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. 
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. 
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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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