Fairmont opens 16 new hotels—for bees

Plus, Auditor General report brings to light concerns over environmental impact and Heffel’s brings garage sale find to auction

All the buzz
A swarm of new hotels, created by Fairmont Hotels and Resorts, are proudly opening up their gates to a very special kind of clientele, the honeybee. In fact, 16 new bee hotels—boxes stacked with bees—are being built at Fairmonts across Canada with a special unveiling happening on June 2 at our very own Fairmont Waterfront. Due to a major decline in bee populations across the globe, many businesses and community organizations are teaming up with Wild For Bees, a program that seeks to create sustainable homes for solitary pollinator bees.

Auditor General calls for caution
With over 160 proposals for major natural resource projects in the queue, B.C.’s auditor general has concerns over the long-term environmental impact future mining and LNG projects will have on our province. Carol Bellringer’s report, released on Tuesday, concludes that the B.C. government has not provided adequate support and direction to the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations in order to manage the effects of current and future resource projects. The report cites the approach by government in the northern Skeena region as an example of the “potentially dated or incomplete” values that are key to managing resource development in a high-growth area.   

Heffel’s garage sale find
Heffel’s Fine Art Auction has not only attracted a unique offering from New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) this year but has landed what was once a $200 garage sale item. A B.C. Binning oil painting from 1957, found in a box of artwork at a garage sale, will be auctioned with an estimated price tag of $10,000-plus. This unlikely find will stand next to a large selection of fine art, including the highly sought-after Emily Carr piece that was originally owned by art collector J.S. McLean and a MOMA-consigned Jean McEwen painting.