Saturday, September 23, 2017

Not a Bystander - Confronting Government Bullies

September 23, 2017 Alberta Legislature: During yesterday's #172nd art show I informed Sheriffs and the Honourable Robert E. Wanner, M.L.A. who is the Speaker of the Legislature assembly that I'm calling out to other Albertans to contact the Lieutenant Governor Alberta Lois Mitchell to ask her to relieve the Sergeant-at-Arms from his duties because he does not respect the rights and freedoms of Albertans and Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The Speaker said he will look into my allegations... 

It's been well over a year since I was threatened by the Alberta Legislature assembly Sergeant-at-Arms Brian Hodgson saying he was going to deal with me after verbally banning me in front of the Alberta Legislature steps from showing my paintings depicting the Alberta wildfires on the Alberta Legislature grounds. He said he did not like my (Citizen Free News) YouTubes, claiming my commentaries were inaccurate and that I was hurting the MLAs who work inside the Alberta Legislature. 

When I quoted the Canadian Charter protecting my rights and freedoms to express art and freedom of the press he said the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms do not apply on the Alberta Legislature grounds, only he dose. That's when I reached for my recording device to record our conversation and publish it here on YouTube: 

Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta 
3rd Floor, Legislature Building 
10800 - 97 Avenue 
Edmonton, Alberta T5K 2B6 
Phone: (780) 427-7243 
Fax: (780) 422-5134 

The 2016 Fire and Rain art project was banned and threatened with police action. This resulted with me picketing the Alberta Government 8 days in defense of my right to freely express myself with art on the grounds and in 2017, 36 days picketing the City of Edmonton after I was threatened with police action by a city employee for showing a single painting depicting the Fort McMurray wildfire on New Years Eve. The City and the Province have since both agreed to allow me to freely express myself with art in public. This delayed my 2017 Not a Bystander art project that did not get underway until after the picket against the City of Edmonton was resolved March 10, 2017.  This is why I decided to include the bullying that comes from Government and it's employees to this project Not a Bystander.

Art is Freedom - Picket The City of Edmonton

"Freedom is important, especially today"-B.K., "True North Strong and FREE, a line straight from our anthem"- E.K., "Escape is freedom from judgmental civilians who should mind their own business - and help those /encourage them who try to get a happy lifestyle..." -A.C.R.L.W.-B, "Freedom is Honesty, Being Honest is Love"-C, "Free The Art"-W.C., "Freedom is our right. In any form express it with art. If art was a crime Leonardo would have been doing the time"-E.B., "Sovereignty is Freedom"- Dene Warrior, "Edmonton Ward 9 candidate"-S.P., "Lets make Edmonton the City of Art and Imagination"-D, Art is Expression, Freedom is Art"-V, "Keep Fighting to Speak your Piece"-N.R., "Freedom is my right as a human being..." - C.A., "Freedom, Art and Honesty"-M.M., "If freedom is the child, then understanding is the mother and determination is the father"- R.K.A., "Art is a way to express ourselves as an artist, and its not something that others can simply take it away from us"- Kevan Lyons. "Art is Freedom"- Love A.L., "自由" S.L.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Friday, August 11, 2017

The 2017 Not a Bystander art project - Art Shows & Demonstrations

#167 Here I'm seated next to the ‘Poet of Churchill Square’ Kevan Lyons’ inside Sir Winston Churchill Square, the square where Kevan's office is always open. Last years 2016 Fire and Rain art project endured 3 verbal bans by officials who work for the Government of Alberta and was finally threaten with police action by a City of Edmonton employee on New Years eve.  I had already resolved my bans with the Alberta Government in 2016 but I had to delay starting the 2017 Not a Bystander art project until late March this because I was committed myself to picketing the City of Edmonton demanding they put it in writing why I cannot as a Canadian freely express myself with art on city public property. The City apologized March 10 after 36 days of picketing and I'm now allowed to freely paint and show my art in public. Kevan was one of many artists who stopped to sign my placard during my protest and he supported my 'Art is Freedom Picket Against The City of Edmonton' writing on my placard 'Art is a way to express ourselves as an artist, and its not something that others can simply take it away from us.' During this fall leading up to the Municipal Elections, I'll be lobbying Edmontonians in the streets and public squares while wearing my Oilers Non Violence Jersey to vote for candidates who will promise to defend Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms for all Canadians.  

#164 Not a Bystander : Standing next to horse mounted members of the volunteer unit of the Lord Strathcona Horse Ceremonial Mounted Troops, wearing First World War uniforms. 

#163 rd. outdoor art show... Not a Bystander Edmonton Oiler Non Violence Jersey corner of 102 street and Jasper Ave. 

#155 Th. outdoor art show... Not a Bystander Edmonton Oiler Non Violence Jersey standing next a Buffalo Saber fan in front of the war memorial in front of #yeg City Hall. 

(EPS) Edmonton Police Service obliged my request for this photo opt and shared my story behind my Edmonton Oiler Non Violence Jersey.

Not a Bystander: Today our Alberta Education Minister David Eggen confronted racism on the steps of the Alberta Legislature.

