Toronto city council to study new drone rules

Will be interesting where these laws go over and above the Transport Canada regs and how it will impact approved commercial operators.

Toronto city staff will be asked to come up with potential new rules governing the use of drones in public spaces like parks.

Toronto city staff will be asked to come up with potential new rules governing the use of drones in public spaces like parks. (Amiel De Guzman)

Councillors will discuss new rules this week for those flying drones in city parks and other spaces, something enthusiasts say is unnecessary.

Coun. James Pasternak put forward a motion asking staff to study new rules for drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles. He wants some guidelines back from staff by September.

“We are not interested in hyper-regulating technology so it’s a balancing act,” Pasternak told CBC News.

But, the councillor said, council shouldn’t just work reactively when issues arise pertaining to drones. He’s concerned about both personal injury and the ability for drones to be used to spy on private homes.

“Does it create an added risk to the city? It does.”

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