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Canadian Apiculture”. 4 Provincial Reports ......................................................................................CHC Directors
10 Honey Bee losses: an 18 month cycle ................... Fletcher Colpitts
Please contact the CHC office for more information. 12 Forging a new direction
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HiveLights May 2009 1
Canadian Honey Council Canadian Food Inspection Agency
conducted a technical review of the
Good Production Practices (GPP)
manual that the CHC has produced
Heather Clay, Chief Executive Officer, CHC
for the Canadian Bee Industry Safety
Quality Traceability (C-BISQT)
program. After a week of meetings
Forging a New Direction apiculturists to develop a in January the technical review team
standardized data collection produced a report with over two
Project funding for Forging system that will provide hive hundred Adjustment Needs Requests
a New Direction has come health information and flag (ANR’s). These items must each be
to an end. For the past any concerns before they addressed and responded to in a
three years, the federal become a crisis. A prototype timely manner by our industry. The
government program, hive health information CHC core committee (Tim Townsend,
Advancing Canadian system was developed for the Rudy Gelderblom, Rhéal Lafreniére
Agriculture Agri-Food, CHC. It can be viewed on and Heather Clay) are working on
supported the initiative the website www.hivehealth. the responses. After the changes
of the CHC to restructure and ca. have been approved the manual will
reorganize the national association. be translated and made available for
Emergency Registration Amitraz
A summary of the outcome of the distribution. It is expected that a GPP
consultative process can be found The CHC applied for and received manual will soon be available to all
on page 12. Our national association Emergency Use Registration (EUR) beekeepers wanting to implement an
is better positioned to help build a for Apivar® (amitraz) for the on farm food safety program.
dynamic and prosperous honey bee treatment of varroa mites in August
industry now and for the future. 2008. Normally an EUR is granted
Our member associations have for one year but Arysta Life Sciences The CHC has approached a number
enthusiastically embraced the concept NA (ALSNA), the owner of the active of suppliers for support of the new
of CHC being an organization of ingredient amitraz, was not planning organization. In November 2008,
organizations. The CHC is an integral to continue holding the registration Odem International provided a
part of the provincial network of past 27th April, 2009. Consequently welcome kick off to the campaign
associations. It acts on behalf of all the EUR expires on that date. In a by becoming the first sponsor of the
beekeepers in the national interest of turn of events ALSNA has agreed CHC. We are happy to announce that
the industry. Any issues of concern to give the rights to amitraz to its Bayer CropScience, a company that
can be discussed at the provincial sister company, Arysta Life Sciences is heavily involved in the production
level and then brought to the national America (ALSA). At the same time of hybrid canola seed, has shown its
level by the provincial director. It is the company has asked the Pest support of the beekeeping industry
important for beekeepers to remember Management Regulatory Agency with a contribution to assist the CHC
that the CHC is their organization and (PMRA) for re-instatement of amitraz with its activities. We appreciate the
that we are all working together on registration. This is very good news acknowledgement of the importance of
industry issues. for beekeepers as it allows us to a national organization by our industry
request an extension of the deadline sponsors.
Hive Health Committee
for the EUR. After lobbying from
Canadian Honey Bee Industry Convention
The CHC held a hive health meeting CHC and a great deal of goodwill on
in January to prepare a strategic plan the part of Arysta the product may be The next Canadian Beekeeping
of action for addressing the situation available for a longer period of time. Conference will be held in conjunction
of continuing honey bee losses. A The company has indicated that it will with the American Beekeeping
committtee was formed to continue pursue full registration of amitraz and Federation in Orlando Florida. We
the momentum of that meeting and is in the process of discussions about are expecting a larger than normal
to develop a research plan that will data requirements with the PMRA. turnout so be sure to book early at the
address hive health issues and the More information about the possible Wyndham resort. Details of the 12-16
importance of an integrated hive extension of date will be available on January meeting are on the CHC
health network information system. the CHC website when it is available. website www.honeycouncil.ca
Baseline data is essential and we
are working with the provincial
The CHC has undertaken the
development of an On farm food
Safety program for the production
of honey. In January 2009 the
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Canadian Honey Council
Conseil Canadien de Miel
Chair Maritimes tale as to winter losses.
Saskatchewan Beekeepers Association Jean François Doyon As an exceptionally long Local demand for honey is
B’s Bee Ranch Fédération des Apiculteurs du Québec cold and snowy winter strong and we are beginning
Box 84 287 Rang Beaurivage begins to draw to a close to see some upward
Kinistino SK S0J 1H0 Saint Sylvestre QC G0S 3C0 the New Brunswick movement in the
ph. 306-864-3774 fax 306-864-3260 ph 418-596-3037
Beekeepers price at the retail
association the level.
Vice Chair Director Beekeepers If we can get
Tom Trueman Dan Walker Association decent spring and
Maritime Beekeepers Association Ontario Beekeepers Association and the Prince summer weather
200 Etter Ridge Rd 9327 Scotchmere Dr Edward Island combined with the
Aulac NB E4L 2V2 Strathroy ON N7G 3H3 Beekeepers increasing demand
ph 506-536-2854 fax 506-536-3088 ph 519-245-5361
Cooperative Tom Trueman for pollinators and
Association have for honey 2009
all completed their Annual has the potential to be a
Secretary Director general meetings. All good year for the maritime
Bruce Podolsky three associations are in bee industry.
BC Honey Producers Association
Manitoba Beekeepers Association the process of reinventing
Box 1 themselves in order to
Dog Creek BC V0L 1J0
Ethelbert MB R0L 0T0 maintain their relevance
ph 204-742-3535 Manitoba
email@example.com. to the industry and their
New (APP) Advance Payment
this is a long and laborious
Treasurer Director Program Administrator for MBA
task with many challenges
Luc Desaulniers it promises to yield results Effective January 1,
Alberta Beekeepers that will ultimately improve 2009, MBA has arranged
PO Box 1887
Box 613 the beekeeping industry in for the Manitoba Corn
Fort MacLeod AB T0L 0Z0
Falher AB T0H 1M0 Atlantic Canada. Growers association, Inc.
firstname.lastname@example.org to administer all aspects
As wild blueberry of the Beekeepers/Honey
Director producers faced with the Producers Crop Advance
potential of another year program. This move is
Lorne Peters Chief Executive Officer of low prices strive to being made at this time, as
Bee Maid Honey
Peters Honey Farm Heather Clay maximize yields demand our present administrator,
Box 98 Suite 236 for pollinators remains Lois Simpson has given
Kleefeld MB R0A 0V0 234-5149 Country Hills Blvd significantly ahead of notice she will be retiring
ph 204-377-4242 Calgary AB T3A 5K8 supply, indicating another from her roles with the
email@example.com ph 403-208-7141 year of imported bees from MBA this July. Only paid
outside of the region. up members of the MBA
will be able to access the
Although too early to know program as they have done
how they will emerge from in the past.
winter general consensus
Geoff Todd MBA Fee and Levy
is that the bees went into
403-398-2914 winter in reasonably good As of March 6 2009,
Geoff@honeycouncil.ca shape. The next few weeks the Honey Producers
will begin to tell the true Administration Fee
Regulation became law.
