Efforts of Awakening News and Bee City representatives recognised by
Alderman Mike McCann as Barrie is officially presented with its ‘Bee City’ status
Awakening News (AWN) staff report
BARRIE, July 24, 2019—AWN Associate Editor John Devine was among those recognised for the promotion of the Bee Cities program Wednesday July 24 at Barrie City Hall. Bee City Canada Director Shelly Candel also was on hand to present Barrie with its Bee City designation, which was received by Alderman Mike McCann.
This designation means Barrie will join hands with other recently-named Bee Cities (e.g. Orillia and Severn Township in Ontario) to aid in the growing effort to plant and nurture vegetation friendly to bees, as well as other pollinators such as butterflies.
The urgent need to reverse the widespread collapse of bee colonies, so as to protect the vital role pollinators play in the human food supply, is the chief goal of the program—which also includes determining the causes of colony collapse. The Bee City program is happening across Canada, the U.S. and beyond.
Devine was elated to receive the recognition on behalf of AWN’s leading efforts among media to get the word out about Bee City Canada.
Also on hand was Orillia-area activist Jeannine Hutty, who has been instrumental in bringing together various environmental groups according to their common interest in Bee Cities. One of those environmental groups supporting Orillia’s participation in the Bee Cities program is Sustainable Orillia.
Devine informed Mr. McCann: “This is an international effort, which really took off with Awakening News’ Bee City article about the participation of the city of Beaumont, Texas last year.”
As the get-together at Barrie City Hall wrapped up, there was tentative talk of creating a regional “Bee City Corridor” that would link the existing Bee City neighbors of Severn and Orillia with Barrie. For that to happen, Oro Medonte Township would have to become a “Bee City.”