The rumour that Court Painter was fired by his powerful and influential Press Attache A Hardon MacKay for creating a “hostile” and “dangerous” environment in the studio ,leaving unpaid studio interns fearing for their safety ; is close to being substantiated.
The original communique from the Court Painter Studio stated the studio was curtailing activities until further notice because of a condition described as “world weary” plus insufficient cash flow caused by celebrity and politicial clients delinquent fee payments ; is now in question.
The July series of portraits was canceled for delivery to clients because Court Painter kept raising pastel dust by slapping his thighs and in a fit of pique threw his book at unpaid studio interns who were trying to put on his powdered wig, sources say. Enraged at the cancellation, he began “verbally abusing” the crew. They were “fearful for their safety,” said Press Attache AHM.
Court Painter is presently in Missoula USA and could not be reached for comment. His long suffering wife Mary did not respond to an e-mail seeking comment.
Court Painter’s behaviour was unsettling at an earlier portrait sitting. Someone gave him a salad for breakfast and he threw it on the sawdust floor of the studio. He demanded Timbits and said the salad would be better on the floor with the studio rabbits than touching his rose bud lips.
He was frequently late for portrait sittings, sometimes up to two hours, AHM said. He refused to allow anyone to look at him during painting sessions including the sitters. Although he had been introduced many times, sources claim he was never able to remember their names. During the painting sessions he was fed their names both by earpiece and semaphore.
One of the sitters in white who distracted Court Painter
While taking up his usual spot at the Ship & Anchor bar he left “troubling, rambling, angry” voicemails to AHM during the middle of the night. He also insisted that no one wear white in the studio because it “distracts me,” he said. When he was painting no one was allowed to move in the studio because that also distracted him.
As he painted away, he began to gain weight.He looked so chubby that an unpaid studio assistant called Court Painter’s Press Attache AHM for advice.
AHM said, “It sounds like he’s sneaking snacks in addition to his morning noon and night diet of TimBits,bit sized blasts of flavour that he regularly gorges by the dozens on a normal day!”
Anyway he allegedly threw ash trays, mirrors, combs and boxes of hairpins at the unpaid studio interns. He also pulled grey hairs out of his powdered wig because he wanted to look younger than his artist nemesis CC (name provided upon request).
Court Painter seen preparing to move on….
Press Attache AHM finally knew he had to fire Court Painter when he was challenged to a duel at the Ship & Anchor.
That’s all we know at this time.
Canada’s former ambassador to China, Magoo McCallum sacked because of remarks he made in the wake of Huawei’s high-profile extradition case, said he has warned former colleagues at China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs that any further “punishments” imposed on Canada’s exports could lead to a change of government that is unfavourable to Beijing.
This is the scary part!
“Anything that is more negative against Canada will help the Conservatives, [who] are much less friendly to China than the Liberals,”
Magoo McCallum veteran Liberal Party member, told the South China Morning Post in an interview in Hong Kong on Monday.
“I hope and I don’t see any reason why things will get worse, it would be nice if things will get better between now and the Great Dominions election in October.”
So there you go!
The Alberta government will hold a public inquiry into oil & gas companies that it says have been bankrolled by foreign energy giants hell-bent on keeping Canada’s oil and gas reaching new markets.
“They often say that sunlight is the best disinfectant. This public inquiry will be sunlight on the activities of the oil & & gas sector which has run Alberta’s economy since ancient times,” Premier Jason Kenney said Thursday.
“It will investigate all of the national and international connections, follow the money trail and expose all of the transnational fossil fuel interests involved to receive the Order Of Advantage Alberta in a ceremony of gratitude.”
He said the inquiry — with a budget of $2.5-million — will not bother to see if any laws have been broken and will not recommend any appropriate legal and policy action if by chance a dead duck is found belly up in a tailings pond.
“Most importantly, it will serve notice that Alberta will forever allow oil & gas interest groups to dictate our economic destiny as one of the most ethical (my term) major producers of energy in the world.”
Court Painter stands proudly before his favourite subject.
The first phase of the inquiry is to focus on fact finding, with public hearings at the Petroleum Club to follow at the Ranchman’s Club and if necessary The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers. A report is to be delivered in iambic pentameter on the steps of the Legislature in a year.
Kenney said deep-pocketed U.S. & International oil & gas companies have been on the teat of Alberta governments since time immemorial and have kept the trillion litres or so of toxic waste produced by their ethical operations well clear of Calgary & Edmonton town limits. For that public spiritedness,”I am profoundly grateful,” he gushed!
“I think giant international oil & gas producers realized from the beginning that Alberta amongst all of the major energy producers would be the most easily intimidated by intimidation,” he said. “And you know what? They were right.”