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 Healthy and Caring Communities and Economic Prosperity. I am not running in the election but this is my personal campaign platform.

There are currently 19 Bee Cities in Canada. Toronto City Council voted unanimously in favour of the motion way back in 2016. They were the first official Bee City in Canada. Ottawa is still not on the list. 

The time for action in YOW is NOW. Let’s take the sting out of urban beekeeping, by:

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

I will be coordinating the project, providing the initial seed funding and developing a network of volunteers and community sponsors. No funding will 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.

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

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