Jasper August 2014: It was 90 years ago this August in 1924, when members of Canada’s Group of Seven had expanded the subject matter of their paintings to include western Canada. That year, Lawren S. Harris, a founder and key spokesperson for the Group, and fellow Group member A.Y. Jackson travelled out to Jasper National Park from Ontario to paint. In August 2014 I followed that same trail to paint.​

Today I continue to be an avid hiker after I completed the West Coast Trail in my forties 3 times. At 60 my back pack is now filled with cameras, canvas and paints as I set out any chance I can on my outdoor adventures around the Edmonton river valley, along the North Saskatchewan river and whenever I can afford it I get out to Jasper National Park and paint. 
Original Drawings, Acrylic and Oil Paintings by Doug Brinkman for Sale or Commission 
Past Sketches
Lone Wolf - Pencil sketch drawing 
Water, I Have an Obligation To My Children
My Story >
Killings in Ethiopia outrage 
Edmonton Oromo community
Thank you Richard Douglas Brinkman for being 
a voice of the people and thank you for re-storing my hope in honest journalism you are a real hero! 
- Yahiya Thomas

Hello Douglas,I viewed the video on your website. Thank you for voicing for the voiceless. -Temam  
YouTube - Killings in Ethiopia outrage Edmonton Oromo community
Omar Khadr -The Man, The Law
Thank you for uploading this video and the one of Dr. Stephen Xenakis' presentation. A lot of new details I wasn't aware of and explanations.
Omar Khadr 10 YouTube Playlist
Idle No More
You got my thumbs up, I hope you get in on the press conferences too. It's a struggle to stay informed since I'm Canadian and have to search the internet to know what's really going on in my own country. I appreciate you as a citizen-reporter more than you know, thank you- Carol Young 
Idle No More 20 YouTube Playlist
Moving Forward with New Art Projects
New Socks, Scarfs and Underwear
Doug: I am impressed and owe a great debt to you for your professional production. - Gordon Smith 
Share The Warmth - NASA - Sock It To Me Brother
Hockey Arena & Iron Workers
Thank you! Fantastic work - really appreciated! We will share your video. - (AFL) Alberta Federation of Labour. 
YouTube: Where's The Home Ice Advantage ask Iron Workers?
Active Citizenship - Free News Sharing
Free News Sharing YouTube Channel
Established March 2007: This free news service is based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on Treaty 6 Territory and is protected by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms ie Freedom of Speech and Freedom of the Press. This news service is part of my entrepreneurship commitment to my community and all news videos and photos may be downloaded and shared so long as my name Doug Brinkman is credited. By using social media YouTube I've published over 500 YouTubes and have received over a quarter million views across Canada and worldwide. Periodically I print newsletters and share them publicly on busy street corners and public squares as Civil Information Actions. My policy when bringing forth news and information in a safe non confrontational manner to the public must include respect for all people, property and the rule of law. 
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Investigate 9/11 Canada Petitions 
Thanks Doug for working to expose the lies around this issue. There are so many holes in the official narrative, but Building 7 is irrefutable proof that there's much more to 9/11 than meets the eye.  
God bless. - T. Buitendyk  May 28, 2015
Edmonton 9/11 Truth - Petition Drive & Archives
People Have A Voice, They Will Be Heard!
Terrorism and Hate
Thank you for posting of this video and texts. 
This shows (once again) the healing powers of singing - thus overcoming (for a moment at least) hate, sorrow, pain, loss.... An encouraging gesture.
God bless you all. - Kiki Vol-au-Vent
Thousands of Norwegians in Youngstorget Square singing Pete Seeger's "My Rainbow Race" 

