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Bee Fair

Daniel Szabo presented Wynne with local honey from Lilley Bee Apiaries in St. Catherines Ontario and a 100% pure beeswax rose candle from Szabo Queens

We just wrapped up our 8th year at the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto and are now preparing for the Western Fair in London Ontario! It has been an action packed 18 days and the bee booth was buzzing! A huge THANK-YOU to everyone who came out to talk about bees and support local beekeepers!

Below is a slideshow with some photo highlights from our Facebook page. These highlights included a visit from Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne who dropped by and briefly discussed the problem of neonicotinoid bee poisoning. We let her know that there are only 230 commercial beekeepers left in Ontario and many of us have been hit hard by colony deaths from both acute and chronic neonicotinoid pesticide poisonings. We need our government’s help to save bees and protect the safety of our food and water from the corporate interests of Big Chem!

We also went on a little scavenger hunt to find “bees” throughout the Fair and were blown away by the beauty, detail and fragility of David Ducharme’s “Bee-Cause” sand sculpture!

The question that we were most asked was “What can I do to help save bees?”


  • Sign the Ontario Beekeepers’ Association petition to ban bee-killing pesticides
  • Plant bee-friendly plants in your garden, balcony, deck, roof-top, and ditches
  • Support local beekeepers by buying local honey and candles
  • Learn and educate others about the food you eat, how it is produced and where it comes from
  • Bee the change, bee green, beehive yourself!
The Canadian Nation Exhibition - Toronto 2013

Again, a huge THANK-YOU to all who came out to support us and to Dan, Kate, Clare, Maria, Ben, Rebecca, Sofia and Wylie for all of your help in the booth!!

Honey Bee Money

The Royal Canadian Mint has announced a new limited edition coin celebrating honey bees! Canadian 3 dollar coin celebrating honey bees

Canadian 3 dollar coin celebrating honey beesThe coin contains 1/4 troy ounce (7.96 g) of fine silver (99.99% pure) and is considered Canadian non-circulating legal tender. The coin is proof quality with a frosted image, mirror field, and colourized honey bee on a flower. The coin has a face value of $3 and a current silver value of $7 (CDN). Limited to a mintage of 10000, the price of this coin reflects its collectable value and it is available for purchase directly from the mint for $69.95 plus shipping. These coins are also available at Canada Post outlets where you can pick them up and avoid shipping charges.

If you sleep and miss this opportunity, or if you deem the issue price a tad steep, there are numerous other “bee coins” that can be found for prices ranging from pocket change to tens of thousands of dollars.

Some of the earliest “bee coins” come from the Greek city of Ephesus. These were minted in bronze and silver as far back as 600 BC. The most highly prized of these coins are silver tetradrachms.

Modern coins featuring honey bees can be obtained by contacting friends and relatives at distant corners of the world, or purchased at your local coin shop. Coincidentally, these four coins altogether cost less than $3:

1924 Italian bee coin
Country: Italy
Date: 1924
Denomination: 10 Centesimi
Composition: Bronze
Diameter: 22.5 mm
Thickness: 1.9 mm
Weight: 5.4 g

1954 Italian bee coin
Country: Italy
Date: 1954
Denomination: 2 Lire
Composition: Aluminum
Diameter: 18.3 mm
Thickness: 1 mm
Weight: 0.8 g

1963 Norweigian bee coin
Country: Norway
Date: 1963
Denomination: 10 ├śre
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Diameter: 15 mm
Thickness: 1.2 mm
Weight: 1.5 g

Slovenian bee coin
Country: Slovenia
Date: 1996
Denomination: 50 Stotinov
Composition: Aluminum
Diameter: 19.9 mm
Thickness: 1.3 mm
Weight: 0.85 g

Bee coins make great gifts and keepsakes for and from beekeepers. The website describes how you can start your own collection of bee-you-tiful coins from around the world.

2013.05.25 – RCM reports Animal Architects: Bee & Hive coin 86% sold.