New urban beehives buzzing at Ottawa’s former Union Station
June 28, 2019
Global Korean Post
Government of Canada helps bring back bees while greening Senate of Canada Building.
On June 19, Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility, announced the installation of 13 beehives on the grounds of the Senate of Canada Building.
This project is part of the Government of Canada’s efforts to protect and safeguard the environment for generations to come. The beehives are found in the nation’s capital and pay homage to the importance of pollinators across the country.
Each of the 13 beehives features the flag of a different province or territory. The flags on the hives help the bees find their way to their home hive.
The beehives are one of the many ways that Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) integrated environmental features while it restored and modernized the Senate of Canada Building.
Greening initiatives included diverting construction waste from landfills, installing water-conserving plumbing and energy-efficient lighting, improving insulation as well as upgrading to energy-efficient building systems.
This exciting project is made possible by a partnership with the Fairmont Château Laurier. Fairmont has a long standing program of installing beehives at its properties.
The hives are located at the Senate of Canada Building and are being maintained by the Fairmont Château Laurier. Canadians and tourists alike will be able to enjoy this local honey at the hotel’s restaurants.