Asthma Tech by Jonathan Ng | National Film Board

Filmmaker Jonathan Ng turns the notion of otherness on its head in his semi-autobiographical animated short about young, whimsical, asthmatic Winston. As a result of his illness, Winston is unable to participate in the everyday activities of his peers and classmates. But thanks to his artistic ability Winston learns to use his imagination to escape his real life existence.

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Worldwide Statistics: Eight thousand people a day die from air pollution. There are 3 million annual deaths, worldwide. In Canada toxic emissions from transportation continue to rise drastically. Vehicles are the primary sources of nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, particulates and benzene, a carcinogen. In the past 15 years alone, there has been a fourfold increase in asthma in children under 15 in Canada. In fact, the Ontario Medical Association estimated that health care costs caused by poor air quality in 2000 would amount to nearly $630 million, not to mention the $566 million in costs due to workers taking sick days. We are in a world wide public health crisis epidemic as a direct result of air pollution amidst a climate change crisis that threatens human survival on this earth – expanding services which promote unnecessary idling for convenience is not only reckless and irresponsible – it is the absolute opposite direction we need to be taking.

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City of London Anti-Idling Campaign | 2009

Be Idle Free!


Some Facts About Idling

  • The average Canadian idles their car for about 5-10 minutes per day.  Some of this is unavoidable (i.e., waiting at red lights), but a lot of idling is avoidable.  This works out to roughly 20,000 to 40,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases per year, or about 1% of all Greenhouse gas emissions from London.
  • Your engine uses more fuel when it is cold.  The best way to warm it up is to drive it – it warms up faster, and you are already on your way to your destination.
  • If every Londoner reduced idling by just 1 minute per day:

– Over 1.5 million litres of gasoline would be saved every year
– 100 tanker trucks of gas would be saved
– $1.2 million would be saved, available to spend elsewhere in London
– Greenhouse gas emissions would be reduced by almost 3,800 tonnes per year

Do Your Part

Help the City of London spread the word.  Download the posters here:

Poster 1 (pdf)

Poster 2 (pdf)

Headline News | Idling | Restaurant Industry | NRCAN: CBC World Report

CBC World News:

Here is a link to the audio file from the CBC report. (above) It aired on CBC (National) Radio One this morning at 6 am.

1:57 seconds | Transcript:

“A federal cabinet minister may have thrown his weight behind changes to a website run by the government, that discourages idling cars.

The call for changes comes from an association of restaurants in connection with the debate surrounding drive-through restaurants in Canada.

At first the Natural Resources department wouldn’t go along with any changes.

But as Giacomo Panico reports, the restaurants made some headway after a high level meeting…..

Cont’d – (listen to audio file)


See full story & comment on this story at:

Story by: Giacomo Panico :

p. 613.288.6501

Vancouver Idling Bylaw as Proposed by Richard Stanwick | Chief Medical Officer | June 12th 2008

Provided by Richard Stanwick | Chief Medical Health Officer | Vancouver Island Health Authority | #430 – 1900 Richmond Avenue | Victoria, BC V8R 4R2






Public Participation Meeting| Video | July 15th 2008

A-Channel Video – July 15th 2008 Public Participation Meeting

The Spin Doctors – RWDI Audio

RWDI Audio:

Jan. 25, 2008
On our show about banning drive thrus, there was discussion about a study that suggests heading to the drive-thru window may cause fewer emissions than parking. Many of you wanted to know more about that study. And so did we. It turns out the study in question was commissioned by TDL the parent company for Tim Horton’s. Mike LePage is the principal scientist with the company that did the study RWDI air.

It’s an engineering consulting firm which specializes in air quality issues. (runs 08:06 | RealAudio)

CBC Video – The Environmental Costs of Drive-thrus 05/28/2007


The environmental cost (Runs 3:05)