Alberta Press Pass Picket 109 days, I'll stop my picket there..."There can be no democracy in Alberta without a free press. For anyone who believes we already have a free press inside the Alberta Legislature, you can have "my pillow" for free with no added costs for shipping anywhere in Alberta.
109 Days, Alberta Legislature Press Pass Picket
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"CORPORATOCRACY is not DEMOCRACY!"
Alberta society is governed and controlled by corporations.
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After completing over 100 pickets since early 2018, I've learned there's no opportunity for me to report the news as a citizen news activist of 12 years inside the Alberta Legislature. Not so long as the corporate news media controls the press gallery and the Speaker of the Legislature is reluctant to uphold and defend Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms. My news picket will continue as a civil information action not for anything else but to share my own experiences of being banned 3 times in 2016 by Government officials from showing my art on the Legislature grounds depicting the news stories I reported on such as the 2016 Fire and Rain art project on Alberta wildfires and flooding. Freedom of the press will never exist inside our Alberta Legislature so long as non corporate independent journalists like myself are blocked by the corporate news media from the press gallery, access to press releases and participation in press scrums with our elected MLAs to ask the important questions on behalf of Albertans. I for one can not cover news stories effectively outside the Alberta Legislature news covering rallies, protests and vigils by the people of Alberta when there is no freedom of the press available to me to continue my work inside the Alberta Legislature other than the restrictive dark corners of the public gallery that is sometimes closed to the public during opening throne speeches and the Finance Minister's budget day to make room for the overflow from the press gallery of corporate news media paid employees and for the seating of special guests of the Government by invitation only (CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC). During the summer month of June 2016, the Sergeant of Arms Brian Hodgson before he verbally banned me from the Alberta Legislature grounds (See Video below) said my news stories (YouTubes) had commentaries that were inaccurate and accused me of hurting the Government. He also said the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms don't apply on the Alberta Legislature grounds while he's in charge. That's when I turned on my sound recorder and captured the next words he said verbally banning from showing my art on the Legislature grounds, now published on several youtubes to the public. I called of the Speaker of the Legislature for his removal as Sergeant of Arms late 2017 for his lack of respect for Albertans and our Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The Speaker of the Legislature refused my request. The Government of Alberta has effectively shut down freedom of the press while at the same time blames the news media for being hostile towards it's Government.
A young man who is studying to become a lawyer met with me last spring several times on my picket line. One day he gave me a copy of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and told me to keep up the good fight. I often carry this document, this useless piece of paper with me in my backpack during my pickets reminding me of the empty words and promises our Governments make. Continued: 100 Days Press Pass Pickets - Rallies, Marches and Bear Attacks
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. - John F. Kennedy, Address to the American Newspaper Publishers, delivered 27 April 1961, Waldorf Astoria Hotel, New York.
My YouTube channel has been a public source of news and information for Albertans and my community for 12 years. Last month I moved all my citizen free news stories from the public to unlisted except for a few personal favorites like this news story ASL LSQ Recognition in Accessibility Canada Act Rally. I published this YouTube last September 22, 2018 on behalf of Albertans who came to the Alberta Legislature from across the province to call on the Governments in Canada to make ASL LSQ our third official language in Canada. All the local news media in Edmonton were invited to cover this rally but none of them came. It was only by chance that I learned about this rally while out for a walk. I always have a camera ready to go in my pocket. Inside the Alberta Legislature assembly there is no sign language interpreter for those who are deaf who sit in the public gallery to watch our democratically elected members during question period. I personally tested the equipment provided for the hearing impaired and found them flawed and unreliable.