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Update on Neonicotinoids Class Action Suit

29 October 2015: Paula Lombardi of Siskinds LLP advises:

"As an update on the class action,we have retained the experts required to support our claim of the impacts of Neonicotinoids on the bee keeping, honey production, industry.  The experts are both nationally and internationally known and over the course of the next couple of months they will be preparing their opinions in support of the claim.

We have effected service of the Statement of Claim for both Bayer and Syngenta both here in Canada the subsidiary corporations and the parent corporations in Europe. Service of the parent company is a bit more difficult as we have to follow the international procedure.

The next step is for Bayer and Syngenta to file their statement of defences."

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COBA Summer Meeting A Great Success!

Thanks to everyone who attended our summer picnic in 2015. The turnout was great - Glen counted 68 people - and the food was fantastic!! While the downpour encouraged us to pack up a bit more quickly than planned, we still had time for great presentations and discussion. If you weren't able to attend, here's a summary of what you missed:

OUR HOSTS: Many thanks to Doug and Traces for hosting our event! A special thank you to their daughters for the tours of the chicken coop and Tour of the barn to see the chickens, rabbits and goslings. The family business, Green Side Up, is an ecological landscape contracting company that specializes in residential & commercial landscaping, ecological restoration and natural resource management. Be sure to visit their farm to see the great selection of native trees, shrubs perennials and grasses they offer for sale, learn more about sustainable agriculture, and the various services they provide. See Doug's website.

CANDLE-MAKING: Julius Arnold did a great presentation about making candle molds and beeswax candles. He showed us his mold-making tools, talked about the materials he uses, and provided lots of very useful tips and techniques for successful candle-making. Two of the resources he uses are: 

Silicone Source: Sculpture Supply Canada:website:; email:; phone866-285-5509address: 345 Munster AveToronto,M8Z 3C6

Wick Supplier: Free Spirit Candles; website:; address: Box 198ArdenONK0H 1B0; store phone: 509-443-8998 or 1-613-335-3769

FEEDING OUR BEES: Todd Kalisz from Dancing Bee Apiaires and Beekeeping Equipment demonstrated various feeding options, and talked about their pro's and cons, as well as optimal times for using the various options. Thanks also to Lorne Thurston for sharing his knowledge about feeding bees. Visit Todd's website for more information.

SLOVENIAN BEEHIVES: As a follow-up to an earlier presentation about beekeeping in Slovenia, John MacFarlane demonstrated the AZ (Slovenian) hive and pointed out the differences between it and the Langstroth hive. If you have questions, or would like more information, contact John at

MITE TESTING KIT: Thanks to Bryan Shanks for letting us know about the Varroa Mite Testing Kit, produced by the Bee Squad at the University of Minnesota. This kit provides you with everything you need to perform a powered sugar roll test in one convenient tub. Kits can be purchased online through the University of Minnesota bookstore 

COBA OUTREACH AND EDUCATION: Sherry Summersides talked about COBA’s outreach activities, including our booth at the recent pollinator festival at Laveanne Lavender Farm. Attending fairs and related events is a great way for COBA to spread the word about beekeeping and help to increase awareness about the importance of bees. However, our ability to respond to requests and expand our outreach activities is limited if we don’t have enough volunteers. If you are interested in helping COBA to expand our outreach and educational activities, please contact Sherry at or Lenka at