Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Alberta Legislature PRESS PASS Citizen Free Press PICKET DAY 178



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.


ACCREDITATION AND ACCESS IN A CHANGING MEDIA LANDSCAPE EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The Alberta government found itself at the centre of controversy after it ordered representatives of the online publication The Rebel News Network Ltd. (The Rebel) rejected from two media events in February 2016. The government commissioned this report, asking for a cross-Canada study of practices pertaining to media access and accreditation and for recommendations on its media policies. In the meantime, it said, no one would be excluded from government media events Continued... 




Enjoy your freedoms, thank a veteran.

Citizen free press PASS PICKET  Continues...


Friday, May 17, 2019

Poet & the Judge, We First Nations, Métis and Inuit - LISTEN!

2019-03-30: 5 years ago today I began my first outdoor art show in the streets and public squares of Edmonton and have added 793 art shows, art demonstrations & pickets since 2015. Art pickets were in response to several bans and threats of police action by the City of Edmonton and Alberta Legislature officials defending my right to freely express my art in public.

2015 Listen art project by Doug Brinkman
March 30, 2014: I recorded and published a YouTube titled 'Mom got her voice.' It begins with the Honorable Murray Sinclair, chair of the TRC encouraging a crowd that gathered outside the Shaw conference center to listen to Elizabeth Potskin recite her poem. 'Mom got her voice' was suggested by another woman I marched along with down Jasper avenue who said her mother if alive today would have been pleased with the TRC. We marched to the Alberta Legislature. 

From March 30, 2015 to May, 2017 this working social art  painting titled 'Listen' was freely shown with it's story shared in the streets and public squares in Edmonton. The painting was used to defend free speech by those who use bull-horns, loud speakers and shouting to express free speech in the streets and public squares of Edmonton. It was used my painting to defend my own right to freely express art in public places after I was banned and threatened by City and Provincial officials. The painting was retired and given as to the poet as a gift. Painting Listen Continued...


First Art Show, March 30, 2015


Civil Information Activism
Retired/ Newspaper pressman paints
social art projects that followed 
the important news events of the day 
2015 Listen -The Poet and the Judge We First Nations, Métis and Inuit. 
2016 Fire and Rain art project followed Alberta Wildfires and Floods. 
2017 Not a Bystander art Project, Anger Violence and Bullying. 
2018 Status versus Motion art project followed Alberta Politics & News Media.   
2019 More Circles than Squares art project followed Alberta's Environment, Social and Political Climates. 




Art is made for people to react. Having a position means what you are doing is needed and it is creating change. In the long term a lot of people are going to appreciate it. Venezuelan Woman, Alberta Legislature,outdoor art show, 2017 - Painting about the news stories that matter to Albertans


She smiles after all that... Not a Bystander art project

Monday, May 13, 2019

Welcome NDP caucus to the Alberta Legislature - Art Show and Tell

Welcome back NDP caucus to the Alberta Legislature

2019-05-13: The official opposition was sworn in today at the Alberta legislature. Several of the returning MLAs from time to time have been on the other side of my citizen news camera over my 12 years reporting news at rallies and protests outside the Legislature. I developed a huge respect for politicians serving our communities with the backing and support of thier families, friends and colleagues after given the privilege and honour by thier constituents to serve in public office maintaining democracy.  
# 826, Outdoor Art Show and Tell Alberta Legislature grounds
2019-05-13: During today's art show and tell one of the returning NDP MLAs asked me in passing "did you sell any paintings today?" I responded "oh man, I haven't sold a painting in years!" Truly I wouldn't dare sell a painting for fear of losing the ground I've won back in recent years fighting both the City of Edmonton and the Province of Alberta defending my right to freely express art in public such as here on the Legislature grounds today.  Instead I give my paintings away because as reality has it our downtown loft my wife, cat and I live in is overwhelmed to the max with my obsession with painting and her obsession with books. I'm constantly giving away paintings to family, friends and even reliable appliance repairman like Woody who took home some flowers to his wife after fixing our dishwasher for free. Flowers for Woody's wife I painted on the Alberta Legislature grounds I fondly refer to as my backyard art studio and gallery.
During today's art show and tell I was thrilled to meet with Rod Loyola and his mother after watching her son being sworn in for a second term representing Edmonton - Ellerslie. I reached for a pair of paintings titled Maple Leaves, Four Seasons and handed it to Rod saying this is what I painted last Canada Day here in the grounds just before Premier Notley spoke on the Alberta Legislature steps. Rod graciously accepted my gift and thank goodness for that because he like several other MLAs has helped me and my wife restore much needed breathing space in our home. The Oilers jersey with "Non-Violence" printed on the back that's shown in the photo above was part of my 2017 Not a Bystander art project that focused my canvases and camera on the topics of anger, violence and bullying. I retired this Jersey after the 2019 election giving it to our former Education Minister David Eggen with a note that read "thank you David for making Alberta schools safer."


