Wednesday, August 15, 2018

August - Artistic freedom is complementary to press freedom

Active Citizenship- Social Artistry

The Status versus Motion art project began April, 2018 as an extension of Free Citizen News, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on the traditional lands of Treaty 6 territory. It's purpose is to improve the outreach and trustworthiness of citizen free news reporting on protests, rallies and vigils by Albertans relating to environmental, human rights and political issues and follows the business inside the Alberta Legislature and how the news media reports on that business. Citizen Free News Since 2007

#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

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?

Why I Picket (Artistic Freedom) Part 1

August 8, 2016, On one of Edmonton's busiest downtown street corners I protested the Alberta Government defending my right to freely express myself with art on the Alberta Legislature grounds after being verbally banned by Government officials 3 times that year including the sergeant-at-arms. 

Alberta Legislature, Civil Information Actions
Defending Freedom of Expression
The 2016 Fire and Rain art project that focused my canvases and camera on wildfires of Alberta was banned 3 times on the Alberta Legislature grounds by officials, including the Legislative Assembly's Sergeant-of-Arms who said showing art on the grounds was inappropriate. I was later threatened with police action by a City of Edmonton employee at the end of 2016 on New Year's Eve for showing a painting from the Fire and Rain collection 'Escape from Fort McMurray.' (See Water and Oil is Life- Non Violence) I defended my right to freedom of expression with Civil Information Actions by employing respect for people, property and the rule of law while picketing and being the media informing the public about the draconian behavior towards Canadian citizens of both Government of Alberta and the City of Edmonton. After 42 days in total during 2016 and 2017 (6 picketing the Alberta Government, 42 City of Edmonton) I won back my right and freedom to express myself with art in both public public places. The City has apologized March 2017 while the 3 Alberta Legislature officials who verbally banned me in 2016 remain unapologetic for thier verbal bans.

The Charter of Rights and Freedoms "They don't apply here" (Alberta Legislature) "I do." Sergeant-of-Arms Brian Hodgson June 2016, Verbal Art Ban YouTube

The Honourable (AP) MLA Rick Fraser for Calgary South-East receives 🌻Non-Violence, from my 2017 Canada 150 art collection,  my gift to Rick and his family for his public service to Albertans.
The Honourable Ms. Anam Kazim (NDP) MLA for Calgary-Glenmore receives a untitled painting May 3, 2016 during a noon hour art show on the Alberta Legislature grounds. I gave her a practice painting from my 2016 Fire and Rain art collection depicting the wildfires of Alberta. See Fire and Rain artist bLog. That same day evacuations commenced in Fort McMurray due to out of control wildfires surround the city. The Honourable Honourable Oneil Carlier (NDP) MLA for Whitecourt-Ste. Anne, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry later received a painting from the same art collection titled I have a white rose to give, my gift to Oneil after he encouraged me with a strong handshake to continue my picket on my first day of picketing the Alberta Government defending freedom of expression saying "That's what we (NDP) would do" 
See Fire and Rain art project on Alberta wildfires. 

EDMONTON November 2016: When I learned that local political activists were planning a 3 day and night prayer camp/protest in solidarity with the anti pipeline protest at Standing Rock, North Dakota U.S.A, I got out my pencils, sketch pad, canvases, cameras and set up an easel close by the protest from outside the perimeter of the camp to observe and report a news story on canvas and later on YouTube. Activists from the camp told me I was not permitted inside the camp to take pictures during ceremonies but only CBC Edmonton and the protesters were only allowed by the organizers to take photos. I learned later the City of Edmonton did not approve this camp with a permit or a permit for the open fire that was maintained 3 days and nights by the protesters. Limbs from park trees were hacked off and used to fuel the fire on the first day but later trucks were used to haul in cords of wood after police questioned protesters after receiving complaints that someone was spotted from the camp cutting city park trees. I remained outside the camp during the 3 days inside Sir Winston Churchill Square sketching, taking pictures and painting. Sometimes activists would come and watch me paint, take pictures of me at work and at one time the leader of the Communist Party of Alberta brought me over some cookies that she had baked for other activist friends inside the camp. On the final day the camp was taken down I had completed my painting, packed up my stuff and went home. Along the way I crossed paths with Jason Kenney, a former politician of the Harper Government. He and his friends had just come from attending a candlelight vigil for the Holodomor (Ukrainian: Голодомо́р) next to City Hall and Sir Winston Churchill square. Jason said the vigil was disrupted by a couple political activists shouting obscenities at the attendees while carrying placards into the crowd. The Holodomor vigil Jason and his friends had attended was adjacent to the prayer/protest camp in solidarity with #StandingRock so we wondered then if perhaps the same activists from inside the prayer camp were the same activists who upstaged the Ukrainian candlelight vigil. Prayer camp activist and communist party leader later confirmed to me that it was she and another communist friend who disrupted the Holodomor vigil and were glad they did so claiming the Holodomor was a lie. Jason Kenney and his friends were the first to hear the news story behind my freshly painted Water and Oil is Life- Non Violence. Jason really appreciated the story so I handed him the painting straight off the easel saying "what better man to have this painting, but a man who understands and appreciates its story" all the while thinking to myself "this guy could very well become our next Premier of Alberta."

