Saturday, 30 May 2020

#FlowerPower HEADLINE NEWS, May Urban Art Renewal 'STOP'


Is the Alberta Legislature an honourable place,
or am I in the wrong place? 
2020 Freedom to Express and Listen art project/ Blog

on location Alberta Legislature grounds, flowering shrub, second painting in 3 years, I would do more like this except this bush only bears flowers for a week every 3 years. Titled 'STOP!' Take in the moment. 2020 Freedom to Express and Listen art project
My opinion, Today I'm asking myself why do some Alberta Union Public Sector  (AUPE) employees think they are exempt from social distancing during a pandemic? Are unions leaders not in the business of promoting health and safety in the workplace or is that just a false facade they portray to the public and ignore with thier members? Weeks ago Alberta Sheriffs and Edmonton Police were giving out $1200 tickets for social distancing infractions with protesters outside the Alberta Legislature... This week I saw the loyalty to a union overshadow the duty of a Sheriff and that is a concern for me personally. It should be a concern for everyone in a free and open society. 
AUPE Union Member Disrupts Picket, Risks Health 

2020-05-30 UPDATED 11 AM MST. While picketing outside Alberta Legislature Thursday, I had to turn on my camera & back away from this AUPE Unionized employee, groundskeeper who got in my face, unprotected asking me if I had a liquor licence. Weeks ago Alberta Sheriffs were handing out $1200 #SocialDistanacing infractions to protesters. Alberta Sheriffs are also AUPE union members... Why are Alberta Government union members exempt from social distancing protesters? I told the Sheriff afterwards that I may resort to violence next time I'm harassed or threatened. I know responding with violence is unlawful so I hope to keep my emotions in check 99.9 % of the time. But the problem we see in the news everyday is that anyone can reach a breaking point when it comes from the anger that builds up inside us when it comes from constant bullying. Sometimes thousands will respond i.e Minnesota governor authorizes ‘full mobilization’ of the state's National Guard. This is the second time for me being bullied in months by AUPE groundskeepers. Last fall I have video evidence of 2 AUPE groundskeepers turning the water on me, laughing while I was painting alone, minding my own business. I reported that to the sheriffs too but... Some people who are bullied will just take a gun to the head and shoot themselves, even on the steps of the Alberta Legislature while others might see red and... Anyways, Sheriffs have been warned again that I too may have a breaking point when bullied and I'm certain I will not commit suicide in response. 
2016, May Fire and Rain art project leaflet


Top: Trouble maker, the coming storm 2017-2019
Bottom: Back side of canvas "I am" May 29, 2020 



2020-05-30 ALBERTA LEGISLATURE A $21.6-million investment is expanding online resources and virtual supports for Albertans who are seeking help for mental health and addiction challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Many Albertans have needed greater mental health and addiction recovery supports during the pandemic and will continue to need help once it’s over. This funding is giving more people free access to supports 24-7, and it’s enabling our government to work with our sector partners to develop other innovative supports. We are in this together and we will support Albertans every step of the way.” Jason Luan, Associate Minister of Health and Addictions. Alberta Government News
Not a bystander to anger, violence and bullying.
'This begins with myself.' Doug Brinkman 
I am an honourary UNIFOR retiree,
and I am the media.

Thursday, 28 May 2020

'Don't worry about me, worry about yourself, worry about the planet' Joe

"#BeLikeTheBuffalo" - Jason Kenney
May 22, 2020 Poster Blitz and Picket 

River Valley Joe

Front: River Valley Joe, ANARCHY 2017, 2019

Back: Be like the buffalo, Deja vu, 2020-05-27



'Ere on the side of caution when you're dealing with the future unknown'


Tuesday, 26 May 2020

May Lady Luck, City Urban Art Renewal Paintings, Posters & Pickets

May, Lady Luck "Cover your mouth".


U R B A N  ART  R E N E W A L 
May Painting, Posters and Pickets. Be positive. The role of art is to inspire hope and help find solutions to problems. It should be used for healing. Public survey. Main Gallery


2020-05-21 May, Urban Art Renewal: A very productive painting, hanging posters week, picketing my thanks and appreciation to Edmonton City staff, bus drivers, EPS, Firefighters, Alberta Government and staff. Today I picked up my newest Speakers Banned Free Speech and Wear t-shirt from Print Machine titled "Buffalo Eye" adding to my art project collection Freedom to Express and Listen. Sadly, on the way home, after my final picket outside Premier office balcony, a gust of wind split in half my "thank you placard sign" ending 2 months of pickets. Today the Premier was pitching the NHL completing its seaso here in Edmonton. According to CBC Edmonton news, the first Covid19 case in Alberta was reported 11 weeks ago today. "Stay Healthy" Enjoy your freedoms, thank a veteran. 
2020-05-22 New picket sign replaces old for June...