The regulation is made
4 May 2009 HiveLights
under the Manitoba Honey marketing
Plan Regulation, Manitoba Regulation the MBA is committed to providing
244/87R. This plan, which outlined leadership in relation to the health
administrative procedures for MBA, of the beekeeping industry.
was originally put into place in 1992.
Working towards a Solution
Since that time, MBA has encouraged
volunteer membership, in resolutions The National Sunflowers
from the 2007 Annual meeting; Association of Canada, Inc
MBA directors took action to extend (NSAC) & Manitoba Beekeepers
membership to additional Manitoba Association (MBA) are working on
honey producers. a collaborative approach to ensure
Art Bergmann, centre, receiving BEE Hive Award members of both organizations will
Every producer with 50 hives or more from MBA President Todd yakimishen, after benefit while protecting pollinators.
must pay an annual basic fee of $200, hearing toast from Lorne Peters.
plus a levy of $0.40 per colony (to When honey producers reported
a max. 1000 colonies), to the MBA. concerns about
Alberta and Saskatchewan associations having bees located
have taken similar approaches. The near Confectionary
main difference is they have separate Sunflower fields,
organizations to collect fees and levies. directors sought
The MBA has noted their success. to understand
the issues and
Honey and Livestock Insurance
The MBA requested the Manitoba MBA made a formal
agricultural Services Corporation request to NSAC, Bruce Podolsky
(MASC) to look into providing to meet and discuss
coverage for honey bee over winter Roman and Helen Pankiw centre receiving the
their production needs, while taking
protection, plus coverage for honey S.A. Bedford Award from Todd yakimishen, into account reducing the risk to
production during the summer. MBA president on left, with Lorne Peters honeybees. MBA offered to work
giving the toast to the family together in a collaborative effort to
Paul Gregory, Safety Net Committee present a common message to our
Chair noted “in light of the uncertainty respective memberships.
of details within the AgriStability
program, we want coverage for both NASC began developing a strategy
the bees and honey”. to mitigate honey bee pollinator
risks. Strategies will include
A formal request has been sent to Paul increased awareness of pesticide
Bonnet, Vice President, Research & effects on foraging bees. Other
Program development, MASC. The elements include working with
request sought coverage for honey provincial entomologists and
production to begin summer 2010, apiary specialists with regard
and winter loss insurance to begin in to spray timing, plus featuring
the fall. The plan calls for the MBA an information articles in their
committee to work with MASC to newsletter. NASC welcomed the
develop a suitable program. To help Herb and Naomi Isaac receive the MBA opportunity for both boards to work
this process, several documents have Honorary Life Membership Award from MBA together on this issue.
been translated from the Quebec president, Todd yakimishen while Earl Dueck
provides the introduction.
plan which already has these two
components. We are also looking into
what Alberta has done. As part of
the strategic Plan developed last year, P pg 7
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MBA 103rd Annual Beekeepers Red River Apiarist Association
Convention (RRAA) will have on the outdoor As such, the commission
wintered colonies remains to board, after consulting
The MBA held their 103rd The RRAA are a group be seen until some warmer with members at the
convention March 6 &7th of hobby beekeepers in weather arrives. AGM and special meeting,
2009 in Winnipeg. This is and around the city of have decided to raise
the second year we held it Winnipeg. This group of Those that winter indoors check-off fees from $0.50/
on a Friday and Saturday, about 70 members have are reported colonies are colony to $1.00/colony.
allowing people to attend just developed a new web looking good heading into Participation in the check-
that have Monday to Friday site under the name www: spring. Those that have off is mandatory for all
jobs. BeekeepingManitoba. had the opportunity to peak producers with 100 or more
com They meet the second at some colonies outdoors producing colonies but is
Over 100 people attended Tuesday of most months and are reporting mixed still a refundable check-
the Research Symposium, recently viewed pictures of results. The Saskatchewan off by written request. It
and about 80 people a beekeeping trip to Chile Beekeepers Development was clear at the special
attended the first ever and Cambodia. In March, Commission (SBDC) meeting that a majority
Social Mixer Evening, they offer a one year free hosted a special meeting and of beekeepers would
where MBA recognized membership to anyone formic/oxalic demonstration support a joint venture
several of its members for attending Dr. Currie’s and Q&A in March. The with government to see this
their contributions to our “Beekeeping for Beginners” acid demonstration and extension/technical support
industry. course at the University of Q&A was very informative. in Saskatchewan a reality.
Manitoba. It was clear to those in Our two associations (SBA
Field Day and Summer Picnic
attendance that acids and SBDC) will continue to
Brandon Area Beekeepers
Manitoba Beekeepers have the ability to be an push government towards
Association together with effective tool against mites. that goal.
the Red River Apiarist’s The BABA along the MBA However, it was also clear
Association invite all to will have a booth at the that there are many different Honey prices in
attend a summer Field Day Brandon Winter Fair this products and techniques to Saskatchewan continue on
at Norte Dame de Lourdes, March. They will have apply these products and an upward trend. In the
Manitoba the MBA’s display and timing is crucial. Some last three months, we have
Date: Saturday 20 June backdrop along with an producers, using the same seen honey prices climb
2009 at 12:00 noon. observation hive. products, reported different from $1.40/lb to $1.70/lb.
Location: BBQ Lunch results for efficacy and Considering conditions
and Tour to take place at colony disruption based on in other honey producing
French Bee Farm. Food the timing and method of countries, expectations
cost $10.00 , bring your their applications. What are that prices will remain
own lawn chair. was clearer than ever is stable or climb over the
Directions: Travel along This Saskatchewan winter that our industry lacks the following months. This
Hwy. #2 to junction of has been brutally cold and extension/technical support year Saskatchewan will be
Provincal Road #244 south. long. Saskatoon broke a to help determine what offering the spring advance
Travel south about 13 km record in December for 25 products are best under to our beekeepers through
to town of Notre Dame. consecutive days with highs different conditions and the federal government
Turn west (right) on main below -25oC. January timing. This goes for all AMPA-APP. Producers
St. And keep going just past through March products beyond are eligible for advances
the “Blue” Co-op store, and hasn’t faired much mite control as beginning April 1st for up
turn south (left), you will better and as we well. Each year, we to $100,000 interest free
come across a French bee approach April see more products with a deadline to repay of
sign. This is the place. forecasters are on the market for August 31st 2010 or at such
calling for below the health benefits a date they sell their 2009
For more information, call normal into mid of our bees – do crop. As usual those that
Jim Campbell at (204) 467 April. Many areas they work? Are do not wish to participate in
5246 or Rheal Lafreniere at of the province Corey Bacon all spring pollen the spring advance will be
(204) 945 4825. did not receive much snow supplements effective? eligible for the fall advance
until late winter but the Patties, liquid or dry? Do in September.
