Tuesday, 3 December 2019

Police respond to death on steps of Alberta Legislature - CBC


"Somebody stepped inside your soul
Little by little they robbed and stole
Till someone else was in control"
U2 The Troubles Lyrics

2019-12-02 Updated Alberta Legislature: I spoke to Mr Chan earlier before he shot himself. Ken Chan asked me why I was drumming (protesting) and I told him that I was there today defending my right to free speech, freedom of expression and freedom of the press. He calmly asked "Don't you think there are more important issues in the world than that?" I offered him a poster, and later my card but he refused them both. So I offered him my full attention and listened. He shared how it was a struggle for him financially and said there was a time when his first 3 weeks of pay in a month went towards bills, rent and utilities. The last week of the month was all he had left for himself. Nowadays it's even harder. 


The Sheriff and I heard the shot from the guard house and I looked around the corner and saw a man lying on the Legislature steps. I said to the Sheriff "a man shot himself." 

2019-12-02 Suicide victim outside legislature was 
military veteran with depression, family says - CBC


2019-12-07 'Circles and Squares' (left) "God knows it's not easy, taking on the shape of someone else's pain" - U2, December 2019. Alberta Legislature grounds

Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Alberta Legislature Press Pass (DENIED) & News picket day 211

Press Pass Picket Day 211
2019-11-29: Today I staged my last press pass picket of 2 years. Thanks to the Alberta Sheriffs, MLAs and Alberta Legislature management and staff for thier patience. Unable to get a press pass into the Alberta Legislature, I'm focusing my attention on fewer news stories and more on social art projects. My Citizen Free News Alberta Legislature Press Pass Picket  of 211 days picketing was invaluable from the people I met and the lessons I learned from them. Although I have the right to report the news as guaranteed by Canada's Bill of Rights, I failed to obtain press access into the Legislature because I'm not a paid employee of a news media corporation. I spoiled my ballot this 2019 spring Provincial election because I no longer believe we live in a free and open democracy in Canada. Today's democracy is only for the rich, powerful and corporate elite and if you don't believe me just ask any homeless person living out in the cold. I'll likely continue my press pass picket in 2020. Thanks for all the support!



2018: Honoured to be recognized by the (Hon) Jason Kenney United Conservative party leader. for my work as a citizen news activist inside the Alberta Legislature during my question on the corporate news media.  

2018: Introduced as Citizen Free News activist to the assembly of the Alberta Legislature by the (Hon) Greg Clark of the Alberta Party in the public gallery wearing an Oilers jersey that said "Non-Violence #1".
2019: Honoured to have the (Hon) House Leader, Minister of Transportation Brian Mason join me for a photo opt on my press pass picket line. Brian Mason was on the other side of my news camera 2007 when he called for Omar Khadr to be brought back to Canada from Guantanamo Bay. 


Virgil Abloh "Figures of Speech" Audio MCA Chicago 

The 2020 Freedom to Express and Listen art project sets a course to continue into my 13th year as a civil information activist, bringing news and information to my community. This year I'll add a new feature of designer t-shirts, defending my right to freely express my news stories with art. In the summer of 2019 my wife Sarah and I went Chicago to explore art museums that included the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, where I discovered Virgil Abloh "Figures of Speech." Virgil's designer clothing inspired me to create my own line t-shirts freedom to express I call 'The Speakers Banned Speech and Wear.'