"The game should be all about having fun" 
Focuses on Anger, Violence and Bullying

Includes the Honorable Premier Rachel Notley's Canada day speech. 


The gift of art for all those who serve in uniform and in public office. Thank you!
Other MLAs who helped my wife and I free up space in our apartment includes UCP Leela Aheer (Israel #BridgingTheGap Palestine), NDP Anam Kazim (Wood Buffalo Wildfire), AbParty Rick Fraser (Flower Power, Non Violence), UCP Wes Taylor (Legislature Big Tree) and UCP Jason Kenney (Water and Oil is Life-Non Violence). The gift of art for all these MLAs who gave themselves to serve in public office to maintain and protect it's citizens and our democracy. Thank you! Above photo: Peter holds (On guard for thee') a tribute to Alberta Sheriffs from my 2016 Fire and Rain art project that focused my canvases and news camera on Alberta wildfires and rains found a new home inside the Alberta Legislature.

The idea of painting about the news stories that matter to Albertans was added as a news feature beginning 2015 to extend news distribution through art and word of mouth "Show and Tell". Paintings are never sold but are donated to charity, given away as gifts or painted over for future art projects. 

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Enjoy Your Freedoms
Thank a Veteran


Thursday, May 9, 2019

Annual Pro Life rally and march met with disruptive counter protesters

Pro Life marching through Edmonton, Alberta, May 9, 2019

YouTube Comment: Wonderful to see so many young, great-looking people demonstrating for the rights of the human being from day of conception.  I am not a church-goer by the way. Renata Ostertag


The Counter Protesters
Today my blog post looks into the ugly dark side of the political motivated counter protesters who hate free speech, freedom of expression and freedom of the press.
Sarah Hoffman, the MLA-elect for Edmonton-Glenora, was one of the counter-protesters at Thursday’s rally. “I’m here because I’m unapologetically pro-choice,” she said. “I respect women and their bodily autonomy. Global Edmonton

2019-05-10, Alberta Legislature: I briefly visited the counter protester side of the Legislature grounds that had two barriers and several Sheriffs separating activists from disrupting the pro life rally off to the west side of the Legislature stairs. I wanted to take photos and ask for comments on today's rally but was met with some resistance from the counter protesters who recognized me from news coverage of other protests in recent weeks. I saw and said hi to Dean Bennett, an employee with Canadian Press and the president of the Alberta Legislature press gallery who was looking for photos and interviews from the counter protest side too.  Dean has denied my request twice for a press pass into the Alberta Legislature regardless our Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees a free press and media for all Canadians. He shook his head in disgust with my presence not saying a word so I continued on my search for photos and interviews with counter protesters numbering a few dozen compared to pro life attendees in the hundreds. Never have I seen the presence of such a disruptive counter protest like today compared to my previous years news covering annual pro life march and rallies hosted by Catholics who travel here from across the Province. When a young teen was giving a speech on the steps of the Alberta Legislature the counter protesters chanted "Pro Choice" blew air horns and hollered taunting the young woman during her speech causing the Rev. Dean Dowle to step in and ask protesters to be respectful to the woman's right to speak without disruption. Some of the counter protesters here today have attended other protests in recent weeks using the same disruptive measures. All protests were attended by political left activists that included NDP, Socialist, Marxist and Communist politicians. I asked MLA Janis Irwin who is the NDP representative for Edmonton-Highlands-Norwood to respond on today's pro life rally from the counter protest side but she declined an interview. Most of today's counter protesters were here to protest Alberta's newly elected UCP government, the forth protest of it's kind in weeks. 


