly now in my 64 th. day continues... Citizen Free News ' Why I Picket" 
Citizen Free News Picket/Press Release Oct 13, 2018, Phase 2 Press Pass Picket now includes public places. The #AbLeg Sergeant-at-Arms was advised this picket will continue indefinitely. Dean Bennett Legislature press gallery president Emma L.Graney Edmonton Sun and Graham Thomsom former Journalist for the Edmonton Journal. cc Global Edmonton, CBC, Edmonton and CTV Edmonton. Doug Brinkman Citizen Free News - 30-

My friend Richard joined me by the Alberta Legislature Federal BLDG, for a photo next to my painting 'Last of the Alberta Caribou' during my noon hour press pass picket day #60. It was great to see so many #NDP & #UCP MLAs outside today enjoying the sunshine during the lunch hour. I talked to Minister of Agriculture and Forestry the Hon. Oneil Carlier and he tells me the consultation process is slow and complicated protecting caribou (and jobs in the forest industry). Woodland caribou, Canada's icon continue to decline as some provinces including Alberta have not met the protection deadlines set by the Federal Government. Continued...
October 9, 2018: Press Pass Picket Day#58 
Press Pass Picket Day#58
I had a brief meeting with the Alberta Legislative Sergeant-at-Arms Brian Hodgson. The same man who verbally banned me June 2016 from showing my paintings depicting the Alberta wildfires and rains The Fire and Rain art project on the grounds. Brian explained that the Government of Alberta cannot help me get a press pass. Only the press core has that power. The question remains ' does the Alberta Legislature belong to Albertans or just to the corporations of Canada including the news media (party)? I hold no grudge towards Brian personally and I've come to respect the man and the job he and his team does since I moved into the Alberta Legislature public (Not Press) gallery last fall. 
Day #55 Press Pass Picket on the Alberta Legislature grounds. 
Albertans are still waiting for Trans Mountain to be built. 

October Status versus Motion art project Notes: I will not be producing YouTubes from the rallies, protests and vigils outside the Alberta Legislature because my camera and sound equipment are no longer reliable for shooting video. Having no funding to purchase new equipment, I'll continue attending rallies when the opportunity presents itself, take notes, photos and publish news reports on my blog. This October MLAs and news media parties will be returning to the Alberta Legislature Assembly for debates and question period and I'll be attending these fall sessions any chance I can to follow up on the business inside the assembly from the public (Not Press) gallery. News and press pass pickets continue on the Alberta Legislature grounds. #KnowHope #BridgingTheGap #ArtIsFreedom #HotAirNews #Ableg #Abpoli #Canpoli #Listen

Introduced to the Alberta Legislature assembly as Citizen News.
 MLA Greg Clark for Calgary-Elbow 

October 5, 2018: Got er done! Good start to the long weekend. #HappyThanksgiving. "Big Tree" On the Alberta Legislature grounds. 
Painting About The News Stories That Matter
Painting about the news stories that matter is a news feature I added March 30, 2015 to help improve my citizen free news outreach on my citizen reporting of news stories that relate to community, political, environmental, human rights and civil rights stories.

A young first nations man says he stops often by the Edmonton Happy Wall to post his message KNOW HOPE. One day while watching him create his KNOW HOPE message, another man, a white man walked by me saying "KNOW HOPE should be NO HOPE!" I said why not ask the man why he puts up "KNOW HOPE?" He just kept walking and said nothing. Some folks are like that, they talk it but rarely stop to question it, #listen.  

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Before The Orange Crush - The Alberta NDP and Social Media

Before The Orange Crush
"Our revolution is a peaceful revolution" - Rod Loyola 
Rod Loyola empowered the people during rallies to be the media.

"It is a caucus (NDP) full of Rod Loyolas" 
- Ezra Levant Emergency Town-Hall Meetings, June 2015. YouTube

📢Before the Orange Crush: I use my activist friend Rod Loyola now an #NDP MLA for Edmonton-Ellerslie for the opening and closing titles for these archival YouTubes before the NDP formed Government in Alberta 2015. Rod always reminded people during rallies, protests and vigils how important social media is to empowering peaceful revolutions and change. With the show of empty press gallery seats inside our Alberta Legislature it serves as a testament that today's corporate news media party are becoming more irrelevant in influencing election outcomes and those who embrace social media's tools such as blogs, twitters, facebooks and youtubes continue an upward trend in news and information. On the night of June 2015 in a packed Chateau Louis hotel conference room I'll never forget Ezra Levant encouraging his audience at the end of his meeting to be the media just as Rod Loyola would say after rallies and protests.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Weed is legal now suck it! The 420 Politics of Civil Disobedience

