Sunday, 10 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
2029-11-10 Tweet: #WeAllDoItOccasionally saying things we may regret later ... #youpeople Thank you Canada! #JustinTrudeau #Ableg video by Doug Brinkman for citizen free news since 2007 #CanadaRemembers Enjoy your freedoms, Thank a Veteran. Sportsnet 

Thursday, 7 November 2019

T-Shirt Banned, Alberta Legislature Incidents & Progress bLOG Personal Free Speech, Free Expression & Free Press Challenged



Banned T-Shirt from Alberta Legislature 
"Pipelines Alberta United, A Nation Divided"
2019-10-05: I will not be occupying a seat in the Alberta Legislature public gallery during fall session ending 2 years of citizen free news coverage from the public gallery. I no longer feel welcome or safe around the Alberta Legislature Srg-At-Arms and his security staff for fear of more reprisal, intimidation and risk of entrapment for lack of security cameras outside the assembly.

It seems the Honourable Speaker Nathan Cooper and his Srg-At-Arms and security staff have no problems allowing for Ministerial offices to be used to counter protest climate striker protesters... all 4000 citizens in attendance to see Greta Thurberg, one of the most influential  environmentalist women on the planet today. Since Greta's visit to the Legislature the Alberta Government are now welcoming guests inside the Alberta Legislature to wear "Canada Loves Oil and Gas T-Shirts". My wearing a T-Shirt that I created that says "Pipelines, Alberta United, A Nation Divided" is still not allowed inside the Alberta Legislature. My picket protest defending my personal right to Freedom of Expression, Free Speech and Freedom of the Press outside the Alberta Legislature having reached 200 days in two years continues. My first protest in defence of my personal right to freely express myself with art began January 2016 when I was first banned from painting and showing my art on the Alberta Legislature grounds by the Ministry of Infrastructure because of liability concerns. 


2019-10-31 : Confronting my abusers, defending my right to free speech, freedom to express and freedom of the press inside the Alberta Legislature. I asked 3 of my 4 abusers LASS staff "Is this an honourable place (Alberta Legislature) or am I in the wrong place?  

I'm standing by the back of fountain next to the yellow arrow Photo by Spencer Bennett Tweet 

2019-11-07 12:30 PM First Nations Remembrance day memorial open to the public. I covered up my T-shirt with a jacket to avoid harassment from Legislature security. Before going through security I checked in my staple gun that I use for hanging posters on city kiosks to a member of the Legislative Assembly Security service (LASS). After the memorial was complete, LASS  gave me back my staple gun and allowed me to walk through the rotunda filled with guests, dignitaries, MLAs and the (Hon) Speaker Nathan Cooper in attendance. I thought this was strange considering I was scolded by another LASS employee for bringing a staple gun to the Alberta Legislature on the day when the rotunda was filled with angry protesting union members...    

My Personal Freedom of Expression Challenged
How wearing a T-Shirt got me banned from sitting inside the Alberta Legislature assembly's public gallery ending 2 years of news reporting from the public gallery. 



2018: Introduced as Citizen Free News activist to the assembly of the Alberta Legislature by the (Hon) Greg Clark of the Alberta Party while sitting in the public gallery wearing an Oilers jersey.  

The Alberta Legislature rotunda was filled with union members protesting the Government. 

2019-08-01 Codie's photo shows AUPE Union President Guy Smith next to Canadian Press gallery president (UNIFOR) Dean Bennett. Out of the sight range of the Codie's photo I'll share my observations as a tax paying Albertan.  I saw Speaker #UCP Nathan Cooper's Sergeant-at arms Brian Hodgson and his Legislature Assembly Staff stand by and do nothing but watch approximately 50 angry union members, Alberta Federation of Labour President Gil McGowan break Legislature rules by staging a rambunctious protest so loud that it could be heard inside the the Legislature chamber disrupting MLAs in session. Earlier from in the public (not empty press) gallery I witnessed the front row of UCP Ministers visibly upset and showing concern with Speaker Cooper by noise coming outside the closed doors of the assembly  while the NDP MLAs were visibly amused by the union's rallying in the rotunda while they filibustered the evening's sitting.  Because this happened early evening fewer Shirriffs (AUPE Members) were on duty evening shift compared to day shift  were not in the rotunda to assist L.A.S.S. with crowd control. Early this evening I was almost sent home after being scolded by one of the Sergeant-at arms staff after going through security saying that I had picked the wrong night bringing a staple gun into the Legislature filled with angry public union members. I put up my citizen free news posters regularly along route to the Legislature so I  often bring my staple gun, leaving it with Sheriffs or LASS staff. Clearly the Sergeant-at-arms and his staff had lost control inside the Alberta Legislature this evening risking the health and safety of MLAs, staff and guests... 
During another evening of NDP filibustering, a visibly angry Sergeant-at arms pulled me out of Speaker Nathan Cooper's public gallery and surrounded me with 3 members of his LASS staff taking photos of me. He asked me right up close into my face in very intimidating way " Do you believe this (Alberta Legislature) is an honourable place?" He scolded me this evening for wearing a t-shirt in the public gallery that read "Pipelines, Alberta United, A Nation Divided" after receiving a complaint from the press core and for using American sign language inside the public gallery.  They think it's okay to bully be at any given chance for 3 years now over minor infractions but these cowards stand back and do nothing but watch when 50 or more angry public workers decide to take over the Alberta Legislature rotunda to protest... LASS are cowards and bullies.  

