Urban beekeeping on the rise in Montreal
Quebec’s Animal Health Protection Act allows urban beekeeping under certain conditions.
By Stephanie O Hanley
June 15, 2011
Beekeepers say people don’t understand bees and confuse docile honeybees with aggressive wasps and hornets.
“When you say ‘bee’ it equals stinging, anaphylactic shock and death” says Branislav Babic, who founded the McGill Apiculture Association in 2007.
“They [honeybees] don’t sting just for nothing,” says Babic. “You have to step on it or poke around a hive entrance for a bee to sting you.”
When he arrived as a microbiology student at McGill University’s Macdonald campus, Babic says he was “shocked” to find no beehives.
“There is no beekeeping culture here like there is in Europe,” says Babic, who used to raise bees in Serbia. “Back there no one is bothered by bees unless someone puts them in front of a sidewalk.”