Friday, December 7, 2018

The Status versus Motion Art Project, News and Summaries

Fundamental Freedoms

Marginal note:Fundamental freedoms
2. Everyone has the following fundamental freedoms:
  • (a) freedom of conscience and religion;
  • (b) freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication;
  • (c) freedom of peaceful assembly; and
  • (d) freedom of association.

Alberta Legislature Hostile News Media

"The media is hostile to the government" 
Cheryl Oates, communications director to Premier Rachel Notley, outside the Alberta Legislature on the picket line.

Looking back to May 2018 during one of my press pass pickets Rachel Notley surrounded by her caucus staged a media event to announce that the Trans-mountain pipeline was now getting built...not! Canadian Press Dean Bennett the president of the Legislature press core is seen leaving the press scrum towards a sheriff behind me and then I'm told by the same sheriff moments later to back away from the press scrum. I was holding a press pass picket sign in one hand while holding a camera in my other hand filming the NDP staged event for Citizen Free News. Staged government media events became a common sight this year as the NDP and all political parties are gearing up for a spring election in 2019.

Citizen Free News Distribution by Word of Mouth, Social Media, Newsletters, Posters, Social Art, Dance and Songs

December 6, 2018: Hanging posters today before the final afternoon Alberta Legislature session. It was confirmed today inside the Legislature by staff that we are not so much a province of a democracy but more of a system that is controlled and dictated to by corporations. For a better word "Corporatocracy" rules our Government that rules Albertans. If one understands colonialism that our First Nation endured by our Governments then one can understand the colonialism Canada's corporate elite have instilled over us all as Canadians. Take Corporate news media, those who profit by telling us all how to walk, talk, how to act, what to buy and whom to vote for. We still have the freedom to turn off our TV, radio and cancel our newspaper and magazine subscriptions but only for a time before a telemarketer calls you during dinner or a bright advertisement billboard sign blinds you while driving that you realize there's no escaping the corporatocracy that is controlling your every moment of time in this short life that you have on this planet.

The Status versus Motion art project
2018 Status versus Motion Summery P3
December 6, 2018: Today I completed my 81 st. day picketing the corporate news media and the Alberta Government defending my right to access our Alberta Legislature with a press pass that should include the same privileges corporate news media employees have.

The first news story I covered as a citizen outdoors on the steps of the Alberta Legislature was in 2007 of NDP MLA Brian Mason defending Omar Khadr. Today Brian Mason is the Minister of Transportation and the Government House Leader. I was later thanked by Omar Khadr and his wife Muna saying my citizen news work of 10 years on Omar Khadr was invaluable. Since 2007 I published hundreds of news stories on social media that have been seen by viewers across Canada and around the world. One news story I published in 2014 on the steps of the Alberta Legislature covered the Oromo crisis of unarmed students who were killed during protests in Ethiopia. My news story on YouTube was featured on BBC news world as the only news source of the Oromo crisis that came out of Canada.  
Corporatocracy not democracy might best describe what Canada is as a society that is governed or controlled by corporations. So why can I not get a press pass into the Alberta Legislature when we are reminded often by politicians and Legislature tour guides the Alberta Legislature belongs to the people of Alberta? Could it be that our democracy is just a facade hiding the corporatocracy that are the true rulers of Canada? Equality and freedoms guaranteed for all Canadians as it is written in our Canadian Charter are just words with no substance it seems when it comes to freedom of the press, media and other communication by Canadian citizens. I'm guessing while Omar Khadr was being tortured, ignored and left to rot in Guantanamo Bay by our Canadian Government, the words equality and freedom enshrined in our Bill of Rights was the farthest from this young man's mind. Both Omar Khadr and my Oldest son Paul Oliver were born in the same Scarborough General Hospital in Canada and that means something to me as a father of four and grandfather of two when one Canadian child was treated unjustly it becomes an injustice to all our children. 

Notes from the #AbLeg public (not press) gallery

December 5, 2018: Speaker Wanner asked all MLAS for brevity before question period, several #UCP members were persuaded to quickly get to thier questions. Last week there were days the #NDP Government avoided answering Jason Kenney's questions, this week that had changed.

NDP Graham Sucha MLA for Calgary-Shaw gave a statement this afternoon about the importance to adding fluoride back into Calgary's drinking water. Scientifically proven safe, fluoride helps prevent tooth decay. 

December 4, 2018 YouTube Yellow Shirt Day #treatystrong Treaty 6 Edmonton. Ottawa, Edmonton rallies focus on treaties, Indigenous rights framework on 1st Yellow Shirt Day. Penny Smoke · CBC News

United Divided

7,000 cars
I thought I saw the light at the end of the tunnel, Instead I saw a train bearing down on me!