These are news clips re-published between 2008 to 2018 following the mass 420 civil disobedience actions on the Alberta Legislature grounds and inside Sir Winston Churchill Square by pot activist's in Edmonton. Some activists have said they are not happy with Justin Trudeau's election promise to legalize pot because they never wanted businesses and governments to profit from a culture that was created by the drug dealers in the first place. Other 420 pot activists are pleased giving Rachel Notley's NDP a thumbs up for a job well done in consulting Albertans, preparing the Province to legalize pot. Some pot activists wanted smoking pot simply decriminalized and all those with criminal records be exonerated. One pot activist said during this year's 420 that the Province is not ready to legalize pot and say's it's going to be a shit storm all across Canada. I don't smoke pot and I've always said I may try it once it's legal to smoke. But today now that it's legal in Canada I still won't rush out to smoke it because I don't think our health care system and police are ready for the shit storm either. The nagging question for me is how will the City of Edmonton, The Province of Alberta and Rachel Notley's Government guarantee our children and grandchildren will be protected from second hand smoke of pot (and cigarettes) in public places?
Last Minute Banner[ing] City Hall

Thursday, September 27, 2018

September month of rallies and staged political photo opts

Police and Peace Officers’ Memorial Day - September 30, 2018

HateFree Yeg Day Rally September 30, 2018 Full Story YouTube. In attendance to today's rally included Global TV Edmonton, CTV Edmonton, Edmonton Journal, several Alberta Party nomination hopefuls, political incumbents (NDP) David Sheppard and Ward 6 City Councilor Scott McKeen.  The event was a politically staged photo opt inside Sir Winston Churchill Square using the city's September 30 proclamation of Hate Free Yeg Day as a backdrop. In comparison the 2017 Womans march drew over a thousand after the swearing in of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States. It's seems easier for Albertans to gather in the hundreds criticizing the racism and hate of other nations rather than attending local rallies to deal with racism and hate that exist's in our own backyard Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.  Altogether I counted 50 participants in attendance including myself.
Womans March and Counter Protests YouTube Playlist

#BridgingTheGap - Racism and Hate
September 25, 2018: I had the honour and privilege being invited by my MLA (NDP) David Sheppard to join a full house of 100 participants made up of mostly Muslim guests and NDP volunteers to help conduct an Edmonton/Center anti-racism consultation. The discussion tonight was focused on the Anti-Racism Community Grant (ARCG) that will be added to the growing 96 Billion projected Provincial debt.  I questioned Mr. Sheppard after his opening remarks on racism, his referencing the 9/11 Soldiers of Odin protest that was alleged to take place by local corporate news media party and social media as a anti-Muslim protest outside the Commonwealth Stadium on September 11th. A news story that went viral the day before and continued for days after on social media and on public airwaves radio and TV, regardless there was no follow-up or confirmation that the protest even happened. The NDP Government is preparing to send tax funded grants to community and indigenous non-profit organizations to help support initiatives that will raise awareness and understanding of racism and it's impact on Albertans.  Related/YouTube Citizen Free News 2017 Interview with a man during a Soldiers of Odin rally

Saudi demands Canada apology, not a 'banana republic' 

September 27, 2018 Aljazeera: Today Saudi Arabia demanded an apology from Canada for calling for the release of Saudi women's rights activists and that Canada stops treating the kingdom as "a banana republic" In local news Alberta Legislature grounds keepers have removed all the banana trees from the front of the Alberta Legislature. I asked a gardener how old were these trees they were uprooting destined for the compost pile and he replied maybe 2 - 3 years in growth. "Sad" I said "not much of a life span transplanted here in front the Leg for a few months just for show" and at such wasteful expense I thought to myself. I remember the time not long ago spring session when MLA Derek Fildebrandt posted a photo of the banana trees on twitter referring to these little Musas as a palm trees and a sign of global warming... 
The term banana republic describes a politically unstable country with an economy dependent upon the exportation of a limited-resource product, such as bananas or minerals. Wikipedia. 