Southeast has been on feed stimulants work? Do
the edge of several winter all mite products work?
storms heading into MB. How do they work best?
The full effect this weather
P pg 8
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Alberta Here in the province of on shelves in Vancouver there is half the fun. One
Alberta we have been trying was $13.99/Kg. Since then, year, a pair of beekeepers
It has been a long winter to establish a system with several producers have arrived at the Thursday
here in Alberta. In the the provincial government raised their wholesale prices night wine and cheese party
southern part of the to help beekeepers monitor pushing the retail prices as to announce they had hit
province, there has been their varroa and nosema high as $16.00/Kg. a deer while driving to the
above average snowfall. In levels. This has been a very convention. Not wanting
the latter part of February tedious exercise as we try Meanwhile, the large retail to let the animal go to
there was warmer to form a cohesive chain stores have honey on waste, they had thrown
weather and working group that offer for $5.99/Kg. Despite the carcass in the back of
winds to melt has the same goals this price difference, local their truck and asked for
some of the snow and a shared cost producers have a steady help in butchering it. B.C.
in the southwest, approach which demand for their product. beekeepers were up to the
but there is still would include I suspect the increased challenge and setting down
a lot left in the our commission, desire of consumers to their wine glasses, soon
southeast. There the provincial buy local products may be had the animal gutted out
hasn’t been too government, and responsible. in the corner of the hotel
many reports of as well the support parking lot. There was
beekeepers accessing their from our canola seed Yvonne Herbison some debate about
hives at the beginning of companies. This has been from the PMRA what to do with
March. Some early reports a good example of industry office in Kelowna the pile of offal
of northern beekeepers over working with us, as we have attended the but no resolution
wintering in B.C. suggest received a lot of support BCHPA semi- was reached. In
average winter losses. Here from Bayer CropScience annual meeting in the morning the
in the south there have just and Pioneer Hi-bred Kamloops held on coyotes had solved
been a couple of beekeepers International. The Alberta March 7. Yvonne the problem
looking in a few hives that government has seen the presented a slide Ted Hancock by cleaning
have been finding a wide need for this and added show and answered everything up
range of over wintering their support as well. We questions concerning the during the night.
success. There still is a lot hope that if we could get PMRA’s inspection program
of concern of the affects of extension personnel to help in B.C.. For several years This fall’s convention will
high mite loads in the fall beekeepers better educate Yvonne has administered be held the weekend of
and potential nosema issues. themselves at monitoring an inspection program that October 24 in Victoria. I
their honey bee diseases monitors the chemicals used am pleased to announce
We have been hearing that we could improve the in beehives. The goal of this that Randy Oliver from
reports of honey prices bee health in Alberta. It program is to encouraging California will be our
moving up slowly which has would also help us identify beekeepers to use only keynote speaker.
been a pleasant surprise. varroa resistance to current legally registered chemicals
The inventory in Alberta controls and potential in their hives and to use Victoria is a very
is almost gone. Some nosema outbreaks quicker. registered chemicals in cosmopolitan city full of
producers that normally sit accordance with the label high powered politicians
on a lot of inventory have instructions. The PMRA is and little old English ladies
moved their honey out due using a graduated system of who like to wear stylish
to these higher prices. It warnings and fines in this hats and drink tea while
looks like canola pollination campaign. looking at well manicured
acres are slightly down As of the middle of March flower gardens. I know
this year due to a higher we still have snow on the Each fall the BCHPA the beekeepers in Victoria
inventory of seed than first ground in most parts of annual convention is held will excel at hosting our
expected. B.C. Winter has been long at a different location so convention and I encourage
and hard. High beehive that beekeepers get to see you to attend, but please, no
mortality is expected. a new part of the province. road kill.
Given our mountainous
The retail price of locally terrain, sometimes getting
packed honey continues to
rise. At the start of the New
Year the highest price I saw
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with N. apis, has been linked to wide scale depopulation
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for these parasites and generate a modern antibiotic
residue dataset for fumagillin-based therapies.
Dr. Dave Shutler, Associate Professor, Acadia University
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To study the effects of over-wintering environment on
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Western honey bees (Apis mellifera) are parasitized
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Pathology and management of N. apis, the only
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Honey Bee Losses: An 18month cycle Shelter, ventilation and food stores
must be provided to allow a stress
Fletcher Colpitts, Chief Apiary Inspector, New Brunswick Agriculture,
Fredericton NB free winter environment for the bees.
Weather is the uncontrollable part of
winter. It may not be possible for bees
3. Low stress during the 6 month
For Most oF the bee to have cleansing flights for months at
keepers in new brunswiCk, a time. Also the weather may cause an
the winter anD spring The adverse effects of a harsh winter ice crust to form on the hives, a factor
of 2008 was much better for colony with a small cluster of winter bees can that can be deadly.
survival than 2007. Average loss for be minimized if the winter bees are
the province was about 30% compared healthy. Healthy winter bees are long The summer following the poor spring,
to 61% for the year before. In 2007 living and able to raise young bees in mites are usually in low numbers
some beekeepers experienced losses the spring. The health of our bees has because of the small amount of brood
of 60-80 percent with some at 100 been deteriorating since the arrival of in the colonies and splitting. However
percent. tracheal mites and varroa mites. Before the next spring, when the colonies
the mites arrived, viruses, bacteria and are stronger and have early brood,
After speaking to beekeepers in other fungi were not much of a problem. the mite count is much higher. These
parts of Canada and the US there Now however, these pathogens enter pathogenic mites, mainly varroa, can
seems to be a pattern of over wintering the bees through the puncture wounds increase to very high numbers over
hive survival and losses. This pattern from the mites and shorten the life of summer so by fall the winter bees
can occur within areas or in individual the honey bee by half. Many of the are severely damaged. When these
operations in the same area. It is called winter bees do not survive, as they damaged winter bees meet with a
“an every other year” or “18 month should, till spring making the winter harsher than average winter, the result
cycle”. It starts with colonies wintering cluster smaller. It is important to is a very high loss situation, such as
poorly for various reasons producing have varroa and tracheal mites under occurred in 2007.
a higher than average winter loss. control in summer. By fall the damage
Throughout the following spring and has been done to the wintering bees So as we enter the second summer of
summer colonies build up well with and it is too late for wintering success. the 18 month cycle, we should always
splits being taken to recover the winter be vigilant, watching our varroa mite
loss. The beekeeper takes extra care It is important to have an adequate levels. It is also important to watch for
of rebuilding colonies—possibly with number of winter bees. Care must congestion of honey in the brood area
new queens and clean equipment. The be taken in summer not to allow the during August and September.
next winter and spring the colonies are brood area of the hive to be filled with
strong with less than average losses. honey. This reduces the area the queen As we gain better knowledge of varroa
Another good summer seems to be has to lay which in turn reduces the mite controls along with better colony
underway. Confident that the colonies number of winter bees that hatch. management we will be able to level
are strong, the beekeeper reduces out our winter losses and break out of
monitoring and preventative treatment. the “every other year” syndrome.
