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The CN tower is reflected in a high rise building behind a construction crane in downtown Toronto on Saturday, February 4, 2012. The condo explosion is changing the shape and culture of Canada's cities.

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Ontario's housing minister has announced new building code rules she says will prevent glass from breaking off high-rise balconies.

Kathleen Wynne says the province will require construction companies to install the same kind of heat-resistant glass used in car windshields close to the outside edge of balconies.

Construction firms will also have to use heat-strengthened glass for both the inside and outside edges of balconies.

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The move comes after a recent spate of incidents that have seen shards of glass rain down from skyscraper balconies in Toronto.

Ms. Wynne says the rules will kick in July 1 and are meant as an interim measure until national standards are developed.

The changes apply only to new construction.

She says anyone in Toronto concerned about their balcony should contact the city.

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