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By Peter Robinson

At the David Suzuki Foundation, we pride ourselves in finding science-based solutions to the real and urgent challenges of our time. But we sometimes find ourselves responding to allegations based on lies and exaggerations. Some of our supporters have asked if recent claims made by Sun Media host Ezra Levant are accurate. We think you deserve clear and truthful answers.

For starters, please note: David Suzuki is not the head of a corporation. The David Suzuki Foundation is a registered Canadian charity and David Suzuki has never been a paid staff member. In fact, he is one of our most generous donors and volunteers. He has lived in the same house for decades, a home he has shared with his in-laws and in which he has raised his daughters.

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As for the claim that David owns land with an "oil company", we did what journalists are supposed to do before running a story. We checked with the company's owners, a couple living on the Sunshine Coast. They told us the husband's father ran the company in the 1950s and '60s to distribute oil to households and small businesses, mostly for furnaces. When the company folded, they used the assets to buy into co-owned land on remote Nelson Island, and it has not operated as anything other than a holding company since the late 1960s. David and a friend, who knew nothing about the company, bought into the property many years ago with the express purpose of protecting it from development. He has made other investments in real estate to provide for his retirement and family.

We would also like to take a moment to set the record straight: Although Sun Media consistently refers to David Suzuki as a saint, he isn't. He has received many awards and honours, including being named a Companion of the Order of Canada, but he has not been sainted or knighted, and he's human, not infallible. He's a 77-year-old grandfather who has devoted his life to communicating the wonders of science and finding solutions for our shared environmental problems. But mostly he's a human doing what he can to make a positive difference.

We find it strange that anyone would be opposed to protecting the air, water, land and biodiversity that we need for our health and survival, but recent attempts to tarnish the reputation of David Suzuki, as well as the Foundation and other environmental groups, show that some people view short-term profit for the fossil fuel industry as more important than protecting the planet.

Those not familiar with Sun News host Ezra Levant — who also founded a propaganda organization and website to promote the fossil fuel industry and target environmental groups — might be interested to know he has been proven in court to be less than credible, with a judge in one case ruling that he spoke in "reckless disregard of the truth." In fact, he's currently facing another in a string of libel charges. He's also had to apologize publicly for rants and comments that were deemed racist and has been found in violation of the Canadian Broadcasting Standards Council's ethical guidelines. He doesn't believe in the science of climate change, thinks recycling is "pointless" and believes Canada should put all its economic eggs in the oil sands basket. Many of his attacks are ad hominem — that is, they are aimed at perceived flaws in an individual's character rather than his arguments — and most are blatantly false.

He appears to take issue with the fact that David Suzuki has been rewarded for his many well-earned successes as a prolific author, scientist, speaker and host of the popular and long-running TV show The Nature of Things, among other accomplishments.

We at the David Suzuki Foundation appreciate that in the current media environment, some outlets operate under the assumption that allegations don't need to be true; they just need to be plausible. So we may need to occasionally respond to mud-slinging and political rants. But we continue to hope the negative noise will be drowned out by positive and rational discourse aimed at creating a healthy, sustainable future. We'd also like to thank all of those who stand with us, and who see through the lies and keep working to protect our planet, even while vocal interests are doing everything they can to undermine those efforts.

October 17, 2013
http://www.davidsuzuki.org/blogs/panther-lounge/2013/10/false-allegations-pollute-the-well-of-public-discourse/

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188 Comments

Jun 04, 2014
7:22 PM

Your commenting guidelines — now just what would that be! If you agree with us they will appear if you do not agree with us they will not.

Jun 04, 2014
7:21 PM

David Suzuki owns how many properties? What a load of rubbish this article is and the people who support Suzuki are the ones being deceived!

Jun 01, 2014
7:41 AM

Ezra Levant is but one example of the price, we as a society, have to pay, in order to support the right of free and open speech.

The ole saying,’ I disagree with your opinion, however, I will die to defending your right to express it, stands. ‘

Ezra Levant is a repugnant, petty, selfish, jealous, narrow minded buffoon, however comma, I absolutely defend his right to be so.

The larger issue, as Ezra is just a mean mouth piece, Stephen Harper actually has and employees the legislative means to dismantle Canada’s once proud environmental record. And so far, he’s doing a terrible job overall, except regarding our children’s environment in the land, air and sea, he’s doing an absolutely stellar job at allowing predatory capitalism to poison us, collectively. And for what, so that we can ship very cheap oil to the USA, and then buy back their expensive gas. Mind-boggling.

Spruce Grove — Alberta — Home of Canada’s Tar Sands.

Apr 01, 2014
11:50 AM

Why shouldn’t he charge large speaking fees?? He’s at the top of his field — whether you agree with him or not. There are people getting far more money for trying to invoke far less positive change than him! If Peter Mansbridge can get $50000 speaking for CAPP (and Rex Murphy) then get paycheques from taxpayers through the CBC (which I support) and try to be unbiased in their journalism, then this is nothing. His money does more good than the money the guy heading up CAPP gets. I thought the answers given by Robinson above were pretty clear. Not liking them is another thing, but they were pretty clear. I don’t agree with everything he says and there are going to be many answers to the problems we are having and they will not come from petroleum in the long run. There are huge strides being made in Biomimicry that will likely provide us with energy savings and alternatives…if we had the leadership to open those pathways and get out from under the oil industry.

Jan 23, 2014
9:17 AM

I first watched some of Mr. Levant’s show last night. It was disgusting and compellilng to watch a person dismiss the Fukushima disaster with a graphic behind him showing a portion of the building wreckage. His rationale? The builldings are still standing! He omitted the 3 meltdowns, hydrogen explosions, and radiation emitted to the air and water. He then dismissed the threat to Japan and the West Coast of North America from potential fallout should there be a problem removing the fuel rods from the spent fuel pool of the number 4 reactor. How’d he do that? By simply not mentioning the operation, or the air and ocean currents that currently distribute radiation from the site. By his measure, Fukushima Daiichi was the great success story of the 2011 Honshu earthquake and tidal wave.

Like Fox News commentators sometimes do, Mr. Levant alleges “junk science” about matters that contradict his opinions, and uses lies of ommission to try to make his opinions valid. His opinions will not change the chemistry or physics of radionuclides, or atmospheric processes.

Jan 19, 2014
8:06 PM

This was a curious rebuttal of Levant’s recent claims against Suzuki. I was hoping that Robinson really would provide “clear and truthful” answers. I didn’t find them in the above article. In fact, “lies” and “false allegations” are mentioned numerous times and I am unable to find the basis of said “lies”. In the spirit of open and honest discourse, I respectfully ask the author, Peter Robinson, to set the record straight on the following pieces of evidence as they have been presented against David Suzuki:

Does Suzuki charge exorbitant speaking fees (ie. $30,000 to students at John Abbott for one hour)? Was that an exception? What are his normal speaking fees? Are they in line with other environmentalists? Does he own four homes, his primary residence being assessed at $8 Million on Point Grey Road? If so, does he find that excessive for an environmentalist? Did he specifically request female bodyguards? If not, why is this claim not being directly rebutted? He invested in land with an oil company to “protect it”. As a well-known environmentalist, was he not concerned about the appearance of a land deal with an oil company? If not, why wouldn’t Suzuki make this public knowledge as an example of ethical land dealings?

This are good, solid, non-partisan questions.

There was nothing written by Peter Robinson to make one believe that they were nothing but the truth. Please tell us otherwise!

Awaiting further explanation …

Jan 19, 2014
4:43 PM

David Suzuki has paid his dues, he went to university to earn a good paycheck! He speaks up for the environment when others only see dollar signs! He has my respect!

Jan 08, 2014
8:42 PM

I grew up watching David Suzuki on the Nature of Things. I was always fascinated to learn about the world around us and his special way of sharing that information was key to the success of the show. But make no mistake, it was a show. In that, it was entertainment for the masses. Based on scientific fact? Who knows. Get 10 “credible” scientists in a room on any topic and you’ll get at least 2 opposing views on what constitutes “fact”. Don’t forget, for many centuries, it was fact that the world was flat. Unfortunately, mankind refuses to learn from such past mistakes.

So now we decide Mr. Suzuki’s credibility as an environmentalist is in question because it appears he is behaving in a hypocritical manner by living in excess. OK, first, what did we do before to validate his credibility in the first place? Wo went to the trouble to confirm he was the expert he seemed to be? None of us. We believed him because the story sounded good. After all, who can be against nature?

Second, at the end of the day, everything he says is just his opinion. Someone points out that the media printed “lies”, yet the environmental movement routinely makes statements that are factually incorrect. The have no duty of care to be correct, and if challenged, the challenger is branded as being biased. Seriously! Every person who weis in on the topic is biased, one way or another. I am biased by the fact that I enjoy living in a country with a strong economy which pays me some can house and feed my family and save to put my children through school. A country where we have access to health care to save lives and ease pain without bankrupting us. My son had surgery to save his live when he was 1 day old. This would not have been possible in many parts of the world, and in others, we would now be living in a cardboard box down by the river once the hospital took us to the cleaners. We have governments and police that are not corrupt to the point of bankrupting the entire country. And thus, we can sustain the lifestyle and population that continues to grow.

