Wednesday, June 13, 2018

June, 2018: Alberta Legislature Politics, Protests & Hot Air News

June 15, 2018 First batch of  11x17" Status versus Motion art project posters went up on City provided kiosks: Pipelines, Caribou, Schools, Bubble Zones, LGBTQ and growing Debt were just some of the debates carried out by Honorable members during the 4th session of the 29th Legislature. The Status versus Motion Poster was inspired from the unity that was expressed by all Alberta Legislature members at the beginning of the 4th session assuring the Trans-Mountain pipeline will be built to tidewater to increase delivery of Alberta and Canadian energy products safe, efficiently to markets while maintaining an energy economy benefiting Albertans and all Canadians. Adding the words Fair, Efficient, Open and Competitive as a title was inspired by the Government and opposition members debates during the final days of the 4th session relating to new protection for Alberta power consumers that would help stabilize electricity prices, while better protecting Albertans from incorrect power bills. The two old guys talking politics and B.C. apples was inspired by Bill 12, Preserving Canada’s Economic Prosperity Act that waa added to the tool box of options available to the Alberta Government that could be used on British Columbia if they continue to delay the Trans-Mountain pipeline construction to tidewater.     

The Status versus Motion art project began April, 2018 as an extension of Citizen Free 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 it...
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"Parade" by Doug Brinkman YouTube 

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. 

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 YouTube: 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)

The best things in life are negotiable. Having seen our Alberta Legislature press gallery sit mostly empty during daytime and evening sittings, I'm willing to work with Speaker Robert Wanner's office by using the press gallery only on days where the Corporate news media don't require the entire press gallery seating area such as budget days, first day throne speeches and special events. Willing to wear a suit and tie leaving my Oilers Jersey at home while working inside the press gallery. I would respect and comply to all rules set forth from the Speaker's office. It's time for citizens who report the news to have thier seat in the Alberta Legislature press gallery. A free press means a free Alberta. Continued...

June 5, 2018:
Adam MacDonald walks for Murdered, 
Missing and Homeless people. YouTube

Citizen Free News Archival Photo by Doug Brinkman For Citizen Free News: Local communists hang banner inside Sir Winston Churchill Square, Edmonton in preparation for protests against the Conservative Government.

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.  


Excerpt: By S.M.Elliott, Swallowing The Camel
Guest Contributor (my wife) For Citizen Free News 

To hear the loudspeaker rants and read the tweets, you would think that a grave and peculiar miscarriage of justice has been playing out in England, that a “citizen journalist” was dragooned simply for “speaking out against crime” and “exercising his rights.” But the truth is… This is not a free speech issue. 

“Robinson’s” actions fall under the strict liability rule in the Contempt of Court Act 1981, which you can read here. In addition, Section 41 of the Criminal Justice Act of 1925 (still in force and effect) forbids taking “a photograph, portrait or sketch” not only in courtrooms, but “in the building or in the precincts of the building in which the court is held, or if it is a photograph, portrait or sketch taken or made of the person while he is entering or leaving the court–room or any such building or precincts as aforesaid.” [emphasis mine] Continued...

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Rod Loyola 'Problem Reaction Solution' al quds day

'Problem Reaction Solution' 
al quds day with NDP Rod Loyola

Commentary, June 9, 2018: Unlike the last time Edmonton's NDP MLA Rod Loyola made a speech to the Palestinian community accompanied with MLA Nicole Goehring on Nakba Day when he embraced the moment to politicize Nakba Day vying for votes for his NDP party. This time it was the old Rod Loyola activist I remembered from over the years at rallies and protests as a defender of human rights and freedoms for all people. This time Rod emphasized the need for practical solutions to the problems that face Palestinians today. 

Marxist Leninist leader and Edmonton Coalition against War and Racism (ECAWAR) Peggy Morton gave a speech that compares to tires spinning in the mud, going nowhere fast and accomplishing nothing more than stirring up frustration and anger towards Zionists and Imperialists including Canadian, U.S. and Israeli Governments over Palestinian woes. Most of tonight speakers followed Peggy's lead offering not much for practical solutions for peace in the middle east for the Palestinian and Israeli people as a whole. A few Communist and Socialist accompanied tonight's rally of 40-60 made up of mostly Muslims and Palestinians citizens. The news media party did not attend tonight's rally. 

To conclude Peggy Morton and most of tonight's speakers seemed lost in a zone of problem, reaction with no solutions while Rod brought with him several solutions for Palestinians to ponder and put to good use once they get over thier anger and emotions that Peggy and others inspired tonight.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

May, 2018: Alberta Legislature Politics, Protests & Hot Air News

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.  

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Julie Payette Governor General arrives at the Alberta Legislature

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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.

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 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.

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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

Last of the Alberta Caribou - Status versus Motion art project

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: For, Against and Why?


May 30, 2018: Outdoor press scrum, Premier Rachel Notley joined with caucus makes announcement about Trans-Mountain pipeline. I stood behind the news media quietly holding my press pass picket banner in one hand while recording the announcement with my camera in my other hand.  The Sheriff tapped me on the shoulder and asked me to back up and I respectfully obeyed. 

