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Blacklisted Artist Occupies Ottawa Ad Space

Blacklisted Artist Occupies Ottawa Ad Space
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In July, Cathryn Wellner wrote about Stephen Harper’s Conservative government’s attempts to silence environmental artist Franke James. James had been planning a European tour to promote her art and teach youth how to make climate change art. However, when the Canadian Embassy in Croatia contacted James’ sponsor and let them know that the government did not support her show, they withdrew their sponsorship and the tour was cancelled. Today, James was in Ottawa kicking off an art show called Banned on the Hill steps away from Parliament Hill.

Click through to learn more about how James brought her show art show to Ottawa and about the message she wants to send to Canada’s Prime Minister.

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10:40AM PDT on Nov 5, 2011

Hope S. What you think of her artwork is irrelevant. She had funding for her tour which was quickly removed when she criticized Harper. Harper is just Hitler without the charisma, personality, or brains.

9:25PM PDT on Nov 4, 2011

I applaud her efforts to bring attention to actions that threaten our environment though I am not impressed with her artwork from what I have seen. No government is required to support an artist and she is not black listed per se.

3:05AM PDT on Nov 4, 2011

well another reason to be proud to be canadian!
the country‘s history consists of genocide, fraud, theft, lies, nationalistic brainwash, environmental mass destruction etc.
wave that flag!
the red leaf is native blood!
join the club of military dictatorships
with prosperity for the few at any cost agent harper!

9:01PM PDT on Nov 3, 2011

Thanks for the information.

6:24PM PDT on Nov 3, 2011

Anyone publicly against Harper's policies will be censored. Watch what you say and do

1:12PM PDT on Nov 3, 2011

You go Franke, you are a true hero. Harper sure isn't......

11:50AM PDT on Nov 3, 2011

Blacklisting - was done during the Communist Scare of the McCarthy Era, and it just made the artists mad. They went underground and got even. Now James is doing the same, and I say - Good For Her! Go Ms James. Go forth and do. Environmental messages are needed today to help heal the environment for our children tomorrow.

11:23AM PDT on Nov 3, 2011

@ Eug F.

Well said, brother.

7:42AM PDT on Nov 3, 2011

It's a shame that the Harper government killed off a great opportunity to internationally showcase a progressive and thoughtful Canadian artist.

Instead they have let the world know that Canada is thumbing it's nose at the greatest challenge of our age - all in the name of supporting Canada's "interests" of extracting oil from ancient tar sands at any cost.

I hope the Canadian people act to remove the conservative Harper regime (and weak willed public servants) ASAP.

7:08AM PDT on Nov 3, 2011

@ Kenny W. Yes, Canadians were known for alot of things-peace, peacekeepers, social programs, environment. But over the last 2 decades, for reasons unknown, some Canadians want to emulate Americans. Cant say why that is. But Im hoping that we change our voting system to proportional representation instead of first-past-the-post so that our government truly represents the views of all Canadians, not just those of a couple of provinces. I dont think the Bush-wannabe Harper government (which received only 35% of the popular vote) is Canadian by any stretch of the imagination.

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