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Forging a New Direction
Prepared by Green Isle Consulting Inc., Victoria BC
Over the past three years the Canadian New national office • Be primarily a producer
Honey Council has re-invented itself to Canadian Honey Council has a full- organization
meet significant challenges facing the time Chief Executive Officer. The • Acknowledge that the industry is
Canadian honey bee industry. Major national office is in Calgary and broader than just beekeepers
contributions of time and energy from is supported by a part-time office New board of directors
industry stakeholders working in manager and others, across the
focus groups, committees, provincial country, working at distance for the Each member organization has at
associations, the project steering CHC. least one representative on the CHC
committee and the CHC Board of Board of Directors. Directors elect
Directors has resulted in a revitalized, Guiding Principles members of the Executive (Chair,
restructured, and more sustainable • Make optimum use of technology Vice-Chair, Treasurer and Secretary).
organization better positioned to serve Directors may serve 3 consecutive 2-
• Be near a national transportation
the industry. year terms. Board effectiveness and
the responsibilities of Directors are
New membership defined in the new Board Manual.
Canadian Honey Council, the national
voice of the Canadian honey bee The CHC is now an “organization Guiding Principles
industry, is dedicated to building of organizations” and membership • Limit CHC Board Directors
a dynamic and prosperous honey is defined in new by-laws and to board members of member
bee industry that promotes “100% policy. Policy ensures that producer organizations
Canadian” and acts as the instrument organizations hold a majority of • Expect Directors to represent
for achieving a sustainable Canadian positions on the Board; however, other the views of their organization
honey bee industry in the global organizations who wish to join may and the Board to act in the best
economy. apply for membership and will be interests of the national industry
considered by the Board in accordance • Consult industry stakeholders not
Guiding Principles: with membership policy. on the Board
• Continue to serve the Canadian
honey bee industry. Guiding Principles
• Be the definitive unified national • Provide benefits to the members
voice of the industry. of member organizations
• Represent the Canadian honey
bee industry as a whole while
Letter to the editor
respecting regional differences .
New roles Save the Bees - Donation to Research
Roles of the Board and Executive are Dear Sir/Madam,
stated in new by-laws approved by
Corporations Canada. I am not a BEE keeper, just a lover of bees, distressed ones
Roles of Board Standing Committees
and the CEO are detailed in policy I hope that the Government have the sense (as if!) to contribute
and protocols contained in the Board large sums of cash for research.
Please accept my donation to the CBRF.
• Undertake only roles that serve the yours sincerely
• Lead, encourage and support
12 May 2009 HiveLights
• Communicate in School Kits for Grades
serve the membership
New participation English and French, as 1 – 12, participation
and advance the
appropriate in American Bee
Members of member Federation Trade
New operating budget • Ensure that Show)
encouraged to participate in: The operating budget is FOOD SAFETY -
other events generate
primarily supported by top quality products
• national research revenue for the
member organizations. The that instil consumer
symposia; operating budget
CHC Board determines confidence (CBISQT
• ad hoc committees; Strategic priorities Good Practices
member fees based on
• stakeholder meetings. Manual, Product
a formula that includes Traceablity Proposal)
Individual beekeepers are the number of Directors The CHC is now acting on
expected to make their and hive numbers in four strategic priorities: • LABOUR and
priorities clear to their own each province (using • HIVE HEALTH - people to work in the
organizations so that each StatCan data). How thriving, productive industry now and
CHC Director is informed each organization pays livestock (Hive Health in future (Foreign
enough to make sound its fees is left entirely to Baseline, Management Worker Program
decisions on behalf of the its own discretion. Fiscal and Stock Proposal, Beekeeper
entire industry. responsibility is held by Replacement Research and Worker Training
the Board and once the Proposal, Oxalic Proposal)
Guiding Principles annual budget is approved Acid Registration,
Battery Box Proposal,
• Offer a wide range by the Board, the CEO is Assistance for CHC
Proposal for Bees on
of opportunities responsible to manage it. A restructuring was provided
for participation in new Sponsorship Program by Agriculture Agri-Food
activities has been established • MARKET ACCESS/SHARE Canada.
- increased demand
• Decision-making is the to encourage other
that supports better
responsibility of the organizations to support the prices (Pierre the Bear,
Board work of the CHC. CHC
projects are often funded by
New communication Agriculture and Agri-Food
Hivelights and CHC Canada.
websites have been
enhanced. Directors Guiding Principles
are expected to ensure • Secure funding for the
communication with their operating budget from
own organizations is
accurate and regular. The
CEO communicates with • Seek additional funding BOX 316, AUSTIN, MANITOBA
the Boards of member for special projects from Toll-free 1-866-800-2077
organizations and others governments, allied Phone: (204) 637-2277 Fax: (204) 637-2033
through a new monthly industries and others Murray or Adam Lewis
newsletter Bee-TALK. The
New conferences QUALIT Y WOODENWARE B OXES,
national office distributes
Hivelights to members of The new policy defines FRAMES, ET C., AND PINE LUMBER
member organizations. CHC’s role in national Unassembled, Assembled
events such as conferences and/or Wax-dipped
Policy is in place for and research symposia as Food-Grade Finish
external and internal assisting with planning
communication. and promotion. When Also available at all " Bee Maid "
CHC enters “event” Bee Supply Outlets
Guiding Principles partnerships, e.g. with Call for Pricing
• Establish and use provincial associations, this Please order well in advance.
proper channels of role is defined in a letter of
communication understanding. BEEKEEPERS
BUILDING FOR BEEKEEPERS.
accurately, openly and Guiding Principles
in a timely manner • Assist with conferences
and other events that
HiveLights May 2009 13
Plants For Bees:
Apple Douglas Clay, Research Scientist, Calgary AB
coronaria (L.) Mill.) from southwestern
Ontario. Many other species have been
introduced. Crab apples tend to be cross
fertile and freely hybridize. Authorities
recognize approximately 800 crab apple
Malus spp is a deciduous tree growing
to about 5 to 8 m while some crab
apples and varieties of domestic apples
are dwarf and even ‘vine’ type trees.
The prairie crab apple (Malus ioensis
(Wood.) Britt.) is large and grows to 9
Common Name: Apple m in height while many other species are
the fruit. Researchers have even found smaller. Generally the apple is a multi-
the charred remains of apples at a stone stemmed tree with a spreading rounded
age village in Switzerland. crown. The branches bear showy white
Scientific Name:Malus domestica flowers from mid April to early June.
