Wednesday, 5 August 2020

Red, White, Yellow, Black Lives Matter... All Lives Matter for me it seems

2020-08-05 One year ago today, August 8, 2019, I completed 'Sideways" A painting about anger, violence & racism between a First Nations Redman, and an African Blackman outside the 7-11 on Jasper ave. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, traditional lands of treaty 6. Me and another white guy came to the Blackman's aide. as the racist redman wanted to fight him... All Lives Matter, after all...
This is my last Status Versus Motion blog post here on Blogger for a while due to the changes made by Blogger with it's editorial format that comes into effect August, 2020. I've got to find my way around with all the changes. My main website will continue as home base to my Status versus Motion art project that focus on Alberta politics and the corporate news media. Thank you for visiting, enjoy your freedoms, thank a veteran.

Monday, 3 August 2020

Do more than just say I love my Country Canada said Mel Hurtig

On this day 4 years ago August 3, 2016, the man who inspired me to get involved with politics, Mel Hurtig passed away. Mel taught me to do more than just say I love my Country Canada. He scrawled a personal message for me and Janet Blonde, on the side of my oil painting "Two Aboriginal Girls on a Rock" The painting hangs in Janet's home, I was Janet's campaign manager at the time when Mel Hurtig ran for our nation's top job as Prime Minister in 1993.

Sunday, 2 August 2020

I was a Newspaper Pressman who Continues to Make News Impressions

I started expressing my creative self as a kid with a box of crayons on my parents' basement walls and inside the pages of my grandfather's leather-bound encyclopedia collection. So my parents began to supply me with a steady stream of paper and pencils to draw with to help expand my creativity. In secondary school, I studied commercial art and printing, and took extra courses to learn photography and produce short video features. In my twenties, I learned to fly, earning a private pilot's license, and moved to Edmonton from Toronto. In my 40s, I hiked the West Coast Trail on Vancouver Island 3 times and once to the Rose Spit on Haida Gwaii Island. I continued a career as a graphic arts craftsman operating mostly Goss high-speed newspaper printing presses, first for the Edmonton and Toronto Suns, and finally with the Edmonton Journal. I volunteered at Walterdale Community Theatre, painting sets, and doing public relations. Retired, I continue to paint and share my art, and the stories they represent in public places.
July 1972, the newspaper periodical Electrical Business was the first printing job I set up the colour and register for as an apprentice at age 17. Looking back, I am very thankful to my first employer Bob Chittick who was the original owner of Web Offset Publications, Don Mills, Ontario. Mr. Chittick’s accountant, Leo Boucher got some of us boys from our neighbourhood jobs at the newspaper printing plant where his boss Mr. Chittick paid his employees fair wages, excellent benefits, and treated everyone like we were his family with dignity and respect. As an apprentice I earned $5 an hour. Mr. Chittick brought in graphic arts instructors from George Brown College to help with our apprenticeship training and he would often send his pressman away on field trips to pulp and paper plants to experience firsthand how newsprint was produced. After completing my 4 years apprenticeship program I earned a certificate that recognized me as a Graphics Arts Craftsman by the Ontario Government. I became (MIC) man in charge of my own press crew doing shifts, printing newspapers and maintaining and repairing the presses. In the summer of 1979, I took some time off from printing to try my hand with a sign making business and did some art shows on the weekends throughout Ontario inside shopping malls. It didn’t work out so well financially, so I took over my brother Jim’s trucking job he was leaving and drove a 5-ton truck doing deliveries downtown Toronto between printing jobs. My brother Jim, a trucker moved on to bigger dreams with his life driving the big semi-trailer trucks all over North America and Canada. I didn’t do so well as a trucker either, hitting parked cars on sharp turns and one time hitting a bump on the MacDonald Cartier Freeway, dumping creosote oil for miles on to the highway. One day, on my lunch break I answered an ad in the Toronto Sun, where they were looking for newspaper pressmen in Edmonton. I called from a phone booth and was hired over the phone, "how soon do you need me out there in Edmonton" I asked and they answered, "2 weeks ago!" So, I loaded up my 1979 Ford pick-up truck with everything I owned and drove out to Alberta to a job that was waiting for me at the Edmonton Sun. At first some in my family, friends didn’t think I was serious about a move out west but my Irish grandfather Howard Pentland knew I was serious and encouraged me to, "Go west young man", and said Edmonton is the best City in the country to live in." My Grandfather immigrated from poverty in Ireland to Canada alone as a young man and made a life for himself and his family as designer of needle and stitching. While making a life for myself in Edmonton, my former employer Bob Chittick would call me from Toronto from time to time to ask how my family and I were managing in Edmonton and one time he called to offer me a job to work as a head pressman for the North Hill News in Calgary. One of his former employees was now managing his own plant, printing the Globe and Mail, satellite edition on a Goss Community press. Bob Chittick's employees never considered unionizing as Bob always paid his staff fair, competitive wages just as good as any union shop in Toronto. One year there was a miscalculated shortage supply of newsprint because the pulp and paper producers went over it's Canadian allowable quota of tree harvesting. We could not print most of our regular monthly and weekly newspaper editions but had enough paper stored away to print the Toronto Sun daily and Sunday Sun on the night shift. He never laid any of us off during that slowdown, but instead kept us working, painting, cleaning up the pressroom and maintaining the presses while paying us full wages and benefits. The following year when a new pulp and paper quota was set by the Canadian Government, we worked 3 shifts around the clock, seven days a week. During that slowdown in work, I remember Mr. Chittick allowing his staff extended lunch breaks, to play euchre competitions with nickel and dime pots. On Friday nights it was poker night at the accountant Leo's house where drank his beers and sometimes wagered and lost our week's pay.  One Christmas party Bob, knowing my interests in painting, gave me a coffee table book titled "Between Friends." A commemorative account of US and Canadian border relations in pictures. From this book I painted my first Alberta foothills scene in oils in 1979, and titled it "Land is of matter, and not of blood."
I painted 'Land is of matter and not of blood' and packed it away in my 1979 Ford F100 pickup truck with everything else I owned and drove out to Alberta from Ontario. I was 24 then and now I'm retired at 65, doing what I’ve always loved doing since a kid, freely expressing art, meeting interesting folks and sharing stories together just like my Irish Grandfather Howie did after he retired. During my outdoor art shows & tell outside the Alberta Legislature, I offer folks to sing a song I wrote about my grandfather Howard Pentland coming to Canada and planting his roots as an Irish Canadian. If you ever see me painting or hanging about outside the Alberta Legislature, you're welcome to ask me to sing "Howie's Song." I'm more than happy to share my grandfather's story with you. 
Continues to Make News Impressions 
Titled 'Behind every mask is a face', 2020-08-01 Observing an anti-mask protest next to the Alberta Legislature from a social distance, I plastered the canvas with black, green, red & white paint with one hand as I steadied my easel with the other hand from the gusts of wind. Main Gallery

