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Politics Liberals hope signs will keep drone operators away from airports

Transport Minister Marc Garneau responds to a question in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on June 8, 2016.

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The federal government is hoping its new 'No Drone Zone' signs will shoo operators of unmanned aerial vehicles away from airports and commercial air traffic.

Transport Minister Marc Garneau unveiled the signs during a news conference today at the Ottawa airport.

It's part of a national safety campaign designed to coincide with proposed new regulations to govern the use of drones, including new categories, a simplified registration process and new marking requirements.

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Garneau says it's equally important that drone users learn how to fly their devices legally and safely.

Penalties for reckless or negligent use, including violating controlled or restricted airspace or endangering manned aircraft, include the possibility of jail time and fines of up to $25,000.

Transport Canada wants the new signs to be used by airports, parks, municipalities and event organizers and posted near relevant properties and events.

"The 'No Drone Zone' signs are a reminder that not all places are appropriate to fly a drone," Garneau said. "Always think safety first."

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