'Buffalo Eye' 20-20 Vision 
2020-05-15 ART SHOW AND TELL DAY 1033, Alberta Legislature. "Buffalo Eye"- 20-20 Vision found a new home today in the office of (Hon) Jason Nixon, Deputy House Leaders and Alberta's Environment Minister. Jason told me he knows Kerra, Special K, from the work he did as executive director with the Mustard Seed, a Christian not-for-profit organization. I met Kerra, a carpenter currently unemployed late April while set up painting over two my Walterdale bridges. She said she saw buffalo when she looked closely into circular colours I had just added to my painting. This inspired me to later add the eye of a buffalo in the center of the two paintings, joined together by 3 staples. #BeLikeTheBuffalo - Premier Jason Kenney during hard times. 2020 freedom to Express and Listen blog
#BridgingTheGap Paintover 2014 Walterdale art project, now the Buffalo Eye

Sunday, 24 May 2020

Free Press Compliments Free Expression Compliments Free Speech

Albertans Defend Protests in Hong Kong
Alberta Legislature Sunday May 24, 2020: Albertans staged a peaceful rally and march at the Alberta Legislature in defence #HongKongProtests. 'China's proposed national security legislation, critics say would infringe on Hong Kong's autonomy and the civil liberties of its residents.' Al Jazeera. YouTube compiled by Doug Brinkman, Active Citizenship, Free News Sharing... Enjoy your freedoms, thank a Canadian Veteran. #Democracy
Active Citizen Press Pass Picket Day 219 continues...

2007 Active Citizenship, Free News Sharing 2020
2020-05-25 TWEET: #IdleNoMore May 24, 2013, 7 Yrs ago Albertans had a voice.#NDP @RachelNotley . Citizen Free News, keeping Albertans news Informed since 2007, Alberta Leg. $$$CORPORATE NEWS ONLY$$$ No #FreePress allowed inside the #AbLeg. #BeLikeTheBuffalo #UCP @jkenney
'STOP!' - and take in the moment...
May 24, 2020 Alberta Legislature Sunday painting flowering bush, second painting in 3 years, I would do more except this shrub only bears flowers for a week every 3 years.  Today I could have easily but sold this painting but had to tell the lady, sorry I don't sell my paintings to the public. Privately, if I need artist supplies or you see a painting you just gotta have, I might barter or sell for a fair price. Total sales since I closed my business 2016 is $30, for artist supplies and 1 trade with my appliance repairman who fixed my dishwasher. Most of my paintings are given away or painted over for future art projects. This new painting is titled 'STOP!' and take in the moment...


Red woman, trouble maker 
The Alberta Legislature grounds serves as my outdoor gallery for show and tell and my outdoor studio where I get my inspirations from beautiful scenery, flower beds and protests. The painting 'Red woman trouble maker' depicts political activist Taz Boucher, known for her anti oil and pipeline protests. Taz has run for the Green Party ticket during the 2019 Alberta Provincial election and was a mayoral candidate  Edmonton. 
Nov. 2016 (Hon) Jason Kenney holding "Water and oil is life-non violence." Painted on location during a 3 day anti pipeline protest inside Sir Winston Churchill Square, staged by Taz Bouchier. Continued artist bLog. 
To Doug Brinkman May 20, 2015  
Re-Coffee with MP Linda Duncan  
Rossdale Community Hall meeting.
I too was at the meeting tonight and as a Muslim woman was appalled that you were asked to leave. This was obviously not a women’s only event and no woman there (Muslim or not) should have felt threatened by your (or any male) presence. Those of us who choose to cover in front of men were covered and those who choose not to sit by or speak to men had plenty of opportunity to exercise their right by sitting elsewhere. As a mother of three sons I teach my boys to stand up for all woman and their rights, how would they do this if we alienated them from the issues that affect woman? I do not know the reasons the one person had asked you to be removed and I cannot judge, but I am very sorry you had to go through this! I hope this event does not stop you from attending future events or impression you to think Muslim woman are closed minded or unapproachable to discuss important matters such as our freedoms. 
Sadaf
2016 All is forgiven, friends again...
sealed with a white rose, Fire and Rain art project

Former Minister of Agriculture & Forestry Oneil Carlier met me on my first day outside the Art Gallery of Alberta, protesting the NDP Government in defence of  free speech, free expression and free press. Mr. Carlier came out and met me on the picket line and encouraged me to continue my protest against his Government. Today I'm allowed to paint and show my art on the grounds and I'll only share this story why I protested the Government in the first place with other MLAs and visitors to my outdoor art shows, pickets and demonstrations. Most of the folks involved over my being banned are now retired or moved onto other jobs and I have forgiven them all and have become friends with some. 