There was a time that the human population did not exceed 5 to 10 million people. It remained there for thousands of years. The agricultural age changed that, and ever major advance stepped up the population growth. Modern medicine and the energy age have changed all that, increasing life expectancies from 25-30 yrs to something like 70 yrs! That’s a stunning change, considering very little changed in the human body itself! Why? Technology and most important, energy. And not just the presence of energy, but cheap energy. I think most people don’t understand the impact of economics on these topics. The mere presence of something does not mean it will be made available to the masses. Only when something is cheap will the masses benefit from it.

So the “environmental debate” is not focused on the right place. The debate is whether or not we want to sustain the current life we live and enjoy, or if we want to go back to a world before energy. And make no mistake, fossil fuel is the only cheap form of energy available to us right now. Don’t forget, there was as many electric cars on the streets in 1900 as gasoline cars. Why did they disappear? Think about it.

At this point in time, the so called alternate forms of energy have misled most of the public into thinking they are viable. Lets take wind, for example. Wnd is highly unreliable. Who reading this wouldmbensatisfied with power that was available about 50% of the time? Might make winter a little tough to get through in Canada, eh? How many people in hospitals would die every time the power browned out and the machines they are connected to stopped working? Who want to volunteer to put their child in that hospital?

How about solar? Anyone done the real research into the cradle-to-grave carbon footprint on solar cells and the tremendous mining effort to get the raw materials to build them and the necessary backup batteries? Information that is not readily available.

What is needed here is some critical thinking by everyone. And some serious soul searching. Everyone needs to ask themselves if they want to give up their home, their cars, their iPhones, iPads, LED TVs and their jobs to stop the energy industry in Canada. Personally, I don’t want to have to move to a mud hut in a warm climate to possibly survive. Because without fossil energy, that’s what most Canadians would have to do. Anyone tells you any different, they are biased!

Think about it.

Jan 07, 2014
12:57 AM

David Suzuki lost my respect many years ago and I think now he rants to hear himself speak. If he is so rich, maybe he should be offereing solar and wind energy to all of us who cant afford it instead of flying all over the world shooting his mouth off. Those who can do those who cant blab their faces off and do nothing.

Jan 06, 2014
11:26 AM

I apologize for a asking but, I wish to rebut a friend who excuses his lack of environmental awareness by claiming David Suzuki has 4 Homes and 2 Sporty cars. (ie: if he doesn’t care, why should I?). If true, please provide context. I’d like to ‘put my friend in his place’.

thank you

Doug Barr — an off-grid environmentalist.

Dec 17, 2013
10:02 AM

Well said,

Thank you for writing this article .

Nov 15, 2013
5:06 PM

I am glad the Foundation rebutted Sun News’ and Levant’s biased falsehoods. I want you and Dr Suzuki to up your good work, and don’t let sleazy “journalists” like Levant get you down. He represents the bad old days and you represent the future.

Nov 10, 2013
9:17 AM

These blatant lies propagated by evil individuals are just that……lies. There are always those who desire to destroy all that has been proven to be true. I personally wish I could shut down these people

Nov 03, 2013
10:05 AM

I notice you did ot comment on the size of his family and him telling us we should not have more than one child. In fact there are quite few things in the article on which you did not comment. I tried to contact the Suzuki Foundation one time to ask a question but it seems it does not want dialogue. I would like a list of all the scientific papers Dr. Suzuki has ever published

Nov 02, 2013
4:03 PM

Ignorance, laziness and impatience from people with vested money interests and a general public who choose not to read into the issues and believe valid information gleaned from responsible and ethical peer-reviewed journals will continue to plague those who weep and speak from their heart about the big picture and what really matters — our planet and the people and life-forms that inhabit it. I will continue to fight with love in my heart by teaching my grade 4/5 students about the environment and the real challenges they face. I will continue to open their eyes to the problems and solutions, and show them how their actions can make a difference. We are not fighting an innately evil force of enemies hell bent on destroying the planet, we are fighting apathy, ignorance and a majority who are happy with the status quo. A challenge for this century will be living a life with meaning and value that is in harmony with our planet, which will ultimately be redefined by the good people fighting the ignorance and negativity, as well as the ignorant who have opened their eyes once so much damage has been done that science can no longer be denied and reputed. Thank you to the David Suzuki foundation, for all you do, and continue to do with passion for our planet and all its wonder.

Nov 02, 2013
11:56 AM

The article is written by a writer who could be considered biased. He works at the foundation. The very organization that carries David’s name. What else can he say? I too have been around for as many years as David has been promoting his beliefs or findings. As far as climate change and global warming, climates have been changing since the beginning of time and will continue to change and the patterns will be repeated every so many years. Yes there will be certain factors that will affect this climate change, like human behavior and as the world population continues to grow so will climate disasters continue. I have been around for 64 years and I have observed the changes. Grew up in an era when we did not have electricity and running water. Wouldn’t go back to that era, except for the peaceful country life growing up on a farm. We are so much better off today, even with all the dirty oil contaminating the water and soil. We are living longer today, we know more about how to live healthy lives if we so choose. Why do I owe all of that to David Suzuki? I am not convinced that his

Oct 30, 2013
12:29 PM

Business as usual. I would not expect anything less from those who think anything green worth saving is the mighty dollar. The human species has domain over all creation due to having an opposable thumb. How lucky for us?!

Oct 30, 2013
8:52 AM

Thank you.

Oct 28, 2013
1:07 PM

Is Suzuki a multi-millionare or not?

Oct 27, 2013
6:15 PM

Although I appreciate all the support and admiration that make up the majority of this comments strand, I don’t believe that alone they are relevant here. I am also a long-time supporter of Dr. Suzuki but if half of the allegations made in the article are true a critically minded, thinking individual can’t help but label Dr. Suzuki as a hypocrite. I have no doubt that Dr. Suzuki is well aware of the impact he has on a number of urgent causes and is equally aware of the volatility and vulnerability of any progress made. Further, he must be aware that less critically minded individuals will not discern between ‘the messenger’ and ‘the message’ and as such he must realize that any successful attack on him personally carries over onto his cause.

I admire the legacy, work and message that Dr. Suzuki has long espoused and believe that he is sincere in his stance on these and as such I would think that he would want to respond to the ‘allegations’ himself, if for no other reason than for the integrity of these causes. I sincerely hope that he takes the time to do so.

Oct 26, 2013
6:10 PM

SO Now that the stories are out there, the next chapter will continue when Mr. Suzuki and Mr. Ezra are in the senate and continuing to do what they do. I can’t wait.

Oct 26, 2013
7:10 AM

Sad do read that one person can write such drivel and that it actually gets published!

Oct 25, 2013
11:50 AM

I am a grade 11 student ,last year I got really into the environmental problems due to humane influences ,from reading al gores book “our choice” .From then on I knew what I wanted to do with my life after high school …I am going to be a environmental actives and a photographer ,I JUST WANT TO GIVE A VOICES TO THE ANIMALS AND OUR PLANET oh and spread awareness :squeaky wheel: ,In my “art ap class” our new project is to do a portrait of you “David Suzuki”,I personally love what you are doing .. I am inspired that their are other people who care

Oct 23, 2013
4:22 PM

Evil people use lies, innuendo and fear to convince others they are right. I haven’t read many of Levant’s rantings but his vileness is very evident. Thank you for all you do Mr. Suzuki, carry on and I wish you many more years of fighting the good fight. More are joining you everyday.

Oct 23, 2013
10:23 AM

Wherever possible, avoid and ignore Levant. He’s a libel lawyer, and has refined the art of taking the most outrageous and unsupported smears to the very edge of libel (and, as you noted, sometimes over the edge). Dirtiest player in Canadian punditry. Doesn’t play by the same code of ethics.

George Carlin summarizes it best: ““Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.”

Oct 22, 2013
10:59 PM

We Canadians and people of the world are fed with propaganda for generations.The main stream media is controlled by big banks,big pharma,oil companies,there is not many people believing what they write anymore.

Oct 22, 2013
9:11 PM

Absolutely agree with one exception: the Sun’s rightful end is the recycle bin.

Oct 22, 2013
7:17 PM

Sun who? Yacked y yack! David Suzuki you have shaped my life. I am now 50 years. You gave me the power and continued knowledge to live my passion. I will, with others, stand on guard and protect mother Earth.

NO FRACKING NO WAY

Oct 22, 2013
4:27 PM

I have read Ezra Levant’s rants and am not fazed by his attempts to discredit Mr. Suzuki. David Suzuki is an iconic Canadian who we should all be proud of. Every copy of the Sun eventually ends up in its rightful place: the garbage can.

Oct 22, 2013
1:35 PM

Is Mr. Ezra Levant jealous or perhaps fearful of the much deserved success and respect Dr. Suzuki has garnered? Kudos to the David Suzuki Foundation for standing up to this bully!!

Oct 22, 2013
1:19 PM

We support you and thank you for this wonderful article in response to the nonsense that brought it about. Bless you!

Oct 22, 2013
7:12 AM

I have a Picture of Mr. Suzuki at my desk on my WALL of HEROES and a co-worker came by and was mentioning this ridiculous Sun Media propaganda. I did not believe one word of what she heard so I wanted Mr. Suzuki to know that even though ignorant people will try to cast dark shadows on him his bright light and noble intentions will always shine brilliantly through. Remember the most common reason for slander is jealousy so Mr. Uneducated from Sun Media please you do not need to slander my hero, you can just ask Mr. David Suzuki for advicwe and he can guide you on how to be a responsible Human Being and hopefully you can find some dignity within your corrupted behaviour and learn to speak the truth.

