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This Ecojustice’s prosecution targets Toronto’s most lethal structure to migratory birds, the Consilium Place complex.

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Migratory Bird Building Collision

This Ecojustice prosecution targets what is alleged to be Toronto’s most lethal structure to migratory birds, the Consilium Place complex.

 
Ecojustice Staff:
Albert Koehl

Client:
Ontario Nature
Toronto lies at the heart of one of the busiest migratory bird routes in North America, and each year, up to one million birds die in collisions with the city’s buildings. The problem is most serious in buildings that have highly-reflective windows, and — according to the non-profit organization Fatal Light Awareness Program (FLAP) — no single site has been more deadly to birds during the past decade than Toronto’s Consilium Place — a three-tower office plaza and the target of a private prosecution launched in March by Ecojustice and Ontario Nature. 

The case alleges that prominent Toronto property developer Menkes Developments, and several sister companies, caused hundreds of migratory bird deaths in 2008 and 2009 when birds struck the Consilium Place complex. 

Birds are commonly confused by the reflections of blue skies and trees in windows, which leads to severe injury and death. While the lawsuit itself is limited to these two years, the true harm to migratory birds is far greater. FLAP volunteers have recovered more than 7,000 dead and injured birds from the site during the past decade. A successful conviction in this case could force Menkes to make Consilium more bird-friendly and encourage other property owners to do the same.

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