Alberta Air Quality
Worse than Beijing and New Delhi
August 26, 2015: Alberta Health Services has issued air quality advisories for areas from the U.S. border north to the Edmonton region because of smoke from wildfires in Washington state. The agency warns even healthy people may experience irritated eyes and throat and possibly shortness of breath. AHS says people with respiratory conditions may notice a worsening of symptoms and that children and the elderly are at higher risk of smoke-related illness. An air quality official says the smoke in the Calgary area is worse than cities with serious pollution problems such as Beijing and New Delhi.
Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
The Fire and Rain art project by Doug Brinkman
Blog Note: Posts on this blog has been set up chronologically with the final March 2017 post first and the first January 2016 post at the end of this blog. The artist's bio and special thanks are also located at the end of this blog... Enjoy!
Mother Earth is ready to cleanse. The natural shape is a circle, our cells are a circle, stars are a circle, the sun, the moon, the earth. The mothers womb is a circle... I don't believe we should be living in these squares." - Chief No Tribe, September 13, 2016.
The 2016 Fire and Rain art project was planned in 2015 following the news stories about wildfires that burned throughout Western Canada. The first painting was completed January 25th, 2016 and 23 more paintings followed throughout the year. Paintings were displayed in public and their stories told during 160 outdoor art shows. There was an opportunity to set things right between me and officials with the Alberta Government and City of Edmonton about Freedom of Expression and what it stands for.