Oct 22, 2013
7:11 AM

Hello,

I agree Levant is a maniac..

But when I heard of all this, I was very discouraged. Does David really live in that large luxurious home off the beach in Vancouver? Hasn’t he been advocating “voluntary simplicity” and a reduction in our “carbon and ecological footprint”. I am completely confused on this. A home worth 8 million? Among other real estate investments? My god, many of my friends can barely pay their rent, and in their idealism refuse to sale out into jobs that are not meaningful to them. Totally bewildered on this one. Please give me an explanation, as I’m sure many others are requesting.. directly from David himself?

Oct 21, 2013
11:19 PM

It is an honour to share my generation with an intelligent, caring, and humane scientist such as David Suzuki. Thank you for being among us and putting up with slings and arrows of uninformed and greedy groups who deny every environmental change that might alter their personal life styles. I am also 77 years young..

Oct 21, 2013
10:24 PM

We are with you entirely. Keep up the fight.

Oct 21, 2013
8:01 PM

It’s a shame Mr Suzuki has to explain himself after many years of service to Canada.Shame on people trying to smear his good name.As Mr Suzuki knows we are Canadians and we have tough skin.

Oct 21, 2013
7:38 PM

Congratulations, David and the Suzuki Foundation. Your response is wonderful in both message and temper. It is sad that the radical right feels the need to employ yellow journalism in a cynical attempt to discredit valid concern for the world in which we live and hope to leave to our children. The Ezra Lavants of this world would simply be a pathetically humorous aside if they didn’t do so very much damage. They are throwing a dice on our very existence as a species and what is most sad is the realization that we have absolutely nothing to lose by valuing our environment. In protecting our environment and greening our world, we will only find more harmony, greater prosperity and a better world. Sad.

Oct 21, 2013
6:07 PM

David Suzuki, the man, for me has lost some credibility as to his personal character, since first watching him on The Nature of Things, some years ago.

I often wonder at what point most people who become famous and wealthy, seem to lose their “warm, human good-feeling side?” With the general public?

It’s hard to be humble, with all that “Insulating Money and Power” around one. David has made a choice to be amongst the wealthy and not the “Average Working Canadian Guy.” He can’t have it both ways.”No snivelling!” Hard working Canadians, even amongst themselves, berate snivelling. Just imagine their attitude towards a wealthy, powerful person of that ilk.

Mr. Suzuki will have to publicly lose his Designer Garments and wear recycled jeans, something like Gandhi did, if he wants to have working class success.

I remain appreciative of his true scientific input on The Nature of Things, a program of first class knowledge, but I no longer want to have a beer with him, or put an arm on his shoulder and be a buddy. That’s a space the rich and powerful are not allowed to enter. And most of them know it. CCR.

Oct 21, 2013
4:35 PM

The National Post has appeared to double down on the Sun News Network’s empty claims. What happened to journalistic integrity? Keep up the good work. Glad to see this recent survey found that David Suzuki is still the most trusted Canadian. http://www.news1130.com/2013/10/21/the-most-admired-canadian-is-an-environmental-activist/

Oct 21, 2013
3:01 PM

David Suzuki was named a GREAT CANADIAN in the company of another great Canadian Tommy Douglas, a few years ago. He will always be a great Canadian. Shame on the sun media and their mudslinging reporter. Liars!

Oct 21, 2013
11:18 AM

Well said and I agree 100%!!! Ever since I first watched The Nature of Things as a kid, knowing I wanted to do something planet positive while here, it was Mr. Suzuki I was inspired and taught by. He has dedicated his entire life to educate and inspire us all to take care of the ONLY Planet we have and require in order to live.

The words you right are truth based on a life of dedication and service, Thank you for setting the news story straight.

Matt

Oct 21, 2013
11:14 AM

Those that spread innuendo and lies and the fortune of greed are indeed lonely in spirit. Wish them their highest good and trust in that process. For this is better than the depth of selfishness they place value in.

Oct 21, 2013
10:33 AM

I have been and always will be a fan of David Suzuki, and the foundation, Cheers for the work you do

Oct 21, 2013
9:43 AM

.”time and time again, we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical violence with soul force” :Martin Luther king “noise” (controversy) Is a great lure for straying us for the path and tearing us apart.

Be strong, I’m All In with You! Thank you, Dom Bourgeoys

Oct 21, 2013
9:31 AM

David Suzuki is a true Canadian hero and deserves to be honoured for all of his contributions.

Oct 21, 2013
8:51 AM

I support David Suzuki and the David Suzuki Foundation and what it stands for. Keep going. The unsavoury types will never win.

Oct 21, 2013
6:57 AM

I am so glad that the Foundation has responded to these scurrilous allegations. I was very sorry that the CBC News Network seemed to buy into the Levant rant.

I have been a supporter for some years and intend to continue to support the David Suzuki foundation so long as I am financially able. I do appreciate the work the foundation does, along with Mr. Suzuki’s efforts.

Oct 21, 2013
6:43 AM

Well said! Thank you for responding and thank you for the work you do.

Oct 20, 2013
8:08 PM

Yep, two sides to every story. I read what Sun media has had to say about Mr. David Suzuki as of late, and I think it’s rather pathetic to say the least. I hope that people would educate and arm themselves with facts before passing judgement. Cheers to a man who has been honest, passionate, and educating us about our world and the life around us since I can remember. Good on you Sir!

Oct 20, 2013
7:15 PM

At what point would the reality check happen? There is only one earth, one people and limited resources. With all the apparent climate and environmental changes, the reality has not hit yet!

Oct 20, 2013
4:05 PM

Ezra Levant represents a small group of Americans parading as Albertans who are opposed to anything Canadian. Levant is a traitor and hater of Canada, while Suzuki is a true Canadian who loves his country. I’m sick of the anti-Canadian / pro-American B.S. coming out of Sun News, Ezra Levant, and Alberta. Hey, Ezra why don’t you just move to Texas, where your Anti-Canadian rants will be welcome?

And who pays Ezra Levant to spout this anti-Canadian rhetoric? Why, the American oil companies… surprise, surprise.

Oct 20, 2013
9:31 AM

Things are heating up — no pun intended! Thanks for all the amazing work the Foundation does. Most of us are not easily fooled or swayed by unscrupulous media coverage anymore but always good to respond and set the record straight.

Oct 20, 2013
7:27 AM

Thank you for setting the record straight. I was quite taken aback by the SunMedia claim and should have know not to believe or trust the information considering the source.

Oct 20, 2013
5:24 AM

In this world, there are givers and takers. I have never heard of Ezra whoever as a journalist in Sydney Australia, and yet we all know of Dr David Suzuki. There are those who shall have positive legacy, and those who make not a jot of difference to the advancement of society and humanity. It is not hard to see in which camp Ezra sits.

Oct 19, 2013
11:30 PM

Levant is typical of a disturbing trend. Kevin O’Leary the same.

Thank you, David.

Oct 19, 2013
7:13 PM

Well, said! Thank you, Peter Robinson!

Oct 19, 2013
6:45 PM

Dear Dr. Suzuki, It’s a problem: what do you do when you are publicly attacked by calumniators? To defend yourself means involving yourself with them, if only to clearly distinguish your values and perspectives from theirs. To remain unengaged allows slander to occupy the full space. I’ve just arrived back in Kingston, ON from Toronto, where First Nations and environmentalists gathered at the site of the Enbridge Line Nine NEB hearings.I was at the Tar Sands Action on Parliament Hill two years ago and underwent civil disobedience arrest there with First Nations and environmentalists. Dr. David Suzuki, you have been central to me as an inspiration and role model. I thank you and the Foundation for spurring me to wake up. Your deep regard for FN values led me in some way to find and be affected by an Anishnaabe elder. I’m not the same, and it’s largely because of you. Thank you again.

Oct 19, 2013
5:32 PM

I have been listening to David Suzuki’s words and wisdom since he did the Quirks and Quarks show on the radio after 11:00 on a Sunday evening many, many years ago. He has been the major influence in the formation of my ideas for the better part of my adult life. Whenever I am not sure about something of an environmental nature, I still seek out his wisdom. Who could have the audacity to question someone who has given so much?

Oct 19, 2013
3:39 PM

Thank you for your rebuttal, although not for one minute did I buy into Ezra Levants rantings. My brother Walrus (Oakenbough) aka David Garrick along with Paul Wason, Bob Hunter and Patrick Moore were among the founders of the original Greenpeace, and after meeting with Mr. Moore in the 70’s, I realised his agenda was quite different from the others. And although Bob has since passed, and Paul gone on to be Cpatain of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, and my brother, who lives on Hanson/Yukusam island, and runs Earth Embassy from there are certainly no fans of Patrick Moore and his sellout to the Sun Media. My brother has, as have I, a great admiration for Dr. David Suzuki, and his incredible work for the environment, and would never believe Mr. Levants or Moores rantings. Talk about calling the ketttle black! With Suzuki as an inspiration my brother David wrote a wonderful resource book on “Shaped Cedars, and Cedar Shaping”, which follows the usage by our First Nations of the cedars on Hanson island over the millenia, and have never injured the trees, rather culturally modified them…and it was with this book, Hanson became protected from logging. David, my brother, or as he is known by friends Walrus, lives on the island with a few solar panels, and lives off the islands bounty, he has planted a garden with edibles and medicinal herbs, and forages for wild edibles, as well as catching a ling cod from time to time….his son Cedar Aki Fumi Garrick assists him on the island, and he has people from all over the world come to pay a visit to him, Many Blessings to Dr. David Suzuki, and his family, you are truly an insiration for our planet! A humble planetary citizen, Deborah Garrick

Oct 19, 2013
2:56 PM

I looked long and hard for someone to inform me about the aviation industry’s contribution to the climate crisis. David Suzuki’s website was the first place I found. I have since found others, but I continue to be informed on many other issues because of the David Suzuki Foundation. Thank you for your work and contributions to making a better world for every creature on the planet!