Borkh. (sometimes listed as Pyrus sp.) Canadian Distribution:
Individual trees bloom from 2 to 14 days
Although apples are Canada’s most with a mean of about 9 days. The five
important tree fruit crop, we do not petal blossoms are white to pink, fragrant
make the top 10 of apple producing and in a flat-topped showy cluster. Some
countries. Production is approximately varieties flower in alternate years. The
a half million tons annually – about 1% apple fruit can be yellow to green to red
Apples and crab apples are members of worlds crop. Ontario, B.C. and the depending on the variety. Crab apple
of the same genus, Malus spp. all of the Maritimes are the major apple regions of fruit are from 1 to 3 cm across while
Rosaceae family. The domestic apple is Canada. domestic apples can be >12 cm. The fruit
believed to be native to the Caucasus matures August to October.
mountain region bordering southeastern The Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom
Europe and western Asia near the Festival in Nova Scotia is one of a The bark is red-brown to dark gray with
modern city of Alma-Ata, Kazakhstan. number of springtime celebrations based small narrow scales. The twigs are also
Some believe the crab apple (Malus on apples. red-brown to gray with numerous short
sieversii (Ledeb.) M. Roem.) is the lateral shoots, some bearing terminal
original source of the domestic apple. European settlers brought apple seeds thorns. Leaves of the apple are alternate,
and trees with them to the New World. dark green, elliptical, and up to 10
The apple was historically one of the Apple trees from France were growing centimetres long. The edges are toothed
first fruits to be cultivated. Possibly the in Annapolis Royal, NS as early as 1635. along the irregular lobes.
most common fruit in the world (at least In 1796, John McIntosh discovered a
in temperate climates). Apples come in a variety of apple in Ontario that is today
wide variety of sizes and colors. Though enjoyed by people around the world--the Apples prefer full sun. They can tolerate
a temperate fruit, a select few varieties McIntosh apple! a wide range of soil types (pH 5.0 to 7.5
can be grown in subtropical and tropical – preferred 5.5 to 6.5). Most ‘wild’ crab
climates. Twenty to thirty species of crab apples apple grow in moist, open woodlands
occur in the temperate regions of North often along lakesides and stream banks.
The Greeks were growing several America, Europe and Asia. Two are The plant requires good drainage.
varieties of apples by the late 300’s BC, native to Canada, the Pacific crab apple
and later the ancient Romans also grew (Malus fusca (Raf.) Schneid) from
BC and the sweet crab apple (Malus
14 May 2009 HiveLights
Honey bees pollinating apple
flowers in Nova Scotia’s
There are over 7,500 cultivars of apples, Apple blossom honey is a light golden good year a colony can increase from 1.3
each with a different range of preferred color and may have a hint of apple in its to 3.6 kg/day but there are many years
habitat. The average apple tree needs scent. Apple blossoms are an important when the gain is negligible.
750-1000 hours of chilling each winter source of nectar during the spring in
in order to ensure flowering. Chilling southern Canada and in the northern Reference:
is defined as temperatures between USA. Bees collect both nectar and Anon. 2009. Apple. Wikipedia. Available at:
0°C and 8°C. Temperatures below 0°C pollen from the apple blossom. This can http:// en.wikipedia.org / wiki / Apple . (Accessed
have no effect on chilling hours, while produce an early spring honey crop, 8/04/2009.)
temperatures above 8°C have a negative often mixed with dandelion honey. It Cole, T. (1996). Gardening with trees and shrubs
effect, resulting in the tree needing granulates quickly. The nectar is one of in Ontario, Quebec, and the northeastern US.
Whitecap Books, Toronto, Canada. 215pp.
additional chilling hours for proper the highest in sugar content - over 50%.
flowering. Lovell, H.B. (1977). Honey plants. Gleanings in Bee
Culture. Medina, USA. 96pp.
Although the harvest is variable,
Methods of Reproduction and Spread: Ramsay, J. (1987). Plants for Beekeeping in Canada
colonies can collect up to 45 kg per
Apples can be bought as bare root, colony from apple blossom. During a and the northern uSA. IBRA, Cardiff, UK. 198pp.
potted, or balled small tees from
nurseries. Most domestic varieties are
grafted to hardy root stock, but apples
can also be grown from seed, and seeds
are often the source of new varieties. Canada’s Favourite Apples
Root pruned trees transplant most easily. Since the 1980’s many new varieties of apples are being grown. These
include Gala, Fuji, Ambrosia, etc. and have supplemented and in some cases
replaced the old favorites such as McIntosh, Spartan, Red and Golden Delicious,
Because many of the cultivated crops in Gravenstein, Cortland, Jonagold, etc.
Canada are not native to the America’s,
native pollinators are often inefficient The crab apples were an important fruit for native peoples with access to them.
or unsuitable. Thus honey bees (Apis They were harvested in the late summer and early fall and either eaten fresh or
mellifera L.) native to Europe are often stored under water. Because of their acidity, the apples did not require further
used to pollinate crops such as apples preservation.
introduced from these same regions.
HiveLights May 2009 15
New folding container system for decant process, maintaining air free
honey and wax conditions.
Geoff Todd, Canadian Honey Council, Calgary AB Identification
Containers have large areas for
TOTE SOLUTIONS LTD of damage and can also be heated if labelling and offer a number of ID
Abbotsford, British Columbia has required. options including bar code marking.
announced two new container • Sight gauge provides visual check Filling
solutions for packing bulk honey for on liquid level.
shipping. Various connectors are available for
Heating attachment to filling lines, ensuring
LIQUIFOLD 65 Intermediate bulk a sealed and sterile fill. Liners are
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in the honey and food industry the
container provides an Eco friendly, Stacking Locks ensure the cover and
cost saving and logistically efficient skid interlock when stacked, allowing
solution for honey and wax handling. a safe self supporting column in
It has been designed to compete with storage and distribution.
cardboard totes, but offers a stronger
package which is not susceptible LiquiFold O.T. (one trip) Intermediate
to moisture and can be reused if bulk container provides an economic
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Benefits to Honey & Wax producers: container is disposable or reusable and
• Simplifies handling throughout weather resistant.
the logistics process.
It presents a safe, strong, one trip
• Significantly reduces packaging
costs compared to traditional answer for the transportation of honey.
alternatives. Liquifold OT is:
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waste and associated costs. and environmentally friendly.
Liquifold is easily emptied using • Supplied flat packed to reduce
• Flat pack ability reduces space aseptic valve/cutter systems, which storage and transport costs and
and costs during storage and
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16 May 2009 HiveLights
Vita Research Awards
Vita (Europe) Ltd Press Release
The Vita research award, valued at
around Euros 10,000, was launched
in 2005 with well-known beekeeper
President Viktor Yuschenko of
Vita Research Awards help unscramble (Europe) Ltd said: “The biannual the Ukraine as patron. The first
and combat the current honeybee crisis international Vita Research award award was made to Dr Alexandros
2009 Award to develop a green biotech series which we launched in 2005 is Papachristoforou of the Aristotle
anti-varroa product exceeding the hopes we had for it. University of Thessaloniki for his
The two completed studies thus far work on chalkbrood control. He
2007 Award highlights the global
have produced vital information with discovered that Apiguard, a varroa
spread of viruses
practical implications for treatment. control product, also had a major
A project to develop a new, green bio- inhibitory effect upon chalkbrood
“As the largest dedicated honeybee
control agent to combat the varroa and this finding has given beekeepers
health company in the world, we
mite that is decimating the world’s another weapon in their armoury in
are eager to foster much-needed
honeybee colonies has won the Vita fighting chalkbrood which in many
new research to combat threats to
2009 Research Award. Meantime, the parts of the world debilitates and even
honeybees. The next award will
results of the Vita 2007 award have kills honeybee colonies.
be in 2011 and I would encourage
just been released providing further
researchers across the world to For more information
evidence that three viruses, almost
consider making an application and to http://www.vita-europe.com/
certainly induced by the varroa mite,
talk to us soon.”
are implicated in honeybee losses
across the globe.
