Sunday, November 6, 2016

November News Stories - Is the Beast still burning?

November 1, 2016: Is the Beast still burning? Fort McMurray wildfire may smoulder through winter 'Once that snow starts to melt ... everything has an opportunity to heat up' The fire which devastated much of Fort McMurray in May may still be smouldering, deep underground. At its peak, the fire was moving 30 to 40 metres per minute, creating its own weather pattern of wind and lighting. It crowned high in the trees, raining down ash and cinders as it raced north, jumping the Athabasca River, and wrapping itself around the northern Alberta city like a noose. Even then, smouldering ash underground grew into powerful infernos, making the fire an unpredictable foe for firefighters. In the end the Beast covered 589,552 hectares and devoured 2,400 structures. Extinguished on the surface, the fire may continue burning undetected throughout the winter, feeding on peat and dead vegetation.

November 15, 2016: $5.3B to be spent rebuilding Fort McMurray, boosting GDP, Conference Board says: The Fort McMurray wildfire will shave about 0.1 per cent from Alberta's real GDP in 2016, but reconstruction efforts will reverse that trend over the next few years, according to a Conference Board of Canada report released Tuesday. The costliest natural disaster in Canadian history will result in $5.3-billion being injected into the province, with the bulk of those funds — approximately $3.6-billion — coming from insurance payouts. But the report warns that "the funds put toward replacing lost capital will leave the provincial and federal governments with more debt, and the insurance industry with the challenge of absorbing what has become the costliest natural disaster in Canadian history."

Sunday, October 2, 2016

October Outdoor Art Shows - Reptiles Rescued

October 2, 2016 YouTube: Fort McMurray Reptiles Rescued
During yesterday's 119th outdoor art show on the Alberta Legislature grounds I shot some video footage adding it later to bits and pieces of interviews I collected since May relating to reptiles being rescued from the Fort McMurray wildfires. Heart warming stories shared by Albertans about these beautiful creatures.

130th outdoor art show next to the Alberta Legislature

Meeting Oiler fans along 104th Street during my 134th outdoor art showing
of the Fire and Rain art project a block away from Rogers Place

Friday, September 30, 2016

Artist Log: On guard for thee, I am a man

On guard for thee 
 September 27, 2016 #21, Final painting my tribute painting to the Alberta Sheriffs

Sketch study of a lone sheriff (Keith) standing behind a pillar on guard.

My 2016 Fire and Rain art project helped
influence my 2017 Not a Bystander art project
5 AM in morning darkness preparing my canvas for a painting
September 21, 2016: 5 AM this morning I prepared a canvas using a projector and sketch study I drew last week during one of my outdoor art shows in front of the Alberta Legislature. Titled "On guard for thee." This painting became the new signature painting for my 2016 Fire and Rain art project after I had destroyed my original signature painting in a fit of anger, rage and frustration after being verbally banned on the Alberta Legislature grounds a 3rd time by an official with Alberta Legislature Visitors Services. 

Original signature painting destroyed
Fire and Rain, Prospect Point

Losing my cool and destroying something I loved prompted me to look in the mirror and say to myself "I must try to never allow my emotions to get the better of me" The following year my next art project would focus my canvases on anger, violence and bullying and my own anger issues would become an integral part of my art project. The 2016 Fire and Rain art project. 

January 2018. I salvaged the broken pieces from my destroyed painting and added them to another Fire and Rain painting titled "The Crumpling Umbrella" Crumpling Umbrella painting 2018

Contemplating over coffee how I'll paint my picture.
I paint outdoors all seasons and take on the challenges of weather.

The new signature painting added 'On Guard For Thee" best represents the spirit of ordinary Albertans as a whole coming together defending, protecting and providing for others during times of sorrow, tribulations and calamities such as the wildfires, storms and flooding from heavy rains we seen in Alberta this year. The spirit of Albertans during times of trouble became a beacon of light and hope for so many others in need. The Alberta Sheriffs became my own beacon of hope to complete this project on the Alberta Legislature grounds regardless the art critics. 

