IT'S GOING TO BEE GREAT
BACKYARD BEES BYLAW FINALLY ONE STEP CLOSER TO BEING REALITY
A bee heads home to the hive at a local farm.
o produce 1 pound of honey, 2 million flowers have to be visited. A single hive has to fly 55,000 miles to produce a single pound of honey. One bee colony can produce 60 to 100 pounds of honey per year. An average worker bee makes only about 1/12 teaspoon of honey in its lifetime.
In 2016, Chilliwack city council agreed to
take a look at regulating apiculture as a backyard hobby.
At the last Chilliwack city hall meeting February 5, councillor Chris Kloot, who also chairs the Agricultural Rural Advisory Committee (ARAC), noted that on January 29 he attended the ARAC meeting, which also had some new members, and together they put the stamp on the beekeeping bylaw draught.
Next, the motion will go to councillors to scrutinize and vote on.
"It's good news for the community and a long time coming, but the Urban Beekeeping Bylaw has been draughted and it will be coming forward very shortly with support from the committee," said Kloot. "So for the beekeepers, and those interested in the urban bees, this is the moment you've been waiting for so I'm looking forward for the review to come forward."
In May 2014, Minister of Agriculture Norm Letnick announced that May 29, will be declared the Day of the Honey Bee in B.C. to recognize and celebrate how beekeeping in B.C. that has grown from May 1858 when two hives arrived in Victoria Harbour into an industry that has a $250-million-a-year agricultural impact today.
A young beekeeper from Saskatchewan started the Day of the Honey Bee campaign in 2009 to raise awareness about honey bees, and since then, three levels of government across the country have adopted versions of the Day of the Honey Bee proclamation.
"Awareness has certainly increased,” said BC Honey Producers Association second vice-president Kerry Clark. “The Day of the Honey Bee is both a useful exercise in increasing everyone's appreciation of honey bees and their current plight, but also a great example of what one committed person can accomplish with a thoughtful response to a problem they think should be addressed."
So the next time you dip your knife into the honey container for your morning toast, think about how many bees it took and how far they had to fly to make enough for one slice of bread.
Local bee woman, Laura Delisle, said that bylaws need to be in place to meet regular beekeeping standards for all. She did not respond to The Voice e-mails for comment.
For more information, visit www.worldbeeday.org/en