Is the Alberta Legislature an honourable place or am I in the wrong place? June 2016, The (Hon) Speaker Wanner's Srg-At-Arms banned my ART from being displayed on the Alberta Legislature grounds in part because he claimed my citizen free news stories were inaccurate & hurting the NDP Government. After winning back my freedom to express art on the grounds after a day of protest, I moved into the Alberta Legislature assembly's public gallery beginning the fall of 2017 for the next 2 years to try to better myself as citizen news activist. I was banned again June 2019 by UCP (Hon) Speaker Cooper Srg-At-Arms for wearing my news story "Pipelines, Alberta United, A Nation Divided" on a T-Shirt that I freely expressed with ART...
Banned T-Shirt from Alberta Legislature 
"Pipelines Alberta United, A Nation Divided"
2019-07-07 Chicago: It was at this moment in Chicago I knew I would create 'The Alberta Legislature Speakers Banned Speech and Wear, 2020 Freedom to Express and Listen art project http://ciactivist.org Virgil Abloh "Figures of Speech" Chicago exploring 2019/ Do any baby boomers here know what that object is in the photo to my left? Hint: Oil, Gas & Pipelines Alberta United, A Nation Divided.

Tuesday, 19 November 2019

Outdoor painting "Canada Remembers" Remembrance Day, Week


2019-11-11 -28 windchill, 8:30 Am November 11, 2019 looking in the direction where the cannons will honour our vets at 11am this morning, I added my first coat of paint that instantly froze to my canvas, later thawing out wet on my return trip home on the LRT.

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 "Canada Remembers" Troublemakers

2019-11-12 Day 2: In my space listening to Hendrix tune "All along the watchtower", while painting up a storm "Canada Remembers" on the Alberta Legislature grounds. Jim McMillan a  baby boomer like me and a true labour activist reminded me of the historical Winnipeg general strike of 1919, 100 years ago this year, according to Wikipedia was one of the most famous and influential strikes in Canadian history. For six weeks, May 15 to June 26, more than 30,000 strikers brought economic activity to a standstill in Winnipeg, Manitoba, which at the time was Canada's third largest city. There were many background causes for the strike, most of them related to the prevailing social inequalities and the impoverished condition of the city's working class. Wages were low, prices were rising, employment was unstable, immigrants faced discrimination, housing and health conditions were poor. In addition, there was resentment of the enormous profits enjoyed by employers during the war. Soldiers returning from the war were determined to see improved social conditions and opportunities after their harrowing experiences overseas...


This was my kitchen early this morning and why I use the Alberta Legislature grounds as my prefered outdoor art studio and gallery 90% of the time, all year around. It's why I fight the Alberta Government's Legislature staff tooth and nail to keep it that way since being banned 3 times in 2016 for freely expressing art on the grounds. Late spring, 2019 this year the Speaker Nathan Cooper's Srg-At-arms and 3 LASS Staff members made it quite clear to me that I was no longer welcome to sit in the Government's public galley in the assembly, ending 2 years sitting through day and night sessions, trying to understand what goes on with our Government, the news media and her Majesty's official opposition. I'm currently picketing the Alberta Government in defence of Free Speech, Freedom of Expression and Freedom of the Press, asking Albertans, MLAs and Legislature staff on my picket line "is this (the Alberta Legislature) an honourable place or am I in the wrong place? The very words Cooper's Srg-At-Arms challenged me with last spring when he and his comrades banned me from wearing a t-shirt I created with my own art and worn in the gallery over the year that said "Pipelines, Alberta United, A Nation Divided" 

Canada remembers while I face my demons of freedom

Outdoor Painting "Canada Remembers" 
Day 3, painting Canada 🇨🇦 remembers - canon smoke shrouds the people who came to show their respect. The sound of a frightened child could be heard crying from crowd.
Canada remembers 16x20" acrylic by Doug Brinkman
8AM November 11 1PM November 13, 2019
You People, Us People, We the people
Sorry Coach, No Poppy.

Thank a veteran. 

