By Brian Clarke
This is probably the funniest story to crack the headlines of Ottawa newspapers in recent memory:
[message_box title=”Drone attacks frighten geese away from Petrie Island” color=”blue”]Fed up with geese fouling the grass and water at its Petrie Island beaches, the city government is calling in drone strikes. — David Reevley, Ottawa Citizen[/message_box]
In other words, we had a war of the skies between technology and our ever-present summer pest – the goose.
As the above story lead suggests, city councilors in Orleans were frustrated with all the goose poop and decided to scare away the birds with creepy UFO-like technology.
I was dreading the day that I first heard of drones being used in Ottawa. I find them creepy. For me, they conjure up images of futuristic dystopias portrayed in science fiction movies. In fact the recent sci-fi movie Oblivion was all about drones; I highly recommend it, despite Tom Cruise.
But alas, maybe I'm just being too paranoid and critical. Of all the ways that I could hear about drones being used in my hometown, this one did not elicit fear or anger, but instead made me laugh.
And after all, something needs to be done about all the goose crap.