September, 23, 24 YouTube: Waiting for the paint to dry - On guard for thee Day 3 and 4 painting. 

September, 25: Accomplished Edmonton graphic artist Wei Yew encourages Alberta artists to pass on what they've learned over a lifetime to others. During the Provincial Police and Peace Officer Memorial Day Ceremony held across the street, I had lots of visitors stop by to watch me paint and hear the stories about the Fire and Rain project. Several families, MLA Dr. Bob Turner and the award winning graphic designer Wei Yew stopped by and shared stories about the Provincial Police & Peace Officer Memorial Monument that he designed in 2006. Wei Yew's Website

I am a man 
Backside of #22, Back side of On guard for thee #21

Throughout the year 2016 I felt  alien and unwelcome to the Alberta Legislature grounds after I was verbally banned 3 times by Alberta Legislature officials who told me I could not paint or show my art on the grounds. I answered all 3 officials by picketing the Alberta Government a total of 6 days, 3 in February over one official's concerns of liability and safety, twice in June as my art was deemed inappropriate on the grounds by one unapologetic official and 2 more times in July when I was told I could not share leaflets about the fire and rain art project during art shows, accused of littering the grounds by that official. Today I won back my freedom to express art on the Legislature grounds, thanks in large part to the Alberta Legislature Sheriffs who serve and protect all Albertans.   

July 29, 2018 current art project: The Status versus Motion art project began April, 2018 as an extension of Citizen Free News, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on the traditional lands of Treaty 6 territory. It's purpose is to improve the outreach and trustworthiness of citizen free news reporting on protests, rallies and vigils by Albertans relating to environmental, human rights and political issues and follows the business inside the Alberta Legislature and how the news media reports on it... Citizen Free News Since 2007

YouTube: I am a man on guard for thee 🍁

Monday July 30, 2018. 'On guard for thee' from my 2016 Fire and Rain art project on Alberta wildfires and rains has been retired and has found a new home inside the Alberta Legislature in the office of the Superintendent of the Alberta Legislature Sheriffs.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Mother Earth is ready to cleanse

Fire, Rain, Circle and Square, September, 2016 #20

"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

Friday, September 9, 2016

September Outdoor Art Shows

September 9, 2016: Today during my 101st Fire and Rain outdoor art show I donated my painting Hidden from sight to the Alberta Government's Treasury Board and Finance department's Belinda Mack who will put this painting up for auction to help raise money for the United Way this fall. I staged a second show, my 102nd, on the corner of 100 Ave. and 104th street for Daryl and his neighbour. Daryl is holding Fort McMurray Wildfire- The Beast, which I painted during the Fort McMurray evacuations on the afternoon of May 3, 2016.

Man enjoying the sunshine gets his own art show look of the Fire and Rain art project. He hold Fort McMurray the Beast that was painted May 3, 2016 on the afternoon when evacuations began in Fort Mac.

September 10, 2016: A little splash of colour added by today's outdoor art show. Fire and Rain lightens up an overcast fall day inside Beaver Hills House Park (Amiskwaskahegan) The annual corn-fest was also featured in the park.
Civil Information Leaflet

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Edmonton Journal Features Fire and Rain art project

The North Saskatchewan Rising August, 2016 #18

August 27, 2016: Disasters on Canvas Doug Brinkman paints the North Saskatchewan River's high waters near the Alberta Legislature Friday for his 2016 Fire and Rain art series project depicting moments of natural disasters in Alberta. Ian Kucerak. Edmonton Journal

Monday, August 1, 2016

August News Headlines- Flooding a 'bad dream' after wildfire

The AB Legislature's Money Hydrant 
August, 2016 #19 Canada's economy shrinks 1.6% in 2nd quarter,

Heavy rain causing localized flooding in Fort McMurray 
 'I really wish Mother Nature would have sent the rain before the fires' 

August 1, 2016: Fort McMurray flooding a 'bad dream' after wildfire 'It's just not our year,' city councillor says after flooding damages homes that escaped wildfire' People in Fort McMurray are taking stock of water damage after torrential rain flooded parts of the city over the weekend, including some areas that escaped devastation from the wildfire that forced tens of thousands out of the northern Alberta community in May. Rising water prompted the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo to reopen its emergency operations centre for the first time since the wildfire, which has come to be known as the Beast.

