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January 1-8, 2017

I have now been writing this diary since March 2000, with a break in 2006, 7 & 8, and I'm again taking a break from the diary these past days.

I've been retired from beekeeping now for well over a decade and in recent years the diary has strayed a long way from beekeeping, although I still do sometimes write about bees.  Maybe I should change the name if I do continue.

I wonder about the wisdom of publishing a personal diary in today's world. I no longer include pictures of family and friends. 

It seems, though, that some people are interested. There were protests when I took it down for a while in 2005.  Back then there was not much good bee info on the 'net.  Maybe now things are different and I would not be missed much.

I'm off to Galveston for the North American Beekeeping Conference shortly and then to the Vancouver Boat Show, so I may be tempted to reduce or stop entries to the diary for a while. We'll see if I continue or not.  Writing is a habit and a form of meditation for me.

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On the fourth, Liz finally received a reply from the Alberta Beekeepers Commission board saying they intend to maintain the changes they implemented recently.  These changes were made without proper notice and will be challenged.   These changes move the Commission  closer to being  a marketing board and are bound to arouse a great deal of concern among smaller beekeepers who had no interest in the Commission previously.

Until now, people have been waiting for clarification as to what happened and and confirmation that the Commission board are determined to stand by the questionable actions and suffer the consequences.

Now that the Commission board has declared an intent to defend their position, the battle begins. There are several groups silently watching and considering their options, among which are...

  • going through official channels -- as we have so far and intend to continue

  • letter-writing campaigns

  • appealing to the Commission membership as a whole -- many do not attend meetings

  • media releases and appearances

  • public demonstrations at the Legislature

  • requesting internal and possibly police investigations, as appropriate, into

    • whether the Commission board followed proper procedure

    • whether some Marketing Board personnel acted appropriately

    • advertising and selling insurance, without providing it or notifying and refunding the clients in a timely manner

If it turns out that few beekeepers care enough to make pursuing the matter further worthwhile then, at minimum, the beekeeper clubs and associations throughout the Province should look into establishing a Provincial beekeeping federation to include all beekeepers, then request the government recognize that federation as the legitimate voice of Alberta Beekeepers, with consultation and input into decisions regarding bee legislation and the activities of the Provincial apiary services, parallel to, or even replacing the Commission.

If the current changes are not reversed, the Commission, by its board's own actions, has reduced the Commission to a small special interest group and have abdicated the moral authority to speak for the majority of the Alberta beekeeping population and for people interested in and affected by bees.

Although the Commission may by force of legislation tax 90% of the colonies in Alberta, they do not represent the owners and even if they did, the Commission now taxes maybe 15% of the registered Alberta beekeepers -- and can count fewer Alberta voters than several of the local associations.

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I correct, revise and augment entries in the previous several days first thing each day before writing new diary entries.  Read yesterday's post

I am not so much for the freedom of religion as I am for the religion of freedom.
Robert Ingersoll

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Monday January 9th, 2017

 

Today Periods of snow ending near noon then cloudy with 30 percent chance of flurries. Amount 2 to 4 cm. Wind up to 15 km/h. High minus 18. Wind chill minus 27.
Tonight Cloudy with 60 percent chance of flurries. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low minus 26. Wind chill minus 28.

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I have a busy day today: tidy and pack, check my plane and car and reservations, get medical insurance and a phone plan for the US, deliver Zippy to Ruth in Drum, water plants, tune the furnace, and perhaps repair the snowblower and blow snow if the parts arrive in time.

I have to pack for Texas, then for my days on Cassiopeia.

Tomorrow, at 10:25 AM, I fly to Galveston. Meijers and I are on the same flight and we meet Aaron at the airport and drive to Galveston.

The parts did arrive and I drove to Strathmore to get them, but did not have time to do the repairs.

I correct, revise and augment entries in the previous several days first thing each day before writing new diary entries.  Read yesterday's post

There are no solutions...there are only trade-offs.
Thomas Sowell

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