On March 16, Transport Minister Marc Garneau announced new regulations for recreational drone use;
The new restrictions – specifically that which prohibits drones from being flown within 75 meters of buildings, people and animals – are excessive, and essentially make it impossible to use a drone recreationally in urban areas and extremely difficult in rural areas;
The new requirement that users have their address on their drone forces individuals to unnecessarily publicize their personal information;
The Government of Canada is imposing an overly difficult regulatory environment for the emerging hobby of recreational drone use;
According to a report entitled, “Drones Reporting for Work,” a hundred billion dollars could be spent worldwide on recreational drones between 2016 and 2020;
Flying hobby drones is a fast-growing activity for seniors, families, and children, and the majority of recreational drone users fly their drones in a safe and respectful manner;
We, the undersigned, Citizens and Residents of Canada, call upon the Minister of Transport to amend the recently implemented regulations, to make them more effective and reasonable, and to balance safety and privacy with the freedom to use recreational drones responsibly, instead of simply regulating recreational drone use out of existence.
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