First it was Fire, then came the Water 

August 1, 2016: Less than two months after Fort McMurray, Alta. residents returned home after wildfires devastated the city, the oilsands town has been inundated with floodwaters."We couldn't mop up or anything because it was flowing in through the doors," said Matt Voigt, the owner of a Harley Davidson dealership on Monday. According to Environment Canada, more thunderstorms are expected late Monday afternoon and evening. "You have to feel for the people there," David Phillips, a senior climatologist with Environment Canada, told CTV News Channel on Monday. After having next to no rain as wildfires swept through the region in May, Phillips says the city experienced more than a month’s worth of precipitation in just two hours on Sunday. "It’s almost biblical," he said. "From drought to fires to floods to -- where are the locusts? It really has been topsy-turvy." For homeowners whose possessions and homes survived the massive wildfire that surrounded and burned part of the community, the flooding is a bitter pill to swallow. CTV News

August 23, 2016: Alberta is now $10.9 Billion in debt after Fort McMurray wildfires. 630CHED 

August 22, 2016: Central and northern Alberta rocked by extreme weather. Severe thunderstorm warnings and rainfall warnings were issued for various parts of Alberta throughout Monday evening. All rainfall warnings for Alberta were dropped by noon Tuesday. CTV News

August 25, 2016: In the past 24 hours, water levels in the river have risen by more than three metres, and the flow is four times as fast as usual. The high water is a result of heavy rainfall in the mountains over the last few days. The water has now reached Edmonton carrying debris from upstream. CBC.CA

August 31, 2016 Canada's economy shrinks 1.6% in 2nd quarter, worst since 2009 financial crisis Statistics Canada left no doubt about the reason for the contraction in the April-to-June quarter. In large part, it blamed a 4.5 per cent drop in exports — especially energy products — as the Alberta fires caused many oilsands operations to curtail production in May. CBC.CA

Sunday, July 31, 2016

I have a White Rose to Give

I have a White Rose to Give #11, #12, #13, #14, #15 #16

Inspired by a man who recited a poem for the wildfire victims of Fort McMurray One downtown Edmonton business leader received I have a White Rose to Give for her free help at promoting The 2016 Fire and rain art project while 3 unknown passerby's who stopped and enjoyed my art show also received a painting. MLA, Minister of Agriculture and Minister of Forestry Oneil Carlier received a painting for his encouragement and support during my February picket against his Alberta Government.

"I Have a White Rose to Tend I have a white rose to tend In July as in January; I give it to the true friend Who offers his frank hand to me. And for the cruel one whose blows Break the heart by which I live, Thistle nor thorn do I give: For him, too, I have a white rose." -José Julián Martí Pérez 

Downtown business owners of Orbits and Baba Finks Canteen on Jasper Ave and 100 A St. received the 6th painting I have white roses to Give for their generous help in promoting the arts and the 2016 Fire and Rain art project. The food truck The Crooked Fork that parks each noon hour by the Alberta Legislature grounds also helped me promote my art project with posters.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Third Verbal Ban by Alberta Legislature Visitors Services

July 22, 2016: During today's 67th outdoor art show I was verbally banned for the 3rd time this year. I was told by another Alberta Legislature official with Visitors Services that I could no longer distribute leaflets on the Alberta Legislature grounds. The leaflets play an important part in this 2016 Fire and Rain art project. Without them, this project cannot continue. Picketing the Alberta Government for freedom of expression using art will begin Tuesday, July 26, 2016, in place of the #FireAndRain art shows. I'm still going to paint freely and show my art in public and continue the Fire and Rain art project.

