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Come Canada Day, CN Tower will once again light up the night

May 30, 2007 04:30 AM
Debra Black
Staff Reporter

Shanghai has one. So do New York, Paris and London. And now so will Toronto come Canada Day.

Like the Shanghai Tower, Empire State Building and London Eye, the CN Tower will also be ablaze at night with light and colour.

Toronto's internationally known landmark and the world's tallest freestanding tower is to be outfitted with 1,330 brilliant LED lights that will shoot up the elevator shaft, over the "bubble" and straight to the mast.

"We were conspicuously not lit at night," said Jack Robinson, chief operating officer of the CN Tower, in a phone interview with the Star. "The reason for lighting it is to celebrate Canada's national tower and national icon ... We want to have the tower as a beacon for the city of Toronto and Canada."

The 553-metre CN Tower, which has 2 million visitors a year, was once ablaze with lights, beginning when it first opened. But 10 years ago the incandescent lights, the size of washing machines, were permanently dimmed because they were expensive and inefficient to repair. The tower remained barely visible in the night sky with only enough lighting for airplanes.

But now thanks to these new energy-saving computer-programmed LEDs, the tower will be seen in all its glory and most importantly will be energy-efficient, using 10 per cent less energy than current lighting and 60 per cent less than when the tower was last fully lit in the 1990s, Robinson said.

The new lights, programmed from a desktop computer, will all be in place on the tower by early June and testing is to begin sometime after that.

CN Tower officials say that they still must decide whether the tower will be lit up all night long, but that during spring and fall bird migration season the lights will be off.
 

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^ and another crime would be not building another spherical structure to the east of the CN Tower. =D
 

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The idea of KW getting a team fairly boggles the mind.
It shouldn't. Waterloo Region has 500,000 people. Neighbouring Wellington County has over 200,000. The two other neighbouring counties to our west add another 175,000. Plus the "undercount". Plus 1 more year of growth since the census.

Add it all up and you're at 900,000 in the Waterloo and immediately surrounding area. Not a terrible base considering a KW team could also draw a few fans from Toronto, Hamilton, Brantford, and London as well.

Check out the KW section and you'll see even more RIM expansion news. The growth here is continuing.


But to the topic: Yes it's a great idea :)
 

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These are energy saving LED lights. I think we must all try and conserve energy, but we are not exactly under Wartime constraints and rationing at the present time... I think we can afford a bit of light for the CN Tower, in the same way that we can afford a little pool of water in front of City Hall. Life allows a few luxuries!
 

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These are energy saving LED lights. I think we must all try and conserve energy, but we are not exactly under Wartime constraints and rationing at the present time... I think we can afford a bit of light for the CN Tower, in the same way that we can afford a little pool of water in front of City Hall. Life allows a few luxuries!
juuuuuuuuust being facetious ;)
 

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I've always wondered why we don't see people jumping in the water at City Hall like we see people in the big fountains and pools of water in European cities during heatwaves.
We've got a/c over here.
Plus, that is mostly in the movies, don't you think? ;)
 

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People have always used fountains to cool off, it's one of their functions. Europe has lots of old buildings, and many of them lack air conditioning. With it being hotter and hotter in Europe and lacking air conditioning, sitting in the fountain is the only option.

Thunder Bay's Patterson Square Fountain has been used for wading and cooling since it was built about 70 years ago, though that wasn't it's intention.
 
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