Monday, 18 November 2019

The 10.5 Million Dollar Question Omar Khadr / Citizen Free News


Sam Morison & Dr. Stephen Nicholas Xenakis  


U.S. Defence Lawyer Sam Morison speaking at Kings University 
Omar Khadr, Dr. Stephen Nicholas Xenakis University of Alberta

2019-07-25: Omar Khadr was 15 y/o when wounded & captured. There is absolutely no evidence that he had thrown that grenade that killed SFC Christopher Speer. He was living at a compound at his father's insistence. The US Army attacked the compound as a military target. The Canadian government compensated Khadr for violations of international agreements. Democracies thrive on the rule of law. Dr. Stephen Nicholas Xenakis, Retired U.S. Brigadier General  

The Honourable NDP House Leader, Minister of Transportation Brian Mason was the first Alberta politician to publicly call for Omar Khadr's release from Guantanamo Bay. Active Citizenship - Free News Sharing since 2007
2019 Efforts were made outside the Edmonton courthouse to encourage local Edmonton news media to look further into Omar Khadr's story from the YouTubes I published...

Citizen free News Omar Khadr - More to the story YouTube Playlist


2019: Kings University President Melanie J. Humphreys joined me outside the Alberta Legislature during my civil information news picket "Omar Khadr-More to the story."  

 The 10.5 Million Dollar Question #OmarKhadr

Monday, 11 November 2019

Alberta Legislature bear your heart 'He Said' A poem by Lisa Kozak

Two ghostly silhouettes (top right) depicts the horror of war 
2019 More Circles than Squares art project.

Bear Your Heart - #HeSaid


#HeSaid to Premier #UCP Jason Kenney and Minister Tyler Shandro 


Full YouTube: Edmonton Veterans Mefloquine Rally 2019-09-19

 

2019-11-07 I dropped by the Alberta legislature rotunda today to hear words of inspiration by First Nations veterans and our honourable MLAs. 

Ghost on Armistice Day / Enjoy Your Freedoms, Thank A Veteran / O'Canada


Thank You Canada
#WeAllDoItOccasionally saying things we may regret later ... #youpeople 

2019-11-12 The day after: Is this one of "those people" SportsNet's Coaches Corner Don Cherry was referring to on Saturday's Hockey Night in Canada? I tried to avoid this viral twitter debate during Canada Remembers weekend but...Shame on Social Media, News & Sports Media and all of us who stole away the spotlight from our veteran heroes. #RefugeesWelcome


Not all treated equal in Canada
Publisher's Note: Even though I support and defend refugees being welcomed here to Canada, for the sake of balanced citizen free news reporting there is another side to the story with respects to Sportsnet Coaches Corner Don Cherry's  reference to "Those People" Viewer discretion advised... Pop Dazzled by Everyday, 2015 Not all treated equal social art project by Doug Brinkman

Saturday, 9 November 2019

S.M. Elliott - A REVIEW OF “OVER A BARREL” (DOCUMENTARY)


S.M.Elliott THE SKEPTICAL CINEPHILE: 

A REVIEW OF “OVER A BARREL” (DOCUMENTARY) 
In September of 2019, Alberta premier Jason Kenney announced the establishment of a public inquiry into the sources of funding behind anti-pipeline activism in the province, as well as the opening of a digital tipline to which citizens can report suspected instances of foreign funding of such activism. 

It was a bizarre and costly decision to open this inquiry, because it is in no way unlawful (or unusual) for environmental non-governmental organizations (ENGOs) to work across borders. They deal with oceans, wetlands, wildlife and other things that exist all over the planet, so their conservation and education efforts are definitely not going to remain localized. However, a primary mandate of the inquiry is to determine if U.S. money has gone toward disseminating misleading or erroneous information about Alberta’s oil industry that would amount to defamation. We’ll see where that path leads. 

The inquiry wasn’t a surprising move on Kenney’s part. For months he had been talking about a conspiracy against Alberta oil. Even his acceptance speech of April 16, 2019, contained a dark warning to environmentalists: “To the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Tides Foundation, Lead Now, the David Suzuki Foundation and all of the others: Your days of pushing around Albertans with impunity just ended.” 

