Citizens for a Livable Cranbrook Society provides grassroots leadership and an inclusive process, with a voice for all community members, to ensure that our community grows and develops in a way that incorporates an environmental ethic, offers a range of housing and transportation choices, encourages a vibrant and cultural life and supports sustainable, meaningful employment and business opportunities.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

More on the State of our Bee Population

Any gardener will tell you the demise of the bee is noticeable.  I was happy to see more honey bees in my garden towards the end of summer but I was beginning to wonder when I might see a decent number.  At one time when my maple, apple and crabapple trees were in bloom in the spring, the buzzing when sitting underneath was almost deafening.  It has been several years now since that healthy sound has been heard.  It is possible there are no hives within range of my garden but the lack of our favourite pollinators is a real worry and more so with yet more delays in action, despite the evidence.
“Health Canada's Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) has determined that current agricultural practices related to the use of neonicotinoid treated corn and soybean seed are affecting the environment due to their impacts on bees and other pollinators. This notice outlines our intended actions and provides interested parties an opportunity to comment.”


  1. A real concern, for certain. One question, are residents of Cranbrook allowed to keep backyard bees? That is one brilliant—and tasty—way to help, in a small way, with a solution.

  2. It is our understanding that at this time bee keeping
    within City Limits is not permitted.