"Bureaucrats and the Government of Alberta have never made me and other Albertans feel welcomed on the Alberta Legislature grounds. Only some of the sheriffs who protect Albertans and those who publicly serve in office have made the great efforts at making me feel welcome and at home. I'll always appreciate that and respect these fine men and women who serve Albertans in uniform."  - Doug Brinkman   

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Fort McMurray News Stories in July

Provincial state of emergency due to Fort McMurray wildfire now ended! July 2, 2016 Alberta: For the first time since May 4th, Alberta isn’t under a provincial state of emergency. It was declared the day after a raging wildfire forced 90,000 people from the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, completely emptying Fort McMurray. The declaration was put in place so the Province could spearhead efforts to get that massive wildfire under control. The provincial state of emergency ended as of midnight on Friday, with a local state of emergency taking its place. Residents have since returned to the area after the evacuation order was lifted a month ago. They returned to the community to find that 2,400 homes and buildings had been lost. It was 2013 the last time a state of emergency was declared province-wide. That was for the southern Alberta floods that devastated several communities including High River and Calgary. 630CHED

'They went through one of the most significant events that any firefighter could ever go through'! July 3, 2016: The man who led the battle against The Beast says many Fort McMurray firefighters are now wrestling a different set of demons. Fire Chief Darby Allen says the emotional toll is hitting home for the crews who worked non-stop for days to beat back the ferocious wildfire that breached the northeastern Alberta city two months ago. Counselling services have been offered from the beginning, but Allen said it's important that help is available for the long haul.

Wildlife returns as forest regenerates after Fort McMurray wildfire July 7, 2016 Fort McMurray: University of Alberta researchers are studying the first animals to return to the charred forest. Standing in a burned-out bog near Fort McMurray, University of Alberta researcher Hedwig Lankau is surrounded by small signs of life. The damp bog is one of her favourite places to explore, after a wildfire changes its ecosystem. "I find that after the fire it's different, but it's beautiful and it represents that new beginning," Lankau says.

Friday, July 1, 2016

July 1, Canada Day! Wildfire Surreal

Fort McMurray Wildfire Surreal 
Inspired from Jack Bush's painting titled Doors #10
July 1, 2016 Canada Day: Today visitors enjoyed Canada Day celebrations on the Alberta Legislature grounds put on by the staff and management of the Alberta Legislature. During my 54th. outdoor art show I met with many friendly Canadians and visitors from afar and shared stories about freedom of expression and the wildfires of Alberta. YouTube: Canada Day 54 Th. Outdoor Art Show

Civil Information Leaflet

Thursday, June 30, 2016

He noticed the dangerous looking clouds coming in ...

Thunder Cloud, June 2016 #9

June 30, 2016 Ponoka Alberta: Rob, who was with his family at the Ponoka Stampede, says he noticed the dangerous looking clouds coming in, as his family was on a ride at the time. My children were pretty frightened, but they were extremely brave, so we were really proud of them and tried to keep them calm. Once we got into the car and started heading towards Edmonton then we definitely felt much more relieved. It’s the first time we’ve had that close an encounter.” 630CHED

YouTube Thunder Cloud painted outdoors during a rain storm

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Queen Elizabeth Park Wildfire, Edmonton River Valley

Queen Elizabeth Park Wildfire 
 6 weeks later, May 2016 #8

June 19, 2016 Edmonton: First strokes of paint are added to my 8th. Fire and Rain painting titled Queen Elizabeth Park Wildfire, 6 weeks after fire burned through the park. Today I hiked 10 kilometers carrying my easel and backpack through a thunderstorm, then later during hot windy conditions. The thick layers of compost leaves had completely burned away leaving a rich top soil with new saplings already poking through the ground. The bark along the trunks of the trees were blackened but not enough to kill the trees. 

March 21, 2017: Today I gave this painting "Queen Elizabeth Park Wildfire 6 weeks later" to Julie Franz and Lorne Murfitt as a gift. The painting is about mother nature's renewal of life after a forest fire.

May 13, 2016: Edmonton Fire Rescue continues to tackle small brush fires in and around the city. The latest was called in at 5:45 Thursday evening in the wooded area between Kinsmen and Queen Elizabeth parks in the river valley. Spokesperson for Edmonton Fire Rescue Shani Gwin describes the response. Fresh Radio 95.3

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Outdoor Art Shows in June

June 24, 2016 - Today's 47th early morning outdoor art show took place outside the WORKS art festival on the corner of Sir Winston Churchill Square, 100 Street and 102 Avenue.