Close to the end of today's pro life rally Rev. Dean Dowle invited MLAs to the podium to share some words but none of the MLAs from either the NDP or UCP in attendance responded to his open invitation. Some of the counter protesters asked that I not publish thier photos in today's story and I respectfully obliged. Portions of my interviews were not published due to technical failures with my equipment, my apologies. Alberta Sheriffs and Edmonton Police Service have done a commendable job maintaining the peace during today's rally and weekly political protests and counter protests since the beginning of the year. It would be interesting if the corporate news media looked into the the extra costs of policing to Alberta tax payers during these weekly political counter protests.  


Democracy are two wolves and a lamb voting on 
what to eat for lunch, later we all pick up the tab
My name is Doug Brinkman and I'm the author of this blog post (Citizen free news). As a successful civil information activist of 12 years I'm currently picketing the Alberta Government and the corporate news media as a citizen demanding the same press pass privileges that employees of corporate news media enjoy inside our Alberta Legislature. A free press inside our Legislature guarantees an open free democracy and an transparent Government. We don't have that inside our Alberta Legislature at this time. #ArtIsFreedom #AbLeg #AbPoli #FreePressNot 


Wednesday, May 8, 2019

David White, New Interim leader Alberta Freedom Conservative Party

YouTube: David White, Alberta Freedom Conservative Party
2019-05-08: The Alberta Freedom Conservative party introduced thier new interim leader David White outside the Alberta Legislature today with plans to create a shadow government to follow the business inside the Alberta legislature. Former MLA for Strathmore-Brooks, outgoing leader FCP Derek Fildebrandt said the party is pleased with the direction the province has taken electing a new United Conservative Government getting away from a socialist government. New party president Stephen Burry says for what it’s worth being a smaller party with only a two party system now reigning in the Province we are going to do a lot more at the legislature and act like an opposition.



These five women 
in silence they protested

2019-05-08 Alberta Legislature

People Have A Voice, They Will Be Heard!
Foot Note: As a citizen free news activist of 12 years reporting news from the Alberta Legislature, I have since moved into the public gallery of the Legislature assembly to better improve the news integrity and trustworthiness of my news stories reported from the daily business conducted by our elected representatives during question period. My motto "People have a voice, they will be heard!" extends beyond the voices of the people of Alberta who gather outside to protest and criticize our Governments policies. It includes the voices of our elected and non-elected members of political parties in a democratic Alberta. I promise to give that news voice to David White, leader of the Alberta Freedom Conservative party as I have and will continue to do so for other political parties in Alberta.


The Honourable Rachel Notley


My name is Doug Brinkman and I'm the author of this blog post (Citizen free news). As a successful civil information activist of 12 years I'm currently picketing the Alberta Government and the corporate news media as a citizen demanding the same press pass privileges that employees of corporate news media enjoy inside our Alberta Legislature. A free press inside our Legislature guarantees an open free democracy and an transparent Government. We don't have that inside our Alberta Legislature at this time. #ArtIsFreedom #AbLeg #AbPoli #FreePressNot 




Saturday, April 27, 2019


People Had A Voice, They Were Heard!

Water is life, woman's warrior song Alberta Legislature
I want to live, Spinraza for all! - Laurie Young
ASL LSQ Recognition in Accessibility Canada Act Rally 
Alberta Pro Pipeline Rally, Legislature Steps - Spring 2018 
Protect Caribou and Jobs - Alberta Legislature Rally  
Alberta Gas and Oil Engineers - Where are Alberta Jobs?

 Alberta Farmers & Ranchers Rally Against Bill 6, Alberta Legislature
Save our Doctor Vincenzo Visconti - Alberta Legislature


Active Citizenship - Free News Sharing - Social Artistry
YouTubes published by Doug Brinkman - Free News Sharing 
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My name is Doug Brinkman and I'm the author of this blog post (Citizen free news). As a successful civil information activist of 12 years I'm currently picketing the Alberta Government and the corporate news media as a citizen demanding the same press pass privileges that employees of corporate news media enjoy inside our Alberta Legislature. A free press inside our Legislature guarantees an open free democracy and an transparent Government. We don't have that inside our Alberta Legislature at this time. #ArtIsFreedom #AbLeg #AbPoli #FreePressNot 

MY CITIZEN FREE NEWS 
PRESS PASS PICKET CONTINUES. 

