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.
Don't Hate The Media, Be The Media: Since starting up my YouTube channel in the fall of 2006 for the purpose of creating a free not for profit citizen news service in Edmonton, I've enjoyed much success from giving others in my community, the people, Albertans a voice by publishing hundreds of thier stories on social media YouTube. Multiple news stories expressed by the people relating to political issues, labour, murdered and missing, war, racism... some topics were so hot and controversial that not even corporate news media would bother to report on it for fear of losing readers and advertisers. When social and political situations are not right the people of Alberta rise up in the streets and public squares of Edmonton and across our Province.
March to the Alberta Legislature, Children who died in Government care
Here at home Alberta on the traditional territories of Treaty 6, 7 and 8, Métis Nation of Alberta and Métis Communities, Albertans would gather in front of the Alberta Legislature, in front of City Hall, Canada Place and in front of local Farmer's markets around the city to rally, protest, and sometimes light candles for vigils remembering those who have gone missing and those who were murdered. As one citizen news service in Edmonton I have earned over half a million views with over a million minutes watched across Canada and worldwide for the people on the other side of my camera lens. My news story covering the Oromo crisis in Ethiopia was featured on BBC news-world as the only news source reporting out of Canada.