TORONTO, Nov. 20, 2012 /CNW/ - Menkes Developments Ltd. is satisfied
with Ontario Justice of the Peace William Turtle's decision to dismiss
three charges against the company under the federal Environmental
Protection Act and the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to
Animals Act for bird deaths at Consilium Place in Scarborough, ON.
The charges stemmed from complaints launched over two years ago,
alleging that Menkes - then the owner of Consilium Place, a three-tower
commercial complex in Scarborough, ON - was responsible for the
injuries or deaths of more than 800 birds flying into the buildings'
In his ruling, he determined that Menkes ultimately bore no
responsibility for bird deaths at Consilium Place.
"We respect the court's decision and look forward to building awareness
about high-rise bird collision-prevention in the future," said Sonya
Buikema, Menkes vice-president of commercial property management. "We
have worked diligently with the bird conservation community over the
years and will continue to offer our support and cooperation going
forward. We continue to apply what we have learned from our extensive
research and testing, to our other projects, with our aim to create as
safe an environment as possible for migratory birds."
In early 2007, just after Menkes purchased the existing property, the
issue of bird collisions at Consilium Place was raised with Menkes -
which sold the property to Kevric Real Estate Corporation in July 2012
- the company engaged in an unprecedented bird-preservation initiative
on the property grounds.
Menkes implemented several measures such as a Lights Out campaign, where
all non-essential lighting was turned off and blinds drawn during
migration season, an educational campaign to boost awareness,
installation of netting and a bird rescue station which had supplies
and information pamphlets for anyone involved in rescuing injured
birds, and the removal of all feed and water points from around the
The most effective solution to date, a window film with distinct markers
spaced four inches apart, was derived from the research of Dr. Daniel
Klem Jr., a professor of biology and ornithology at Muhlenberg College
in Allentown, Pa., and produced by Toronto-based window film
installation firm Convenience Group Inc. In 2011, the film was applied
to exterior windows on the first four floors of three surfaces at 100
and 200 Consilium Place, and resulted in a dramatic decrease in bird
collisions, according to statistics from the non-profit Fatal Light
The same film was applied to the balance of the surfaces at 100 and 200
Consilium Place by the new owners, Kevric Real Estate Corporation in
the fall 2012.
ABOUT MENKES DEVELOPMENTS
Menkes Developments Ltd. is a fully integrated real estate company
involved in the construction, ownership and management of office,
industrial and residential properties. Menkes was founded in 1954 by
Murray Menkes, who initially carried on business as a developer of
single family homes. Over the years, the company expanded
significantly and branched out into other areas of real estate, and is
now one of the largest private Canadian developers of residential,
industrial and office properties. Menkes has developed a portfolio of
high quality, strategically located industrial and office buildings in
the GTA, including the Beaver Creek Business Park in Richmond Hill, and
the Procter & Gamble building and 5000 Yonge in North York, and 25 York
in downtown Toronto.
SOURCE: Menkes Developments Ltd.
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