Friday, April 26, 2019

EXTRA Citizen free news in a day more than just a simple news byte


"Wow, It is so great to finally get together and to look at the team that's going to get Alberta back to working on track." - Jason Kenney, Alberta Premier Designate addresses UCP caucus



9 AM Jason Kenney to address newly elected caucus
8 AM: After I uploaded today's video I noticed on CBC news that Jason Kenney would be addressing his newly elected caucus at the Federal building this morning. I called and cancel my appointment with my plumber, got dressed and walked to the Legislature 11 blocks from home. Uninvited I took a chance that maybe I'll get inside and get a picture or better still deliver a live broadcast to my viewers. When I arrived at the Legislature the news media were going through the front door of the Federal building so I followed in. I had brought some business cards that became my only identification I had to offer sheriffs as a legitimate citizen free news service. After a phone call was made I got my pass and joined the awaiting news media in the lobby. Shortly after 9 AM I found myself in the center of a room along side the news media surrounded by a bright, enthusiastic newly elected UCP caucus. For the first time I found myself on center stage with the corporate news media, opposite to my familiar seating arrangement up in the public (not empty press) gallery of the Alberta Legislature assembly where I had spent my hours, days and weeks studying, taking notes and listening to business conducted by our MLAS for 2 years. This was a rare opportunity and perhaps my one and only chance to prove myself like a professional to Dean Bennett, president of the press gallery who has denied me press pass privileges into the Alberta Legislature, and to show Jason Kenney's caucus my rightful place here in this room of democracy as a citizen news activist drawing an account of this important meeting for my viewers. Without a press pass I was restricted from actually taking photos or doing any sort of live video broadcast in the room so I recorded Jason's voice on my cell phone for accuracy sake and jotted down on scraps of yellow note paper key points made from Jason's speech. After the meeting around 10 AM I stood outside in front of the Alberta Legislature and gave a 20 minute live broadcast account of this morning's caucus meeting and shared Jason Kenney's key points on my Facebook page to about 30 viewers who were thrilled that I got into this


2019-04-27: Yesterday Friday morning it was 6 AM when I completed my Facebook and Twitter news uploads showing the 2015 anti carbon tax and farmer and rancher protest over bill 6 for lack of consultation by the NDP Government. Protests staged by Albertans who traveled across the Province to voice thier concerns with the NDP Government outside the front steps of the Alberta Legislature. Now some 24 hours later the video is shared 11 times with over 500 views on social media. These are the folks to whom I report to the moments and times of what Albertans were saying 4 years ago about carbon taxes and bill 6 long before the formation of a United Conservative Party and the arrival of our newest Premier designate Jason Kenney. 

People Have A Voice, They Will Be Heard!



12 years of publishing hundreds of YouTubes, earning over half a million views begins with the time and energy it takes to show up at a rally and record it, later edit and then publishing it into a news story on YouTube amounting to 8 hours of work on an average. The next step is getting this news and information out into my the mind set of my community that involves hard work and sweat beyond the social media of computers, laptops and cell phones. News and information printed on posters and newsletters, distributing them around the city on a 10 kilometer route goes hand in hand with the countless civil information actions on the streets and public squares along parade routes, by farmer markets, university grounds and outside the gates of festivals where newsletters are placed in the hands of the people and news is shared that old fashioned way through word-of-mouth. This is the success that comes from civil information activism, active citizenship, answering the call for news and information by Albertans who for some need more than just a 6 o'clock news hour 30 second news clip recap (if any) put out by corporate news media.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Masked Protesters Could Be Anyone... Radicals, Homeless, Police

Masked Protesters Clash with Flag Waving Protester
2019-04-10 updated: Several balaclava clad persons made chase after a Canadian flag waving protester during another highly emotionally charged political protest outside the Alberta Legislature SaturdayThis protest had 8 activists protesting the NDP Notley Government and Trudeau Government over carbon taxes, pipelines and the Trudeau Government over United Nation Migration. Counter protesters outnumbered the the anti Trudeau/ Notley government protesters 20 to 1 and it was rumoured the flag waving protester was later picked  up by police and dropped off at safer location in the city. 