 His reference to the Tides Foundation unnerved me, because back in 2010, when Glenn Beck was enjoying the peak of his popularity on Fox News, he devoted a considerable amount of airtime to “exposing” George Soros’s funding of the Tides Foundation, which led to one disgruntled viewer heading for Tides Foundation headquarters with a carload of automatic weapons, intending to wipe out as many employees as he could. Thankfully, he was intercepted before he reached San Francisco. 

As it turned out, Soros contributed just 5% of the foundation’s annual funding at that time and in no way had control of it, as Beck implied. 

So it made me uneasy to hear similar talk from the mouth of Alberta’s freshly elected premier. I was also troubled by the fact that his words were inspired by the work of just one person, Canadian researcher Vivian Krause. For several years, Krause has been compiling evidence that the non-profit organizations Kenney mentioned in his speech – and numerous others – have been pouring money into their Canadian counterparts in order to fight the development of new pipelines in Canada, with the goal of landlocking Alberta’s tar sands. 

Over a Barrel is Krause’s research in documentary form. I saw the Edmonton premiere of this film and the chaotic Q&A that followed yesterday afternoon. 

It is not a shocking film. There is nothing particularly controversial in Krause’s basic findings. No one disputes that Canadian ENGOs receive funding from U.S. ENGOs and charitable organizations. We all know that there has been strident opposition to tar sands development and the construction and expansion of oil pipelines in Canada. 

Where Krause – and perhaps Kenney – seem to go wrong is in where they place the blame for the failure of Alberta oil. 

Krause believes the negative attention being paid to the tar sands is out of all proportion with anti-oil activism in other parts of the world, particularly the U.S. This can come across as a persecution complex when her examples are not timely. For instance, in Over a Barrel, she points to California drilling platforms situated near public beaches. Why is no one opposing that?, she asks. Well, for one thing, many of the companies that own offshore drilling platforms in California are suffering financially. Venoco, the owner of one platform, declared bankruptcy in 2017 and the platform has ceased operations. Rigs like this are going to be re-purposed or dismantled in the near future because no one wants to take them on.  
Over a Barrel takes hard aim at the Tar Sands Campaign, which Krause characterizes as a slick, mostly American operation, the brainchild of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Hewlett Foundation and the Tides Foundation. That is not the case. The Tar Sands Campaign originated in Canada. 

But that’s not the biggest problem with Over a Barrel casting the TSC as one of its supervillains. By all accounts exept its own, the TSC has dwindled to insignificance since 2015 and was never a major player in oilsands activism, anyway. Krause and the filmmaker of Over a Barrel are giving the initiative far too much credit. 

Over a Barrel asks another one of Krause’s favourite questions: If Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions contribute just 1.6% to total global emissions, why is opposition to the tar sands still a thing? She can’t comprehend why American oil is booming while Alberta oil is busting, skirting the fact that the bitumen being dredged from Alberta’s tar sands is more expensive to refine than any other form of oil and simply isn’t as appealing to investors and consumers as regular oil. 

Krause and Kenney both maintain that David Suzuki and other environmental activists have spread lies and misinformation about Canadian oil. None of these alleged lies or factoids are even mentioned in Over a Barrel. 

Krause’s work has focused on U.S. funding of Canadian environmental activism because she believes that without that funding and support, Canadians would be mostly (if not totally) okay with pipelines. She frequently points out that Canadians weren’t even talking about oil pipelines a decade ago. They were “out of sight, out of mind.” We didn’t care. 



The truth is, though, that the world is turning away from the troubled industry that is oil. We know that it has a limited future. We want to move on. We want to try other things. The opposition to the tar sands and pipeline projects, both within Canada and in the U.S., merely reflects a larger trend. 

Krause contends that Canada both needs and deserves to stay competitive in the global oil market, free from the tyranny of U.S. oil interests. She presents oil as the only possible solution to poverty in First Nations communities, and Ellis Ross (a British Columbia MLA featured prominently in the film) suggested during the Q&A that oil jobs will somehow magically reduce suicide rates among First Nations youth. 

