Beekeepers across the country are expressing concern about the effects of a longer, cold winter on their colonies. Those in Ontario are describing the situation as serious. A survey of almost 900 Ontario beekeepers found 70 per cent of them suffered unsustainable losses to their colonies — which is also bad news for vegetable and fruit growers who depend on bees for pollination. Beekeepers in Alberta and Quebec have also experienced noticeable losses because of poor weather.
The survey phase of the Prescott and Russell Opportunities project is now complete, with the eight municipalities of the United Counties of Prescott and Russell having collectively surveyed 562 business owners over a one-year period. According to data provided by municipalities, an additional 74 requests for information or support were also processed during this same survey period. In addition, 38 businesses received emergency support from the project team or the business support network, which consisted of 13 resource organizations. The data will be analyzed over the next two months, then will be published and distributed to participating companies and the public in order to better meet the needs of businesses and industries and assist in their growth.
Ottawa’s transit system will soon begin testing of shields to protect bus drivers. The shields prevent passengers from entering the driver’s space. Clint Crabtree, who heads the union representing O-C Transpo drivers, says there has been a spike in assaults over the last couple of years, ranging from verbal attacks to spitting and physical assaults. Transit riders will begin seeing the protective shields this fall as they are installed on select buses as part of a pilot project.