Oct 19, 2013
2:33 PM

Ezra who?

Oct 19, 2013
1:43 PM

While rebutting Sun News

Oct 19, 2013
1:34 PM

I think that the author of the article is of the same extreme right like our Prime Minister Steven Harper, the US republican Sarah Paulin of the tea party that do not beleive that we need to radically change our ways if humans are to survive on as a race.

He like tha others remind me of a bunch of caws in a staying in burning barn to die of inaction. Best regards,

Oct 19, 2013
1:30 PM

Bravo Peter on a well-crafted, honest and clear rebuttal bereft of mud-slinging! David continues to inspire those who care about the planet and his selfless dedication is one of his strongest tools. I do recall that he has frequently topped the lists of Most-Trusted Canadians. The oil-sands has a shoddy mouthpiece in Sun Media and Mr. Levant.

Oct 19, 2013
12:09 PM

Thank you for clarifying, though I was completely unaware of the “incident”. I do not have a TV and we often receive “late” news (print) up here in the Yukon.

I will say, mostly because of my ignorance to the incident, I found this letter to be more confusing. The writing of this post seemed defensive and ill planned out, it actually left me with more questions. Comments such as “for starters”, and “We would also like to take a moment to set the record straight” seem almost unprofessional and reactive rather than strategic or well-thought-out.

I am all for transparency and generally am satisfied with the level of membership communication. Certainly, you “can’t please everyone” but I feel like the tone of the letter could have been less defensive and reactionary and more intimate, you are writing to a group of people who are passionate about the environment and who have already supported the foundation in one way or another.

Please remember you are essentially speaking for your membership, an example of a comment I didn’t appreciate is: ” We find it strange that anyone would be opposed to protecting the air, water, land and biodiversity that we need for our health and survival, but recent attempts to tarnish the reputation of David Suzuki, as well as the Foundation and other environmental groups, show that some people view short-term profit for the fossil fuel industry as more important than protecting the planet”. I don’t think we can afford to take this kind of ‘us against them’ attitude. As an Aboriginal person who has spent a life-time steeped in land claims issues, it really is about working together and finger pointing just puts everyone on the defensive.

Thanks!

Oct 19, 2013
10:52 AM

Thank you for this excellent rebuttal. David Suzuki has my respect and admiration. As far as I’m concerned, he is a true Canadian hero. I share many of his ideals and thank him and the David Suzuki Foundation for the good, hard work you do to educate and empower all of us to what we can to be better guardians of the planet.

Oct 19, 2013
10:36 AM

Throughout history, lies repeated often enough are presumed true by the less informed. Ad hominem attacks are typical modi-operandi of the unscrupulous, including ecological-rapists (eco-rapists) that big fossil-fuel and mining businesses are, especially when desperation overrides ethical sensibilities. Publishers who lack journalistic integrity, assault our democratic rights that inextricably depend on factual news for information. David Suzuki, being the foremost spokesperson for environmental consciousness in Canada has my deepest respect and support, for all his hard work and doubtless heart aches such spurious accusations bring.

Oct 19, 2013
9:52 AM

All this means we have to work harder to build strong grass roots organizations. These organizations should publicize the positive narrative so that we do not have to waste our energy responding to those who are rented by the corporations. The extent of the traction that the oil sands has in the public discourse is the extent of our weakness. We should intensify the environmental debates into schools, universities and community fora.

Oct 19, 2013
9:37 AM

Ezre Levant sounds like a Canadian version of America’s Rush Limbaugh. Thank you David Suzuki for all that you do for all the planet!

Oct 19, 2013
9:30 AM

Programs like The Nature of Things are educational and help inform all people. David Suzuki is to be emulated. Only through scientific research and debate can we make good decisions about our personal and collective future.

When unable to argue logically some people stoop to the use of name calling and ridicule. I hope most Canadians will see through this.

Oct 19, 2013
9:00 AM

Why was this comment not blocked and mine (much milder) was?

Reid Cowper says…

“Why does David Suzuki run like the wind whenever Ezra comes near him? If he has nothing to hide why doesn’t he confront Mr. Levant and debate him? Lastly why does The David Suzuki Foundation have to fight Mr. Suzuki’s battles for him? I watched Dr. Suzuki on Q”

I repeat, I have been a David Suzuki supporter for decades but there is something going on here that is alienating me and many others.

Oct 19, 2013
8:53 AM

I don’t believe in saints but I do believe that Suzuki is a hero. I hav e grown up watching this man as a voice of reason in an all to emotional struggle. Some people realise that man is destroying their nest and truly work for change, while some continue to want to possess the most toys before the end. I don’t know how to endorse Suziki, I’m sure most people see him as a hero, but I know how to describe Levant as pathetic.

Oct 19, 2013
8:50 AM

I’ve had the privilege of seeing Dr. David Suzuki speak. What an experience! Such passion and love for the environment. A true Canadian icon of intelligence, integrity AND morality in my view.

Why would anyone in their right mind spray graffiti on such a reputation? WOW!

Oct 19, 2013
8:21 AM

Much as I hope the “negative noise” will be drowned out, it will take more than this statement to do it. Thanks to Ezra LeRant’s crusade, it is now firmly planted in the minds of Sun-reading “middle Canada” that David Suzuki is a sanctimonious, “do as I say, not as I do” hypocrite, that he doesn’t “put his money where his mouth is”, that he leads a large carbon footprint, jet-setting lifestyle and that these inconsistencies undermine his message about anthropogenic climate change. I would urge David Suzuki to make a public statement to the effect that from now on he will stop traveling and rely entirely on communications media to get his message across.

Oct 19, 2013
8:17 AM

When I was a student at Western I watched Suzuki debate Phillipe Rushton. I’d like to see Suzuki challenge Levant to a televised debate about climate change. Levant will likely back down from this challenge at the speed of light, showing his true colours. But if he is fool enough to take Suzuki on, it will be good for his followers to see him debunked. And, if he takes it on, tell Suzuki to bring some crayons.

Oct 19, 2013
8:16 AM

I have nothing but admiration and respect for David Suzuki, for everything that he is doing for our world and for all his many accomplishments.

Oct 19, 2013
8:13 AM

One allegation Levant

Oct 19, 2013
7:57 AM

Mr. Levant is indeed a disgrace— and any press outlet that relies on him as one of its principal sources is a propaganda operation, not a news source.

Oct 19, 2013
7:56 AM

Many thanks for the rebuttal. The people who resort to character assassination only destroy their own credibility. Mr. Levant’s rants are accomplishing this admirably. With great respect for Mr. Suzuki’s work on behalf of all of us. I want to thank him for his commitment and perseverance in the face of hurtful attacks. Sincerely Yours Ed Prinselaar — Thunder Bay . On.

Oct 19, 2013
7:31 AM

Yeah, well, what did you expect from Sun Media?

Oct 19, 2013
7:31 AM

I have been watching Dr. David Suzuki on Canadian television for the past forty years, he has helped to shape my conscientiousness about the natural environment. Some people have no idea about the natural environment, and what we humans are doing to it. I think these people are constantly showing up in the media, backed by there respective vested interests. I will stand behind Dr. David until the day he is no longer there to stand up for me. Also I believe that I may be able to help him if he is able to help me.

Oct 19, 2013
7:10 AM

I have grown up watching the nature of things, and i have seen mr suzukis work all over canadian content since i was a kid. I can attribute much of both my interest in nature and science, and my interest in stewarding the environment from his teachings and shows he has appeared on. Mr suzuki has built a strong foundation of thought for tens of thousands of canadians, and as such hasn’t been properly honoured. He deserves nothing less then a lifetime achievement award, or perhaps the creation of a new award given to people who show the same ideals and persistence in environmentalism that he does. To me, a suzuki award would be worth more then any movie award, and would help encourage and inspire people to take part in environmental stewardship.

An ezra award well, we don’t need such a thing except as a joke, like a darwin award.

Oct 19, 2013
6:48 AM

If each of us as individuals contributes to the environment just a fraction of what David Suzuki has made us aware of, then the world would be a much cleaner place.

Keep up the good work!

Oct 19, 2013
6:23 AM

I always have and always will stand by David Suzuki and The David Suzuki Foundation. I know integrity when I see it.

Oct 19, 2013
6:21 AM

Sun newspapers are blatant propaganda, with an obvious hate stance expressed in every edition.

I can’t even look at the headlines on them anymore with cringing. How can people be so ignorant? Why do people prefer obvious lies over the truth?

Even if David Suzuki DID own shares in an oil company, that wouldn’t invalidate his arguments. We all use oil, eat food processed using fossil fuel energy. How does admitting we have a problem, invalidate the real concern for the future?

Keep up the good fight!

