"At the end of the day, these people who make decisions on their own to go into that backcountry and engage in behaviour they engage in ... it is something, no matter what we do as a province, it will be difficult for us to control and regulate." Public Safety Minister Kash Heed on whether B.C. backcountry will be made off limits to snowmobiles.
Snip..........However, many people moved beyond imagining years ago. Parks Canada has already figured out how to control snowmobiling in the vast expanses of Canada's national parks. A park regulation restricts motorized vehicles to highways, but park wardens can issue permits to use a motorized vehicle on a specified trail or area of a park. A snowmobile in a park must be licensed, registered and equipped in accordance with provincial laws and operated in areas set out on the permit. Also, the permit requires operators to have the appropriate safety equipment.Snip.....If Mr. Heed does not like what Parks Canada has done, he can find solid proposals for regulating snowmobile use in the backcountry in the recommendations of a review panel convened by British Columbia's chief coroner after 19 snowmobilers died in avalanches last winter. Or he could review the impressive work of the Canadian Avalanche Centre.He does not have to wait until November, 2011. By stalling so long, Mr. Heed appears to be as weak as the backcountry snowpack this winter. Snip......
Author(s): Robert Matas
Publication title: The Globe and Mail. Toronto, Ont.: Mar 17, 2010. pg. A.8
Source type: Newspaper