Jason Kenney went on to become the leader of the Conservative party of Alberta and then joined forces with the Honorable Brian Jean, leader of her Majesty's official opposition party the Wildrose create the newly formed United Conservative Party of Alberta. Jason won the leadership of the United Conservative Party of Alberta and was sworn in as MLA January 30, 2018. 

2018 Womans March: Later the Alberta Communist Leader Naomi Rankin admitted on YouTube disrupting the Holodomor that the Hon. Jason Kenney had attended (Ukrainian: Голодомо́р) next to City Hall November 2016, claiming conspiracies and Nazi propaganda. During the 2017 Holodomor memorial inside Edmonton City Hall Mayor Don Iveson refereed to the 2016 act by communist activists a display of hate. YouTube

Interview with Alberta Communist Leader Naomi Rankin during 2018 Womans March

Paintings are not for sale but are given away or painted over for future art projects. All photos, art, editorial cartoons are free to share but please give me credit where credit is due. Doug Brinkman

Why I Picket (Press Freedom) Part 2

August 12, 2018: 40th day picket for a press pass into the Alberta Legislature. YouTube: Cariwest Festival, Press Pass Picketing in the Rain. Regardless the almost non attendance,  steady rain over the festival, I found this 40th picket since I began early this year the most productive picket calling for press pass privileges into the Alberta Legislature.  Citizen free news press pass denied, only Corporate News Media can apply. Continued ...


August 3, 2018: Today I completed my totem painting titling it Shame The man "The Man" is a slang phrase that refers to the government or to some other authority in a position of power. The bear head on the top of a totem has several meanings including strength and confidence, standing against adversity; taking action and leadership. The spirit of the bear is a strong source of support in times of difficulty. It provides courage and a stable foundation to face challenges. Totem poles can be used for public ridicule and are usually called shame poles. Created to embarrass individuals or groups when they did something wrong.

2016 'Out of sight' Totem
The first totem I painted on the #AbLeg grounds was in the summer of 2016.  Titled 'Out of sight' since most folks don't realize this totem exists on the Alberta Legislature grounds. I donated this painting to the Alberta Treasury and Finance department just as I had done so in prior years to help raise funds for the United Way. The painting never made it to the auction and no one from the Alberta Government seems to know what happened to it... very unfortunate indeed!

"Artistic freedom is 
complementary to press freedom" 
Deeyah Khan, Goodwill Ambassador

My definition of art has always been the same. It is about freedom of expression, a new way of communication. It is never about exhibiting in museums or about hanging it on the wall. Art should live in the heart of the people. Ordinary people should have the same ability to understand art as anybody else. I don’t think art is elite or mysterious. I don’t think anybody can separate art from politics. The intention to separate art from politics is itself a very political intention. Ai Weiwei

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. 

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

June, 2018: Fair, Efficient, Open and Competitive

Hard Copy distribution continues summer and fall

June 30, 2018, 13 Minute YouTube
Paula Kirman's 'March on Edmonton' Protesters of about 100 in attendance included political activists associated with Marxists, Socialists and Communists. The Edmonton Coalition Against War and Racism and Magranti, an organization that defends mostly Philippine migrant workers in Edmonton. Paula Kirman and Rod Loyola (NDP) MLA for Edmonton-Ellerslie took advantage of the rally to blame the leader of the United Conservative Party Jason Kenney and the former Harper Government for enacting laws separating migrant workers from thier families. Rod refereed to the Federal Conservatives as racists while one protester yelled 'deport Jason Kenney!" The corporate news media CTV and other news media ignored this and gave a watered down story over concerns of children being separated from parents who enter Canada and the US. illegally. 

