Ottawa needs to become a Bee Friendly City

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I want Ottawa to be declared a Bee Friendly City by the next Council. I believe the Bee City designation should be a priority project in support of the City’s commitment to Environmental Stewardship, Healthy and Caring Communities and Economic Prosperity. I am not running in the election - this is my personal campaign platform.

There are currently 22 Bee Cities in Canada. Toronto City Council voted unanimously in favour of the motion in 2016, becoming the first official Bee City in Canada. Ottawa is not yet on the list. 

The time for action in YOW is NOW. Let’s make Ottawa a Bee Friendly city by:

  • Increasing healthy pollinator habitat and the maintenance of existing greenspaces
  • Educating the public about the benefits of all pollinators and the risks to their health
  • Recognizing urban beekeeping is an important part of the City’s food security strategy
  • Mitigating the risks
  • Working with the province and other municipalities to update the regulatory framework 

I could coordinate the project, providing the initial seed funding and developing a network of volunteers and community sponsors. No initial funding would be required from the City. I also plan to start doing this on a full-time basis to support the sustainability of the project and expand its reach and impact.

I’ve got the Buzz. I want Ottawa to get the Buzz. Share the Buzz. Save the Bees!!

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