The following e-mail arrived in the West Kootenay Beekeepers mailbox:
“Hello lovely bee enthusiasts,
My name is Charlotte Dawe I am the conservation and policy campaigner for the Wilderness Committee.
I wanted to let your group know that right now we have an amazing opportunity to speak up on behalf of bees.
The science is piling up against neonicotinoids (neonics). These pollinator-killing pesticides are causing worldwide bee colony collapse. In Ontario, they contributed to the loss of 58 per cent of bees in a single winter. Our fuzzy, buzzy friends are struggling to survive in neonic-contaminated habitats/environments/landscapes across the continent. It’s time for a Canada-wide ban on neonics!
Right now, Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) is asking for public feedback on new proposals for the use of two neonics (clothianidin and thiamethoxam).The recommendations are weak. We need you to write in and demand better – do it for the bees!
We are hoping your club can help us reach our goal of 1,000 letters to the PMRA telling them to enact a full ban on neonics in Canada.
Below is a link that will take you directly to our easy to use letter writing tool.
I appreciate your time and please contact me with any questions.”
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