June 24, 2016 -  Afternoon Alberta Legislature grounds next to Prospect Point.

Civil Information Leaflet

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Support and Encouragement on the Picket Line

Thank you Ilyaas Macalin for your wisdom, encouragement and special kind of friendship during my art shows. السَّلَامُ عَلَيْكُمْ‎‎

June 15, 2016 : Sheriff welcome Syrians new to Canada and later witness their first picket for freedom of expression by the Legislature

May 15, 2016 Syrian refugees in Edmonton step up to help Fort McMurray fire evacuees: “I know the pain,” said Morhaf Aldiri, who is leading the fundraising campaign. Syrian refugees living in Canada for a matter of months are among those raising funds to support victims of the Fort McMurray fire. Morhaf Aldiri, who arrived in Edmonton in February, said Albertans have been so kind to him that he simply had to do something to give back. "When I came it was very difficult," said Aldiri. "Another country, I don't know anything, any people, but lots of people help and help me, so it's very nice." Alidiri, 25, knows what it's like to lose everything. He and his family had to run for their lives when their house was hit by a bomb in their home city of Daraa, Syria, in 2013.

Doug Brinkman, Citizen free News

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Second Verbal Ban on Art Prompts Second Picket

"Art on the Alberta Legislature grounds is inappropriate!"- Sergeant-at-Arms, Brian Hodgson

June 14, 2016 - After today’s noon hour outdoor art show at the Legislature I was confronted by the Sergeant-at-Arms who said my showing art on the Alberta Legislature grounds was inappropriate and that I would have to stop. He also criticized the work I do as a citizen news reporter publishing news stories on YouTube. For a second time this year, I was told by an official of the Alberta Legislature that I could not freely express my art on the grounds of the Alberta Legislature. ​I launched my second picket.

The Poet & Judge, We First Nations, Métis and Inuit, March 30, 2015 
June 15, 2016:This painting was briefly added to the Fire and Rain art project in February and later in June and July to picket the Alberta Government. I defended my right to freely express art on the Alberta Legislature grounds. The July picket only lasted 3 days and ended when a Sheriff intervened during my picket on the steps of the Alberta Legislature and said that I already had a written agreement that allows me to freely paint and show art on the grounds, from a Ministry of Infrastructure official in March of this year. I ended my picket and returned to doing art shows on the grounds. The sheriffs, to whom I am grateful, had intervened twice during the 3 times I picketed the Alberta Government and have been friendly and courteous each time I'm around painting or showing my art freely.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

2016 Outdoor Art Shows in May

 104th. Street and Jasper next to the farmers market
Old Strathcona Farmer's Market

May 28, 2016 Annual Walk For Values, Old Strathcona would become one of my favorite locations for doing my outdoor art shows. Next to Dr. Wilbert McIntyre Gazebo, in front of the Old Strathcona farmers market or along the popular Whyte Avenue.

Civil Information Leaflet

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

We expect weeks, if not months, fighting this fire

May 24, 2016 Fort McMurray wildfire: ‘We expect weeks, if not months, fighting this fire: Despite much of the province seeing a cold, wet May long weekend, the Fort McMurray wildfire saw very little rain. The west edge of the fire received between three and five millimetres of rain while the northern edge – where the fire is most active – saw none at all. “Most of the growth is in those northern sections,” wildfire manager Chad Morrison said. “There was no rain received in the north or eastern portions. In the Fort McMurray area, there was very little rain.” As of 10 a.m. Tuesday, the wildfire was 522,895 hectares in size. International crews helping: An additional 1,000 firefighters should be on the ground in the next two weeks from other parts of Canada, the United States and other parts of the world. There are currently 1,200 firefighters on scene, the majority of which are Alberta crews being rotated through. This week, firefighters from across parts of Canada, and the U.S., including Alaska, will arrive. Next week, international crews, including 280 firefighters from South Africa are expected to arrive. Global News