September 27, 2018: A small group of about 20 gathered Thursday evening inside the Alberta Legislature Federal building with the MLA (UCP) Finance critic Drew Barns who gave guests an opportunity to learn the future of where Alberta's finances might he headed if the United Conservative party were to form the next Alberta Government next year. Drew emphasized Albertans must begin to demand more respect from thier government's spending of thier hard earned tax money. Drew was confident in saying that if the current NDP is replaced with his party the United Conservatives next spring, there would be an immediate reaction of investments coming back into Alberta after ridding the carbon tax, lowing corporate taxes and setting up a Ministry responsible to ridding some of the heavy burdens of red tape and regulations that has discouraged investments to come into Alberta. Drew stated he believes under current Federal and Provincial Governments only the keystone pipeline will be built. 

ASL- LSQ for 3rd Official Language in Canada 

September 22, 2018: Calgarians bused up to Edmonton and joined other Albertans to rally at the Alberta Legislature and join others cities across Canada for ASL LSQ Recognition in Accessibility Canada Act. Facebook Page 

September 16, 2018, YouTube: Hussain the Saviour of Humanity, Edmonton 2018,  Filmed at the Alberta Legislature for Citizen Free News. Understanding our Muslim friends, neighbors, and community is a Citizen Free News Feature.

Related YouTube: Arbaeen's Walk from Najaf to Karbala - Photos Alberta UofA

August 30, 2018: Federal court quashes construction license for #TransMountain - CBC. 

Alberta Legislature Press Pass Picket  Continues...
Could NDP Bubble Zones Prevent Right 
To Strike in Future? YouTube 

Democracy are two wolves and a lamb voting on 
what to eat for lunch, later we all pick up the tab

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

August - B.C. was Burning, Alberta was Smoke'n

Enjoy Labour day long weekend 

International Overdose Awareness Day
August 31, 2018: Inside Constable Ezio Faraone Park where families and friends gathered in the rain to remember loved ones lost to overdose. Earlier in the day I got my free naloxone kit with training next to the Alberta Legislature steps. FULL STORY 

August 30, 2018 Press Pass Picket: While picketing the Alberta Government for a press pass, Mr. Lorne Dach (NDP) MLA for Edmonton-McClung watched quietly off to the side while his tour of around 50 surrounded me and began taking pictures of me holding my picket sign. I gave out my business cards including one to Mr Dach who is our deputy chair of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts and member of the Standing Committee on Alberta’s Economic Future. I only stayed for a few minutes because Mr Dach being patient was getting ready for a photo opt with his guests. Photo taken during my August cariwest press pass picket - See YouTube/ Enjoy Your Freedoms

August 30, 2018: Federal court quashes construction license for #TransMountain - CBC

#649 th. Art Show, Demonstration, Picket
Alberta Legislature August 17, 2018
August 17, 2018: I knew I was going to give a painting away today before I made it to the Alberta Legislature grounds for my #649 th. noon art show. This is Rob with his wife Pam and thier son Tristan from Fort McMurray with a painting titled The Flowering Bush, painted on the legislature grounds in the spring of 2017 during my Canada 150 art is freedom series. YouTube The Flowering bush: Syrian man says 'Thank You Canada' 🍁 150 #AbLeg  Guests were invited to take my paint and brush and flowers to my canvas. 

The Lord Strathcona's Horse (Royal Canadians) walk by my outdoor art show on the Legislature grounds. Artist bLog The 2016 Fire and Rain art project on Alberta wildfires

Alberta Air Quality 
Worse than Beijing and New Delhi
Globe and Mail, 2015 
River Valley Smoke'n 2016, 2017, 2018

Special Air Quality Statement in effect for Alberta last week, yesterday, today and... every year around this time during Alberta's small window of summer! August 26, 2015: Alberta air quality worse than Beijing and New Delhi " Globe and Mail.  Not such a good morning after all Mike!

August 10, 2018: "Smokey Silence", Elizabeth Fry silent Prisoner Justice Day protest, Art show and demonstration Alberta Legislature grounds. YouTube The 2016 Fire and Rain art project, focused on the wildfires and rain in Alberta.

August 9, 2018: Victims of sexual violence gathered on the steps of the Alberta Legislature to share thier stories. The organizer of the event called on the Federal Government for tougher sentences for sex crimes against children.  

August 6, 2018 Posters promoting the 2018 Status versus motion art project have being going up on city provided kiosks since April this year. Recently this month I noticed someone has been colouring in my posters. I appreciate and welcome this act of free expression and thank the person or persons who keeps my posters clear and unobstructed.  

