City of Moose Jaw - Supplementary Property Assessment Notices

The City has mailed 2018 Supplementary Property Assessment Notices.

Click here.

The City of Moose Jaw recently made a change to our bylaw and now makes it possible to keep bees within Moose Jaw.

Samantha Millard, a local soon-to-be bee keeper, helped to make this possible.

It all started with her having a pique in interest in bees and the desire to own them.

Millard put in the work and research to find out how to become a bee keeper. She worked with other bee keepers local to our area and finally made the decision to have her own bee hives.

She then contacted the city to see if there were any bylaws that prohibited the keeping of them and soon discovered that they were in the process of prohibiting bees in the city.

Millard said she searched and didn't find a reason for why they would be banning them, so she decided to confront the council and possibly stop the prohibition.

"I believe one of their reason[s] one of their bylaw enforcement officers had brought it up as a housekeeping matter because, previously, an old bylaw had been prohibiting bee keeping and they had repealed it in 2012 and then put forth this new bylaw, but it didn't cover bee keeping. So I guess in the past five years or so they've just been saying no when really there's been no bylaw prohibiting it."

A written statement that Millard presented to the council said "to permit the keeping of bees would not be unreasonable. There is minimal risk and the bee keeper would bear all liability surrounding his or her bees and regulation thereof provided for through the province."

Millard had managed to actually get the council interested in bees themselves and educate them a little more on bees and their benefits.

"An interesting fact for all the farmers out there in agriculture Saskatchewan, [bees] greatly increase the yield of crops," said Millard. "For example, a field of canola has been shown to increase as much as forty to fifty percent yield just by having the presence of pollinating insects such as bees."

She said that anyone can get bees also, if they are interested.

First, you have to register with the Saskatchewan Apiculturists and order your bees. If you order any bees from outside the province, they will have to be inspected and cleared first.

Millard warns, though, that bees are easy to get but hard to keep alive, and people should do the research needed before getting any.

Now, Millard is ready to receive her bees, and they are arriving sometime in the spring.

More Local News

The Spirit of Community; One Tree at a Time

A long-standing Christmas tradition is being celebrated again as the Moose Jaw Rotary Club hold their annual Christmas tree sale on the Moose Jaw Co-op lot downtown. Mike Daniel from the Moose Jaw…

Mom Falls, Son Rushes to Find Help

At the mere age of six years old, a local boy quite possibly became an honourary superhero. A scary situation took place first thing Monday morning as Moose Jaw resident Wendy Free was taking the…

Health Canada Pulls 2 Types of Cannabis From Shelves

Shortly after romaine lettuce was pulled off of shelves due to e-coli concerns, another kind of green is now being recalled. Health Canada is pulling 2 brands of cannabis from stores in Saskatchewan,…

Moose Jaw North MLA Michelson Reflects on Fall Session

With the recent end of the fall sitting of the Saskatchewan legislature, Premier Scott Moe said his government delivered on its priorities for the economy and for the people of Saskatchewan. MLA for…

Baildon Irrigation Agreement Cancelled

Is there a chance to expand what we do with wastewater in Moose Jaw? For about 40 years, our treated effluent has been used by rural farmers as a form of irrigation but changes to the wastewater…

Search Expanded for 93 Year-old Regina Man

Police are expanding their search for a 93-year-old Regina man who's been missing since 8:00 pm on Sunday. Raul Burchi was last seen on the 2100 block of Heseltine Road in east Regina, near…

Mystery at the Cemetery

A missing monument from the old Moose Jaw Cemetery has sparked a mystery that also has some good news. Councillor Crystal Froese sits on the Heritage Advisory Committee and says they learned the…

Proposed Tax Increase Increases

As budget talks continue in Moose Jaw, there's a need for a larger increase than first expected. Councillors added $146,000 to the budget for the newly created airport authority and $132,000 for the…

Hospital Levy Could Become Water Levy

There could be some massive increase to water bills next year. A report to budget committee Wednesday night on water and sewer rates revealed a proposed 6% increase to utilities. That's not too bad…

Deadline Approaches for Heritage Awards

The Moose Jaw Heritage Advisory Committee is putting out their final call for nominations. Each year the committee presents awards to people and groups who have made a difference in the effort to…

DiscoverMooseJaw.com is Moose Jaw's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide

Login