In a stunning reversal of fortunes, Justin Trudeau’s Liberals rolled to victory in Monday’s long awaited federal election, ending a decade of Conservative rule under Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
Frederick Sladen, born in England in 1876, was fascinated with bees as a child. At the age of 16, he wrote his first book, on bumblebees. He became an entomologist and moved with his family to Canada. In the early 1900s, Sladen was the lead apiarist with the Dominion Experimental Farms (now Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada). He was based at the Central Experimental Farm in Ottawa, working with what was in those early days known as the “bee division.”
It was the morning of April 18, 2012, when Davis Bryans, owner of Munro Honey, was told something was wrong with one of his bee yards in Sarnia, ON. A few hours earlier the bees had been busily foraging, but now there was a pile of them sprawled on the ground in front of the hives.