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More than half of Ontario bees died during harsh winter

More than half of Ontario’s bees did not survive the winter, according to a new report that has the province’s beekeepers’ group very concerned.

About 58 per cent of Ontario bees died during what was an especially long winter, while other provinces lost on average about 19 per cent of their swarm, according to the Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists survey. That means Ontario lost bees at a rate three times that of the other provinces.

While the report fingers the weather — this year’s polar vortex — as the main culprit for the bee deaths, acute and chronic pesticide damage or insufficient recovery from pesticide exposure last year have also been cited by hive-minders as contributing factors.

For more, please see CBC News’ full coverage here.

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