The 2009 Vita Research Award is
being awarded to a team of researchers Doug McRory Retires as Ontario’s
at the University of Parma, Italy.
They have already discovered several Provincial Apiculturist
fungi that can kill varroa and their
next crucial step, for which Vita has Heather Clay, CEO, Canadian Honey Council, Calgary AB
awarded the research prize, is to
ensure that the fungi are perfectly safe After 24 years as Ontario’s Provincial Apiculturist Doug McRory
for bees and will be effective in the has announced his retirement. Doug is a graduate of University of
warm, humid environment of the hive. Guelph specializing in apiculture and entomology. He went on to
become provincial apiculturist in Manitoba 1967-1971. For a period
Meanwhile, the results of the 2007 of twelve years he was a commercial beekeeper but gave it up to
Vita Research Award, just announced, become Provincial Apiculturist for Ontario in 1985. Throughout the
provide important further evidence years he has been dedicated to the honey bee industry and always
that three viruses implicated in kept the beekeepers at heart. His close friend Medhat Nasr says,
the demise of honeybee colonies “Doug was not one of a clique. He always did what he thought was
are global rather than regional in best for the industry, even if it went against the thinking of the day.
distribution. Working in Jordan, His colleagues respected him and government officials in Ottawa
Dr Nizar Haddad applied the latest valued his advice. He knew how to work with the system rather
molecular (DNA) techniques to detect than against it, to get the best results for the benefit of beekeepers.
honeybee viruses. With the first work Doug pushed for registration of useful
of its type in the region, he showed chemicals and made the connections
that three of the six main honeybee with the companies that were able to
viruses were widespread in Jordan make it happen. He was very good for
– and by implication in neighbouring the industry in every way”.
countries. These three viruses – Acute
Bee Paralysis Virus, Sac Brood Virus, Although Doug was active in assisting
and Deformed Wing Virus – never industry to get access to chemicals for
before conclusively identified as being the treatment of varroa and tracheal
widespread in Jordan have been mites, he was acutely aware that this
implicated in recent colony deaths in is a short term solution. The long
many other parts of the globe. term solution is bee breeding and
Jeremy Owen, Sales Director of Vita stock improvement. To accomplish P pg 18
HiveLights May 2009 17
this he spent a great deal City of Vancouver supplies free condos to
of time promoting the
Buckfast bee program boost urban bee population
in Ontario, encouraging
Russian honey bee By Gerry Bellett, Vancouver Sun
stocks as a commercial
enterprise, lobbying for
and maintaining Canada’s
best inspection program,
establishing the successful
Ontario Tech Transfer
Program and working
with key beekeepers to
put Ontario at the top of
Canada’s bee breeding
industry. The CHC
recognized his efforts with
the Fred Rathje Award in
Anyone who travels with
Doug has observed his
connections. He knows the
majority of beekeepers in
Ontario and many across
Canada. He is welcome in
their home and he has met
most of their families. He
knows the best places to VANCOUVER — A organically without the use Within the last month, 53
eat for the best price and $90,000 project to increase of pesticides, Rosen said. large condos, 50 of them
he is always sought after the bee population in capable of housing 72 bees
to speak at beekeeper’s Vancouver is underway with “They are expected to each, and three super-sized
meetings. To be on Doug’s volunteers now monitoring monitor the colony and see hives which will be home
large email list is to be part 53 new colonies of mason how the bees are doing and to 720 bees each, have
of his extended family. bees, living in their own how many cavities in the been placed in public areas
Beekeepers have been his “bee condos” in various condo are filled,” he said. around Vancouver.
life and life will be very parks and public spaces
different for him now around the city. “It’s pesticides which are The largest are a pagoda-
that he is stepping aside. killing bees, so we want to shaped hive in Stanley Park
The Canadian Honey The program began last encourage people to garden near the Rose Garden, one
Council wishes him the year with 100 mason-bee organically.” resembling a Yaletown
best and offers Doug a condos being distributed condo in Jericho Park and
heart felt thanks from all to homeowners for Rosen said the urban apiary a pyramid-style structure in
beekeepers in Canada for placing in backyards, said project was inspired by the Everett Crowley Park.
his important work, his Hartley Rosen, manager news that bee populations
mentoring and his pride in of Environmental Youth across North America are in That’s 8,000 bees spread
doing the right thing. Alliance, the volunteer decline. across a whole city, but
organization that is Rosen said the hope is that
responsible for the initiative. “We do a lot of hands-on the bees will reproduce.
work with youth and this
Residents taking a colony was a project to create
of 36 bees were expected awareness about the need to
to plant pollen-rich, encourage the growth of bee
bee-friendly plants and populations in urban areas,”
fruit trees and to garden he said.
18 May 2009 HiveLights
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Proven success for all achieved through partnering
Sally Huffman Brown, OBA Marketing and Media Coordinator,
In this economic challenging time looked like it was destined to be and honest relationship and the best
creative methods of finding some axed until an offer came to OBA customer service available. “I believe
financial support for agriculture from Heather. Heather states that, that keeping my customers happy,
producer associations has been “I adore dealing with honey people keeps everyone happy, enthusiastic
recently achieved utilizing existing and the industry as a whole. It has and energetic;” states Heather.
relationships and always been a
the belief that joy to work with It certainly seems to be working for
helping partners these customers. everyone since OBA and Dominion
will help everyone Since Dominion and Grimm are both happy with what
at the end of the and Grimm has Heather has been able to provide to
day. always been the industry and to her employer.
innovative and Tim Greer, President of OBA states,
Showcasing has a history of “The agreement with Heather and
this philosophy, giving back to Dominion and Grimm is beneficial
the Ontario its customers it to everyone and the industry is
Beekeepers’ was not hard to appreciative of this offer from Heather
Association (OBA) convince my boss since she will be administrating the
and Heather Clark, Heather Clark, Dominion and Grimm, has that by offering sales, delivery and customer service
sales representative arranged a container sales incentive program for an incentive of the OBA skep bottles while still
of Dominion and payment back to providing OBA with an incentive
Grimm, have OBA from sales payment.”
developed an arrangement where of the OBA skep bottle was a win,
industry has offered to support win situation. Everyone benefits and Dominion and Grimm just announced
agriculture. the customers are happy with this that Heather will be their new
arrangement.” representative for Western Canada.