August 4, 2018 Chevi Rabbit's 7th Annual 
Saturday's 7th annual Hate to Hope rally and walk, a yearly media event organized by local Edmonton activist Chevi Rabbit who is the first transgender person on Avenue Edmonton magazine's annual Top 40 Under 40 list. This 2018 rally fell somewhat flat compared to past successful #H82Hope events lacking attendance with only a couple dozen people without the presence of Chevi Rabbit who did not show up to his own event, later apologizing by text. Rabbit was seen on Global news earlier in the day doing an interview about today's event. There were a couple props on hand promoting the Edmonton food bank and a tent with a few volunteers available to talk with guests about this year's theme on mental health. The Food Bank left early with no food and the mental health tent acted as a backdrop for photo opts. There was no walk after the rally but instead there were opening and closing musical performance to today's rally that complimented the 6 speakers who spoke from the steps of the Alberta Legislature.  The speakers spoke about political and mentoring issues while 2 speakers spoke specifically about the mental illnesses of PTSD depression and bipolar. At the end of today's rally I noticed 3 people dancing next to the steps to the musical and dance performance of Jaguarr Bajwa and his friend, later growing to about 10 dancing the Punjab way, having fun while most had already gone home. Others were away from the steps doing photo opts and interviews with a couple news media cameramen from Global TV and City.  NDP MLA Chris Nielson accompanied with MLA Mrs. Jessica Littlewood were the opening guest speakers to today's event. Chris spoke on politics of hate from the point of view of the Government while Jessica stood next to Chris remaining silent. Later Jessica encouraged other speakers to gather around the podium saying it's better we do this together because I know what it's like speaking alone.  Citizen free news

August 4, 2018 Speakers Corner: Asking Albertans at random was it right for Vancouver talk show host Charles Adler to tweet Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, scolding Ricardo Miranda's choice of words used in a tweet and suggesting to the Premier Ricardo be removed from caucus?

Saturday, July 7, 2018

July On Guard for thee, Maple Leaves all Seasons

Monday July 30, 2018. 'On guard for thee' from my 2016 Fire and Rain art project on Alberta wildfires and rains has been retired and has found a new home inside the Alberta Legislature in the office of the Superintendent of the Alberta Legislature Sheriffs. 
I am a man on guard for thee Continued...

If life hands you lemons, make some lemonade!
Most politicians will be busy flipping pancakes, marching in parades, nomination meetings, campaigning and preparing themselves for next year's highly anticipated Provincial election. So I'd though I share a bit about my own story as a citizen news activist of 11 years and how I got to the point of picketing/ protesting the Alberta Government on issues related to free speech, freedom of expression and freedom of the press and media beginning February 2016.  
Enjoy Your Freedoms!

Premier Rachel Notley and friends serve up pancake breakfasts during the WORKS
 Jason Kenney joins supporters for an early morning rainy K-Days breakfast

July 23, 2018: Globe and Mail 'Jason Kenney warns Alberta Conservatives that promoting hate will not be tolerated.' Graphic created early spring 2018

📢K-Days Parade 2018 Edmonton  YouTube: Featuring MLAs of the NDP Government led by the Honourable Deputy leader Sarah Hoffman, United Conservative official opposition MLAs lead by the Honourable leader Jason Kenney and the Honourable MLA Greg Clark with the former mayor of Edmonton, Stephen Mandel now leader of Alberta Party Tags include #CTV #EPS #EMS.
"It's all good" citizen free news!

July 19, 2018 Re-Release Pipelines Speakers Corner For, Against and Why? YouTube -  Citizen Free News: Pipelines Alberta United, A Nation Divided.

SPEAKERS CORNER Was it ethical for a Vancouver news radio talk show host Charles Adler to tweet Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and suggest Minister Ricardo Miranda be removed from NDP caucus ? I'll post my results on YouTube early August. 
July 17, 2018: Minister Ricardo Miranda removed his tweet and followed up with an apology after talk radio Charles Aldler tweeted: Who the hell are you and what on earth are you doing as a people's representative? I have nothing to do with the leadership of your caucus. But if I had any clout, you'd be sitting as an independent right now. You're a disgusting embarrassment to democracy. Adler also sent this message to @RachelNotley. Before Ricardo's tweet caught the attention of the news media, women on Ricardo's twitter feed had already complained to the Minister his poor choice of words.

July 11, 2018, NDP MLA Doctor Bob Turner spoke to a crowd of 150 from the steps of the Alberta Legislature after a march by residential school survivors and their families through downtown Edmonton to acknowledge the 50th anniversary of the Edmonton Indian Residential School shutting down.

Includes the Honorable Premier Rachel Notley's Canada day speech.