Ontario considers regulations to protect birds from striking tall buildings

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Toronto’s financial district is pictured on Friday, July 26, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Michelle Siu

The Canadian Press 

TORONTO — Ontario is considering regulations to force owners of tall buildings to take steps to protect birds, which die by the millions each year as they fly into skyscrapers.

Birds are confused by lights left on in highrises at night, and during the day they get disoriented by glass windows that reflect the sky or nearby trees and plants.

Environmental commissioner Ellen Schwartzel takes the Liberal government to task in her annual report for saying voluntary measures are the way to get building owners to turn off lights, install non-reflective glass and window coverings. Continued

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