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
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
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
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
whether some Marketing Board personnel
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.