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Honey bees create a buzz in Spallumcheen
Spallumcheen council is all for the honey bee’s survival.
Council unanimously supported a request from Day of the Honey Bee founder Clinton Shane Ekdahl to recognize May 29 as the special day.
“I move that we send a letter of support calling for a provincial and national Day of the Honey Bee,” said Coun. Christine Fraser.
Ekdahl said the potential the national day possesses could stimulate the local economy, farmers markets and fair and produce revenue for local beekeepers.
Across Canada, beekeepers, apiarists, beekeeping associations, farmer’s markets, post-secondary institutions, municipal groups and other individuals have planned activities and events for May 29 and the week surrounding the date to educate and inform the public on the honey bee.
The honey bee, according to Ekdahl, is responsible for 70 per cent of food crop pollination.
GMOs discussed regionally
Council voted unanimously to send a request from a local resident concerning genetically modified organisms (GMOs) to a regional group.
Sherry Roy wrote council asking them to join 12 other B.C. municipalities in banning GMOs.
“I hope and pray that our municipalities are looking at these issues seriously and will also make the decision to ban GMOs in our Okanagan Valley crops, as Cherryville just did,” wrote Roy.
Coun. Christine Fraser motioned to send Roy’s letter to the regional agricultural advisory committee for information.
Provincial funds arrive
The township has received the first installments from the province’s Strategic Community Investment Fund program.
Spallumcheen receives $95,950 from the provincial small community grant and $2,907 in traffic fine revenue.
“Just to remind council, we will receive some $367,000 from the program,” said township chief financial officer Brian Freeman-Marsh.
“This is just the first installment.”