November 10, 2015

Judge declares light "a contaminant," so Ontario wants skyscrapers to put up blinds -- to protect birds

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

Ontario's Liberal government now wants to force owners of buildings to stop birds from flying into them. This isn't a joke.

Ontario has the largest debt of any jurisdiction in the world that isn’t it’s own country. Taxes and electricity prices are soaring.

But back in 2013, Ontario "Court of Justice" declared that light was a “contaminant” under the Environmental Protection Act.

Now a crackpot Ontario environment minister is in on it.

Can you imagine how many millions — or billions — of dollars are going to be wasted on blinds for skyscrapers in Toronto?

So air that we exhale is a pollutant.

And now light is a contaminant.

How much longer until some Liberal judge just goes to the logical conclusion:

People are a pollutant, that must be regulated and reduced, and eventually phased out?


Ontario will end up like Greece unless the reckless spending and borrowing stops!
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commented 2015-11-12 20:40:24 -0500
Glenn Craig, birds fly into windows at night when light tricks them into seeing it as clear sky. It’s reasonable for building owners to take steps to reduce the incidence of bird deaths from this cause.

Now if the Ontario Liberals cared as much about birds killed in their bird-blender power plant experiments, they’d have more credibility. But the lib-friendly crony-capitalists who own and run wind power plants in Ontario get a free pass from the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change.
commented 2015-11-12 10:21:06 -0500
Jay Kelly…moths are attracted to light…not birds. The birds see a reflection of clear sky in the glass…..turning off the lights makes matters worse …not better. putting up dark curtains makes the reflection clearer

I was once sitting in my brothers house when a grouse crashed through a screen…a storm window…and the inside eight pane sash window. It regurgitated about a cup of cranberries…it’s neck was broken.

When I went outside to look I saw what the bird saw….the sky and clouds reflected in the glass…there were no lights on.

Very few birds fly at night…and I am willing to bet that any reasonable study of birds striking windows would show that it rarely happens at night.
commented 2015-11-11 23:56:47 -0500
Certainly there should be some restrictions on light emitted from high-rises. Those buildings which have many birds crashing into them, but especially small birds. Don’t you agree?
commented 2015-11-11 17:25:41 -0500
Rae Fraser said: “Maybe they will bring in 25000 terrorists and wants us to open our homes to them. haha—-Just kidding.” They’re not. One only needs to look at Europe where Socialists are evicting citizens from their homes to house muslim “refugees” to see what path the Lieberal Gov’t in Ottawa will take!
commented 2015-11-11 17:20:48 -0500
And this from an administrative and judicial system that is perfectly fine with bird killing wind turbines! What’s the difference? Liberals are getting rich from wind turbines as they are subsidized so heavily by hydro ratepayers! Oh yeah……that’s why building owners are being penalized. Liberals can’t blackmail them into making them richer, so let’s go after them with a phony issue!
commented 2015-11-11 16:48:41 -0500
I feel reluctant dignifying this idiotic premise with a response but, in addition to Glen Craig’s understanding of this, I had been led to believe that birds flying into windows was possibly because they would see their own reflection and try to either attack it or make love to it. Maybe the eco-nuts actually know the truth, given that they have bird brains? Maybe the eco-nut judge got confused and thought the other eco-nuts were talking about moths flying into the light?
commented 2015-11-11 15:48:54 -0500
Soon to come to Alberta no doubt.
commented 2015-11-11 15:35:58 -0500
This premis is bullshit….birds do not fly into windows because they see light from inside…they do it because they see the reflection of clear unobstructed sky on the surface of the window….you can apply decals inside the window that reproduce the web patten of orb weaver spiders…which nature designed to warn off birds….available from Lee Valley at a fraction of the cost of curtains.
commented 2015-11-11 15:11:04 -0500
weren’t the tree huggers screaming at the ontario liberal government a few years ago about the bats and the birds being in danger from the wind turbines that were mostly erected in conservative ridings?
commented 2015-11-11 13:46:54 -0500
OK eco-nuts, “On a bird for bird basis, highrise buildings kill far more”. Let’s try an empirical computer model (similar to the failed climate change ones). Start with bird deaths from a building vs. a turbine, then break it down further to a window vs. a turbine blade. How about next we look at the economic benefit of a high-rise vs. a wind turbine. Now that the scientists have been unmuzzled, they should have a lot more time for navel-gazing.
commented 2015-11-11 12:59:31 -0500
They knew Trudeau was a leftist and one of thoes environmentalists so all who voted for him will get the big HEADACHE that goes along with reckless voters who vote with their feet not their clear thinking.
commented 2015-11-11 12:56:39 -0500
Two word: Soylent Green! Ha!
commented 2015-11-11 12:34:58 -0500
“I wish they had a greater concern for birds that get chopped up by wind turbines instead. "

On a bird for bird basis, highrise buildings kill far more. For all the perceived hazard of wind turbines, 99% of birds flying through the blade paths will make it through uneventfully. The risks from turbines are overstated – yes, there are some kills, but relatively few.

