The LCBO / Summerhill train station palace is lit up nicely at night, like so many buildings in Europe and the U.S. I wrote my Star column a few weeks ago on how we should light up some more of our buildings like this. Some people really (really) didn’t like that idea. A combination of birds, environmental concerns, light-pollution, and folks who simply thought Toronto’s buildings are too ugly to light up. I’d suggest to the LCBO they brace and expect protestors who will accuse them of killing birds. As FLAP tells us, skyscrapes lit up at night kill birds and the organization does morning rescues in the Financial District as well as ongoing successful advocacy to get buildings to turn their interior lights off at night — a great effort, but not at all the kind of building lighting I was writing about. Even in their response to my column, they mention skyscrapers. I think we can come to détente on buildings like the LCBO, no?
All those who objected so passionately for the birds are, I’m certain, vegetarians as well.