The Status versus Motion art project
"You're paintings are not appropriate for the site" - Brian Hodgson 
December 4, 2018 Status versus Motion Summery P2
June 14, 2016 : Sergeant-at-Arms Brian Hodgson, a man to whom I've never met before until the noon hour of this day came up to me while I had my paintings from the 2016 Fire and Rain art project  laid out next to the wading pool in front of the Alberta Legislature steps. Brian became critical of me that I would dare lay my artwork out for show on the Legislature grounds and then began to criticize my news work that I publish on YouTubes covering protests and rallies outside the Alberta Legislature. He claimed my news stories were inaccurate and hurting the (Alberta) Government inside. I argued that I have rights to freely express myself on the grounds and that my paintings were not for sale but were painted to depict the news stories relating to wildfires in Alberta. He said my Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees 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 saying that I was not allowed to continue to show my art on the Alberta Legislature grounds. "You're paintings are not appropriate for the site!" - Brian Hodgson 
Posters were put up around Edmonton as part of my protest against the Alberta Government defending my right to freedom of expression.

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 said because of liability concerns 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 mind until now.  Sheila Gunn Reid of the Rebel Media and I as a citizen news activist both news covered protesting farmers and ranchers over Bill 6 just weeks earlier in November 30 2015. 

November 30, 2015 Alberta Farmers & Ranchers Rally Against Bill 6, Alberta Legislature

Water, we have a responsibility to our children

The Status versus Motion art project
December 1, 2018 Status versus Motion Summery P1
5 years ago today December 1, 2013 I started a social art project called "Starbucks Coffee Cup Series" with the primary focus on the politics of Alberta's industry. "Water, we have a responsibility to our children"
The painting was inspired from anti protests by First Nations, environmentalists and political interest groups outside the . I showed this painting and shared it's story to the public in the streets of Edmonton for two years until I donated the painting for charity.
Roughneck - Protector of Oil
A second painting "Roughneck, protector of oil" was added to the Starbucks Coffee Cup series in 2017, inspired by the legendary Bernard Hancock the roughneck for his commitment as an Alberta to help promote for jobs and a healthy economy for Alberta and Canada. Last January 2018, My wife Sarah and I enjoyed having Bernard Hancock over for pot luck dinner last night. I gave the gift of art for Bernard's mom 🌷 . The #UPC MLA David Hanson helped me out with the logistics of the helmet while painting "Roughneck, protector of oil" on the #AbLeg grounds last year.

December 1, 2018: On September 30, 2017, the headlines read 'Acts of terrorism' in Edmonton: Officer stabbed, pedestrians run down. YouTube Act of Terror-Status v Motion featuring Julia Wong of Global News Edmonton. It was from this news story that I filmed the next morning of the overturned utility van used by the one man driving over pedestrians at random that inspired me to create the 2018 Status versus Motion art project.  I had been working on at the time of this attack on my 2017 social art project "Not a Bystander" that focused my creative efforts on the topics of anger, violence and bullying. 

With the December bLog post I'll begin to review and summarize what I've learned from the Status versus Motion art project and share the lessons I've learned from all the nonsense I did over the year. Nonsense because there were day's where I actually felt that I was accomplishing something really good and worthwhile in my community, like a town crier of news and information, reinventing the printing press of how news is distributed in my community. At nights I would attempt to drown out the memories of the day with a couple beers, hide under my bed covers embarrassed from my daytime antics and feeling very much like the village idiot. This project is scheduled to end this December 21, 2018 to take a few months off to prepare for my next social art project. In the meantime I'll decide if I want to put myself back up inside the dark corners of the Alberta Legislature public (not press) gallery in 2019 to continue what I had started in the fall session of 2017. Following the news of the day from inside our Legislature assembly and following up on how the corporate news media interprets that news. News picketing, painting, poster[ing] and word of mouthing my news stories to the general public in the streets and public squares of Edmonton like a town crier or for a better term active citizenship. I will also continue my citizen free news press pass picket protest against the corporate news media and the Government of Alberta beyond 2018 and into 2019 indefinitely so long as I'm willing and able to report a news story outside the steps of the Alberta Legislature during protests, rallies and vigils relating to political, environmental and social issues of the day. 

Archive Citizen Free News Photo: Alberta First Nations Treaty 6, 7, 8 Rally Nov. 28th, 2013 protested outside the Alberta Legislature for lack of consultation on the legislation, policies, and regulatory changes put forth by the Government of Alberta. 

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 

In a decaying society, art, if it is truthful, must also reflect decay. And unless it wants to break faith with its social function, art must show the world as changeable. And help to change it. Ernst Fischer

We as artists must be careful not to fall prey to another form of colonization, for we are one of the most powerful voices of our people.... We must make our own work on our own terms" 
Joseph Sanchez, Indian Group of Seven

Professional Native Indian Artists Incorporated

2018-12-07 sketch study by Doug Brinkman of Alex Janvier's Blood Tears #ResidentialSchools #Colonization #Alberta #Abpoli 

2018-12-03 ❤️eART and Snow Angel High Level Bridge

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