More bees mean more honey, and more money for some downtown Winnipeg businesses.
Manitoba beekeepers are pleased with the next step in the process of being approved for urban beekeeping.
Beekeeper Chris Kirouac has been behind the permit since last May. Downtown businesses have also expressed interest in making their own honey for consumption to cut costs.
Kirouac also hopes that public awareness will be raised for the honey bee, as they are docile and rarely sting. Bees are also good for the environment, and are kept downtown in most other major cities.
Final approval needed can now come anytime before the end of March, depending on when council can next meet on the issue.
When that happens, beekeepers can get hives going just in time for this summer’s honey season.
As a bonus, the permit was amended today to be permitted, not conditional. That technicality will keep costs down, as conditional permits have an instant one thousand dollar fee, on top of other fees.