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.

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Pipeline Archives 2013 - 2018

Monday, May 14, 2018

The Troubled Media "Lock Her Up!"

Rebel Media Stage's 2nd. Alberta Leg. Rally

April 14, 2018: Rebel Media Ezra Levant hosted his second rally in 2 years protesting the Trudeau and Notley Government on the steps of the Alberta Legislature with pro-pipelines, anti-carbon tax and climate change denial as thier main speaking points.  No Alberta MLAs or federal politicians were featured at this rally like Ezra's first protest rally at the Leg. where politicians from both provincial and federal opposition parties spoke. This time Ezra invited ordinary working Canadians to come to his podium that included a farmer, entrepreneur, labourer from B.C. and former veteran who now works in the oil industry. Climate denial was a theme that was repeated several times by guest speakers, Ezra Levant and Alberta Rebel corespondent Sheila Gunn Reid. At one point of today's rally Sheila had the crowd chanting "Lock Her Up" referring to the premier of Alberta the Honorable Rachel Notley. Ezra had two body guards dressed in black suits, ties and dark sunglasses flank him at all times while Sheila freely worked the crowds with her camera interviewing  guest speakers and protesters randomly. NDP Rod Loyola's name came up during Sheila's address to the crowd as did Rachel Notley's former adviser Tzepoah Berman whose name has come up many times from the official UCP opposition during question periods. Ezra Levant during his Edmonton 2015 emergency town hall meeting said the NDP Notley Government caucus was made up of Rod Loyola's. Citizen Free News YouTube: Ezra Levant's 2015 Emergency Town hall Meeting - Edmonton 

Since the spring of the 2018 Alberta Legislature assembly members of the NDP Notley Government has accused members of the official opposition of being conspiracy theorists and climate deniers as I noted from the public gallery inside the Alberta Legislature. UCP Leader Jason Kenney was quoted responding to Rachel Notley during one of those question period sessions with "We are not climate deniers, we are carbon tax deniers." 

Doug Brinkman is the 
Pressman in the (public) gallery

Monday, April 30, 2018

April, 2018: Alberta Legislature Politics, Protests & Hot Air News

Sketch study from the Alberta Legislature public gallery inspired by Jason Kenney's motion declaring April 30 'Journey to Freedom Day' unanimously passed by the #Ableg assembly. Journey to Freedom Day Act is an Act recognizing April 30 of every year as a national day of commemoration of the exodus of Vietnamese refugees and their acceptance in Canada after the fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975. When I came to Alberta in 1979 to work as a newspaper pressman for the @Edmontonsun the Sun Sponsored Vietnamese boat people and gave them jobs in our production plant. I really enjoyed working with my Vietnamese Canadian Co-Workers, some of Canada's very best newspaper pressman!

Ken K. Kuo Quack Quack my co-worker at the Edmonton Sun, In China people know life like a river, going down a river, you never know what lies around the next bend. Sometimes water is like rapids, very bad time and hard at living. Sometimes it's calm, very happy to be alive, but always changing. Sometimes good times, sometimes bad times, but always changing.

April 28, 2018: Nicaragua unrest, Death Toll Rises, Alberta Rally's for Nicaragua: YouTube

April 27, 2018 Alberta Legislature
YouTube: Justice for Uyghurs East Turkistan 

East Turkestan: Around 120,000 Uyghurs Detained in Political Re-Education Camps RADIO FREE ASIA 

April 22, 2018: Canadian, Indian community gathered at the Alberta Legislature for 8 year girl Asifa Bano who was raped and murdered in India. They came today in solidarity with protesters in India and around the world calling for the death penalty of convicted rapists. 

April 21, 2018 Edmonton Coalition Against War and 
Racism (ECAWAR) brings Syrian's Bashir al-Assad's War 
to Edmonton YouTube

The civil uprising phase of the Syrian Civil War was an early stage of protests – with subsequent violent reaction by the Syrian Arab Republic authorities – lasting from March to 28 July 2011. The uprising, initially demanding democratic reforms, evolved from initially minor protests, beginning as early as January 2011 and transformed into massive protests in March. The uprising was marked by massive anti-government opposition demonstrations against the Ba'athist government of Bashar al-Assad, meeting with police and military violence, massive arrests and brutal crackdown, resulting in hundreds of casualties and thousands of wounded. Despite Bashar al-Assad's attempts to stop the protests with massive crackdown and use of censorship on one hand and concessions on the other, by the end of April, it became clear the situation was getting out of his control and the Syrian government deployed numerous troops on the ground. Wikipedia 

April 9, 2018 'I want to live' Spinraza for all! Laurie Young. Laurie says the Alberta Government will not pay for the health care needed to save her life. I introduced Laurie to Dr Swan Liberal MLA and promised her I would sent a copy on this YouTube to other Government and opposition MLA members. 

Is Alberta Ready for Legalize Pot? 420