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Active Citizenship - Free News Sharing: Serving Edmonton Since March 2007
June 3, 2015 Edmonton: Aboriginal and Non Aboriginal gathered around a ceremony fire next to the friendship tower by city hall in conjunction to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission final report released this week.  
Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada 
June 2015 Top 10 News Stories on YouTubes
Active Citizen - Free News Sharing YouTube Channel    Key Stats: 563 Subscribers, 525 YouTubes, 377,523 Lifetime views
Trustworthiness is not a point in time as a continuous thing - you can build it, you can destroy it in a moment. I think if we stay true to our editorial philosophy, if we stay independent and prove ourselves everyday, sometimes trust is enhanced when we say we got it wrong and make an apology and correction because that way you're acknowledging that you're not always perfect and you're making a concession that you're interested in getting better." - Ezra Levant
Edmonton June 11, 2015 - Canadian media personality, conservative political activist, writer and broadcaster Ezra Levant.  Q&A Doug Brinkman asks Ezra " What will you do for your news media about the low trustworthiness corporate news media as a whole experiences today? Chateau Louis Hotel & Conference Centre, Alberta: Emergency Town-Hall Meetings with Ezra Levant. (Transcribed By Doug Brinkman)
"Trustworthiness, you can build it, you can destroy it in a moment" Ezra Levant
We are just told what governments and corporations want us to hear, you're never going to get alternative views of current affairs and of history as long as the means of transmitting information is so corporately owned." - Heather Mallick
Edmonton October 4, 2007 - Canadian Journalist, Author Heather Mallick Oct. 4, 2007. Q&A Audience member "Why won't the news media talk about 9/11 and world trade centre 7?" University of Alberta, Mel Hurtig Lecture Series (Transcribed By Doug Brinkman)  
"We are just told what governments and corporations want us to hear" Heather Mallick
Raising Public Awareness to Important Issues with Art
As an artist I've been truly inspired by the spirit of people who rally and protest for change from the many free news sharing news stories I've published on Social Media YouTube while attending rallies since 2007. The inspiration behind these paintings came from rallies like this "Water, We Have A Responsibility To Our Children" (below) during protests by First Nations people living downstream from the oil sands, "The Poet & the Judge We First Nations Métis and Inuit" (above TRC)  and the "9 Afghan Boys Gathering Firewood" (below) highlighting 35 % of all civilians killed in Afghanistan were by NATO allied troops. These painting are displayed in public to help draw attention to the important causes they represent. Over time all these paintings will be retired and sold.
The Poet & the Judge We First Nations Métis and Inuit 
March 30, 2015 Edmonton: I began my first 2015 civil information actions in front of the Shaw Conference Center exactly one year from when the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Alberta National Event finished and the young poet Elizabeth Potskin recited her poem with the TRC chair Justice Murray Sinclair standing next to her side outside the Shaw. VIDEO "The Poet & the Judge We First Nations Métis and Inuit" has since traveled around downtown Edmonton on display helping to promote my free news sharing website and to remind folks we still have a long road ahead of us towards reconciliation. I set up a loud speaker during my civil actions for folks interested in hearing Elizabeth's poem recited in it's entirety.

