My Troubles at the Alberta Legislature Began with Bill 6
2015-11-30 Bill 6, for the lack of consultation by our #NDP Alberta Government, farmers and ranchers came from all across the Province to have thier voices heard. Weeks later January 2016 Shiela Gunn Reid of @TheRebelTV and I for citizen news were both banned from the #AbLeg #Yeg
Painting About The News Stories That Matter to Albertans
Banned Art: Fort McMurray wildfire, The BeastThe 2016 Fire and Rain art project that focused my canvases and camera on wildfires of Alberta was banned 3 times on the Alberta Legislature grounds by officials, including the Legislative Assembly's Sergeant-of-Arms who said showing art on the grounds was inappropriate. I was later threatened with police action by a City of Edmonton employee on New Year's Eve for showing a painting from the Fire and Rain collection 'Escape from Fort McMurray.' I defended my right to freedom of expression with Civil Information Actions by being the media and employing respect for all people, property and the rule of law while picketing both the Government of Alberta and the City of Edmonton. After 42 days in total I won back my right and freedom to express myself with art in public. The City had apologized March 2017 while the 3 Alberta Legislature officials who verbally banned me in 2016 remain unapologetic.
Tuesday February 5, 2019 Re-launched my "Art Is Freedom" civil information picket to protest the Alberta Government, defending my right freely express myself with art inside the Alberta Legislature. I confirmed with visitors services two floors surrounding the rotunda inside the Alberta Legislature where portraits of former Premiers, Speakers and Lieutenant Governors hung were off limits to artists like myself from sketch studying the portraits. Only students on tours inside the Alberta Legislature are allowed the privilege of sketch studying the portraits with the supervision of thier teachers and visitors service employees standing by. One visitors service employee suggested to me the paintings that hang in the Legislature's rotunda are the private gifts of the artists and sketches created by school students are confiscated by visitors services due to copyright issues. But yet visitor's services allows for photography of the portraits by the public while on tours. Not much of an argument over copyrights I thought to myself so I notified the Sheriffs again that I'll be picketing the Alberta Government demanding my right to public access to these paintings for my pleasure and right to sketch these wonderful paintings. The art gallery of Alberta tour guides and security encourages guests to sketch study all art works by world renowned artists but not always allowed to photograph images.
September 23, 2017: Alberta Legislature: During yesterday's #172nd art show I informed Sheriffs and the Honourable Robert E. Wanner, M.L.A. who is the Speaker of the Legislature assembly that I'm calling out to other Albertans to contact the Lieutenant Governor Alberta Lois Mitchell to ask her to relieve the Sergeant-at-Arms from his duties because he does not respect the rights and freedoms of Albertans and Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The Speaker said he will look into my allegations... It's been well over a year since I was threatened by the Alberta Legislature assembly Sergeant-at-Arms Brian Hodgson saying he was going to deal with me after verbally banning me in front of the Alberta Legislature steps from showing my paintings depicting the Alberta wildfires on the Alberta Legislature grounds. He said he did not like my (Citizen Free News) YouTubes, claiming my commentaries were inaccurate and that I was hurting the MLAs who work inside the Alberta Legislature. When I quoted the Canadian Charter protecting my rights and freedoms to express art and freedom of the press he said the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms do not apply on the Alberta Legislature grounds, only he dose. That's when I reached for my recording device to record our conversation and publish it here on YouTube.
17 Oct 2017: I’m following up on your email to the Speaker’s constituency office as well as our conversation the other day. I don’t expect you will be having any further issues with the Sgt.-at-Arms as it may pertain to the display of your artwork on the Legislature Grounds. However, the Speaker will not be relieving Brian Hodgson of his duties.
Chief of Staff to the Speaker
of the Legislative Assembly
To Alex McCuaig I never really wanted the Sgt.-at-Arms removed from his job after serving so many good years with his honourable, privileged position working on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen, the good members of the Alberta Assembly and the people of Alberta. But it was from his privileged position that he overstepped his bounds with me and abused his powers like a common bully, being critical of my democratic right to report the news as a citizen news activist and then verbally banning my right to freely express myself with art on the Alberta Legislature grounds. It would have been decent for Brian to man-up to his mistakes and apologize in person but I'll have to accept your word that he'll remain in the bounds of his duties and not in the affairs of Albertans who participate in free democracy and freedoms to express themselves outside the doors of the Alberta Legislature. I'll continue sharing this experience with others and the importance of defending free speech and freedom of expression in Alberta, Canada.
#ArtIsFreedom & Press Pass Pickets
Civil Information Actions Continues...
Civil Information Actions Continues...
2019-02-10 #YellowVests Rally while Antifascists, Political Left Counter Protest -33 windchill: Civil Information actions promoting my Alberta Legislature press pass picket day 110 and Art Is Freedom of Expression picket day 53 to both #YellowVests movement and antifascist, political left activists who were counter protesting Yellow Vests anti UN Migration protests. Edmonton Police Service and accommodating Alberta Sheriffs insured everyone had a peaceful rally protest.
Before the 2015 NDP Orange Crush Revolution
The NDP always appreciated my active citizenship to free news sharing. NDP office man Brian Stokes would often call me up and request video footage & photos I shot at rallies and protests and I would of course oblige because it's called citizen FREE NEWS without the $$$. Where was their corporate news friends at the time when MLA Rachel Notley marched down Whyte Avenue illegally during the womans march? Illegally because the organizers of the womans march each year would never inform the City of Edmonton or the Edmonton police service it's intentions to blocking traffic and endangering the health and safety of marchers and drivers as they marched from 112 st. to 100 st. along Whyte ave. chanting "whose streets, our streets!"
Citizen Free News Press Pass Picket Continues...
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