2020-05-24 TWEET "I had three chairs in my house; one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society.-Henry David Thoreau. "Free Press compliments free expression compliments free speech' Doug Brinkman
Elizabeth Potskin with her father (left) accepts my working painting, gift of art. 
Main Online Galleries
Active Citizen Press Pass Picket 3 years continues...

Thursday, 7 May 2020

🥁📢Remember Mr. Chan & other Vets. 'Keep on painting' Jason Nixon

2020-04-30 I had the whole Legislature grounds to myself today while painting my 1950s woman titled 'May, Lady Luck' compared to yesterday's loud protest against the Alberta Government's Bill 10 Public Health (Emergency Powers) Amendment Act, enacted quickly due to the covid19 pandemic. The protesters were unaware they had like minded friends with concerns over Bill 10 from members of the NDP, who were not pleased how the Government quickly enacted Bill 10 with very little debate. Some MLAs described the bill as draconian and anti-democratic. After painting today I chatted briefly with House Leader and Minister of Environment Jason Nixon, accompanied with his staff.  Both Nixon and the Premier Kenney have been very busy last few days helping Albertans with the flooding up in Fort McMurray. He inquired about my drumming and seemed like he missed it. I said I'm still practising  and willing to drum when everyone's back at the Legislature. He left with his staff saying "keep painting." Last year I used my traditional aboriginal drum to picket the Government in an attempt to disrupt the Legislature assembly during sitting. Former NDP Finance Minister Joe Ceci saw me drumming one day and said he liked the sound of my drum. That's what inspired me most to keep on practising my drumming, not only at the Alberta Legislature, but in the streets and public squares of the city over winter while doing art shows and my civil information actions.

Remembering Mr. Chan
& other Veterans 
2019-12-02 Canadian Veteran Mr Chan questioned me why I was beating my drum, marching around the Alberta Legislature. He then shared his thoughts with me before he shot himself 40 minutes later on the steps of the Legislature.
I destroyed the pictures and videos I took of  Mr Chan on the steps 
and created this image he left in my head, I'll never forget. 
2019-12-02 (Updated May 3, 2020)  Alberta Legislature: I may have been the last to talk with Mr Chan before he shot himself 40 minutes later. Ken asked me why I was drumming and I said it was a protest, defending my right to free speech, freedom of expression and freedom of the press inside the Alberta Legislature. He asked, "Don't you think there are more important issues to protest than that?" I offered him an art poster, and later my card, but he refused them both. So I gave him my full attention and listened. He said it was a struggle financially, explaining there was a time when the first 3 weeks of pay in a month went towards bills and the last week was for himself. Nowadays it's gotten harder having any money left over after the bills. Ken and I talked for  about 20 minutes about other issues relating to the troubles in the world, but I'm not going to share that here on a blog. I did share some of it with NDP MLA Joe Ceci the next day who came by to check up on me to see if I was okay. I started a painting that day to relieve my anxiety from Mr Chan's death after a sleepless night. Mr. Ceci gave me a phone number that I could call if more problems developed from that awful sight on the steps, stuck in my head. Sheriff J, a veteran  like Mr. Chan and I were together when we heard the shot and discovered Mr. Chan's body on the steps.  Sheriff J, also took some time off  work that week. 
2019-12-02 Suicide victim outside legislature was military veteran with depression, family says - CBC

Circle Square, Dec 3, 2019 painted the day after Mr Chan's death (left) 
The Legislature Canons on Remembrance day, 2019 (right).




"God knows it's not easy, taking on the shape of someone else's pain" - U2. Mr. Chan and I had our troubles that December 2, 2019 day. I wanted my right to the freedoms described in our Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, those freedoms veterans like Mr Chan defended and died for. Mr. Chan troubles was he wanted his freedom from living. Both Mr. Chan and I made statements that  afternoon outside the Alberta Legislature and it was the drum that brought us together. At times I was mad at Mr. Chan for what he did to himself, leaving his family with sorrow and pain. My wife Sarah who like myself suffers from time to time with our own depression said you really can't know a person's mind when they're depressed. 

