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Ski-Doo backlash

The Story

While Bombardier dominates the recreational snowmobile market, it also takes the brunt of a snowmobile backlash. In the early 1970s there's a mounting public outcry over the popular sport. Snowmobiles and their owners are blamed for causing noise pollution and environmental damage. Bombardier is also on the defensive over a mounting death toll from snowmobile accidents. In 1971 Bombardier responds to the criticism with a program called Operation SnoPlan, which promotes snowmobile safety and the development of groomed trails.

Medium: Radio
Program: Cross Country Checkup
Broadcast Date: Jan. 9, 1972
Guest(s): John Hethrington
Host: Pierre Pascau
Duration: 7:18

Did You know?

• During the winter of 1970-71, 35 per cent of Canadians killed in snowmobile accidents were under the age of 25.



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