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1 Energy East -- Approach with Caution Adrian Larose 124
2 Update on Neonicotinoid Ban Michelle McConnell 125
3 To Bee or Not to Bee Ole Hendrickson 7
4 West End Food Coop Opens PERC 105
5 Smart Economics for a Sustainable Future Ole Hendrickson 27
6 Naturalists Club Promotes Science and Nature PERC 20
7 Sustainability in an Eco-village Francella Fiallos 99
8 Wind Power for the Community Francella Fiallos 102
9 Energy East -- A Present Danger David Mills 188
10 Biodome Garden Promotes Food Sustainability Denise Deby 466
11 Eco Leadership for Teens Hilary Samuel 93
12 Media Imperialism: Divide and Rule Ryan Moore 99
13 Gardening For Butterflies Denise Deby 134
14 Nuclear Guardianship Skye Faris 239
15 Protecting the Information Commons Adrian Larose 2074
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Update on Neonicotinoid Ban


by Michelle McConnell


As the summer ends we can say with certainty that it was not a good one for beekeepers. According to a press release from the Ontario Beekeepers Association Ontario, beekeepers lost 58% of their bees last winter. That's more than three times the average for the rest of Canada.

The debate on whether to ban neonicotinoids, which have been found to be harmful to bees, is well underway and has made great progress in the past months. The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food has announced a plan to introduce a licensing system in order to restrict the use of neonicotinoid pesticides. The proposed licensing system is aimed to be implemented for the 2015 growing season and will help to ensure that only farmers who truly need neonicotinoids are the ones that have a right to use them.


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