#149 "Walk About" starting inside Sir Winston Church Square tonight during the Lebanese Festival later ending at the #AbLeg during an anti racism rally.

Friday #147 Outdoor Art Show top on the noon hour #AbLeg 2016 Fire and Rain & 2017 Not a Bystander art projects 

Hate; I'm not afraid of you - Lewis Cardinal: YouTube by Doug Brinkman: Tonight I wore my Edmonton Oiler Non Violence Jersey to Chevy Rabbit's 6th annual #H82Hope rally that promotes diversity in Edmonton. Lewis Cardinal gave a speech that offers real concrete solutions to countering with love.

Last night I attended a candle light vigil for the victims of violence and bullying "Don't Be A Bystander" at the Alberta Legislature and listened to many special guest speakers talk about this topic, They shared experiences, ideas and solutions of how we can stand up and counter violence and bullying by not being a bystander. I wore my Edmonton Oiler Jersey "Non Violence #1" and brought along from the 2017 "Not a Bystander" art project "She smiles after all that" and shared my goal with several people after the vigil of how I'm using my painting to inspire dialog about anger, violence and bullying with images of hope, healing, renewal, with love and beauty as suggested others from my surveys. Organizers Manwar Khan center (white shirt) next to his wife on his left who emceed tonight's Don't Be A Bystander candlelight vigil. Thanks to all the volunteers and Sheriff Harris who stood by on guard for everyone tonight. Tonight was my 130th outdoor art show and demonstration since the start of the year. My project ends December 20, 2017.

147th art show: I made my first stop before the #ABLeg to the Edmonton General to visit my long time co-worker friend John Orfino and give him his own personal art showing of the "2017 Not a Bystander" art collection. A huge hockey fan we enjoyed each others company and he's invited me back next week to show some more paintings and share thier stories. Today I wore the "Non Violence" Oiler Jersey and shared the stories about the painting "She smiles after all that" both part of the art project...

The complete 2017 Not a Bystander art collection is laid out before the Alberta Legislature, Edmonton, Alberta on treaty 6 Territory, Canada.  On the bottom left of the photo a small painting from last years 2016 The Fire and Rain art project. Other smaller paintings were given away as gifts during public art shows.  

The 2017 Not a Bystander art collection that began late March was completed Canada Day and will continue to tour city streets and public squares of Edmonton until December 20, 2017. 

Anti-bullying activist Manwar Khan with Doug Brinkman

 On my way to the Alberta Legislature to do my 72 nd. outdoor art show of the 2017 Not a Bystander art project I was thrilled and honoured taking a picture of friends Paul Franklin and his pal Achilles next to my painting Vimy- Not a Bystander. Paul lost both his legs in a suicide bombing in Afghanistan and has since become a nationally known advocate for amputees. Achilles loves making his rounds getting petted and enjoys Mexican tacos at local eateries. Paul recently returned home from France after participating in the commemoration of (battle of) Vimy (Ridge)100

Next to the completed Vimy-Not a BystanderThe Honorable Ms. Nicole Goehring (ND) Government of Alberta’s Liaison to the Canadian Armed Forces. The painting is promised to Nicole. 
Next to the start of Vimy-Not a Bystander: Laurie Daniel Hawn PC CD is a retired Lieutenant Colonel of the Royal Canadian Air Force. He was the Member of Parliament for Edmonton Centre from 2006 until 2015. He served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence from October 10, 2007 until May 24, 2011.

She just came up to me and smiled, took my paint brush and palette from me and began to paint. Her Husband looked shocked and I said "Its okay, this is exactly what I wanted to see happen with this art project, community participation!" 

A man who is a comic artist was also invited to add a few brush strokes to my painting "She smiles after all that..." part of the Not A Bystander art project that invites community input.

Other participants included these school children who suggested I paint something that represents  Ying and Yang, MLA (Wildrose) David Hanson suggested a crow known for it's intelligence and MLA (ND) Rod Loyola suggested a yellow star that he says represents hope. 

A man in front of Edmonton City Hall watched and kept me company as I added to the painting She smiles after all that.

Early April: First few days painting She smiles after all that inside Sir Winston Churchill square, Edmonton on Treaty 6 Territory. Last year my 2016 Fire and Rain art project endured 3 verbal bans by officials with the Government of Alberta and was threaten with police action by a City of Edmonton employee. The 2017 Not a Bystander art project was delayed as a result because I had to defend my right to freely express myself with art in public. I used art as my placard to picket in front of City Hall and on public sidewalks for 38 days. On March 10th I ended my picket after a meeting with the city. I received an apology and we agreed to work together so I can freely express myself as a Canadian with art without duress.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Ending bullying begins with ourselves

March 2017: The first woman I interviewed during my Not a bystander art project survey said right off I needed create something that focuses on the bullying women police officers endure on the job by male police officers.
YouTube Art Project Survey

Globe and Mail RCMP apologizes to female members who faced sexual harassment The head of the RCMP delivered an emotional apology for one of the most painful periods in the national police force’s history: 42 years in which female members were routinely harassed, taunted and bullied by colleagues and superiors.