Name calling opposition members seems part of the order of the day inside the Alberta Legislature by the NDP Government. One example during the 2018 spring session was when one NDP member yelled Jason Kenney as being an immigrant from Saskatchewan and was later called out as a point of order by deputy opposition leader Jason Nixon on Kenney's behalf. But because of the constant noise, laughter, yelling and desk pounding by NDP members during question period, Speaker Robert Wanner NDP MLA for Medicine Hat would often overrule points of order claiming he did not hear such words said in the assembly by his NDP colleagues.      

June 28, 2018: WCB Alberta - Justice Still Denied to Injured Workers 3 minute Citizen Free News YouTube

June 23, 2018: Citizen free news 420 interview with Ken Kirk - Asked if the Province was ready to legalize pot? Ken replied ' was I ready when the cops kicked down my door? 420 Activist Ken Kirk aka Doc Reefer was consulted by the NDP and is proud of the great job Minister Kathleen Ganley and Premier Rachel Notley have done in preparing the Province for the legalization of marijuana.

Windy under a tree - Alberta Legislature grounds YouTube
The windstorm ripping through Edmonton on Monday forced an evacuation, affected transit, downed trees and caused power issues. Blows me away Global Edmonton 

June 9, 2018: Citizen Free News/ The Status versus Motion art project. This weekend officials with the pride parade of Edmonton banned police, RCMP and Military from marching in future pride parades. Parade is a collection of archival Citizen Free News clips from Saturday's Pride Parade and from past parades where (EPS) police, R.C.M.P and military participated.
"Parade" YouTube 

June 7, 2018: #PrideMonth2018 Members of Liberal Party,  Alberta Party and United Conservative party joined the NDP Government raising of the Pride Flag. 

June 7, 2018: I was honoured to be introduced and receive the warm welcome by members of the Alberta Legislature by former leader of the Alberta Party Greg Clark MLA for Calgary-Elbow on the last day sitting of the 29th Legislature, 4th Session (2018)

June 2, 2018: Alberta Sheriffs and a hand full of protesters expected an anti Justin Trudeau Government rally protest at noon today on the steps of the Alberta Legislature. Sheriffs were contacted and advised of the rally as social media announcements were posted advertising events like this but no one responsible for calling the protest showed up or bothered to cancel the protest with officials. A Sheriff later confirmed that they are seeing no-show protests like this more often. 

Thursday, May 31, 2018

May, 2018: 96 Billion Debt, Bubble Zones & Drunken Salesmen

Quick Draw May 30, 2018 a giddy NDP Finance Minister Joe Ceci had just cracked a joke in the Alberta Legislature saying the United Conservative Party travels across Canada "like drunken salesmen" UCP Nathan Cooper MLA for Old-Didsbury -ThreeHills followed with questions relating to an earlier press scrum where Joe Ceci attended earlier in the day. Nathan claimed the Honorable Finance Minister was not honest with the news media (party). NDP deputy leader Brian Mason accused UCP leader Jason Kenney of slander during that debate but the Speaker later overturned Mason's point of order. Citizen free news

Quick draw May 24, 2018 #AbLeg #abpoli Notes from the public gallery. #AbLeg #abpoli Rachel Notley suggested her Gov. would be willing to buy #TransMountain back in Mid-May. Alberta Party Greg Clark questioned for more information from the 'off the record, back room operations' of the #NDP working out a plan to buy the pipeline. NDP responded they were being strategic  (quiet) about the matter. 
One of the most chronic debates inside our Alberta Legislature during question period I've noticed is how our public health care system quickly deteriorating.  

Citizen Free News YouTube
Julie Payette Governor General arrives at the Alberta Legislature

Citizen Free News YouTube

Citizen Free News YouTube

Rally For Women's Health - Endo March Alberta Legislature 2018 "Oh wow! This is great! I can wait for the world headquarters to see! I greatly appreciate your help bringing attention to this cause that means so much to so many." Alberta's Endo Revolution challenges Alberta Government and all opposition leaders to step it up for women's health for the next Provincial election.

