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Taking Action on Bee Mortalities

Ontario Government Creating Cross-Industry Working Group
July 9, 2013 9:30 a.m.

Ministry of Agriculture and Food

Ontario is bringing together a group of experts to provide advice on how to prevent bee mortalities.

The Bee Health Working Group will be comprised of beekeepers, farmers, agri-business representatives, scientists, and staff from both federal and provincial government agencies. Drawing on a broad range of expertise, the working group will provide recommendations on how to mitigate the potential risk to honey bees from exposure to neonicotinoid -- a pesticide used for corn and soybeans.

The working group will meet for the first time this month and provide its recommendations by spring 2014.

Supporting the province's agri-businesses while protecting the environment is part of the Ontario government's plan to create a fair and prosperous society.... Read more »

What's killing honeybees?

Beekeeper John Van Blyderveen is troubled by the silence in his laneway in Ontario's Oxford County.

The familiar summertime buzz of bees hovering over the lush cherry blossom trees is noticeably absent. The flowers sit untouched.

"This is extremely unusual for this being a bee farm, there are no bees here," Blyderveen says. "This is really sad."

This increasingly familiar scene, which is playing out across North America and Europe, worries beekeepers, farmers and scientists who have been tracking the collapse of honeybee colonies over the past decade.... Read more »

Future of Pickering nuclear plant a hot topic in Durham Region

 

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PICKERING - Those who run Canada’s oldest operating nuclear power plant are seeking to keep it running at least another five years.

But some residents who live within a few kilometres of the Pickering Nuclear Generating Plant are not keen on the idea.

When Michelle Simeunovich first moved to her home, she didn’t think much about the power plant on the other side of Frenchman’s Bay.

Japan’s latest nuclear accident — the 2011 Fukushima disaster — changed that for her.

“Would I buy a home this close to a nuclear plant, knowing what I do now? No,” Simeunovich said.

She says she is concerned about living under the shadow of an aging nuclear station.... Read more »

Pickering nuclear seeks to renew its licence

Ontario’s oldest nuclear plant pleads its case this week for a few more years of active life.

But nuclear skeptics say it’s time to bring down the axe on the Pickering nuclear station.

It’s an old debate that pits hardened nuclear campaigners such as Greenpeace against low-profile supporters such as the Pickering Soccer Club.

It comes to a head because the Pickering station’s operating license runs out this year. But Ontario Power Generation, which owns and operates the plant, wants to keep the station running until about 2020.

The company wants to continue the operation without doing an environmental impact assessment, and without performing a major overhaul of the aging station.... Read more »

 
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