Media Advisory - Ontario's Minister of the Environment and Climate Change to extract first batch of honey from Toronto Pearson's honeybee apiary

TORONTO, Sept. 15, 2015 /CNW/ - On Thursday, Toronto Pearson International Airport will host the Hon. Glen Murray, Ontario's Minister of the Environment and Climate Change at its honeybee apiary, known as YYbeeZ. In celebration of the honey harvest season currently underway, the Minister will extract and jar Pearson's first batch of honey, dubbed Just Plane Honey, with beekeeper Kuldip Jassal.

Toronto Pearson's honeybee apiary was established in June 2015, and supports anywhere from 50,000 to 1 million bees between low and high season, operating across 15 hives. The YYbeeZ apiary helps support food security and sustainable agriculture in the airport's surrounding areas.


The Hon. Glen Murray, Ontario Minister of the Environment and Climate Change

Hillary Marshall, Vice President, Stakeholder Relations & Communications, Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA)

Derek Gray, Manager of Environmental Services, GTAA

Kuldip Jassal, Beekeeper, Toronto Pearson


Visuals include a tour of the airport's honeybee apiary, honey extraction and a ceremonial presentation of the first jar of honey. All media are welcome to attend the event and capture live footage / sound / photos of the ceremonial first jarring presentation.


Thursday, September 17

12:00—12:30 p.m.


YYbeeZ Apiary at the GTAA Etobicoke Creek Stormwater Facility 

2100 Britannia Road East

Mississauga, ON


For security purposes, please RSVP to this event to Shabeen Hanifa, GTAA ( or by phone at 416-776-3709.  

About the Greater Toronto Airports Authority
The GTAA is the operator of Toronto Pearson International Airport, the largest airport in Canada and one of the largest in North America in terms of passenger and air cargo traffic. In 2014, Toronto Pearson handled nearly 39 million passengers. The focus of the GTAA continues to be on competitiveness, growing the airport's status as an international gateway, meeting the needs of its travellers and ensuring the long-term success of the organization, airline customers and the regional economy.

SOURCE Greater Toronto Airports Authority

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For further information: Media contact: Shabeen Hanifa, GTAA,, 416-776-3709

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