While doing one of my  Not a Bystander art shows on the Alberta Legislature grounds I got one of those annoying telemarketer phone calls.  They wanted money to tackle bullying in our schools so I decided to share that conversation... 
May 29, 2017 : after my Not a Bystander art show inside the Alberta Legislature grounds.

RING ☎️☎️☎️ Doug - Hello, Hello, Hello?

CPA – Hello, It’s so nice not talking to a recording, I’ve been getting recordings all day. CPA is supporting Kids Safety is an in-school program to educate children about being safe wherever they are. The lessons are shared with the whole family through online activities at home. At school, at home, at play, on the street, on the internet, from strangers or bullies, learn to protect yourself and to help those around you.

Doug – Hello Who are you and are you reading a script?

CPA - We are with the Canadian Police Association and we are raising funds to help curb bullying

Doug – Wow that’s so weird you called because I'm here at the Alberta Legislature right now raising awareness about bullying too.

CPA - How much can we put you down for $100, $200?...

Doug - Sorry I cannot afford anything since I've been out of work since 2013 and money is very tight

CPA - Sorry about that…

Doug - That's okay, I'm managing. Instead I'm getting people to talk about anger, violence and bullying by using my talents and painting pictures about it.

CPA - So how much can we put you down for $25, $50 or $100?

Doug – I’m sorry were you not listening? I just said I…

CPA – Well you have a great rest of the day – Click!

GLOBAL NEWS EDMONTON: A telemarketing campaign to raise money for kids toys is getting a negative reaction. The Calgary Police Association hired a Toronto company to ask for donations but as Tony Tighe reports some people getting the calls aren't happy with the way they are being asked. 

CBC NEWS CALGARY13 Calgary police members file bullying complaints urging cultural, leadership changes. Police association board of directors responds In a statement, the Calgary Police Association Board of Directors said it could not comment on specific cases but endeavours to provide representation to any member who asks for help. "The Association represents members who ask for advocacy, and do not discourage complaints which fall under this mandate. We take our role very seriously in protecting all members, and are working hard to ensure a safer, healthier work environment for its members," read the statement. Damning 2013 workplace review In October 2016, a damning 2013 workplace review surfaced showing a culture of bullying, harassment, intimidation and retaliation. At the time Chaffin acknowledged that old attitudes and old police culture are likely still lingering when it comes to female officers, and need addressing.

Toronto Star: Five CSIS employees are accusing the spy agency of Islamophobia, racism and homophobia in a $35-million lawsuit. “Careful your Muslim in-laws don’t behead you in your sleep for being homo,” a CSIS manager allegedly wrote in a 2015 email to an intelligence officer, one of several shocking incidents outlined in a statement of claim obtained by the Star.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Edmonton Oiler Non Violence Jersey Survey

What inspired the Oilers Non Violence Jersey?
"Paulina, this is my sister in law. My husband's sister. My childrens' aunt. Emilia's godmother. She lives here (Edmonton). She cheers for the Sharks. They are her team. Last night she got harassed and punched point blank outside the bar waiting for a cab because she was wearing teal. She did not instigate. She did not deserve this" - Katie 

11 year old Ty Smith donates $1,500 to the Kids with Cancer Society after being bullied at Edmonton Oilers playoff game for being a San Jose Sharks fan, Global News Edmonton. CTV News Edmonton

Non Violence Jersey
The Survey Non Violence Oiler Jersey 
Conducted by Doug Brinkman during the Stanley Cup Playoffs 2017

 I interviewed an Edmonton Police Service (EPS) officer who was doing crowd control one night on the corner of 106th and Jasper after an Oiler loss to the Ducks. The officer insisted local Oiler fans are mostly well behaved after the games but it's the fans from out of town who cause all the trouble during playoff time ... 

List of violent spectator incidents in sports

Young San Jose Sharks fan demonstrates high character after bullied at Edmonton Oilers game - Global News

Past Edmonton riots -Edmonton Journal

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Vimy - Not A Bystander

Early morning

Vimy-Not A Bystander by Doug Brinkman, April 9&11, 201, 16x20 Acrylic First completed painting to the 2017 Not A Bystander art project that focuses on Anger, Violence & Bullying

Saturday, April 1, 2017

The 2017 Not A Bystander art project survey

What should I paint?

April 1, 2017 First Survey Results: I asked passerby's randomly by the Alberta Legislature Friday and Edmonton City Hall Saturday "What should I paint on my canvases that focuses on ills of society's anger, violence and bullying? Doug Brinkman - Not A Bystander Website. 

Sunday, January 21, 2007

9 Afghan Boys Gathering Firewood - Canada's 9/11 Retribution

9 Afghan Boys Gathering Firewood 

Canadian troops in Afghanistan as 9/11 'retribution

EDMONTON - Canada is fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan in "retribution" for the 9/11 attacks that killed at least 3,000 people, including 25 Canadians, Defence Minister Gordon O'Connor said yesterday.
The hard-hitting comments, which prompted a round of applause from Mr. O'Connor's Edmonton audience, came in addition to the government's usual reasoning about Canada's duty to help the Afghanistan people.

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