Oct 19, 2013
6:08 AM

I do not need to be convinced that David Suzuki is just a regular guy. He is an ambassador for the environment so mud-slinging is to be expected in this political climate.

Oct 19, 2013
5:52 AM

Ezra Levant is self proclaimed, court verified bigot who has worked for the Koch oil foundation and writes for Fox news North. His agenda is to destroy rational, scientific discourse, especially as it pertains the environment. He has no qualifications and no justification to make the assertions he is so apt to make and which frequently ends him up in court for libel. Slander and hate is what Ezra does. Nothing else.

David Suzuki on the other hand has worked tirelessly to use his expertise to broaden our understanding of this beautiful world and threats to ecology. He should be commended for his hard work that benefits us all.

Oct 19, 2013
5:42 AM

I have the deepest respect for David Suzuki and learn a great deal from his documentaries. We have a human being that cares deeply for the planet and mankind . How could we possibly believe negative remarks about this man. His history speaks for itself. thank you so very much for your wonderful efforts on behalf of all mankind

Oct 19, 2013
5:39 AM

In the many years that I have followed David Suzuki’s passion to teach the inhabitants of this planet the truth towards creating and leaving a clean and healthy planet for our children, D.S. has remained honest in what he believes and his words have come to pass as being truth. It is sad that those with little knowledge often speak the loudest and say the least. Thank you for continuing the battle. We stand with you. Denise

Oct 19, 2013
5:39 AM

Of course, a rebuttal was necessary, but I just wanted you to know that I never believed a word of it. Mr. Suzuki’s personal and professional histories speak for themselves. However, it is a sad, sad, sad day that things have come to this: that an honoured Canadian, who has the strength of character to speak the truth, would be the target of a media smear all to protect the Powers-That-Be who are raking in big bucks as our Mother Earth is dying. I am not surprised that we see attacks on environmentalist organizations and individuals under this Harper government. I no longer expect the truth from him. Where has the Canada that nurtured me gone? I don’t recognize Canada anymore.

Oct 19, 2013
5:34 AM

Big fan of David Suzuki, his philosophy on protecting what many of us take for granted, and the educated, concise way he explains what is at risk and what we can do about it. JSB

Oct 19, 2013
5:09 AM

Even a thousand Mr. Levants will not keep me from continuing to support David and the Foundation.

(Sometimes I’m sorry we don’t have censorship in this country! )

Oct 19, 2013
4:50 AM

Levant has no credibility, and that’s important, because Levant has chosen to be a media freak, not a journalist, not a reporter, not a documentary maker or writer, but a shock statement freak. He has no principles, no credibility to his processes and his statements are paid for by the most silly of the oil regime. When Levant came out with the “ethical oil” charade, the Calgary oil patch basically laughed at him for being wrong and irrelevant. Levant is not helping the desperadoes in the oil patch, he’s just a Sarah Palin, a big miscalculation. The peak of “peak oil” was in the 1970’s and now we’re at the bottom of the barrel, with tar sands and fracking. The old-timers of the oil patch thought they’d get a lippy puppet out there to corral the herd into believing smoke-screen nonsense. Instead, we need to cut subsidies for oil and radically boost the adoption of renewable energy and energy efficiency products, designs and behaviours.

Oct 19, 2013
4:36 AM

One word, “Bravo”, for finally stepping up to the plate and setting the record straight once and for all!

Exposing the likes of Ezra Levant and his no so hidden agenda is a huge step forward in the on going fight against climate change.

Oct 19, 2013
4:29 AM

SHAME ON EZRA THE RANT!!!! SHAME SHAME SHAME!!!!

Oct 19, 2013
3:44 AM

Excellent response. I fully support the science-based approach David Suzuki has taken to preserving Canada’s beautiful environment and building a sustainable future for our children, grandchildren and coming generations.

Oct 19, 2013
3:44 AM

There will always be people who will try and bring down the good guys. My husband and I fully support David Suzuki. Keep up the good work. We need foundations and people like David Suzuki to keep reminding us that we all have a responsibility to maintain this earth and protect our planet as it is the only home that we have.

Oct 19, 2013
12:56 AM

This letter glosses over the issues. Pathetic, and of course they have to blame it all on “big oil” and unfriendly media (because they aren’t use to that). This doesn’t actually make me feel more confident in David Suzuki or the DSF. Maybe when they are done collecting their paychecks, they will actually come out and debate the issues publicly and be willing to answer tough questions — which they never do. Right now, Sun News is the only media organization that asks tough questions of these millionaires. If that’s all we got, I support them. Period.

Oct 19, 2013
12:36 AM

Here here! I was stunned when I saw Ezra Levant’s ridiculous show. I just hope that most other people who saw it had the good sense to take it for what it was, a political rant based on self serving opinions. I did some checking on Mr. Levant’s CV and was not surprised to find that he is a right wing propaganda machine. He is certainly not someone worth paying attention to. Good for you (at the foundation) for standing up to this kind of mud slinging.

Oct 18, 2013
10:14 PM

Good God ! Let the Good, the Intelligent, the Wise… BE ! Is David Suzuki a ‘perfectly tuned’, morally pure paragon of human virtue ? I hope not. It seems to me that he would be the last to promote or to believe such of himself. Does David have to sometimes compromise his values for the greater good of spreading thoughtfulness and stewardship of the planet ? Does he sometimes have to fly across country or over to another by jet ? No doubt. A scientist has to live in the material world, with the advantages and disadvantages of using modern technology. I don’t believe that David Suzuki is a Luddite, not do I believe that he Should be ! He’s a man, one man on a round planet inhabited by many. He has, he continues to and he envisions working into a better saner future, one step at a time, one day at a time. He has used his vocabulary and personal charisma to help those of us less educated or knowledgeable feel and actually Be empowered ! My hat, (made as close to home as possible) is off to him !

Oct 18, 2013
10:11 PM

Never have trusted a politician, newspaper, or even special interest group whilst Mr. Suzuki has been on my radar (mid seventies)… certainly not the Sun newsPlayer

Oct 18, 2013
9:10 PM

Well said. Many may not agree with David on certain things he has said or written, but no one can doubt or diminish his passion or his integrity. Keep it up David.

Oct 18, 2013
8:53 PM

Thank you all at The David Suzuki Foundation for staying vigilant in the defense of our planet. I will always support The David Suzuki Foundation and while I too believe David Suzuki to be a mere mortal and not a saint — I feel privileged to have heard him lecture in person and believe he genuinely values our planet above monetary wealth. I am most inspired that his voice is in the corner of the environment and of truth. Mr. Suzuki values the whole above the one — a man worthy of trust.

I cannot say the same for Ezra Levant — the man who coined the ludicrous term “ethical oil” in reference to the oilsands. Mr. Levant is a man who values short term monetary gain over long term planetary health — a man who routinely shortcuts the truth in an attempt to discredit others for personal gain. Mr. Levant values the one above the whole — a man not worthy of trust.

Oct 18, 2013
8:31 PM

Does Ezra Levant truly believe that owning or co-owning four properties is in any way dishonourable? Or that being accompanied by non-aggressive supporters is twisted? Or that promoting a cause you believe in is an affront? I hardly think so. Yet these “accusations” form the core of his televised rant.

Indeed, this manner of Levant’s attack does pollute the well of public discourse.

The technique Levant employed has become so familiar in the American media/political scene: attack your opponent not on their weaknesses, but by casting a pall of doubt over their strengths. No one in Canada has greater credibility than David Suzuki, so attack his credibility. The recent troubles in the USA show where this type of discourse leads.

Bullying and intimidation did not arrive in Canada with the advent of Ezra Levant or Sun media — it’s always been around. Sadly, though, it’s use by the federal government and its sycophants is a new and most regrettable phenomenon.

Oct 18, 2013
7:42 PM

Bless you for all that you do……so many are grateful, those idiots must be silenced, not you……sending energy to you for the good fight.

Oct 18, 2013
7:40 PM

I don’t bow to the alter of Erza Levant as I don’t bow to the alter of David Suzuki. If one side exaggerates so does the other. One leans right the other leans left.

Oct 18, 2013
7:34 PM

Dr. Suzuki is like a rock in the water that you can use as a stabilizer to decide what to take issue with concerning the environment, and what is important. He knows his work. He does it well and I enjoy involving myself in his projects when I am able. I have great respect for him and his organization. Thank you for the insights.

Oct 18, 2013
7:32 PM

Well said Peter Robinson. David Suzuki may be a genius as far as I and many other long term followers are concerned, but regardless of this, he is an ethical operator with outstanding integrity.I am astounded that these critics are wasting their time on negative comments, or that climate change skeptics still exist with the profound changes to our environment and extreme weather events increasing in both intensity and frequency. I live in Sydney which has seen some severe and dangerous bush fires this week, and its only mid-spring season. We needed to act a long time ago, and now more than ever. In Australia, the past Government introduced a Carbon Tax system to address the issue of carbon emissions, but unfortunately were voted out. The new Government intends to demolish this great innovative plan, and wipe out the Carbon Tax, a precursor to a Carbon Emissions Trading Scheme. I know David Suzuki continues to try to help us, but with this short sightedness gaining support, we will be suffering into the future. I am with ‘Get Up’ a grass roots activist group in Australia which has awesome numbers of ordinary people trying to gain ground and be heard, and has many successes. I believe Get Up should join forces with the David Suzuki Foundation, and have put this idea to them recently. We can maybe speak louder with more voices across the waters.

