Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Remembrance Day #220th My Final Not a Bystander Art Show

November 11, 2017 Remembrance Day final art show next to City Hall  🌹 The homeless man with a smile was my final guest standing with his arm around my painting 'She smile after all that...' 

Today's final art show began in the same location where I had been threatened with police action 11 months ago by a City of Edmonton employee in the early evening of New Years Eve. 'We know who you are, you were not invited, you'll have to leave' she said and when I refused to leave she threatened me with police action for showing a single painting depicting the Fort McMurray wildfire from my 2016 fire and Rain art project. 

This prompted me to stage a 36 day protest / picket against the City of Edmonton, demanding the Mayor and City councilors put it in writing why I cannot freely express myself with art on City public property when it's guaranteed in our Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms. This stalled my 2017 Not a Bystander project a month when it was suppose to start the first of March this year. 

The City eventually apologized on March 10, 2017 but said the City Manager who threatened me with police action now feels threatened by me because of my picket actions. I was once again allowed to freely express myself with art on City property until today. Today was my final 220th outdoor art show, demonstration and picket this year and my 500th since I started showing my art in public. Today for a second time in this location a City employee said I had to leave the area immediately because of the crowds that were expected for today's remembrance celebrations. There were no crowds yet so I refused and she again insisted I must leave, so I  invited her to call the Police and have me arrested because I was not going to obey her request to leave. Neither the City employee or the  police officer wanted to grant me my wish to be arrested for showing art so after the officer evaluated the situation we quickly resolved the matter where we could all agree. I was allowed to finish where I was until a point of time where the crowds would begin to gather for today's remembrance day ceremonies. I then moved a block away to an area where I would not be anywhere close by today's Remembrance day  ceremonies.  YouTube: Remembrance Day outdoor art show City Hall

Friday, November 10, 2017

Not a Bystander Art Shows Demonstrations and Info Pickets

'The Non(Fan)Violence Jersey' was added last spring to the art collection of the 2017 'Not a Bystander' art project after the Edmonton Oilers defeated the San Jose Sharks, advancing to the next round of playoff action against the Anaheim Mighty Ducks. This purpose of this art project is to focus on anger, violence and bullying and bringing it forward into the public forum to encourage open dialog in finding positive solutions to resolving violence and bullying that affects Edmonton and other communities across Canada. During last season's Oilers playoff run negative news reports of fan violence and bullying began to surface with headlines like a female Edmonton fan punched in the face for wearing San Jose jersey' Global News and a young San Jose Sharks fan bullied at an Edmonton Oilers game for wearing a San Jose jersey too Global News. Wayne Gretzky once said 'Hockey is a unique sport in the sense that you need each and every guy helping each other and pulling in the same direction to be successful.' It seems that the Oilers are doing there best at trying to be successful but the Oilers fans were letting the team down from all the negative news stories showing up after the games. So the challenge for Oilers fans is to start playing 100% like thier team by outwardly and openly condemning sport fan violence and bullying as totally unacceptable in our hometown Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on Treaty 6 Territory, Métis Nation Region 4, the City of Champions

One Heartbeat: Doug Brinkman 

#214 Not a Bystander - Non (Fan) Violence Jersey. Oiler Fans Commit to Ending The McJesusJinx - Non Fan Violence YouTube:

Not a Bystander and Fire and Rain Art Show Today was my 210th outdoor art show this year at the top of the noon hour in front of the Alberta Legislature. I said hello to a couple returning MLAs who got back to work this afternoon for the fall session of question period.

#207 Not a Bystander/Non (Hockey Fan) Violence Jersey

#207: Today I shared the stories behind my Not a Bystander art project with a steady stream if visitors including this young University student who graciously posed next to my newest painting I was working on today. She took a stack of cards with my website address, promising to share it with friends: 'Don't Hate The Media, be The Media!' Word of Month/ This is how Civil Information has worked for me as a citizen news activist 10 years this year.

#201 "Not a Bystander, Fire and Rain, Coming Storm" Edmonton City Hall - Two Texan Missionaries (right holding Fort McMurray the beast and left Justin Trudeau) stopped by to hear the stories behind my art show today. Justin Trudeau was in the neighbourhood inside the Hotel Mac and Edmonton Police Headquarters. 'Justin Trudeau' and 'Roughneck protector of oil' was added to the Fire and Rain art project after two paintings were retired from the collection from damage. I played Gord Downey's Secret Path during the show...

#194 #ArtAsActivism #Yeg Not a Bystander Final Weekend Poster Blitz-Vote Yes to Free Speech No to Hockey Fan Violence 

#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: Artist Log August 21, 2017: Tonight I wore my Edmonton Oilers Non(Fan)Violence Jersey to Chevy Rabbit's 6th annual #H82Hope rally, staged in front of the Alberta Legislature steps. At first I stood alone during the speeches as the crowd stayed well away from the steps. After Lewis Cardinal gave a speech about countering hate with love, the emcee invited everyone to move in closer. I knew the Oilers Jersey and not me personally that was intimidating for some at the rally.

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.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Edmonton, A City of Racism and Violence

YouTube: Edmonton, The City of Racism and Violence🍁📢Edmonton mayoral candidates are asked how they would deal with the rising problems with racism, violence and bullying during forum.

YouTube: Edmonton Speakers Corner: Reverse Psychology to Counter Bullying - Les shares ideas on how to deal with bullies YouTube: Includes two women fighting in the middle of Jasper Avenue... One Heartbeat:

YouTube: Edmonton's Politics of Racism - Black Lives Matter Bashir Mohamed  

Friday, August 25, 2017

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

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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