The new arrangement replaces a OBA has now fully launched the
previous one where OBA’s delivery Heather came to Dominion and incentive program and feedback from
of their honey skep bottle was sold Grimm after working 15 years within the Ontario industry has been positive.
to producers and packers through the packaging industry as a buyer. Details of the offer can be found on
the OBA office. With increasing The experiences she gained have the OBA website at: http://www.
administration and delivery costs, helped her to be an excellent sales rep ontariobee.com/index.php?action=disp
selling through the OBA office was no for the Ontario industry because she lay&cat=15
longer feasible. The whole program believes that every customer should
get the best pricing, through an open
20 May 2009 HiveLights
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HiveLights May 2009 21
BeeCause – Canadian Artists Raising
Money for Bee Research
Robin Honey, Honey Design, London, ON
Honey Design is a London, 2009. On the evening of research to solve this problem through
Ontario, based marketing and September 17, 2009 Honey the Canadian Bee Research Fund.
communications company. Design will host a special www.honeycouncil.ca/index.php/bee_
Our philosophy is that clients event, auctioning the artwork research_fund_donations.
should not be separated live, by telephone and
from the creative process online. The exhibition and
and that good ideas always auction will be in support • The maximum dimension for
come from collaboration. To of London’s arts incubator, artwork is 24x36 inches
celebrate Honey Design’s The Arts Project, and the • Selected artists to receive 30% of
20th anniversary, our hive hatched a Canadian Bee Research Fund, a the purchase price or a tax receipt
creative idea. We chose to celebrate Canadian research initiative focussing for the full value.
creativity across multiple channels on the disappearance of honeybees. • Complete the online entry form
in support of two organizations that at www.beecause.ca and upload a
About the Arts Project photograph of your work online
we care about, The Arts Project and
the Canadian Bee Research Fund. The Arts Project is a very unique no later than June 30, 2009.
Because we care about the arts and organization in the London community • Uploaded submissions must be in
we care about honeybees we are as it is the means through which .jpg, .gif, or .png format.
holding an exhibition called BeeCause. hundreds of artists of all disciplines • Maximum file size is 300 dpi, or
The exhibition’s theme is honey and are offered an opportunity to develop no larger than 2 MB
the creative direction is indicative of and showcase their work. The main • Be aware that the artwork image
Honey Design’s philosophy: Truly goal of The Arts Project is to give will be viewed by judges online
innovative creativity comes from a artists the support to be creative and for selection and inclusion in the
clear statement of purpose without develop their work and to offer them exhibition and auction.
unnecessary restrictions. an outlet for which they can share that • Be aware that by submitting
work with the community. Visit www. artwork photography and
artsproject.ca photgraphs online, the artist/
Artists of all kinds, across Canada are photographer is granting Honey
About The Canadian Bee Research Fund
invited to enter this juried exhibition Design permission to use the
and auction celebrating the theme of Honeybees, via pollination, are images to promote BeeCause.
honey. Submitted artwork must be responsible for 15 to 30% of the food • Artists whose work is selected
inspired by honey, in all its forms. we eat. But in the last two years the for exhibition and auction will be
From beeswax to honeycombs, and domesticated honeybee population notified on July 30, 2009.
queen bees to killer bees, anything - which most farmers depend on • Those artists and photographers
related to honey is encouraged. Any for pollination - has suffered annual whose work is selected must
media is acceptable from photography colony losses averaging 28 to 35% deliver their work, protected from
to painting, drawing to sculpture, with some regions of the country handling, by September 14, 2009
and mixed media. All entries will be experiencing losses in excess of 60% to: The Arts Project , 203 Dundas
displayed online, and the judges’ top of their colonies. Research is key to Street, London, Ontario, Canada
selections will be invited for exhibition determining why this is happening. N6A 1G4, 519-642-2767
and auction at the gala celebration at The Canadian Honey Council, the
The Arts Project. industry group representing both For more information please contact:
commercial and hobby beekeepers, Liisa Sheldrick, Honey Design, 519-
BeeCause ,the exhibition, will take and Canadian Association of 679-6755 ext. 213
place at The Arts Project from Professional Apiculturists supports firstname.lastname@example.org
September 14, 2009 - September 26,
or visit BeeCause at www.beecause.ca
22 May 2009 HiveLights
From September 15th to 20th
2009, Apimondia will welcome
you to Montpellier in the south of
France for its 41st Congress.
encounters, scientific conferences
and techincal exchange will make
Apimondia 2009 a worthwhile
and unique experience for
For your registration visit :
(Size: 2 7/8” x 4”, 1,000 labels per roll)
Pierre says: “Be proud of your Canadian Honey and
place a label on each container you ship”.
Labels are available from:
Provincial Beekeeping Associations or BeeMaid Honey.
$400.00 plus GST per roll
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The proof is in the frame! Above, picture taken
Made from 100% Natural Vegetable Ingredients February 14, 2008 (TX)
Below, picture taken March
Contains: 18, 2008 (TX)
No Pollen - No Hive Products - No Animal Products
- No Soy Products - No Chemicals
Formulated to closely emulate the natural diet of
Available Dry and in Patties
Ellingson’s Inc. – 1.888.273.2300
Cell - 1.320.760.6769
Classifieds: Hive Equipment and Radial Arm Saws : Ethelbert (MB)
800 1 gallon feeder pails $2.00 each,
Help Wanted 13 wood boxes for pails $50.00 each,
Full Time Seasonal Beekeeper Assistants wanted - Carlisle (ON) 225 supers 20 3/8 x 16 5/8 $4.00 each
March through October. Beeyard and honey house work. Heavy lifting, 580 single stack honey pallets $4.00 each
No bee sting allergies please. Send resume to John Van Alten, Dutchman’s
5000 lb 4 x 4 beam scale $500.00
Gold Inc., 300 Carlisle Rd., Carlisle ON L0R 1H2 or email info@
dutchmansgold.com 7” Delta Radial Arm Saw single phase with stand $200.00
20” DeWalt Radial Arm Saw 38” travel three phase with stand $3500.00
Wanted to Buy
Poitras Shaper single phase new motor & starter switch $2000.00
Cowand spinner and horizontal extractor, 60 frames or more, self loading/ Contact: Bruce, at Podolski honey Farms 204 672 0036, or
unloading. Also truck with beekeeper crane. Call Victor 613-596-5975
Borage and buckwheat honey wanted. 100% pure honey. We are just north
of Toronto. Call Henry Nauta, Penauta Products Inc. Phone 905-640-1564 Best cut comb honey trays (340g) Tight Snap-on clear plastic lid, cream
or fax 905-640-7479 coloured base. Sold coast to coast by mail. Contact NOD Apiary Products,
877-483-2929 or email info@NODApiaryProducts.com.
