MARKHAM, Ont. – The Alberta Beekeepers Commission doesn’t support the proposed lawsuit against Bayer CropScience and Syngenta over neonicotinoids, but individual beekeepers may have other ideas, reports The Western Producer.

Paula Lombardi with the litigation law firm Siskinds LLP of Toronto said there have been "serious inquiries" from beekeepers in Alberta about joining the more than 100 producers from Ontario and Manitoba who have already signed on to the suit.

"We’re seeking more beekeepers to support the claim by signing a retainer," Lombardi told the Ontario Beekeepers’ Association’s annual meeting in Markham Nov. 21.
"We are, without a doubt, the best-known firm in Canada, if not North America, in this area."

Siskinds filed the lawsuit in September on behalf of two apiaries in Ontario: Sun Parlour Honey near Windsor and Munro Honey near Sarnia. The suit asks for $450 million for a claim period from 2006 to 2014 for all beekeepers in Canada except Quebec.

In October, the law firm announced that it will pursue a second class action against Bayer and Syngenta on behalf of Quebec beekeepers.

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