Newspaper article The Canadian Press


Newspaper article The Canadian Press


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A nest of invasive Asian giant hornets has been discovered and destroyed in a park south of Nanaimo, B.C.

The provincial government says its experts and a group of local beekeepers successfully eradicated the nest using carbon dioxide and removed all the hornets and the queen.

The province says three of the insects were found in the Nanaimo area in August and another three were found earlier this month, helping them to trace the location of the underground nest.

The hornets, which are common in parts of China, Korea and Japan, feed on insects and are capable of destroying a honeybee hive in a short period of time. (The Canadian Press)



B-C Premier John Horgan says industry, government and Indigenous nations on northern Vancouver Island are collaborating on a four-year program to transition away from marine-based salmon farms.

Horgan says the health of British Columbia's wild salmon stocks depends on the joint work being done in the Broughton Archipelago to improve environmental conditions and move away from open-net farms.

Three area First Nations, two aquaculture companies and the government reached an agreement earlier this year to establish Indigenous oversight of salmon farms in their traditional territories as they transition away from the open-net away pens.

Horgan told a conference on Thursday at the B.C. legislature that five farms in the area have already been decommissioned, five more will be out of service by 2022 and seven more could close by 2024. (The Canadian Press)



The British Columbia government is seeking opinions about how best to encourage farming and protect farmland.

A series of public meetings will be held around B.C. over the next six weeks, with the first one slated for tonight in Merville on Vancouver Island and others in Delta, Dawson Creek, Prince George, Kelowna and Castlegar following in October. …

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