The Toronto Sun and its affiliated newspapers have called “Dad and the Dandelions,” which airs Thursday evening on CBC’s The Nature of Things with David Suzuki, one of TV’s “Must-See” programs this week.
Then again, Sunday’s Academy Awards topped the list and it ended up with a major screw-up in envelopes in what was supposed to be a gripping conclusion.
Whether filmmaker Andrew Nisker experiences another televised screw-up in his report on whether pesticide use on the golf course can be linked with cancer and whether golfers can cope with a more brown environment remains to be seen.
I’m not sure why he didn’t just ask some golfers if they would enjoy the game on a less-manicured golf course. Maybe he did, but I guess we’ll find out Thursday evening.
From the trailers I’ve seen the report isn’t anything new from the discussions, showdowns and protests that have gone on over the years and have led to stringent guidelines and reporting that the golf courses must adhere to, with special exemptions from pesticide bans in different jurisdictions.
The impetus for this report, sadly, is the death of Nisker’s father, an avid golfer, from the blood cancer Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma and while we can be sympathetic to the cause of the report, it won’t be anything more than aspersion unless there is absolute proof that a link exists and studies that show other golfers are dying or getting sick at alarming rates.
Maybe he will come up with something that startles us. Maybe it will be same-old, same-old from a self-described environmental activist or maybe it will just tick us off enough to react loudly. The main concern is frightening would-be golfers away from the game or the report triggering more government involvement in the pesticide issue.
From what I understand, the Canadian Golf Superintendents Association, either separately or under the National Allied Golf Associations (NAGA) will have a statement after it airs. GNN will run that as soon as we receive it.
While waiting for the show to at least air before criticizing it is a wise move, many in the golf media want to jump all over Nisker before they even see the report. Nisker has been certainly doing his part in promoting it on his social media accounts, the media has been doing him a favour with its indignation.
It’s little wonder that “Dad and the Dandelions” is recognized as “Must-See TV.”