Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The Bee Cause Campaign

Beelineweb is a proud contributor to Friends of the Earth Canada in support of The Bee Cause Campaign.

The Bee Cause is calling for a ban on bee-harmful practices and pesticides and is proposing practical ways to help the bees and natural pollinators.

While we believe ALL harmful pesticides should be banned and organic practices should always be used, this is a great place to start.  Bees are critical to the world’s food production, and bee populations worldwide are dwindling.   Many factors may account for honey bee losses; however, there is strong scientific evidence that a major contributing factor in the bee die-offs is the use of neonicotinoid pesticides.

Neonicotinoids (neonics) are systemic pesticides that are absorbed into plant tissues. Once they are applied, neonics spread through the entire plant, including the stems, flowers, nectar and pollen. This is scary stuff! While we use organic gardening practices at our office garden, we recently learned that many garden centers pre-treat plants with these pesticides that are harmful to bees. We are concerned that we could have inadvertently contributed to this problem by not knowing if the plants we purchased were bee safe. The Bee Cause Campaign can help avoid this problem!

Bees are extremely important to our food security, as 2/3 of crops do require bees to successfully grow, plus they help beautify our world by pollinating flowers.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

2015 NACC Annual Conference

Downtown St. John's
This year’s Annual Conference for the National Association of Career Colleges in Canada was located in St. John’s, Newfoundland, and the theme was “Rock Solid Education”.

David  from Trebas Institute with Amy & Ched from
Beelineweb - Photo Credit goes to the NACC. 
Amy & Ched from Beelineweb with our friends from Higher
Education Marketing, and Great Exposure! (Phillipe, Mike &
Myke) - Photo Credit goes to the NACC. 
The conference started at one of the oldest, well-known pubs, called the Yellow Belly Brewery & Pub, where numerous members of the NACC (including schools and exhibitors) got “Screeched” in and became honorary Newfoundlanders!  This process included taking a shot of Screech rum, kissing a cod and performing a short recitation.  Many of us went home with a certificate proving that we are indeed honorary Newfoundlanders!

Day two was started in the Exhibit Hall (where we were, of course!) for a hot breakfast, followed by a lot of great sessions including a word from the CEO of the NACC and many other well-respected companies.  We were lucky enough to have Paul Davis, the Premier of Newfoundland & Labrador, as our keynote speaker, a delicious gala dinner and entertainment – traditional Newfoundland music with Jim Payne and Fergus O’Brien.

Not only was the conference a success, it brought a lot of individuals to Newfoundland and it was great to meet a lot of new leaders in the industry as well as catch up with our valued clients.

Besides the conference itself, some highlights of the trip included walking up to Signal Hill, driving out to Cape Spear and seeing the famous lighthouse, enjoying the nightlife that George Street had to offer, and seeing a large iceberg!

Check out our pictures below, and we hope to see you next year!  

Up on Signal Hill

View from Signal Hill

Up on Signal Hill
Lighthouse at Cape Spear

First iceberg of the year in Newfoundland

Getting "Screeched" - Photo Credit to NACC
We officially have an honorary Newfoundlander at Beelineweb