Sunday, November 11, 2018

Painting : The bystander on Armistice100 day

Armistice 100, 11 A.M. Gun Salute, Alberta Legislature, Lest We Forget 

Partially completed Armistice - Not a Bystander: A streak of light passes over the right shoulder of the costumed WW1 soldier, towards the painting of a lone ghost by a tree. The ghost is watching Albertan's commemorate and remember those who defended our nation and our freedoms.November 12, 2018, The bystander on Armistice100 day" 

Thursday, September 27, 2018

September month of rallies and staged political photo opts

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

#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

The 2018 Status versus Motion art project

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 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.  

Saturday, July 7, 2018

July 📢On Guard for thee, maple leaves 4 seasons🍁

The 2018 Status versus Motion art project
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.
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.