Citizen Free News YouTube
 Alberta Legislature Front Steps Pro Life Rally
May 10, 2018 Choose Life

May 8, 2018 The Government closed down the assembly online cameras for the night so I headed to down for a Late Night Shift in the #Ableg public gallery. This is a sketch study of a plant next to the Sergeant at Arms Mace. Tonight MLA Derek Fildebrandt was the only one who voted against the 150 meter increase from 50 amendment to Health Minister Sarah Hoffman's bill 9 'bubble zone' while all United Conservative Caucus vacated the assembly during the vote. The bubble zone was created in hopes woman are not harassed by extremists outside abortion clinics. Fildebrandt argued there was no need for bill 9 legislation bubble zones because there are laws in place to deal with lawless aggressive people.

Citizen Free News YouTube
June 15, 2015 Throne Speech

May 6, 2018 YouTube 
Water is life in petroleum made plastic bottles

Another protest by Albertans against the oil industry in Alberta was staged on the Alberta Legislature steps. For several hours this afternoon pro clean water activists sang songs, drummed, danced and chanted "water is life!'  Food and water in plastic bottles were brought in by activists during this hot afternoon regardless Legislature drinking fountains were operational and available on the grounds. Many of the activists came across the Province just as ene elder from Banff who drove all the way to Edmonton to speak for a full 5 minutes. Ironically petroleum made products including the fuel used to drive activists to Edmonton were used to stage this clean water protest against both the federal, provincial Governments and the oil industries in Canada. 

PLASTICS: Marine life is facing "irreparable damage" from the millions of tonnes of plastic waste which ends up in the oceans each year, the United Nations has warned. Nearly all the plastic ever created still exists in some form today. Drinks bottles are one the most common types of plastic waste. Some 480bn plastic bottles were sold globally in 2016 - that's a million bottles per minute. BBC Science Source Magazine

May 5, 2018 Save our Doctor Visconti YouTube:  About 50 patients rallied on the steps of the Alberta Legislature Saturday calling on Health Minister Sarah Hoffman to allow Sherwood Park Doctor Vincenzo Visconti practice medicine again. Alberta Health Link 811 not working out finding other doctors for patients who are frustrated with Alberta’s College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Disappearing Alberta Caribou and Economic Studies

Last of the Alberta Caribou - On Tour May 20, 2018: A group of hikers and I shared our thoughts on the endangered caribou in Alberta. Photo taken by Excelsior creek, site of the 2014 wildfire that devastated 5000 hectares inside Jasper National park that's home to several small Caribou herds. The two men in the center of the photo responded by saying the Caribou is Canada's animal and we must protect them. First Nations in the Province relies on it's continued existence. I filmed thier reactions for private use and respectfully did not publish a YouTube. See The 2016 Fire and Rain art project on the blog side bar that focused my camera and canvases on the wildfires in Alberta that year. 

Global Edmonton March 26, 2018: A caribou researcher says Alberta’s decision to suspend portions of its draft plan to help the threatened animals recover is the first major test of the federal Species at Risk Act. Canadian Press

Caribou and Jobs

Protect Caribou and Jobs - Alberta Legislature Rally

Pipelines, Alberta United, A Nation Divided

April 14, 2018, YouTube: Oil, pipelines trickle effect for jobs, prosperity in Canada. Filmed during Ezra Levant's rally at the Alberta Legislature.  Citizen Free News


April 12, 2018 Alberta Legislature rally for Kinder Morgan pipelines Features speeches and interviews by NDP Deron Bilous, Alberta Party Stephen Mandel, Independent Derek Fildebrandt, UCP Leela Sharon Aheer and UCP official part leader Jason Kenney. Citizen Free News

April 14, 2018 The Masked Man Who Disrupted The Kinder Morgan Rally. Includes Citizen Free News Archives of another pro-pipeline rally 2016 at the Alberta Legislature. Citizen Free News

March 10, 2018: First Speakers Corner that asks the question: 'Pipelines: For, Against and Why?' began during an anti-pipeline rally in front of the Alberta Legislature steps. Picture of me with the organizer Mads Zazulak before today's anti-pipeline protest 'Protect the Inlet in Edmonton' in front of the Alberta Legislature. Most of the 20 people in attendance were against the pipelines while 3 including myself were for increased capacity flow along side the current trans-mountain pipelines. We had a peaceful round circle of sharing ideas, frustration, anger and solutions. Some were later shared on a YouTube called 'Speakers Corner' Afterwards we had smudge ceremony, drumming, we shook hands and hugged. It was a great rally organized Ms Zazulak. Citizen Free News

If the trans-mountain pipeline were to fail, the Honourable Minister NDP Brian Mason might want to reconsider the merits of the team effort required to winning football games over billiards as he suggested while debating bill 12 inside our Alberta Legislature.