4-frame nucs available mid-May, queen cells ready for pick-up June
and July, mated queens shipped from mid-June to September. Contact
For all your foundation needs, any size wired or without, organic or
Phil Laflamme, RR 3, Lanark, Ontario, KOG 1KO. (613)267-4614 or
conventional, place orders by phone 780-835-2115 or fax 780-835-2873 or
24 May 2009 HiveLights
FOR ALL GOOD THINGS IN LIFE
HONEY APPLES BLUEBERRIES
CANOLA SEED CANDLES COSMETICS & MANY MORE
THANK A BEEKEEPER Honey Bees are Angels of Agriculture.
Honey Bees increase the production of fruits, vegetables
and seed crops by two to four times- a value of over one
billion dollars annually.
Honey Bees pollinate thousands of acres of Apple,
Blueberry Canola and other flowering crops important to
Honey Bee pollination results in one third of the food we
Honey Bees contribute to a healthy lifestyle by giving us
natural, unrefined sugars and minerals for a balanced diet.
Honey is a highly digestible energy food for athletes.
Honey is antibiotic and does not need special storage.
Honey is useful for the treatment of wounds and burns.
Honey is used to make Mead, an ancient drink also called
Pollen is collected by honey bees from flowers. It is a
nutritious mix of proteins, vitamins and minerals that can
be eaten as a health supplement.
Beeswax is secreted from glands of the honey bee. This
natural wax is used by honey bees to form honeycomb and
by industry for making candles, cosmetics, skin balm and
Pierre the Bear, the Canadian Honey Council’s mascot for Pure lotions.
Honey 100% Canadian, asks everyone to help save our honey bees. Honey production has zero carbon emission and a positive
impact on the environment.
FOR MORE INFORMATION WWW.HONEYCOUNCIL.CA Honey purchased locally supports local beekeepers and
helps keep our rural communities vibrant.
SAVE OUR POLLINATORS
REDUCE OR ELIMINATE THE USE OF INSECTICIDES
If necessary, spray only at night when honey bees are not around
If spraying a crop, call your local beekeeper and let them know
Always read the label and apply insecticides with caution.
PLANT FLOWERS ATTRACTIVE TO HONEY BEES
BUY LOCAL PURE HONEY 100% CANADIAN
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T PLAN NOW
he Canadian Beekeeping Annual
Convention will be held in Orlando Florida
January 12-16, 2010.
It will be held at the same time as the 2010 North
American Beekeeping Conference.
Westjet offers 10% discount off regular air fares to
Location is the Wyndham Orlando Resort, in the Orlando for convention attendees.
heart of Orlando’s Tourist Attractions. Quote promo code QC#6028 when booking.
There are numerous restaurants within walking
distance. The hotel grounds are a tropical isle.
Shuttle service to all the entertainment parks.
Make it a family trip.
Special room rates ($119.00 US) are available when
booking rooms by mentioning you are attending the
North American Beekeeping Conference.
Wyndham Orlando Resort
8001 International Drive
Orlando, FL. 32819
Platinum ($20,000.00): Gold (15,000.00): Silver ($10,000.00): Bronze ($5,000.00):
• sponsor status at • sponsor status at • sponsor status at • sponsor status at
ChC events ChC events ChC events ChC events
• Official recognition • Official recognition • Official recognition • Official recognition
in ChC publications in ChC publications in ChC publications in ChC publications
• plaque in • plaque in • plaque in • plaque in
appreciation of being appreciation of being appreciation of being appreciation of being
a sponsor a sponsor a sponsor a sponsor
• Recognition in • Recognition in • Recognition in
ChC’s monthly ChC’s monthly ChC’s monthly
newsletter newsletter newsletter
• Preferred and large • Preferred and large The Canadian Honey
location at annual location at annual Council, as the national
trade shows trade shows voice of the Canadian honey bee industry, has served the
• Registration for • Registration for industry for more than 50 years. During this long history
research symposium research symposium the Council has been supported by generous donations
from many individuals and organizations. To strengthen
• opportunity to meet its relationships with current sponsors and encourage
with the board new sponsors, the Canadian Honey Council has created a
Sponsorship Program to offer individuals and organizations opportunities to support the
national organization and receive specified benefits and recognition in return.
The purpose of the Program is to expand participation to those who wish to demonstrate their support for the day to-day
work of the Canadian Honey Council.
There are several types of sponsorships and the benefits vary with each.
We need your support. If you would like to be a sponsor of the Canadian Honey Council please contact
our office or call 403-208-0330.
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GIVE YOUR BEES THE BEST NUTRITION!
Bees require proper nutrition to produce new bees and to
increase longevity. Here at Mann Lake we have been
involved in bee nutrition for over 20 years - supplying the best feed products
at the most economical prices available!
Don’t be taken in by hype and high prices.
Nutrition is based on good science.
• Bee-Pro® gives your bees the best nutrients available for the production of
• Bee-Pro® is a high protein pollen substitute which supplies the lipids, miner-
als, and B-complex vitamins honeybees need to produce
• Bee-Pro® is specially formulated for the commercial
beekeeper feeding syrup as the source of carbohydrates
in the bee’s diet.
• Bee-Pro® can be fed in dry form in a feeder box placed
in the yard or made into patties by mixing with high
fructose corn syrup or sugar syrup and placed in the
• Bee-Pro® is free of all contaminants. Natural pollens
may contain pesticide residue and disease carrying
• Bee-Pro® can be used for building colonies in late winter or early spring, to
prepare for pollination and to maintain or increase brood production prior to
and after honey flow.
Save time and money with our pre-made supplement pat-
ties. They can go from box to hive in seconds! Feed your
bees in early spring and fall to increase colony numbers.
(204) 783-2240 800-880-7694
Alberta Honey Producers Mann Lake Ltd.
(780) 962-5573 www.mannlakeltd.com
Fully reconditioned and #1 Quality Export Drums - Offering
custom trucking across western Canada and western states.
Office/Cory 250-499-5773 - Lee 250-499-5753 -
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5011 Bella Vista Road Re-sellers Wanted
Vernon, B.C. V1H 1A1 Specialty Honey, Pollen,
Phone 250 542-8088 Propolis, Royal Jelly,
email: email@example.com Filtered Beeswax
VANCOuVER ISLAND APIARy SuPPLy
Beekeeping Supplies Equipment & Glassware
Larry & Marilyn Lindahl
6456 Cowichan Valley Hwy
PO Box 1491 - Lake Cowichan BC V0R 2G0 -Canada
250-749-3800 - www.thebeestore.com
Custom Pollen cleaning and
Fresh frozen pollen available
Nutrition Purchase of Canadian Pollen
Call Danny or Ginette Paradis
Tel. (780) 359-2772, Fax (780) 359-2773
PO Box 30 Watino, Alberta T0H 3R0
Please order early
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Box 1169, Nipawin SK S0E 1E0
Producers of Northern Blossom Honey
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