advance publicity shots…

A reshuffle at the helm of key ministries by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is raising activists’ hopes of a tough Canadian stance at the COP26 climate change meeting, especially Steven Guibeault being handed the environment and climate change brief. Guilbeault, previously heritage minister, becomes Canada’s point man for the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change talks in Scotland.

Court Painter was able to obtain advance publicity shots of the COP 26 climate change meeting and though he has never been known to use photos to do paintings, he did confess to cheating and using a couple to aid in painting new works to honour the occasion.

again & again …


Friday October 29/21 Aboriginal Peoples Network APTV

The Canadian government has appealed a Federal Court decision to uphold compensation for First Nations families torn apart by the deliberately underfunded child-welfare system.

Indigenous Services Canada filed the last-minute legal challenge in the Federal Court of Appeal Friday afternoon just before it closed, taking the fight to the appellate court for the second time in 14 years.

Cindy Blackstock, who along with the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) filed the original complaint at the tribunal in 2007, told APTN National News she was disappointed with the move.

“I’ve always felt like this case is about ending discrimination against kids and trying to make some reparations for the victims that were hurt,” said Blackstock, executive director at the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society. “It’s disturbing to see that the federal government is not yet fully able to put down its sword of litigation against First Nations children.”

In 2019, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ordered Canada to pay the statutory maximum of $40,000 to victims unnecessarily taken from their communities and placed in foster care because of racist and inequitable federal funding practices.

The quasi-judicial panel of human rights experts ruled Ottawa’s “wilful and reckless” discrimination caused “pain and suffering of the worst kind warranting the maximum award” for tens of thousands of kids and caregivers.

Decision affects approximately 50,000 Indigenous children waiting for compensation

Ottawa says it’s also working with Indigenous groups to reach a compensation agreement by the end of the year.

yesterday’s man on book tour…

Jean Chrétien now 87 ,appears to have memory problems from his tenure of Minister of Indian Affairs between 1968-1974.

Former prime minister Jean Chrétien said Sunday that during his tenure as minister of what was then Indian Affairs, he never heard anything about abuse happening in residential schools. 

Chrétien made the comments during an appearance on the popular Radio-Canada talk show, Tout le Monde en Parle as he conducted his recent book tour.

“This problem was never mentioned when I was minister. Never,” said Chrétien, now 87, of his time in the department from 1968 to 1974.

During the French interview, Chrétien appeared to draw a comparison between his own experience attending a conventional college boarding school as a teenager to that of Indigenous children who were forced to attend residential schools.

product placement…



Alec Baldwin and Hollywood’s Gun Problem

Gun violence has steadily increased in movies for decades as the arms industry pays for ‘product placement.’By Brad Bushman and Dan Romer25 Oct 2021

Excerpt: We know that the gun industry pays production companies to place its products in their movies. They are rewarded with frequent appearances on screen, so much so that in 2010 the firearm company Glock won a “lifetime achievement award for product placement,” with a citation noting that Glocks appeared in 22 box office No. 1 films during that year.

The payoff for gun companies can be great — prominent placement in high-profile films can result in a significant bump in sales for gun models.

the real problem…

The real problem of humanity is the following: we have Paleolithic emotions, medieval institutions, and god-like technology.

Edward O. Wilson American sociobiologist , 9 September 2009

Court Painter with E.O.Wison and his portrait

catch me if you can…

Steve Bannon & Donald Trump strike a pose before sculpture by Maurizio Cattelan

Martin Luther King’s use of the quote , “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice” is King’s paraphrasing of a portion of a sermon delivered in 1853 by the abolitionist minister Theodore Parker. Born in Lexington, Massachusetts, in 1810, Parker studied at Harvard Divinity School and eventually became an influential transcendentalist and minister in the Unitarian church. In that sermon, Parker said:

“I do not pretend to understand the moral universe. The arc is a long one. My eye reaches but little ways. I cannot calculate the curve and complete the figure by experience of sight. I can divine it by conscience. And from what I see I am sure it bends toward justice.”

Source: Huffington Post

The Truth About ‘The Arc Of The Moral Universe’

Obama’s favorite quote is more complicated — and less hopeful —than we think. By Mychal Denzel Smith, Guest Writer

helpful art viewing advice…

How to properly stare at Court Painter’s artwork?

“When you look up at a Court Painter artwork, the head presses down on the spine”.

Press Attache A Hardon M, lecturing in the airless and disheveled Court Painter studio to out of work art students , shamelessly paraphrased the words of a Mr. Josefsberg, posture specialist on art viewing…

“Put your index fingers in your ears and imagine a rod at that angle. That’s that point from which you want to look up and down lovingly at a Court Painter masterwork.”

“If you try that, you’re not doing anything with your torso or your neck,the head is not pressing on the spine. You’re giving your spine a rest.

Also if you have any negative comments on what you see… just keep it to yourself.”

And finally, AHM aided by Mr Josefsberg’s thesis, went on to argue that part of the reason why we experience back pain while looking at Court Painter’s art is that we simply forget about our lusty bodies while being absorbed in the visual stimulation around us.

“Try to be mindful of your sensuous body while sashaying around Court Painter’s studio,” AHM concluded. “Save some wacky brainpower to what you’re doing with your sinful body as you stare at the artworks of one of the world’s most unheralded pushers of paint, pulchritude & pathos.”

The Court Painter studio visit is described as an immersive interactive experience because of the olfactory stimulation of raw terpentine, body odour and subtle notes of nicotine in addition to the tactile crunch underfoot of sawdust, ash, pastel dust and discarded KFC chicken bones.

Visitors who neglected to follow the posture viewing advice have by in large described the experience as a pain in the neck.

Visitors on the way out, are requested to not forget to leave any and all spare change in the empty Tim Horton cup Court Painter is gripping .

Ever the gracious host Court Painter expects just a few pieces of silver for his efforts.