Alberta abruptly cancels request for drone surveillance to watch campers on public land – CBC News

Minister of parks and environment says no one in his office approved the request for proposals

Michelle Bellefontaine · CBC News · Posted: May 18, 2021 12:02 PM MT | Last Updated: May 18

Parks across Alberta are seeing an influx of users, leaving more garbage and concerns about trespassing. (Wallis Snowdon/CBC)

The Alberta government on Tuesday abruptly cancelled a request for proposals seeking a contractor to provide long-range drones to help with enforcement of camping on public lands this summer.

Posted on Friday, the RFP suggested Alberta Environment and Parks planned to use drones to take photos and video of “designated areas” of public lands over four weekends this summer and fall.

“ISR (Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance) collection will take place within designated areas in Alberta between July 1–4, 2021, July 31- August 3, 2021, September 4-7, 2021 and October 9-12, 2021 … to include detection of campfires, off-highway vehicles operating in restricted areas, gatherings of ten (10) or more individuals, and officer safety support,” the bid document stated.

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