June 3, 2015  Edmonton "The Poet & the Judge We First Nations Métis and Inuit" went on public display one last time today in front of Edmonton City Hall next to the Truth and Reconciliation Ceremony fire. For the past 9 weeks the painting traveled around downtown Edmonton on public display with over 100 free newsletters shared with people as another civil information action. The painting will now be retired, be cleaned and prepared to be sold to raise funds for a non profit group. The non profit organization will be determined by both the artist and the buyer at the time of sale. 
This painting "9 Afghan Boys Gathering Firewood" is a tribute to the memory of those 9 Afghan Children murdered by NATO in 2013 . Around 35 % of all civilians killed in Afghanistan were killed by NATO bombs and Bullets. In 2007 former defence minister Gordon O Connor declared in Edmonton to Canadian troops out mission in Afghanistan was a mission of 9/11 retribution. Like the USA we are now known as the aggressors around the world - no longer the peace keepers we once stood proudly for.
Water, We Have A Responsibility To Our Children
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"In a decaying society, art, if it is truthful, must also reflect decay, And unless it wants 
to break faith with its social function, art must show the world as changeable, 
And help to change it."  Ernst Fischer
Nine Afghan Boys Gathering Firewood
The Poet & the Judge We First Nations Métis and Inuit
Untitled - What began on Maligne Lake, Jasper National Park last spring was completed today in Sir Winston Churchill Square. Unlike the first 30 paintings I've completed all under $300, this painting will go on sale once it dries and a few more touch ups are added no less than $500 unframed.
Untitled - What began on Maligne Lake, Jasper National Park last spring was completed today in Sir Winston Churchill Square. Unlike the first 30 paintings I've completed all under $300, this painting will go on sale once it dries and a few more touch ups are added no less than $500 unframed.
Untitled - What began on Maligne Lake, Jasper National Park last spring was completed today in Sir Winston Churchill Square. Unlike the first 30 paintings I've completed all under $300, this painting will go on sale once it dries and a few more touch ups are added no less than $500 unframed.
Untitled - What began on Maligne Lake, Jasper National Park last spring was completed today in Sir Winston Churchill Square. Unlike the first 30 paintings I've completed all under $300, this painting will go on sale once it dries and a few more touch ups are added no less than $500 unframed.
Untitled - What began on Maligne Lake, Jasper National Park last spring was completed today in Sir Winston Churchill Square. Unlike the first 30 paintings I've completed all under $300, this painting will go on sale once it dries and a few more touch ups are added no less than $500 unframed.
Untitled - What began on Maligne Lake, Jasper National Park last spring was completed today in Sir Winston Churchill Square. Unlike the first 30 paintings I've completed all under $300, this painting will go on sale once it dries and a few more touch ups are added no less than $500 unframed.
 1924 Maligne Lake $400 unframed  Acrylic 16 x 20 inch 
Edmonton River Valley $300  Oil & Acrylic unframed 16 x 20 inch 
The Poet & the Judge We First Nations Métis and Inuit $600 & donation 22 x 28 inch 
Jasper's Train Yard $400 unframed Oil & Acrylic 16 x 20 inch 
Alberta Legislature Grounds  $ 300 unframed Acrylic 16 x 20 inch 
Not for sale at this time
Not for sale at this time
Sketch Studies
June 17, 2015 Edmonton: Tonight's sketch study is of Jack Bush's "Yesterday" described as Post War State of Mind - A Sense of Uncertainty... Poem by Harold Caverbill
Wednesday Evening Sketch Studies at the Art Gallery of Alberta 
New Painting Projects
Beginning the weekend of June 19, 2015 I'll be painting outdoors either in the Edmonton River Valley or quiet locations throughout the downtown core of Edmonton. This painting shown is titled "Mountain above Maligne Lake" and is my first painting during the solstice week series of mountain scenes I plan to paint. I'll get my inspiration from photos and sketch studies I've done over the year of the Canadian Rockies. The paintings will be mesmerizing in brilliant colours and possess a certain meditative effect to them. 


Sketching
For years I've enjoyed visiting the AGA Art Gallery of Alberta to see the art work on display and learn about the artists who create it. Since I retired as a printer in the fall of 2013 I've made it a habit to sketch study every Wednesday evening when the gallery stays open until 9 and also on the last Thursday of each month when admission is free. This exercise helps me hone my creative skills while learning so much more from the arts and the artists I study compared to just taking a passing glance. 
More Sketch Studies/ Continued...


