Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Don't be a Bystander

Today I had a wonderful surprise visit meeting Manwar Khan, his wife and sister during my 114th outdoor art show and picket on the Alberta Legislature grounds. Manwar is known as the Edmonton man who tried to intervene in LRT beating death. He now conducts anti-bullying rallies around the province known as Don't be a Bystander. It's Manwar's commitment to anti-bullying that helped inspire me to create a social art project that focuses on anger, violence and bullying title "The 2017 Not a Bystander art project." In 2014, Manwar received the Governor General’s Caring Canadian award.

July 18, 2017: After my 113th outdoor art show at the top of the noon hour on the Alberta Legislature grounds I set my acrylic painting Vimy - not a Bystander next to the 150,000 Lego model of Vimy Ridge located inside the Federal Building. The 2017 Not a Bystander art project will be shown outdoors in public until December 20, 2017.  After the last show the painting will be repaired, cleaned and framed and will be given as my personal gift to MLA Nicole Goehring for her service in public office. Nicole is the Provincial Government Liaison for the Canadian Forces.  YouTube: Nicole Goehring on Declaration of Battle of Vimy Ridge Day

April 9 -12, 2017 Vimy 100, Vimy not a Bystander Citizen Free News YouTube Playlist includes the painting of Vimy - Not a Bystander.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

The 2017 Not a Bystander art project April 1 - Canada Day 150

This art project is now completed and will be shown along with thier stories shared in the city streets of Edmonton until December 20, 2017. 2007 Civil Information Activism 2017 Website

Canada Day 150 Art Show #ABLeg 9am - 12 noon: She Smiles after all that was completed June 30th next to Edmonton City Hall and was presented to the public early morning by Prospect Point on the #ABLeg grounds. Prospect Point is where I had conducted my first Canada Day outdoor art show July 1, 2015 but was later banned February 2016 from painting and showing my art on the Alberta Legislature grounds. Picketing followed and a letter of understanding between Alberta Legislature official and myself now allows me to continue my work. The 2017 Not a Bystander art project got started late because I needed to picket the City of Edmonton 38 days in defense of my right to freely express myself with art as guaranteed in the Canadian Constitutional Act 1982. On News Years Eve I was threatened with police action by a City of Edmonton employee for showing a painting from my 2016 Fire and Rain art project, that also survived 3 verbal bans by Alberta Legislature officials after 8 days of picketing the Alberta Government. Complete details...

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Canada's Police Association Campaign for Cash to Address Bullying

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.

I'm not a Christian but I right away thought of Matthew 7:5 after talking with a telemarketer representing the Canadian Police association: You hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of your own eye; and then shall you see clearly to cast out the speck out of your brother's eye.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Non Violence Jersey Off Season Tour around Edmonton

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

YouTube: Non Violence Hockey Jersey
 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

Special thanks to Kasie Campbell for allowing me to do a photo shoot of my Not a Bystander art project "Non Violence Jersey" with Kasie's  art installation "Inside and Out." featured during the WORKS festival. Kasie Campbell Website. 

The "Non (Fan) Violence Oiler Jersey" will be featured and worn by the artist at various public locations around Edmonton and it;s story shared until December 20, 2017, when the art project officially ends. The Edmonton Oiler Club has been contacted but have not responded.

YouTube: "Inside and Out" Installation by Artist Kasie Campbell

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

Friday, April 7, 2017

Community Participation - What an honour!

She just came up to me and smiled and then took my paint brush and palette out of my hand and began to paint. Her Husband and Son looked a bit shocked and I said "Its okay, this is exactly what I wanted to see happen with my art project, community participation!" She's from China and doesn't speak English but her husband told me she's was a painter back in China. I was blown away from this bowed and thanked her...

Saturday, April 1, 2017

The 2017 Not A Bystander art project begins

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. 

The 2017 Not a bystander art project that focuses my camera and canvases on Anger, Violence and Bullying begins!