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?

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