"I felt the strange brooding lonely presence of Nature fostering a new race, a new age, and as part of it, a new expression in Art. It was an unfolding of the heart itself through the effect of environment, of people, of place, and time." - Lawren Harris
Sketch Study of Lawren Harris "Mountain above Maligne Lake" 1924 coloured.
Mountain above Maligne Lake # 2  $300 Acrylic unframed 16 x 20 inch 
"The Last Commandment Thou Shall Not Beguile" Neil Reynolds
Newspaper Editor Neil Reynolds "Dalton Camp Lecture in Journalism" November 17, 201: In his talk, “The Last Commandment: Thou Shall Not Beguile,” Reynolds will discuss anonymous sources in journalism. “The use of anonymous sources didn’t hurt the Bible,” Reynolds says. “Why is it now the cause of so much weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth?” He says that he will explore “ancient truths for 21st Century journalists.” YouTube: The Last Commandment Thou Shall Not Beguile
"If you want the public to hear you once, you have to 
say what you're saying five or 10 times" - Izzy Asper
Watch me paint this painting on YouTube 
Watch me paint this painting on YouTube 
Watch me paint this painting on YouTube 
Watch me paint this painting on YouTube 
Watch me paint this painting on YouTube 
Watch me paint this painting on YouTube 
Watch me paint this painting on YouTube 
1924, Doug Brinkman Inspired by Lawren Harris and A.Y.Jackson  
 The Two Sisters, The Millcreek Painting Project (Sold)  YouTube 
Edmonton River Valley Bike Trail $200 Acrylic unframed 16 x 20 inch 
Louise McKinney Riverfront Park $300 Acrylic unframed 16 x 20 inch 
 Maligne Lake $500 Oil unframed 16 x 20 inch 
Larry's Bay  Maligne Lake $500 Oil unframed 16 x 20 inch 
Edmonton River Valley $300 Acrylic unframed 16 x 20 inch 
Millcreek Ravine $300 Acrylic unframed 16 x 20 inch 
Watch me paint this painting on YouTube 
Watch me paint this painting on YouTube 
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"The Athenian lawmaker Solon decreed it a crime 
for any citizen to shrink from controversy."
Link to - John F. Kennedy, The President and the Press
Address before the American Newspaper Publishers Association, April 27, 1961
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Edmonton June 17, 2015: Regimental funeral march along Jasper Avenue and 105th street with segments of Edmonton's Speakers Corner added throughout the video.
Edmonton June 22, 2015: Lighting candles with hundreds of teddy bears lining the legislature steps. A vigil for children who died while in provincial care. 7 YouTube Playlist

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Mountain above Maligne Lake # 3  $300 Acrylic unframed 16 x 20 inch 
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Recent Sketch Studies - Art Gallery of Alberta
Edmonton June 25, 2015: I was back inside the Art Gallery of Alberta last night doing my weekly sketch studies on the art on display. My study was of Jack Bush's "House of Doors" located on the 3rd floor of the gallery. This morning I added to Jack's anxiety 4 more words " NDP, Liberals, Green and Conservative" in light of the upcoming fall federal election.  Weekly Sketch studies continued...
Solstice Week Painting Project
June 26, 2015: I completed 3 "Mountain above Maligne Lake" paintings this week as part of my Solstice Week Painting Project. I displayed them along with 10 other paintings inside the Alberta Legislature grounds. I plan to do more outdoor displays like this over the summer. 
YouTube : Canada Day Art Display   

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bem-vindo
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2015 Solstice Wisdom "Share Art With The World" Françoise Thibault
New Art Projects & Exibitions
May 20, 2015: I too was at the meeting tonight and as a Muslim woman was appalled that you were asked to leave. This was obviously not a women's only event and no woman there (Muslim or not) should have felt threatened by your (or any male) presence. Those of us who choose to cover in front of men were covered and those who choose not to sit by or speak to men had plenty of opportunity to exercise their right by sitting elsewhere. As a mother of three sons I teach my boys to stand up for all women and their rights, how would they do this if we alienated them from the issues that affect women? I don't know the reasons the one person had to ask you to be removed and I cannot judge, but I am very sorry you had to go through this! I hope this event does not stop you from attending future events or impression you to think Muslim women are closed minded or unapproachable to discuss important matters such as our freedoms. Sadaf
YouTube Coming Soon 
NDP MP Linda Duncan and Discrimination
Canada Day July 1, 2015 Essay - Back Page
"Doors" Focus on Mental Illness
July 3, 2015: Having suffered bouts of depression in life I recently focused my sketch studies on the Toronto Artist Jack Bush who suffered anxiety attacks in his day. His doctor friend told him to paint when ever he felt an attack coming on as a means of venting his illness onto canvas.  More on Jack Bush back page
   

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Announcement: July 4, 2015: As publisher of this news service I will no longer be publishing news stories relating to political issues. This website will remain as an archival source featuring past news stories until the end of 2015. My YouTube channel will have access to most archived news stories although certain YouTubes will no longer be public as they are now published as unlisted. Making a video unlisted means that anyone who has the link to the video can view it only. To receive a link you can contact me at my office 9 -11 Monday and Tuesday only 780.424.1538 or by email is richardwtc@gmail.com. It's an honour for me serving my community as a free news provider of 8 years, part of my entrepreneurship as an artist.  Artist,  Active Citizen - Free News sharing Doug Brinkman