Friday, April 3, 2009

Great minds think alike

Hedy Fry and David Suzuki are two apparently intelligent people, prone to making outlandish declarations.

Fry, 67, was born San Fernando, Trinidad and trained as a physician in Dublin, Ireland at the Royal College of Surgeons. She was first elected a Liberal Member of Parliament in 1993. Suzuki turned 73 on March 24 and earned a doctorate in zoology at the University of Chicago in 1961. He is host of the long-running CBC TV science show The Nature of Things. His foundation's latest work -- released March 30 during the 8th World Conference on Sport and the Environment -- is the alarmist On Thin Ice: Winter Sports and Climate Change report.

In 2001, Fry stood in the House of Commons and told the world that "crosses were burning" in Prince George, B.C. She retracted the remarks and apologized.

On March 30, Suzuki claimed in an interview that global warming has made it impossible for children to learn how to play hockey in backyard, outdoor rinks in Brantford, Ont., birthplace of Wayne Gretzky. Brantford Mayor Mike Hancock said that's not true.

"We still maintain approximately 22 outdoor rink locations each year and the duration of rink operations is generally an eight to 10 week period," Hancock told me.

Suzuki shoots. And misses.

(BTW, Suzuki's son Troy knows a bit more about hockey than his father. The Suzuki scion's Live from Moccasin Square Gardens: The Dawson City Nuggets' Hockey Adventure documentary chronicled the 1997 recreation of the 1905 Nuggets' epic challenge of the Stanley Cup champion Ottawa Senators.)

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