Homeless Anonymous Fights Edmonton City Hall and Wins
We Came, We Saw, We Conquered: This anonymous homeless person joined forces with several other masked persons and joined to fight Edmonton City Hall, thier draconian noise bylaw that would have made it illegal for Edmontonians to scream, shout, use bull-horns or loud speakers when freely expressing music, free speech and freedom of expression in the streets and public squares of Edmonton.  We came, we saw and fought City Hall and won! Other Edmonton City councillors were happy with the current noise bylaw and did not see the need for a new bylaw when the current bylaw in place was not broken in the first place. The single City councillor who proposed that draconian noise bylaw aimed at stifling free speech did not seek re-election. 
We do not forgive. We do not forget. Expect us.
Balaclava clad people can be anyone including... 

Law Enforcement Undercover 
An agent provocateur (French for "inciting agent") is a person who commits or who acts to entice another person to commit an illegal or rash act or falsely implicate them in partaking in an illegal act, so as to ruin the reputation or entice legal action against the target or a group they belong to. An agent provocateur may be a member of a law enforcement agency acting out of their own sense of duty or under orders, or other entity. They may target any group, such as a peaceful protest or demonstration, a union, a political party or a company. Wikipedia


Quebec police admit 
they went undercover at Montebello protest

CanadiansNanaimo Published on 5 Dec 2007


CBC News · Posted: Aug 23, 2007 6:20 PM ET | Last Updated: August 23, 2007 Quebec provincial police admitted Thursday that three of their officers disguised themselves as demonstrators during the protest at the North American leaders summit in Montebello, Que. However, the police force denied allegations its undercover officers were there on Monday to provoke the crowd and instigate violence. 

Concern Canada losing control of its energy 
The protest at Montebello occurred outside the Fairmont Le Château Montebello hotel, near Ottawa,where Prime Minister Stephen Harper was meeting with U.S. President George W. Bush and Mexican President Felipe Calderon. The summit about border security, free trade and other issues began Monday and finished Tuesday. Protesters said they gathered to voice their concern about Canada losing control of its energy and water resources and borders. Others decried what they called a high level of secrecy at the summit. The Quebec provincial police will not comment any further on the affair, a spokeswoman in Montreal said. Quebec Justice Minister Jacques Dupuis was made aware of the news, but a spokesman from his office said he will not comment on the matter either.
2018 Sir Winston Churchill Square, Edmonton: Protesters gathered to voice their concern about #CarbonTax #Pipelines #Jobs and #UNMigration. 

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Kevan Lyons, Poet of Churchill Square - #Yeg #WorldPoetryDay

 Poetry is a River by Kevan Lyons Poet of Churchill Square  
 God can be scary by Kevan Lyons, Poet of Churchill Square  
 2013 Interview with "The Poet of Churchill Square" Kevan Lyons
Knowledge by Kevan Lyons, Poet of Churchill Square

Art is a way to express ourselves as an artist, and its not something that others can simply take it away from us"
Kevan Lyons, Poet of Churchill Square


Wednesday, March 6, 2019

I'm a newspaper pressman not a businessman - Doug Brinkman CEO of the now defunct Hawkeyi Media Inc.

Why Citizen Free News?
2007 Civil Information Activism 2019
People Have A Voice, They Will Be Heard!
Updated 2019-03-06 WASTED ALBERTA TAXES: It was 4 years February I was President and CEO of Hawkeyi media incorporated when I instructed my accountant to begin shutting down my company after losing $30,000.00. Half that money lost came from from the pockets of Alberta Tax papers. The past Conservative government stopped tax funding through Alberta Works these crash course business schools where I studied 9 weeks taking an instant entrepreneurship course a year after losing my job as a newspaper pressman by Edmonton Journal of 27 years, 42 years in the news paper industry printing the Toronto Sun, National Post and the Edmonton Sun. After the NDP was elected they re-established this tax funding to these business schools. Several people on my press pass picket line have suggested I incorporate my own news media company to get that press pass I desire into the Alberta Legislature. My response was you cannot become an entrepreneur with only a 9 week crash course at the expense of Alberta taxpayers. It takes years of university study and hands on entrepreneur experience to become a successful business person. I'm a blue color newspaper pressman with printers ink in my blood... not a businessman.