To the Edmonton reporter and editors at the Toronto Star Metro 2019-12-09 Monday Edition: Mr Chan did not mention anything during our meeting about Bill 207: Conscience Rights (Health Care Providers) Protection Act or anything about assisted dying as your newspaper reported over several emails Mr Chan sent before his death. Shame on the Toronto Star to place such a heavy burden on the Honourable Mr. Dan Williams, MLA of Peace River, suggesting his Bill 207 maybe had something to do with Mr. Chan death. You could have done better over the fact that Mr. Chan was a veteran who had depression and the fact there are veterans suffering coast to coast in Canada who need our help. Your newspaper could have done better more to address PTSD, homelessness and suicide among Canadian veterans instead of profiting by  making his death seem political. Shame!

2015 Homeless Veteran speaks out during my art show and tell. 
2020 Freedom to Express and Listen art project



Snow Angel HeART project by Doug Brinkman.
Photo taken from atop of the High Level Bridge
Together we can cross this bridge


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Health Link – 811 


Monday, 17 February 2020

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





S.M.Elliott THE SKEPTICAL CINEPHILE
Graphics & video by Doug Brinkman

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. The strike against my YouTube account will end January 11, 2020. 



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 

Saturday, 15 February 2020

Ashamed Of My Unifor Union's Behavior, Bullies Don't Deserve Respect

2020-05-16 UPDATE My complaint to Twitter over my union UNIFOR, Global News Saskatchewan use of the derogatory word 'scab' in thier news story to describe replacement workers at co-op refinery was deemed a violation of twitter rules.
Edmonton's 1986 Gainers strike got ugly & violent on the picket lines over wages & pensions. My 40- minute sketch study of Mary Joyce's "Thou shall not", currently on display inside the Art Gallery of Alberta.
I've been openly critical on Twitter of my union, Unifor, and Global News Regina Unifor reporters using the derogatory word "Scabs" when reporting on workers who cross the picket lines. Unifor began doxing replacement workers on social media in a video titled "Meet The Scabs", revealing names and photos of faces. Unifor removed the video from Twitter after they mistakenly featured a Regina business owner as one of the Co-op scabs. The best things in life are negotiable, or at least I thought that was the case with modern day unions. The Unifor Co-Op strike has been nothing but thuggish behavior by a bunch of bullies. Whatever happened to the love, respect and civility we are taught to show towards our neighbours? Today I'm truly ashamed of my Unifor Union's bad behavior...

If people who use the derogatory N word to describe dark-skinned folks are considered #racists in society, and people who use the F to describe homosexuals are homophobes, what do you call Global News employees, members of the Unifor union, who describe temporary workers with the derogatory term #SCABS on public airwaves? My name is Doug Brinkman and I'm an honourary Unifor retiree who knows what it's like being labeled a scab by union members and treated as such when I worked for the Edmonton Journal for 27 years in a unionized pressroom. I was bullied and harrassed by my union peers not because I crossed a picket line, but because the Edmonton Journal hired me as a "non-union worker" who had worked for the Edmonton Sun when the union GCIU 255C (now Unifor) could not fill its contract obligation to provide a unionized journeyman pressman to fill an open position. The contract allowed for the Edmonton Journal to find a journeyman pressman of their choice, and that's how I got hired. The supervisor warned me on my first day that I should be careful because I was not well liked by my union. What followed for the next 27 years was sexual, physical and verbal abuse including death threats and an attempt on my life when screws were placed into my tires several times in the Edmonton Journal parking lot during my final year of employment. Regardless, I paid union dues for 27 years, organized shops, and sat on the union executive board. I was still regarded as a scab and treated as such by some (not all) of my union peers. So again I ask, why are my UNIFOR brothers and sisters at Global News calling hardworking men and women trying to earn a living and providing for thier families 'scabs?' Scabs is a derogatory word that could inspire some union members to resort to violence, racism, anger, hate and death threats towards these workers and their families.
Your treatment at the hands of the union at the Journal was a disgrace. Some guys had your back, but not many.
Unifor Union (Retired) Co-Worker. 
Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

Related

 Edmonton UNIFOR members stage protest against the Government of Alberta and unifor unionized reporters  and camera people report on it. Bernard Hancock 'the Roughneck' responds.

Wednesday, 1 January 2020

Citizen Free News, The 10.5 Million Dollar Question Omar Khadr


Kings University & University of Alberta
Lawyer Sam Morison & Dr. Stephen Nicholas Xenakis  


U.S. Defence Lawyer Sam Morison speaking at Kings University 

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
2020-02-10 Halifax Tweet: "Omar Khadr got a standing ovation at the Dalhousie event tonight. Audience moved by his honesty, humility, human decency & resilience." - Helen Sadowski