Oct 18, 2013
7:25 PM

100% in agreement with Phyllis and the David Suzuki/Foundation. I am also Disgusted that Sun Media/Toronto Sun still exists.

Oct 18, 2013
7:20 PM

As a former daily news print journalist and later publicist-copyeditor for a non-profit minority faith-based organization, I have run into Ezra Levant’s self-absorbed racism and bigoted rantings far too often (fortunately he ranted at me only over the phone, not in print or broadcast!). Bullying voices like his are an unfortunate irritation that come with living in a democracy. But cogent, even-handed responses such as this one are powerful weapons toward enlightenment and understanding. Bullies and egotists are revealed for the smallness that they really are, when faced down by people who believe in what they’re doing and refuse to waste precious energy on anger. Bullies aren’t worth the time of people like David Suzuki and those who share his passion and vision for a better world. Thank you for such “class” and diligence!

Oct 18, 2013
7:16 PM

Thank you Dr.Suzuki for being a leader for the voice of truth and reason with scientific facts to support it. Your work is tremendous and because of that it has drawn ignorant morons like whoever that Ezra is, to become the mouth peice for others like him and we all know there are a vast number of them out there …they will attack you and your findings as they have no respect or the ability to comprehend science and the ill effects of certain man made actions on the environment.

Oct 18, 2013
6:36 PM

Ezra Levant is owned—body and shrink-wrapped soul—by the corporations, the single greatest force for genuine evil in the world today.

Keep on keeping on. We’re with you all the way.

Oct 18, 2013
6:11 PM

I have followed much of Dr. David Suzuki’s career. He has been a consistant pro-environment voice for several decades. Big Oil and other fossil fuel interests increasingly have tried to undermine Dr. Suzuki’s efforts to keep earth a habitable place for a human race and all species with which we share this planet. Without DR. Suzuki and others like him in many nations, by the end of this century, this planet is unlikely to be habitable.

Oct 18, 2013
6:03 PM

I hope he has made a fortune! I am here because I sought him out for his expertise and guidance. I think it would be a travesty of justice if he didn’t make a fortune especially if you compare to the earning power of an athlete or movie star.

I feel the point of this journalist was a backhanded way to gain future favors, politically, for economic gain, and to put Mr Suzuki’s views in a negative light.

Oct 18, 2013
5:44 PM

The event that started it all. http://www.abc.net.au/tv/qanda/txt/s3841115.htm

Reasonable people can watch and find the truth for themselves.

amirlach

Oct 18, 2013
5:32 PM

Too many haters out there. David is a great person. Period.

Oct 18, 2013
5:29 PM

Nice…made me laugh.

Oct 18, 2013
5:28 PM

Ezra Levant… Enough said!

Thank you David Suzuki… for everything!

Oct 18, 2013
5:26 PM

I have not read the original Sun piece so can’t comment on it directly. However given the tenor and pointed reaction of your response I must assume it was factually flawed, and provocative. Regrettably much of what passes as journalism seems to be geared more toward tabloid sensationalism than accurate reporting, or the serious pursit of truth.

As a long time fan of the Nature of Things, I have always admired Dr Suzuki’s cautious and balanced approach to topics covered. Certainly, it must be entirely clear that the show’s long history is a testament to it’s quality and the high integrity of it’s production. Such integrity is due in large part to the exceptional reputation and scientific validation Dr Suzuki brings to each program.

There is no doubt that Dr Suzuki is by any measure one of the worlds most staunch and vocal advocates for environmental protection. He clearly believes in the causes he promotes and lives those beliefs. There is nothing about his character that suggests anything but absolute, honest, sincerity. To consider otherwise seems not only absurd, beyond the pale of reason.

No human can be so constantly exposed to public scrutiny, as has Dr Suzuki, and hide any part of themselves from detection. This is especially true for those who’s opinions are so well articulated and publicly known. Over the course of his career any deception of lack of commitment would most certainly have become glaringly obvious.

In every regard Suzuki has be entirely forthright in speaking about his own life with great candor. In point of fact it is his very honest and entirely human approach to discussing topics so directly that makes his opinions all the more valued.

Attacking David Suzuki is not only fruitless, it is also foolish. The world needs a legion of others willing to follow the trail of scientific research and education Dr Suziki has blazed. For me, as I suspect will be the case for millions of others, Suzuki is one of the best and the brightest, and should be held up for praise, not attacked for the sake of furthering some ill conceived, self-righteous, and self-serving pro-oil campaign.

I say to David Suzuki and the David Suzuki Foundation, bravo. My you each continue with your good work, and detractors fall away like leaves in fall. Yours will be a legacy to remember long after others are buried in the detritus of their own making.

Oct 18, 2013
5:12 PM

Will David Suzuki and your organization stop calling those who disagree with you about the causes of climate change “deniers” and lobbyists and “shills for industry”, please? These are all ad hominem logical fallacies and, in the case of the International Climate Science Coalition, wrong besides. We do not deny climate change. In fact we advocate substantial funding to help vulnerable people prepare for, and adapt to climate change, however caused. However, like all good scientists when dealing with a field as complex and immature as climate change, we question the causes of what is happening and advocate open hearings inviting testimony from qualified experts on all sides of the issue. Why would you oppose that? Listening to points of view other than your own is surely something the DSF should encourage of you want to advocate policies that are best for society and the environment.

If you want some people (ICSC never does it of course and indeed agree with Dr. Suzuki on some issues) to stop calling Dr. Suzuki names, then you should set an example by never doing the same yourself and instead respecting the opinions of the thousands of scientists who do not share your point of view on this complex topic.

Specifically, you should have a look at http://www.climatechangereconsidered.org for a sample of the thousands of research papers which either debunk or shed doubt on politically correct ideas about climate change.

In the interests of fairness and in an effort to end the miserable attacks coming from both extremes in the global warmig debate, will you please accept this comment to be posted? Censorship helps no one working to provide a healthy society and environment for future generations, which we at ICSC, and I presume you at the DSF, are trying to do.

Sincerely,

Tom Harris, B. Eng., M. Eng. (Mech.) Executive Director, International Climate Science Coalition (ICSC) P.O. Box 23013 Ottawa, Ontario K2A 4E2 Canada

www.climatescienceinternational.org 613-728-9200

Oct 18, 2013
5:00 PM

I greatly admire David Suzuki and his position on environmental issues. Very seldom do I miss “The Nature of Things”. Canadians have reason to be proud of him.

Oct 18, 2013
4:51 PM

Awesome rebuttal. Good clean, fact based, honest, direct. and informative. Much appreciated. And also thank you David Suzuki for all your years of hard work to help protect the environment for all the rest of us.

Oct 18, 2013
4:45 PM

I, like many others, stand behind you, Dr. Suzuki against the politically motivated naysayers and their ad hominem attacks . To many in Canada, you are a powerful voice of reason, and I trust in your judgement to see through the spin of those who only seek ultimately to profit financially from an industry that, since it’s inception, has been nothing less than a Pandora’s Box of problems for the environment. I, as a supporter of the David Suzuki Foundation, value greatly, the information and expertise you and your staff bring on these critical issues that impact our world. It is plainly evident that our model of energy generation is grossly antiquated and has been so fraught with negative side-effects that the planet has been imperiled to a point unseen since the mass extinction of species with emergence of the ice age.

Oct 18, 2013
4:38 PM

There are those who are only concerned with more, not for how long. Mr. Suzuki should be commended for sticking with the cause for so long. Most of us can only hope to make a fraction of the difference he’s achieved.

Oct 18, 2013
4:35 PM

Although I personally don’t need to be told that Ezra Levant is an ignorant bully, I still appreciate your clear and thoughtful response. Unfortunately there will always be some people who will listen to these baseless rants.

Oct 18, 2013
4:02 PM

A strong , rational response is just what was needed. Hope it gets read by those who read the Sun. Congratulations Peter.

Oct 18, 2013
3:48 PM

I have been a supporter and admirer of David Suzuki for a long time. He is to be commended for still working hard at an age when many have already retired. Unfortunately, the fossil fuel industry is a formidable foe, very well endowed financially and very well connected politically. Mr. Suzuki and others see what is in store for us if we continue down this path and of course those with a vested interest in it resist, by fair means or foul. We must believe that right and truth will eventually prevail over lies, deceit and divisive immoral tactics.

Oct 18, 2013
3:42 PM

Thank you for this response! Although it is more than obvious that propaganda-slingers are on the prowl, it is wise, I believe to respond as you have from time to time! Because it is wonderful to hear the clear voice of sanity amidst the roar of crazy-making noise-makers in the press. It is like breathing fresh air from the West on a day when pollution causes one to be almost dizzy with the foggy pollution of deceits spoken by some leaders. Thank you again! May truth win out in the end! Sincerely, Mary Saucier

Oct 18, 2013
3:42 PM

There have been a lot of half truths (and double standards) flying around as of late — and not just about David Suzuki either. Unfortunately some neutral minded people are vulnerable to these so-called “facts”. Working people (like me) don’t have the time to fact-check everything they hear, so we get this. The fact that David Suzuki is a success isn’t a disgrace, but an inspiration to people like me! He isn’t Gandhi, so what?

As for Ezra Levant and Sun Media … well, what I have to say about them is unprintable.

Oct 18, 2013
3:20 PM

This article has me fuming.

