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Our lawsuit on neonics will be heard!

Long-horned bee; Credit: Diana Troya

Today we were granted the right to speak up for Ontario’s wild pollinators. In a David and Goliath scenario, we entered federal court last week to fight for the right to have our case heard.

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Which wild pollinators are in decline and why?


There are 1,000s of wild pollinators in Ontario. Bees and flies are most significant, but butterflies, beetles, wasps, ants, moths and hummingbirds also pollinate plants. It is important to keep this in mind when reading about pollinator decline, which has been a hot news topic for many years.

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Neonics at breakfast

Bumble bee on blossom. Credit: John Vetterli

Carpenter bee on blossom. Credit: John Vetterli

For breakfast this morning, I had the pleasure of attending a science briefing on neonicotinoid insecticides (neonics) presented by Dr. Jean-Marc Bonmatin, vice-chair of the international Task Force on Systemic Pesticides. Hosted by the David Suzuki Foundation at Queens Park, the breakfast event was sponsored by MPPs Marie-France Lalonde and Peter Tabuns, and attended by several other MPPs, including Glen Murray, Minister of Environment and Climate Change.

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Let your voice bee heard

Bumble bee and honey bee butterfly milkweed Credit: Martin LaBar

Bumblebee and honey bee butterfly milkweed Credit: Martin LaBar

I admit it. The possibility of a bee sting made me uneasy, and I more than likely mixed up a bee and a wasp mid-swat. I certainly didn’t think much about the honey or wild native bees’ ongoing survival. There are millions of them out there, right?

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Strong evidence on neonics demands action despite ongoing debate

Bumble bee on purple coneflower by Matt Jenkins.

Bumblebee on purple coneflower by Matt Jenkins.

I am sipping coffee and munching an apple as I write this blog. To enjoy such daily pleasures, we rely on pollinators.  In fact, about one of every three bites of food we eat depends on insect pollinators. Unfortunately, the populations of insect pollinators like bumblebees and honeybees are declining.

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