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Government of Canada takes action aganst laser attacks on aircraft

Staff Writer |
Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, announced a new measure which prohibits the possession of battery-operated hand-held laser over 1 milliwatt (mW) outside of a private dwelling without a legitimate purpose, such as for work, school, or education purposes.

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This Interim Order takes effect immediately and applies to:

- municipalities within the greater Montréal, Toronto, and Vancouver regions

- a 10-kilometre ra

ius around any airport or certified heliport across Canada

The new measure allows Transport Canada and delegated law enforcement to issue fines on the spot to anyone who possesses a hand-held laser within a prohibited zone without a legitimate reason. The maximum fines are $5,000 for an individual and $25,000 for a corporation.

In addition to the Interim Order, Transport Canada is also designating laser attacks on aircraft as offences subject to immediate fines under the Canadian Aviation Regulations.

Anyone convicted of doing this intentionally could also face up to $100,000 in fines, five years in prison or both.

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