Krause and Over a Barrel argue that the primary obstacle to pipeline development is environmental activism. In Krause’s view, the Alberta government should pursue legal action against the Rockefeller Brothers Fund for providing funds to ENGOs that have played roles in Canadian elections and oil-related policy making. Yet even Krause admitted, during the Q&A, that the only way forward is to “break the American monopoly.” 

Over a Barrel in no way addresses how on Earth this might be accomplished. If Big Oil is still one of the most formidable forces in the world and can still accomplish almost anything, what chance does Alberta stand against it? If the U.S. doesn’t want Alberta oil to get to overseas markets, then it won’t get there. Period. 

In the end, Krause’s foreign-funding research as encapsulated in Over a Barrel is an intriguing distraction from the truth: 

Alberta oil is hooped. 

It is landlocked. It is dirtier and more costly to refine than other oil. The oil industry is in the early stages of its death throes, and people don’t want to be clawed back into it with dodgy investments. The world is starting to look forward to (hopefully) cleaner energy. U.S. oil interests have begun to edge away from Canadian oil and are content to buy it up on the cheap. 

The Rockefeller Brothers Fund and David Suzuki didn’t create any of these issues, so stifling their concerns with costly litigation isn’t going to resolve a single problem that Alberta oil faces. This looks more like a problem of Big Oil (Alberta) vs. Bigger Oil (the U.S.), and Alberta is not going to win that match. 

It is time to prepare ourselves for the end of Alberta oil. We’re not there yet. But we’ll be there soon.



YouTube Strike One! 
Over a Barrel Filmmaker Contradicts 
Over a Barrel Emcee  Ryan Jespersen. 
Over a barrel filmmaker made this copyright claim against me causing YouTube to remove my 20 minute Q&A YouTube after 168 views and 6 thumbs up.  YouTube placed a strike against me and my YouTube account as punishment regardless the filmmaker's Over The Barrel host Ryan Jesperson of 630 CHED allowed filming of the Q&A open forum and encouraged audience members afterwards to use social media to get the message out.  



Excerpt Q&A Hosted by 630 CHED Radio Talk Show Ryan Jespersen

S.M.Elliott is author of 
Facts + Logic = Truth

Letters
Love it. Thanks for the level headed truth. If more people would actually research before buying into this BS, the future would be bright. - Ryan

An anonymous author, with no knowledge of the O&G industry, referring derogatorily to the oil sands (bitumen in sand) as “tar sands”, and casually telling readers that Alberta oil is at the end. The anonymous author uses something called gaslighting to discredit their opponent with no facts or figures given….no charts….no graphs…..uses group identity techniques to justify their opinion….and that is all this ridiculous, hateful, ignorant article is….a trashy opinion from a trashy writer! - Darren Hiebert

Three things: I am not anonymous. My name is S.M. Elliott. This is a film review, not an exhaustive point-by-point examination of energy or job creation. When was the last time you saw a chart or a graph in a film review? I do not “hate” oil and gas. - S.M. Elliott 



Sunday, 3 November 2019

850 Stuffed Animals - Serenity's Law, Protecting Alberta's Children

"Let us open our eyes" Roger Reid 
There is no place for indifference when children are in danger

The Speakers Banned Speech and Wear

PASSED THIRD READING 3:37 PM 2019-10-28
Link: Bill 202: Child, Youth and Family Enhancement (Protecting Alberta’s Children) Amendment Act, 2019 (Ellis) 

The Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Lois Mitchell gave Royal Assent October 30, 2019, in the afternoon to Bill 202: Child, Youth and Family Enhancement (Protecting Alberta’s Children) Amendment Act, 2019 (Ellis)/ Much thanks to the family, friends and supporters of Serenity's law. All my Youtubes pertaining to Serenity since 2015 are now private and are no longer available to the public to protect from further copyright claims and strikes against my YouTube channel by YouTube.