@steve McQueen: You’re seeing the impact of the dollar. Thanks to the great economic tmanagement 2010-15, the Americans now use Canadian $5 bills for toilet paper. It seems to have bottomed out at the start of October, but who knows what the future will bring?
commented 2015-11-11 12:33:18 -0500
So let me see if I understand this. It’s okay if wind turbines kill birds but it’s not okay if bird fly into buildings. Check. Contradictory logic of the left or “willful blindness”. By suzuki’s definition, these people should be thrown in jail.
commented 2015-11-11 11:26:12 -0500
Good commentary Ezra. We are all going to be sacrificed on the altar of climate change very shortly. Our last Canadian Prime Minister – Stephen Harper was wise enough to keep an arms length distance from this United Nations ploy to bankrupt all nations. The upcoming signing of the climate change agreement at Paris will ensure all nations march in step to the New World Order. You are very accurate when you state that: “people are a pollutant to be regulated and phased out.” The UN has a master plan to do just this. It is called Agenda 30 and depopulation is a huge component. Under PM Trudeau and Gerald Butts, Canada has now lost it’s ability to govern itself. We need to better understand the UN and Agenda 30 and who the players are and to educate people on where all of this heading. Be warned!!
Paul Conrad
commented 2015-11-11 10:01:58 -0500
What’s funnier is that Orville Redenbacher is raising electricity prices – and consumption is falling like a stone.

And so, Orville Redenbacher’s money plan is blowing up nicely. Ahhh, the laffer curve.
commented 2015-11-11 10:00:27 -0500
Here’s what global warming bullshit does to families:

Gallon of CME gas in Chicago – $1.35 US. Same in April 2009 $1.35.

Price of gas in Ontario in 2009 – 80 cents. Today – $1.00 plus.

Orville Redenbacher is financially raping Ontario to pay $300 B debt and government pensions – with no control on spending.

Bend over Ontario – how’s that feel?
commented 2015-11-11 09:59:44 -0500
Drew……. “Liberal logic”…..Now that is an oxymoron.
commented 2015-11-11 09:41:13 -0500
I wish they had a greater concern for birds that get chopped up by wind turbines instead.
commented 2015-11-11 09:34:53 -0500
Insanity at its finest! Are judges scientists now?
commented 2015-11-11 08:57:44 -0500
You can’t make this stuff up. The level of left wing lunacy is growing at an exponential rate.
commented 2015-11-11 08:41:30 -0500
The only birds that fly at night are owls, nighthawks and bats. The first two aren’t generally around cities and bats don’t fly into buildings. This is craziness and waste of money.
commented 2015-11-11 08:10:22 -0500
STEVE MCQUEEN : Mark my words, in 5 years, we are going to be that lame duck terrorist haven centred around Quebec again. Sadly all the pieces are in place.
commented 2015-11-11 02:30:34 -0500
I like birds. I think we need to protect them, if there is a simple cost effective way to do it. As conservatives, we can’t be arguing against windmills because they kill birds, then argue against bird preservation measures in cities. I’m not against lighted cities, but if there is good science that shows we can protect birds by making a reasonably simple change I think we should do it.
commented 2015-11-11 02:14:51 -0500
Andrew when they try to stop solar and wind from killing birds let me know.
commented 2015-11-11 02:12:48 -0500
Andrew is Carrot Juice one as well because the libs decided it was so. And i know how they can stop the dangerous raw sewage , but i doubt they give a damn.
commented 2015-11-11 02:11:30 -0500
Andrew how does that make it a contaminent ? And i snooze with the lights on all the time.
commented 2015-11-11 01:35:43 -0500
This is not a new concern, we have known for decades that brightly lit buildings attract birds to their deaths. It will take some determination on the part of energy-consuming societies to address it, but hopefully we can move in the right direction.
commented 2015-11-11 00:59:23 -0500
“I’m dt TO all the time Andrew. You’re lying about the amount of dead birds. Like all Lefty Socialists, you think it’s ok to lie if it’s a good cause, but you fail to realize, that if you have to lie – you don’t have a cause’

They actually have crews out in the early morning devoted to picking them up. The ROM has derived a significant part of its bird collection from dead things picked up off the streets downtown.

@drew Wakariuk,
“Andrew did you miss the part about LIGHT being a contaminant”
No. It’s not an unsound principle – you don’t sleep with the lights on, do you? Tends to interfere with a good night’s sleep. Abatement programs have been in place since 1993, this is not a new concern.