Sunday, May 22, 2016

May 22, 2016 Smoke clears over Fort McMurray

Working on Escape from Fort McMurray
Sir Winston Churchill Square

May 22, 2016 Smoke clears over Fort McMurray wildfire and it's bigger than previously thought The latest estimates peg the wildfire at 522,894 hectares on the Alberta side, and 2,496 hectares across the border into Saskatchewan, Laura Stewart, an Alberta wildfire information officer, confirmed Sunday afternoon. While the fire was reported to be 504,443 hectares yesterday, Stewart said it hasn’t grown, rather the weather helped to clear smoke in the area allowing firefighters to better assess the size. "Firefighters are making really great progress, taking advantage, of course, of these cooler temperatures,” she said, noting more rain is expected in the Fort McMurray area. Fire conditions in northeastern Alberta remain extreme and the wildfire in Fort McMurray remains out of control, even with the cooler weather. But that cooler, wet weather has allowed firefighters to reclassify the fire near Janvier, which was also reported as out of control on Saturday. A lot more rain fell in the Janvier area and the 146-hectare fire is now being held, Stewart said, adding that it isn’t expected to grow any further. Sixteen other fires are also burning in the province. Edmonton Journal

Saturday, May 21, 2016

May 20, 21, 2016 Jasper National Park Wildfire 2015

"Just to give you a bit of size perception the wildfire by Medicine Lake was about about 900 hectares, the one in Fort McMurray has reached over 400,000 hectares right now. They definitely didn't call it the beast for nothing " - Tour Guide Malory, Maligne Lake tour, Jasper National Park. May 20, 2016

May 21, 2016 Jasper National Park: This Youtube was filmed by Excelsior Creek from the north end of Medicine Lake and later on a boat cruise to Spirit Island on Maligne lake. Last year's wildfire burned 966 hectares causing 1,000 tourists, hikers and campers to be evacuated. Our tour guide shared her experiences from the 2015 evacuation from Maligne lake. Later we stopped by the Jasper park visitor information center where we met a woman who works in forestry. She told us that just weeks after the wildfires at Excelsior Creek, grass had already begun to grow back in that area. Jasper National Park Visitor Information

YouTube: 2015 Wildfire Jasper, Maligne Valley Evacuation

Thursday, May 19, 2016

May 19, 2016 - Married under a smoke filled sky

May 19, 2016 Today my fiance Sarah and I were married under a big tree that I had painted behind the Alberta Legislature. All day it threatened rain for our wedding ceremony but instead we were shrouded in wildfire smoke. On a clear day the High Level Bridge in the background of this photo my daughter took would have easily been seen on a clear day. YouTube: Painting the big tree

July 15, 2015: Mother Nature tempers raging wildfire in Maligne Valley. Rain and cooler temperatures continue to help fire crews fight the Excelsior Wildfire burning out of control in the Maligne Valley, about 15 kilometres south east of Jasper. The fire, suspected to be caused by a lightning strike, was first reported on July 9 around 3:30 p.m. and forced more than 1,000 people to flee the picturesque valley over the course of two days. With the more recent rain and continued cooler temperatures it’s definitely helped to continue to slow the Excelsior Wildfire,” said Kim Weir, fire communications officer for Jasper National Park. "It certainly isn’t as intense as last Thursday or Friday. This has provided us an opportunity to attack the fire directly.” Initially, the fire was too intense to allow firefighters on the ground and bucketing water from the air proved pointless because the fire was too powerful to control with small amounts of water. After overnight rainfall on Friday, Parks Canada was finally able to put people on the ground on Saturday. The fire runs along the flanks of Medicine Lake and extends along its southwest side toward Excelsior Creek, explained Weir. It crossed Maligne Lake Road at the north end of the lake and burned the slopes along part of the road, near the Medicine Lake lookout. In a rare bit of good news, an eagle’s nest at Medicine Lake appears to have survived the fire, despite the tree it’s perched on being partially burned. "I heard from at least two folks that the eaglet was on the nest,” said Weir. Jasper's Independent Newspaper Jasper FitzHugh

