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Unfortunately, the loss of grasslands, diseases with nonnative bee species and climate change are dramatically impacting both the abundance of bees and the geographic range our bees need to survives.

About 42 of the more than 850 species of bees in Canada are bumblebees. Recently, a team of researchers at York University found that the American bumblebee, in particular, was under extreme distress. Over the past 10 years, its territory has drastically declined by about 70 per cent. Their numbers fell by 89 per cent compared to historical data collected from 1907 to 2006. The species is in very real danger of “imminent extinction” from Canada.

We need our bees. Without them, how will our crops, fruits and vegetables—not to mention our trees, shrubs and flowers—get pollinated? Left unchecked, the problem is huge, with far reaching consequences for our planet. Yet, this is one problem that we absolutely can do something about in very practical ways.

I’m guessing once you read the cover theme was ‘Style and Trends’, you expected this month’s content would be all about new style and trends to watch out for on your next shopping trip. Look, I love shopping; I love exploring new fashion trends; in fact, I still have girl friends who won’t shop without me.

But this month, to change it up a bit, I thought why not broaden the definition of style to include trends that won’t fade away before the next issue gets published. After all, most of us know how to shop, right? And I’m thinking, most of you could probably locate, and actually buy, more stylish, trending items online in an hour than I could display in this magazine for an entire year.

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