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Barrie becomes the 30th Bee City in Canada

Celebrates the buzz with a dedication on Wednesday morning
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The City of Barrie has been designated as the 30th Bee City in Canada and will celebrate with a dedication event on July 24.

This designation is awarded to cities, towns, municipalities, schools, campuses, businesses and organizations that publicly declare to protect pollinators and their habitat though coordinated and collaborative actions that align with the Bee City program.

Barrie has worked with residents and community partners to enhance naturalization and pollinator opportunities for the last 20 years. City efforts toward Bee City designation include:

  • implementation of a Pesticide Reduction Policy in 2003
  • Council adoption of a Naturalization Policy for all city lands in 2007
  • creation of a pollinator healthy community by various efforts, including pollinator gardens and a bee hotel, naturalized areas and a monarch butterfly program that is also beneficial to the bee population
  • working with community organizations for further education, training, partnership and event opportunities

The Bee City dedication presentation will take place at 8 a.m. on July 24 in the Sir Robert Barrie Room at City Hall (70 Collier St.). Bee City director Shelly Candel, Mayor Jeff Lehman, council members and city staff will be in attendance.

The Bee City designation supports the City’s strategic goals of building a greener Barrie and inspiring community participation.

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