David Suzuki is, in my opinion at least, one of Canada’s wisest elders. Sun Media’s disrespect of him, and the foundation that bears his name, is akin to spitting in the face of every Canadian.

Oct 18, 2013
3:12 PM

The deeds of one are measured by one’s actions. Dr. David Suzuki is a man of action for the betterment of life. Kudos to him and the Foundation. “la lutte continue” (“the struggle continues”)

Oct 18, 2013
3:11 PM

Dear David Suzuki,

I am a follower of your beliefs, although Sun News scrap your name, seeing extreme negative comments about you…I am supporting you, and still continue to do so.

Do not give up.

Oct 18, 2013
3:06 PM

Re: false allegations

Thank you for this e-mail because I wouldn’t have known about sun news. I don’t read it nor do I know anyone who does. David Suzuki and all staff at the Foundation know that there are way more of us who support and stand by you than the readership of sun news.

Oct 18, 2013
2:54 PM

I have never heard of Ezra Levant, fortunately so it would appear. On the other hand, I have known of David Suzuki for many, many years and had the opportunity to hear him speak at the University of Guelph a few years ago. There was a stir of excited anticipation in the air as we waited for David to speak, and he didn’t disappoint. David inspired, provoked, and most of all convinced us that there is a much better way of doing things. I wish him many more productive years!

Oct 18, 2013
2:45 PM

Thank you for continuing to try to bring awareness and protect the planet. It seems that useless bickering happens to avoid the real issues. No one is perfect. I do the best I can everyday and act consciously everyday. Every dollar votes… No one is perfect and people should check their backyards before attacking others who are trying:)

Oct 18, 2013
2:45 PM

Thank you David for all you have contributed.

Oct 18, 2013
2:35 PM

Just by chance I happened to catch part of Levant’s rant on television.The good thing about having Levant as a promoter for the Oil Sands Industry is that he sounded so misinformed that most people would realize what he was saying was pure nonsense.

Oct 18, 2013
2:33 PM

Keep fighting the good fight! Thank you for being here to do that, continuously. Wish you did not have to. Thank you. Behind you all the way!

Oct 18, 2013
2:23 PM

I am so sorry to hear this latest attack on David and the Foundation. I feel so privileged that David has taken on such a huge and difficult project as trying to find solutions to the environmental problems of today. That he does so as a volunteer is more than admirable. That he has to put up with all this negativity is very sad to me. We need people like David with their knowledge and skill to come up with ways to fix this problem in spite of the fact that our current government seems to be in total denial of the problem and does nothing but to support the oil companies. I am ashamed of Mr. Harper and his crew. Isn’t it Sun Media that Harper wants to support as the CBC is supported? No surprise there.

Oct 18, 2013
2:07 PM

I also feel very badly when people act as if they will not ne harmed by bad things done to our planet. We are all in this together and are responsible for protecting it. Thank you to David Suzuki for working so hard to do so and others in the Foundation

Louise

Oct 18, 2013
2:07 PM

I am very proud of you for speaking the truth and standing up for what you believe in (what most people believe in). Thank you.

Oct 18, 2013
2:03 PM

It’s unfortunate that you have to refute ridiculous allegations, but it’s something that needs to be done, and it’s good that you’re doing it. Rest assured, I have never doubted the sincerity, and integrity of David Suzuki, or the Foundation, since I first read It’s a Matter of Survival, many years ago. I consider myself to be an intelligent and critical thinker, and the trust I have in David and the Foundation has been earned. It continues to be earned every day.

Oct 18, 2013
2:03 PM

Dear David Suzuki, (and team) Thank you for coming to Kelowna BC. It was wonderful to have you. I have nothing but respect and praise for this wonderful man.

Oct 18, 2013
1:56 PM

As someone who has to suffer the mendacious rants of Ezra Levant in the local Sun Media paper, the London Free Press, I salute your setting the record straight. Levant’s attitude toward any discussion of climate change is imported directly from the lunatic fringes of the right-wing Republican think-tanks in the United States, but he serves as a useful tool for the Harper government and the oil companies which are developing the tar sands.

Oct 18, 2013
1:54 PM

The Sun is such a trashy rag, can’t remember the last time I even checked the head lines, thanks for sharing. I would like to apologize for the short sightedness of the many people who do not care to consider our effects on the planet, who do not embrace the need for all of us to do our part, for the people who put money first. I will always be grateful to yourselves and Mr. Suzuki for doing your part and for all the education you have blessed us with for all these years.

Oct 18, 2013
1:51 PM

David Suzuki is a worldwide treasure. He walks the walk. But he also speaks truth to power and the power of the fossil fuel surrogates can try to tarnish his name and reputation but his work and his life speak louder and clearer than anything those who have other agendas can say to undermine David’s good works.

David Suzuki has dedicated his life to educating the world and protecting our planet. He is a brilliant man and generous man. His life and work has made and continues to make the world a better place.

Our planet needs more David Suzukis.

Oct 18, 2013
1:48 PM

I honor and bow in respect of this one incredible human being. that -we love and appreciate his life-long love of nature. Kelowna BC

Oct 18, 2013
1:44 PM

Thank you for an excellent, necessary response to the recent bizarre, unproductive, unfounded allegations that are apparently regarded by some as ‘commentary’.

Oct 18, 2013
1:43 PM

Thank you for setting the record straight. Don’t know why people like Ezra Levant have such a taste for getting to see how many people he can persuade to believe his lies. It’s an evil and manipulative twist in his personality, just destructive. Glad you have a taste for the truth! Appreciate it.

Oct 18, 2013
1:40 PM

Ezra Levant causes me to bang my head against the table. David Suzuki gives me hope. Keep up the good work.

Oct 18, 2013
1:32 PM

As a long time supporter of the work of the David Suzuki Foundation I am appalled but not surprised by the comments published by Sun News. Most of their stories contain irrational, unproven, hysterical comments designed to appeal to those in our population who are uninformed and cannot be bothered to search for the truth in what they read. No wonder Sun News is known as Fox News North!!

Oct 18, 2013
1:29 PM

Well said!

Oct 18, 2013
1:23 PM

Those who are selfish, greedy, and lacking vision are becoming the most tiresome of the voices heard. I am certain that they will end up drowned out as people continue to become enlightened about the problems our planet and our survival face. Jan

Oct 18, 2013
1:22 PM

If Dr. Suzuki would like to add another libel suit to Mr. Levant’s list I would be willing to contribute to the legal costs.

Oct 18, 2013
1:22 PM

Thank you David Suzuki for all that you do and also to The David Suzuki Foundation. Keep up your most precious work. Sun TV is garbage. Calling it “waste” would be imply that some good could actually come out of their airwaves.

Oct 18, 2013
1:20 PM

As with all things, one must consider the source before deciding whether or not a “news” article is credible. The Sun “news” is not and has never been a credible source and their characterization of Mr. Suzuki is laughable at best and defamatory at the worst. Those of us who take the time to do our research and educate ourselves on the facts related to the environment know where the truth lies and it is not with the Sun “news” or with Ezra Levant. And I would like to believe that anyone with half a brain cell will see through this deliberate mud slinging and libel as well. Mr. David Suzuki and the David Suzuki Foundation are staunch defenders of our fragile planet and I for one thank them wholeheartedly for their tireless work.

Oct 18, 2013
1:16 PM

Regardless of what any smear campaign says about David Suzuki it doesn’t change the facts. Corporations like Sun Media are like bought and paid for propagandists trying to misinform and distract the public from the truth of what capitalism has in store for the world. Thank you David Suzuki for your tireless efforts to inform and change the way we think about our environment.

Oct 18, 2013
1:11 PM

Very good and tempered response to the mud-slinging.

Oct 18, 2013
1:09 PM

Thank you for thsi report. I can’t bear to watch SUN news TV or read their papers, in fact one of my attending physicians has recommended that doing so would damage my health!

One wonders why we must tolerate their dishonesty.

Oct 18, 2013
1:08 PM

To the David Suzuki Foundation — keep doing the amazing work you are doing. It is shameful that people and organizations, that work for the good of all people, are put in a position of defending themselves.

The foundation has worked for years on environmental issues and I believe is extremely well respected by Canadians. Good for you for standing up against this..

Kelly Megyesi

Oct 18, 2013
1:07 PM

Very well written, thank you. I believe in David Suzuki and the David Suzuki Foundation and always will. He has proven time and time again that he lives a life of integrity and honesty. It’s a shame that we have to live with the likes of people like Ezra Levant and it’s a shame to have to waste valuable time to have to prove them wrong once in a while. PLEASE continue your good work! WE NEED YOU!!!! All the best and in health! C.G.Trudel

Oct 18, 2013
1:05 PM

Of course we stand behind you, beside you and with you all the way. There are always the Mr. Levants in the world. I have a few in my circles too. Attention seekers??? Best to just get on with the job at hand and pay these “bad boys” little attention. Thank you for your letter. One day our world’s children will look back on this time and shake their heads in disbelief over our ignorant carelessness. But care-full folks like David Suzuki et al will stand out as having made the difference. Let’s proudly carry on up the river undaunted!!!!

Oct 18, 2013
1:05 PM

I personally don’t care if David, and or the DSF, own a string of oil wells !. The good being generated by them far outweigh any trivial innuendo ..

