Charlottetown men guilty in snowmobiling case
Three men from Charlottetown have been found guilty of snowmobiling in Terra Nova National Park in a case linked to a 2011 protest over access to park grounds.
Scott Smith and brothers Shawn and Dan Powell pleaded guilty in a Gander courtroom Tuesday.
In February 2011, the trio snowmobiled into the park to ensure the trail was suitable for a protest that was planned for the following week.
As the men were leaving to return home, they were stopped by a park warden.
A week after the incident, 50 snowmobilers left Charlottetown on a protest ride through the park where the practice is banned.
As part of a plea bargain, Smith and the Powells pleaded guilty to snowmobiling in the park.
In exchange, the Crown dropped charges of obstructing the warden and damaging the park.
Parks Canada says the protest is still under investigation and no charges have been laid.
The men will be back in court next month for a sentencing hearing.
This could clear the way for a meeting with federal Environment Minister Peter Kent who has said he will not meet with the people from Charlottetown regarding the issue of snowmobiling in the park while the matter is in court.