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SUN NEWS EXCLUSIVE - Suzuki speech a high ticket item

David Suzuki

Credits: DAVID BLOOM/EDMONTON SUN QMI AGENCY

KRIS SIMS | QMI AGENCY

A Quebec college and the David Suzuki Foundation did not respond to a story by QMI Agency Monday that the biologist and celebrity environmentalist was paid 30Gs to speak to students at John Abbott College for an hour last October.

Apparently, requests for an all-female entourage to accompany Suzuki around campus were also made.

"Although the Dr. does not like to have bodyguards per se, he does not mind having a couple ladies (females) that would act as body guards in order that he may travel from one venue to another without being accosted too many times along the way," Mary Milburn, who works in the college's Dean's office, wrote in an email to colleague Jim Anderson. "Why females you ask? Well, he is male. No seriously, I believe it's his way of being discreet and less intimidating."

Another email between school officials say the female students enrolled in the policing program picked to escort Suzuki should be "Nicely dressed, we don't want them in evening gowns, but definitely NOT Police Tech uniforms."

Suzuki's lecture was closed to the public due to limited seating but was streamed live to almost 14,000 students watching at schools in the Lester B. Pearson School Board.

Suzuki toured the college's new Science & Health Technologies building after his speech.

Documents say a private donor and friend of Suzuki's covered the $30,000 fee paid to the critic of capitalism.

Neither the school nor the foundation responded to requests by QMI Agency for more information.

The school did seem pleased with the visitation, declaring in thank you notes that it would forever be known as "Dr. Suzuki Day" and sending the scientist a gift with a note reading: "May these baskets serve as reminders of our deep and sincere appreciation for your work on behalf on [sic] Mother Earth. May your hopes and vision be carried, by burning the tobacco within, to the four corners of the world."

 

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