Oct 18, 2013
1:04 PM

As a long time supporter of the David Suzuki Foundation I have heard negative comments over the years without putting too much trust into them. The above letter disperses all the minute doubts I may have had and is therefore of great value. In my opinion does the David Suzuki Foundation represent a healthy counter weight to the oil sands debate, keeping it from being one sided and therefore, unbalanced. A healthy environment is necessary for an emotionally, mentally and physically healthy and wealthy nation. Thank you for your good work and continue to keep our environment in peoples’ consciousness.

Oct 18, 2013
1:02 PM

Well said. A restrained and polite response. David Suzuki is one of the voices I trust in providing me with science-based information I do not have the time or expertise to discover or evaluate. Fallacious reasoning and poor argument seems popular these days. I am not sure how much is due to poor critical thinking skills, lack of training in the logic of argument and reasoning, or a deliberate and strategic distraction intended to sidetrack voters and activists from decisive action and results. I understand that military-style training and tactics are used against activists to disrupt their work, often successfully. I also understand that mass opinions are often difficult to change, and rational argument does not seem the successful means of changing them (sadly). We have hard work and long days ahead. My prayer is that we do not destroy what sustains life on Earth and create a barren wasteland of a planet, one without viable oxygen or atmosphere.

Oct 18, 2013
1:00 PM

Many have said that the truth is the first thing to die in any war. Make no mistake, David and The Suzuki Foundation are in the midst of a war where truth was the first death. That said, only with persistent work to provide the truth can we defeat falsehood. So, keep working and keep the faith that we all can triumph over the fools who lie in the long run: We must or we all shall surely die early deaths.

Oct 18, 2013
12:55 PM

I contacted the SUN and asked for the resignation of Sun Media host Ezra Levant.

Oct 18, 2013
12:54 PM

I’m glad to see that the Foundation is speaking up against the lies which are being told about climate change, David Suzuki and other important topics. The people involved with the oil, “natural” gas and coal industries will do whatever it takes to make a dollar. They don’t care what the cost is and that includes the destruction of our planet. And yes, it is our planet not theirs. Keep up the good work!

Oct 18, 2013
12:53 PM

Thank you so much for sending this letter to me! I have always held our precious planet in very high regard, and in the past was an avid DSF supporter, but fell on some hard financial times in recent years… I was not aware of this latest controversy! I find it reprehensible that anyone would or could attack D.Suzuki, or consider him to be “politically motivated” or “profit motivated”. He has done so much to educate so many people about remote parts of our world, and to bring awareness to many about the environmental problems that we face. I applaud your organization for supporting Dr.Suzuki, and I will continue to do my part out in the world. Best Regards K.Blackie

Oct 18, 2013
12:50 PM

Keep up the good work David. You have lots of fans and supporters. Way more than Mr. Levant !

Oct 18, 2013
12:48 PM

I will always be on the side of the planet’s health and those sincerely protecting it. Thank you, David Suzuki and The David Suzuki Foundation for your tireless efforts. I make monthly donations, I recycle, I try to make environmentally sound choices wherever possible. I wish I could do more, I wish I had the energy and devotion you people have. I am very thankful that people like you, people with so much integrity and so much respect for the planet, are here to help us.

Thank you! Thank you!

Oct 18, 2013
12:47 PM

It is sad that David Suzuki Foundation has to respond to the likes of Ezra Levant who had zero credibility on issues related to the climate and the environment.

Oct 18, 2013
12:45 PM

The fact that the Sun is running such an article only proves how effective David Suzuki’s work is.

Oct 18, 2013
12:45 PM

It is unfortunate that so much distraction is created by people of obvious ignorance and arrogance. It is no wonder that citizens become confused by stories run in the papers, TV and radio when some of the people employed as journalists by several medial outlets do not have the qualifications or work ethic to actually be considered true journalists. It is my hope that enough people will stop listening to those masquerading as newscasters and demand better and truthful journalism.

Oct 18, 2013
12:44 PM

Thank you for this response. I am very pleased that you have responded to these multiplying slurs in the media and traced them to their disreputable source. Please push the lay press to provide links to relevant information such as would be listed for a physician making a scientific presentation, so that articles permitting the likes of Mr. Levant are accompanied by a detailed listing of his potential conflicts of interest. This may be something that paper news sources won’t permit due to the cost of space in a newspaper, but there is no reason that electronic media publications can’t incorporate this. Please provide them with an example of the type of information a scientist or physician needs to declare to speak at a peer-reviewed meeting or publish in a peer-reviewed journal. I would like to see this information provided in tandem with commentary made by politicians, bureaucrats, corporate leaders, and those who speak for think tanks such as the Fraser Institute and the like.

I am very pleased that you not only spoke to the accusations about Mr. Suzuki, but also spoke to the record and character of Mr. Levant. The public is being deceived by so many of his ilk.

Oct 18, 2013
12:42 PM

Never saw or heard of the referenced slur but not surprised that these efforts to discredit all scientific claims in the name of big oil money continue unabated. Thanks for the clarification just the same and keep calm and carry on.

Oct 18, 2013
12:36 PM

It is surprising, really, just how much harm a complete nincompoop like Ezra Levant can do when he puts his mind to it. You were quite right in posting this rejoinder. Many of us do not need to be reassured about David and his commitment, but there are plenty of others yet to be made more fully aware of the dangers of environmental degradation (not to put too fine a point on it!), that exist thanks largely to the world’s fossil-fuel based economy.

Oct 18, 2013
12:05 PM

Dear David and members of this fantastic organization, You (and your organization) have been providing enlightening information of earth sciences, energy and technology to Canadians for generations. Speaking for myself and I hope the rest of Canada, thank you. No matter what kind of hack-reporting, pseudo-sciences has to say about your life’s work, they cannot take your credibility away from you. The facts are the facts and there is nothing they can do about that. I have never heard of this Ezra person until his recent exploits, and nothing good I assure. He looks to have his group of followers, whom I feel find comfort in maintaining things the status-quo. We as humans, however, are animals of change and evolution, we are makers of progress and creators of the future. There will always be these people who are frightened of change, but as human evolution runs its course, these people will eventually be gone and a new era (along with new energy) will be be born.
I hope you find some comfort in knowing that your success from spreading knowledge about earth and life, far over shadows a tiny group of frightened people.

Thank you for everything,

there is no greater wealth than the wealth of kowledge

Robert Sampson

Oct 18, 2013
11:16 AM

Not surprising. Ezra is a corporatist, blinded to the notion that he is helping the very people that will one day also take HIS fortune, as well as all of ours. He is constantly walking on the fence of Fascism (as normally corporatism will eventually turn sour and become Fascism) and I honetsly think he should be banned from being on a channel that has the word “News” anywhere near it.

Furthermore I continue to argue with Sun’s use of the word News in their station’s name. They should not be allowed to be called “aything News” in the first place.

Oct 18, 2013
9:01 AM

Thank you for your tireless efforts. Industry will perpetually be discrediting organizations like yours and others for educating the public, raising awareness of exploitations and offering tangible and realistic solutions to manage our finite resources more equitably and sustainably. The more influence you have with people the more industry will try to undermine your work. Let that be a gauge. Your response was admirable and well-written. Again, thank you and please continue.

Oct 18, 2013
8:55 AM

It is a sad world that listens to the likes of Ezra Levant’s malicious levity. It is a very sad world that makes every effort to undermine the good done by the heroes and ‘saints’ that work to save souls and the planet….Mother Teresa, Gandhi and now Suzuki. The doctors of spin are contemptuous liars for hire but excellent at what they do…they can quickly degrade the tracks and derail the train of thought going in the right direction. They should be pilloried in the town square and made to eat genetically modified tomatoes thrown squarely in their faces. No sense wasting good eggs on bad people.

Oct 18, 2013
6:33 AM

When I saw the article I was angry and then realized that it was Levant and Sun Media behind it all. Not worth responding to. These ppl are so into denying I’m surprised that they named themselves ‘Sun’. Keep up the great work David

Oct 18, 2013
6:26 AM

Why does David Suzuki run like the wind whenever Ezra comes near him? If he has nothing to hide why doesn’t he confront Mr. Levant and debate him? Lastly why does The David Suzuki Foundation have to fight Mr. Suzuki’s battles for him? I watched Dr. Suzuki on Q

Oct 18, 2013
4:05 AM

Thank you David Suzuki! For years you have spoken truth to power.

Oct 17, 2013
10:56 PM

DOWN WITH SUN MEDIA! I will continue to petition against their brand of so-called news.

Oct 17, 2013
6:43 PM

David should be proud of the fact that Ezra Levant attacked him. It’s clear proof that the oil companies are worried about David and his science-based facts about TAR SANDS extraction. After all, SUN media is nothing more than the mouth piece of the CONServatives, and the CONServatives are nothing more than a puppet for BIG OIL.

Oct 17, 2013
3:54 PM

I admire David Suzuki and feel that he has done a great deal for Canada, our planet and the environment, perhaps more than any other individual or group. The Suzuki Foundation has made so many positive influences on our culture, in terms of education, and positive outcomes for our planet. We need more people like David Suzuki and the Suzuki Foundation. I am proud to have such an amazing man as a fellow Canadian.

Oct 17, 2013
3:46 PM

Thank you so much for setting the record straight (not for me, for others) with this balanced and well-researched piece. David Suzuki literally changed my life with his book ‘From Naked Ape to Superspecies’, which awoke me from my slumber and launched me into environmental activism.

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