By Fred Davis, beekeeper of the honeybees that live on the roof the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.
The long, cold winter and the wet, cool spring have had an impact on the health of the hives. It has taken the bees until July to build back up to full force, so we expect a late harvest this year. With so many wet days this summer to boot — which is in total contrast to the long, hot and dry summer we experienced in southwest Ontario last year — it's been pretty challenging to encourage the bee population to grow to its full strength.
I fed sugar water solution to them in mid-June, which is very unusual. Two hives still do not have honey supers on. I have kept them off because if you give the bees too much room to move around, the queen will not lay her eggs in an efficient manner. I hope to put them on the weekend of July 20, which should give them enough time to produce before the long weekend in September.
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By Gianmarco Segato, Adult Programs Manager
For Episode 15, the “Tweet seats – "Absolutely not!"” edition, we welcome back Opera Canada editor Wayne Gooding, opera journalist Joseph So, as well as arts journalist Paula Citron. For the first time, COC Ensemble Studio graduate soprano Simone Osborne joins the chat. Gianmarco Segato, the COC’s Adult Programs Manager, is your host.
It’s the opera “silly season,” but we still managed to find some hot topics to discuss:
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By Alexander Neef, General Director
In my last post I mentioned that I was off to Europe for a few weeks – a combination of vacation (visiting my family) and work.
As much as I look forward to seeing old friends and colleagues as well as meeting new ones, I don’t especially like spending so much time in airports and on planes, so I try to make it as useful as possible. Between trips, I collect articles, documents, resumes – all kinds of reading material – and it is my “next time I’m on a plane for a long time” pile. I am never without a stack ready to go. It’s daunting, but at least I know I have some dedicated time to get it done.
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Sara Fulgoni in the COC production of Bluebeard's Castle. Photo: Michael Cooper © 2001