111th MBA Annual General Meeting Resolutions

At the November 17, 2016 Annual General Meeting the following Resolutions were passed. If you have any questions or comments concerning these resolutions, please speak with a Board Member or email the Secretary at d.l.wright@nullshaw.ca


1)            Provincial Apiarist and Provincial Pollination Specialist

WHEREAS there are many changes in legislation and research taking place that have implications for the honey bee industry,


WHEREAS our Provincial Apiarist, Rheal Lafreniere, and Provincial Pollination Specialist, David Ostermann, spend many hours in meetings within the Ministry of Agriculture, on the phone, reading, collecting data and presenting at conferences and meeting to answer the questions of beekeepers and the general public to keep everyone up to date and educated,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Manitoba Beekeepers’ Association extend its sincere thanks to Rheal and David for their work in apiculture and pollination.


2)            Research

WHEREAS the world around us is constantly changing, presenting problems and challenges for the survival of the bees with which we work,


WHEREAS beekeepers need solutions to these problems and challenges, many of which come from researchers such as Dr. Robert Currie and his graduate students,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Manitoba Beekeepers’ Association extend sincere thanks to Dr. Currie and his graduate students for his continuing research and for his support for the Manitoba Beekeepers’ Association.


3)            Bee Health

WHEREAS the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Forestry compiled a list of recommendations on Bee Health contained in their 2015 report, http://www.parl.gc.ca/Content/SEN/Committee/412/agfo/rms/02may15/Report-e.htm


THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Manitoba Beekeepers Association support these recommendations, and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Manitoba Beekeepers Association work towards the implementation of these recommendations within the province of Manitoba.


4)            Bee Health Monitoring

WHEREAS the 2016 House of Commons Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-food has been discussing bee health monitoring,


WHEREAS the federal and provincial Ministers of Agriculture have been attempting to work together to develop and implement recommendations related to these discussions on bee health monitoring,

BE IT RESOLVED  that the Manitoba Beekeepers’ association continue its support of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-food for their study on Bee Health Monitoring in Canada.


5)            Wax Rendering Handling

WHEREAS wax rendering is occurring in multiple locations in Manitoba and there is no standard of checks and balances in place,


WHEREAS these wax rendering facilities are receiving and handling possibly diseased comb and wax,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED the Manitoba Beekeepers’ Association research and work with the provincial government to establish handling requirements for wax rendering facilities to help protect the health of the industry.


6)            Floral Sources of Honey

WHEREAS there are many floral sources of Canadian honey with each of these types of honey unique in their makeup,

WHEREAS there is a requirement to undertake a thorough baseline study on the sugar profile and pollen makeup to current scientific standards for new testing procedures (i.e. NMR testing),

WEREAS the Canadian Honey industry is under financial duress due to illegal honey  through transshipment  and honey adulteration and all domestic honey movement needs to be monitored for this activity

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Manitoba Beekeepers’ Association lobby Canadian Honey Council, Keystone Agriculture Producers  and the Canadian and Provincial governments to conduct a thorough study of Canadian honey for the chemical makeup and pollen profile so that honey trading can be regulated and honey fraud minimized.


7)    Skunks and rabies

WHEREAS beekeepers are inherently in contact with skunks,


WHEREAS as a high number of skunks are suspected to be infected with rabies,


WHEREAS beekeepers have limited options for skunk control and the use of live traps in increasing in use, thus increasing the risk of rabies transmission,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED the Manitoba Beekeeper’s’ Association lobby the Province to provide beekeepers the opportunity for free access to the rabies vaccine.