ARMCHAIR MAYOR: Make Ottawa a 'bee' city

By Julianne Labreche, Ottawa Citizen, July 17, 2018

This fall, citizens of Ottawa elect a new city council. To help local candidates, the Citizen asked people for ONE idea that would make the city a better place. Today, we get the buzz from Julianne Labreche, a member of the Master Gardeners of Ottawa-Carleton. 

Let’s give Ottawa official status as a Bee City, joining the growing ranks of Canadian cities already onboard.

Bees, as the saying goes, need a swarm of support these days. These important pollinators face many threats: habitat loss, pesticide use, climate change, pests and diseases. We depend on bees for food.  Bees pollinate about 85 per cent of our flowering plants, including many fruits and vegetables that we eat everyday.

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