Monday, June 13, 2016

Alberta Farmers & Ranchers Rally Against Bill 6 and I got shit

"You're paintings are not appropriate for the site" - Brian Hodgson 

June 14, 2016 : Sergeant-at-Arms Brian Hodgson, a man to whom I've never met before until the noon hour of this summer day came up to me like a charging bear while I was showing my paintings from my 2016 Fire and Rain art project  next to the wading pool in front of the Alberta Legislature. Brian was critical of me, my art and my news activism. How dare  that I would freely express myself as any Canadian can with artwork on Brian's Legislature grounds.  Hodgson's criticize my news work publish on YouTubes covering protests by farmers and ranchers angry over the Government's bill 6 legislature for lack of consultation. He claimed my news stories were inaccurate and hurting the (Alberta) Government inside. I argued back saying I have rights to freely express myself on the grounds and that my paintings were not for sale but were displayed on the grounds depicting the news stories relating Alberta wildfires. He said my Charter of Rights and Freedoms don't apply on the Legislature grounds while he was is in charge. At this point I turned on my recording device and recorded the Sergeant-at-Arms telling me that I was not allowed to continue to showing my art on the Alberta Legislature grounds. "You're paintings are not appropriate for the site!" claimed Brian Hodgson 

I protested the Alberta Government by picketing the following day defending my right to freely express myself with art on the Legislature grounds for a second time this year. The first time I was banned was by the facilities manager L.B. who represents the Ministry of Infrastructure (Brian Mason's Ministry). She claimed it was because of liability concerns, that someone could get hurt with my art and that  I could no longer continue to paint or show my art on the Alberta Legislature grounds. She verbally banned me the same week when Sheila Gunn Reid of the Rebel Media was banned from reporting inside the Alberta Legislature by Sheriffs. This was starting to make sense to me as to why I was being prevented from painting and showing my art on the Legislature grounds. Especially when I've been painting and showing my art since here since 2014 and no one seemed to give a shit until now.  Sheila Gunn Reid of the Rebel Media and I both news covered the protesting farmers and ranchers over Bill 6 weeks earlier in November 30 2015. Sheila Gunn Reid was also banned from entering the Alberta Legislature on behalf of Toronto's The Rebel Media by Sheriffs. 

Without debate, without criticism, no Administration and no country can succeed--and no republic can survive. That is why the Athenian lawmaker Solon decreed it a crime for any citizen to shrink from controversy. President John F. Kennedy