- Nelson City Council and Mayor John DooleyCity Hall
Amend The Honeybee bylaw
The City of Nelson B.C. currently resrticts any form of beekeeping in its city limits. This is an outdated bylaw that needs to be amended to allow proper regulations for beekeeping withen the city limits. Pollinators are declining and we need to do everything we can to contribute to thier survival.
Migratory beekeeping is not a sustainable practice, its been noted that this year we do not have enough bees for pollination...this could cause serious food shortages if this trend continues. Grocery stores have abaout 24hrs worth of food in the event of a food crisis.
Localized food production is where we need to head for true food security in our region.
Cities and municipalities all over the world are accepting Beekeeping as a necessary practice in their cities to increase food security and environmental stability.
In Canada alone Calgary, Toronto, Vancouver, Vernon, and Fernie are implementing bylaws that allow honeybees in their Urban centers. In the spring of 2010 Vancouver city hall put two hives on its rooftop
As cities move towards sustainable community living green the city projects have sprouted up everywhere. Edible landscaping, permaculture, rooftop gardens, community gardens, balcony and vertical growing methods, and of course Bee Keeping!!! are all becoming a part of the Urban lifestyle. A connection with how we are meant to live becomes more desirable as the movement spreads and touches us.
Nelson, BC. a city filled with gardeners and bee food everywhere! I’m calling all Bee lovers..in fact all food lovers to get together and tell your city council why you want Bees in your city and how we can all benefit from this action. Write letters of support, show up in council meetings…let them know we are not going away and we are not going to let our bees go away either!!
- City Hall
Nelson City Council and Mayor John Dooley
I support Honeybees in Nelson B.C. They are essential for pollination of food crops and
ornamental flowers. The current ban on all forms of beekeeping is an outdated law that needs to be adjusted to allow hobby beekeeping within the Nelson city limits.
With proper regulations and education we can overcome the city’s fear of bear attractants. The pirate beekeepers who are already operating in the city need access to our provincial bee inspector to ensure that bear aware and other regulations are met.
Producing nutritious food is a right that Council should not be able to prevent from its citizens from exercising. If Calgary, Vancouver, Fernie, and Vernon (& the list goes on) are all more progressive than our city, perhaps we should reevaluate what our priorities are.
In response to the city food security plan ... let’s put this very simply:
NO BEES = NO FOOD.
Please consider putting Honeybees on the amendment priority list and please reschedule the open house to discuss this in our community.
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