How are our bees doing? How did they survive the winter?
These are frequent questions asked of Athena Trastelis (Health, Safety & Environment) and Daniel Langevin (Real Estate Services), who lead the biodiversity program for the Corporation and who are responsible for launching our involvement in the urban beekeeping movement, as announced last year.
Athena explains, “Bees do not hibernate in the winter. Rather, they cluster together and remain active inside the hive to generate heat and keep the colony from freezing. In general, we winterize them by insulating the hive, adding ventilation and maximizing their sun exposure”.
With Spring finally here, we are excited to announce that the hives in Toronto and Montreal are now open, as shown in these photos:
And even more exciting, the program is growing.
- In Toronto and Montreal, two additional hives will be added for a total of 6 hives each.
- Talks are underway to possibly add beehives in our locations in Vancouver, Winnipeg, Regina and Ottawa. We hope to announce the launch of the bee program at each of these sites soon.
- A bee camera has been installed on the rooftop of the Toronto Broadcasting Centre to give employees there a view of what our bees are up to on a daily basis.
This is all joining in with other organizations who are getting involved to help #bringbackthebees.
And in recognition of Earth Day on April 22, we’re asking all employees to acquaint themselves and participate in their local biodiversity projects. Some of you are amateur beekeepers; others grow their own gardens. Whatever you choose to do, do your part and help keep our planet healthy.
CBC/Radio-Canada’s ongoing participation in Earth Day and other environmental activities are featured in our annual environmental report.
– David Oille, Senior Advisor, Strategic Communications, Enterprise Communications