A swarm of controversy has been averted with news Allen Garr will not tend City Hall's hives
CityCaucus.com has had it confirmed that Vancouver Courier political columnist Allen Garr will not be helping to make Vancouver the Greenest City in the World. Garr is no longer going to be the City's beekeeper according to Garrick Bradshaw, Director, Facilities Design and Management, in an email received this afternoon.
Garr ignited a swarm of controversy for his publisher when it was learned he would be looking after bees at City Hall as part of Gregor Robertson's Greenest City initiative. CityCaucus.com pointed out that writing a political column about City Hall and working as part of a key political plank for Mayor Gregor Robertson might be a difficult dual role for the longtime left wing writer. Garr defended his work on the hives because he was donating his services.
It has since been learned that Garr is allowed the ability to collect and sell the honey produced by the hives he works on for free for organizations such as the Vancouver Convention Centre. As no final agreement had been settled yet according to Bradshaw, it's not known who would profit by the honey produced by City Hall bees.
At our deadline it's not known why Garr discontinued as City Hall beekeeper. Garr contacted CityCaucus.com and indicated that our story was a complicating factor in his relationship with his publisher.
The City of Vancouver is now looking for another beekeeper, and one who presumably works for free or in trade for honey sales.