The next day I watched from the Alberta Legislature public (not empty press) gallery members of the Somali community join Government and official Opposition in applause and raise up a Somalian flag over the Alberta Legislature assembly in front of the watchful eyes of the Honourable Speaker Nathan Cooper, Legislature Assembly Security Services (LASS) Employees and  the Sergeant-at-arms Brian Hodgson...



NO LONGER WELCOMED: "If you don't like our rules then don't come here anymore" - Retired Police Officer, LASS Employee to the Sergeant-at-arms office after banning me for wearing a T-Shirt that says "Pipelines- Alberta United, A Nation Divided" and my use of the silent ASL in the Alberta Legislature public gallery... 
Virgil Abloh "Figures of Speech" MCA Chicago 

July 5-8, 2019 Chicago Exploring Chicago inspired me to challenge the Alberta Government defending Freedom of Expression back home in Alberta with a new art project for 2020 Freedom to Express and Listen art project, featuring posters and T-Shirt line of The Speakers Banned Speech and Wear.


2016 Art is Freedom Picket Against the Alberta Government

Wednesday, 6 November 2019

Painting about the news stories that matter to Albertans


2019-08-23, Alberta Legislature: 3 Years ago today Albertans went $10.9 Billion into debt over the Fort McMurray #wildfires. 2016 BANNED 3 TIMES by the #NDP Gov. My 'Fire and Rain art project' produced 24 paintings, all painted on the #Ableg grounds and shown 160 times #Yeg #art show and tell 


Blog focuses on Alberta's Environment, Social and Political climate extremes. 

Monday, 4 November 2019

News Update From The Caribou Man - Last of the Alberta Caribou

Social Art "Last of the Alberta Caribou" by Doug Brinkman
Caribou images inspired by Eddy Cobiness, member of the Indian Group of Seven

2019-11-04 Tweet" Today I was pleased to host the 1st mtg of the province’s sub-regional caribou task forces. Another promise made and kept toward our govt’s goals of long-term protection for the species and creating certainty for AB job creators. Hon. Jason Nixon Rimbey-Rocky Mountain House-Sundre Minister of Environment and Parks Government House Leader. 

2019-11-07 20 posters printed 


Citizen Free News Archives

A REVIEW OF “OVER A BARREL” (DOCUMENTARY)

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

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.




Over a Barrel Filmmaker Contradicts 
630 CHED Talk Show Host 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.  


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.

Friday, 18 October 2019

Oil, Gas & Climate, We Need Free Communication

Greta Thunberg Climate Strike and Alberta Loves gas and oil convoy Full Report. After I interviewed an out of work oil patch worker & his family who is worried about losing his pension. Another man who listened in close by to my interview gave me a $50 bill and said thank you. Active Citizenship - Free News Sharing & Social Artistry 

Monday, 14 October 2019

Water, we have an obligation to our children, Oil and Gas

'Water, we have an obligation to our children' 16x20" by Doug Brinkman, sold for $60 by the Alberta Government Treasury Board and Finance auction fall of 2015 for the United Way. This acrylic/oil painting is a reminder that we all have an obligation to protect our planet and its clean water resources for future generations and was inspired by Alberta's First Nations rallies and protests outside the Alberta Legislature. Part of my #Starbucks Coffee Cup Social Art Collection

Roughneck Protector of Oil and Gas

Friday, 11 October 2019

The 10.5 Million Dollar Question #OmarKhadr / 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