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

May 18, 2016 - Fort McMurray evacuees return

May 18, 2016 Fort McMurray evacuees could return home starting June 1 More than 80,000 residents displaced by wildfire living at evacuation centres or with friends, family. For a few moments Wednesday, political differences were set aside, when Wildrose Opposition leader Brian Jean — who lost his own house to the flames — thanked the NDP government for its efforts on behalf of his constituents.Jean took over the podium for a few minutes and spoke of the anguish and grief shared by the people he represents in the legislature. "I know that every morning I've been receiving messages from my family," said Jean, who paused briefly, the words caught in his throat, "my friends, and my neighbours. They are tired, stressed, and waiting to hear this news." CBC

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

May 10, 2016 - NBC News, Fort McMurray's Wildfire

NBC News covers the Fort McMurray's Wildfire, June 2016, #7

May 10, 2016 Alberta Legislature: Wildfires in Fort McMurray had halted oil production. An NBC news crew from New York set up cameras and lighting next to my easel where I had already begun painting this morning. They would interview executives in the oil industry who were here to meet with Government officials inside the Legislature. The crew allowed me to film some of their interviews anchored by a reporter who came in from Vancouver. The news director thanked me for asking for permission first before I filmed. It was the natural thing to do after I completed my painting later in June to title it NBC News Covers Fort McMurray's Wildfire.

May 10, 2016 Fort McMurray Fire: Stunned Alberta Leaders Get First Look at Devastation Regional leaders and journalists got their first close-up look Monday at the cataclysmic landscape left behind by the raging wildfire in Alberta. Authorities raised the number of structures reported lost in the half-million-acre inferno near Fort McMurray to 2,400, up by 50 percent from Sunday. But Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said after Monday's bus tour of the area that "we've saved almost 25,000 [structures], including the hospital, municipal buildings and every functioning school." The tour revealed a blackened, charred moonscape of smoky ruins, damage so stark that Intact Financial, Canada's largest insurer, called "unprecedented." Charles Brindamour, Intact's chief executive officer, said in a statement that the company has sent more than 1,000 claims workers to the city to help customers who've lost their homes, cars and businesses. Notley acknowledged, "It was quite overwhelming in some spots." But she said, "It reinforced to me how much work and how much success was achieved over the last few days by those heroic firefighters." Notley promised that Fort McMurray would emerge "with real structural resilience, with most of its critical infrastructure preserved." They will be rebuilt," she promised. USA/ NBC News

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

May 8, 2016, Wildfire in Fort McMurray Reactions

May 8, 2016, 5 days of wildfire in Fort McMurray: During today's Fire and Rain outdoor art show held just inside Sir Winston Churchill square a white haired, weather faced First Nations man told me he wanted to see Fort McMurray and all the oil sands industries destroyed by the wildfires for poisoning the water, the animals and his people living downstream from the oil-sands.

YouTube: A man recites a poem for the people of Fort McMurray.

YouTube: A Message to Fort McMurray from Slave Lake Wildfire Survivor

May 3, 2016 Afternoon - Fort McMurrayThe Beast

Fort McMurray wildfire-The Beast, #5

May 3, 2016 Afternoon : May 3, 2016 Afternoon : As evacuations continued throughout the afternoon I set up my easel next to the TV and began to paint while watching the news unfold on Global TV. I later title it Fort McMurray Wildfire - The Beast. The YouTube I uploaded that night received many views with many thumbs down from my viewers who probably thought I was exploiting the tragedies of the day for financial gain. Later this week the editor of the Edmonton Journal did not take kindly to my YouTube uploaded and shared on their reader comment section of their on-line newspaper. They removed my video and all my comments relating to the wildfires in Fort McMurray. I later cancelled my reader subscription as a result. Later this summer an Edmonton Journal would do a story on the Fire and Rain project that was featured on the front pages of thier print edition. This YouTube has since reversed its thumbs down trend to thumbs up. I was a former employee with the Journal 27 years.

"Your best work, when you do it, will always upset the general public – they're always a few years behind you. - Canadian abstract painter Jack Bush