Saturday, 1 August 2020

Masks Off Canada, March from the Alberta Leg to CBC building

With regards to non-compliance to overcrowding and lack of masks being worn by some who protest outside the Alberta Legislature, has prompted me to reduce participating in news gathering, and publishing news stories on those rallies and protests due to the current spike in COVID19 cases. I will continue my one man news pickets, and open mike Speakers Corner on the Legislature grounds using masks when needed, social distancing and providing hand sanitizer to participants.

Monday, 27 July 2020

Citizen Referendum Speakers Corner & Placard Albertans Respond

2020-07-22 Alberta Legislature Democracy Alberta Speakers Corner & Placard response to Premier Jason Kenney's late night promise to the official opposition NDP for a citizen's referendum law this fall. 

Saturday, 25 July 2020

In a Democracy you participate. If you stop doing it, democracy crumbles

Paintings & Posters used to picket the 2016 Alberta Government's ban on Art/ Freedom of Expression/FreePress

Due to the Spike in Covid19 Cases... 

2020-07-25 Because of non-compliance to overcrowding, and wearing masks by some people who attend protests outside the Alberta Legislature and public places in Edmonton, it has prompted me to stop participating, news gathering and publishing news stories on protests and rallies altogether due to the increase in Covid19 cases in Edmonton. This #FreePress on hold for now... 
My Civil Information Actions that respect people, property, and the rule of law will continue during Covid19.  I will continue the practice of social distancing, limit myself to small gatherings, use masks, and hand sanitizer while painting, news picketing, or conducting more citizen #FreePress Speakers Corner open mike on the Alberta Legislature grounds.
Four Indian heads, Redman left for dead, Alberta Legislature rotunda
How much time do I spend at the Alberta Legislature? The (Hon) Rick Wilson MLA for Maskwacis-Wetaskiwin, Minister of Indigenous Relations said last week while outside news picketing, that I was welcome to use his office anytime I need it. The Minister of Infrastructure, the (Hon) Prasad Panda, MLA for Calgary-Edgemont has in past said I'm welcome to use the bathroom in his office if public washrooms on the grounds were not available. I was doing my porta-potty picket at the time for lack of facilities on the Legislature grounds. I respectfully won't take up the good Minister's gracious offers since the Sgt-At Arms will likely not allow me that sort of free access inside the Legislature due to Covid19, security restrictions and of course the challenging t-shirts I sometimes wear... Photo: "4 Indian Heads, Redman left for dead." 'The speakers banned speech & wear' designer t-shirt.

Painting, Posters and News Pickets
"Is the Alberta Legislature an Honourable place?"

Calgary hailstorm victims rally Alberta Legislature, Rachel Notley

 Speakers Corner 'i am': Oromo, Oromia protest.
July 10, 2020, Alberta Legislature: 'i am,' Oromia Canadian placard art installation created during a protest by the Canadian Oromo community over the death of singer Haacaaluu Hundeessa. Protesters say, according to CTVnews Edmonton, have been targeting the Indigenous population of Ethiopia, the Oromo, through arbitrary detention, torture, and kidnappings. My placard art installation was inspired by the 'I am a man", according to Wikipedia, is a declaration of civil rights, often used as a personal statement, and as a declaration of independence against oppression. 
Patriots Rally Canada Day 2020 Alberta Legislature, First Nations 2020-07-01 Canada Day: About 100 or so Albertans, many calling themselves Patriots took the stage where Black Lives Matter had their protest a couple weeks ago on the back lawns of the Legislature. No #Antifa were present to prevent me from filming and no corporate news media to news cover this story showed up, so I published this YouTube to what what I saw... Enjoy your freedoms, thank a veteran. PRESS PASS PICKET 220 Days, 3 years continues as No #Freepress exists inside the Alberta Legislature representing the voice of the people.

Freedom for Belarus, Alberta Legislature, Democracy