Ratha Yatra, Festival of Chariots in Edmonton
Features The Former Premier of Alberta Jim Prentice
Filmed and Produced by Doug Brinkman for Hawkeyi Media Inc.

Newspaper Printers Make Good Impressions
Music by Edmonton Street Busker Brian Breezy Gregg
Over 5000 Views, YouTube Comments

Freddy Coon: I am the third generation in newspaper printing and I've spent 40 years in newspaper printing I do miss it.

Ross Broadbridge: I too worked for many years on double wide goss's Metroliner is still my favorite after all these years worked at the Toronto sun when they were growing with the city and we worked those presses seven nights a week plus some day shifts. Enjoy the videos, Thanks.

newjersey1964: Cool video, I am a pressman in new York city and we are still hanging on. peace!

Robert Guerrero: Single nosed pasters!!! Hey, I'm still printing so I'm part of the dinosaur club.

JAE SIN DnB: I run a Goss uniliner 66" shaftless, we run heat set commercial work retail. Doug Brinkman is a lazy pressman, lol just kidding Doug.
Luke Siragusa: Always surreal to see how one's job appears far removed from the premises and condensed into a YouTube video. Worked with Metroliners for about 18 years at the Toronto Sun. The in-house pressroom was mothballed in 2007 and the (5) Goss'es were ground up and sold for scrap -- another casualty of the digital age. Thank you for the video Doug.

Robert Jackins: This is an outstanding video and I adore watching paper roll through a high-speed, industrial-sized press like this. Which facility is it and what daily is being produced?

Doug Brinkman: Eastgate Plant, The Edmonton Journal.

Friday, March 1, 2019

Up to snow good heART ❤️snow angels - Social Art Project

2018 Winter Social Art Project 2019
Up to snow good heART ❤️snow angels 

2019-03-10: How I spent the my Sunday afternoon "Up to snow good." making heART ❤️snow angels at the Alberta Legislature. Better enjoy the snow while we can because a spring election is just around the corner...


#4, March 10, 2019 Alberta Legislature - Jobs

Family Day #3 heART ❤️snow angel





#2  heART ❤️snow angel


#1 heART ❤️snow angel

Social Artistry
It has been such a pleasure to meet you!!! Your snow heart and snow angel have made a difference in my day and I am sure that in the day of many others too!! #thankyou for such beautiful and meaningful gestures. #YEG- PhD in Nursing.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

The Missing and the Murdered

2007 Citizen Free News 2019






#43, Mexico, #yeg, 2014 Iguala mass kidnapping, Edmonton Remembers
On September 26, 2014, 43 male students from the Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers' College were forcibly taken and then disappeared in Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico. They were allegedly taken into custody by local police members from Cocula and Iguala, in collusion with organized crime. According to official reports, the students' annual commandeering of several buses to travel to Mexico City to commemorate the anniversary of the 1968 Tlatelolco Massacre turned deadly. During the journey, local police attempted to intercept several of the buses, commandeered by the students, through the use of road blocks and the firing of weapons. Wikipedia

People Have A Voice, The Will Be Heard!
2007 Citizen Free News 2019
Don't Hate The Media, Be The Media: Since starting civil information activism in fall of 2007 for the purpose of creating a citizen news service in Edmonton, I've enjoyed giving others in my community a voice by publishing hundreds of thier stories on social media YouTube. News stories relating to community, political, labour, human rights and civil rights issues. 



Since 2007 Civil Information Activism has been shared through word of mouth, placed on city kiosks with posters and newsletters shared publicly. Social media bLogs, Twitter and YouTubes are used to reach audiences across Canada and around the world. Hundreds of YouTubes have been published and seen by over 1/2 million viewers across Canada and worldwide.

Alberta Man Walks for the Homeless, Murdered and Missing

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