Carassauga’s Charity & Community Challenge is a friendship-powered fundraising initiative designed to help participants raise funds for their organization in a new and innovative way. Instead of taking part in a walk, bike ride or another initiative, the Carassauga Challenge allows participants to complete a fun task when they arrive into a Carassauga pavilion – allowing them to experience cultural diversity and raise funds for their preferred cause. DADA is participating and we're asking you to be a part of it. Here's how it works: DADA supporters (you!) register their personal web page at Carassauga. You fundraise using your own personal social networks whenever and wherever you please. On May 22, 23 and/or 24, you will visit pavilions within Carassauga to complete fun challenges. More information will be emailed after registering. The money you fundraise, will be used to build awareness in the community and help schools promote the message to parents and bus drivers to please "BE IDLE FREE FOR THE KIDS"! To learn more and to register, visit the Carassauga website at www.carassauga.com/cc-challenge-register/ Register to Support DADA
Christine Birak, CBC News Children who attend school in heavy traffic areas may show slower cognitive development and lower memory test scores, Spanish researchers have found. About 21,000 premature deaths are attributed to air pollution in Canada each year, according to the Canadian Medical Association. The detrimental effects of air pollution on cardiovascular health and on the lungs are well documented and now researchers are looking at its effects on the brain. To that end, Dr. Jordi Sunyer and his colleagues from the Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology in Barcelona measured three aspects of memory and attentiveness in more than 2,700 primary school children every three months over 12 months. "What was surprising for us is among our children, we see very robust, consistent effects," Sunyer said Tuesday from Rome. The associations between slower cognitive development and higher levels of air pollutants remained after the researchers took factors such as parents’ education, commuting time, smoking in the home and green spaces at school into account. The researchers measured air pollutants from traffic twice, in the school courtyard and inside the classroom for schools with high and low traffic-related air pollution. Pollutants from burning fossil fuels, carbon, nitrogen dioxide and ultrafine particles were measured. For example, working memory improved 7.4 per cent among children in highly polluted schools compared with 11.5 per cent among those in less polluted schools. Sunyer called on politicians to understand and act on how air pollution can be harmful to the developing brains of children, given that one of the cognitive measures studied is a good predictor of learning achievement. The study builds on experiments in animal models and smaller human studies, Sunyer said. But the only way to prove [...]
Peter Cheney, The Globe and Mail The Stegosaurus disappeared more than 100 million years ago, doomed by its tiny brain and a changing world. Then we come to the carburetor, a crude fuel-mixing device that once ruled the automotive universe. Today, the carburetor is largely extinct, kicked aside by the modern fuel-injection system. Yet millions of drivers still seem to be stuck in the Jurassic Period. I thought of this recently when I watched a man spend 10 minutes warming up a fuel-injected Toyota that could have been driven seconds after it was started. Few processes are as poorly understood as the cold-weather start. Back in the days of carburetion, a car couldn’t be driven until it was warmed up. Today, warming-up is a counterproductive exercise that wastes fuel, harms the environment and damages your car. Let’s have a look at the science, history and flawed folklore behind the automotive warm-up: Virtually every car on the market today is equipped with a fuel-injection system that adjusts gasoline delivery based on temperature, throttle setting and engine load – because of this, your car can be driven almost immediately, even at low temperatures. Even in extremely low temperatures, most fuel-injected cars can be driven away less than 30 seconds after start-up. The best way to warm an engine is to drive away as soon as possible and keep the load low until it reaches ideal operating temperature. Accelerate gently and use small throttle openings. Driving loads the engine and warms it more quickly than extended idling. Engines are most efficient when they operate in their optimum temperature range. Running an engine when it’s cold causes increased emissions and engine wear. The goal is to get the engine [...]
CharityCar.ca has joined up with GreenVehicleDisposal.com to utilize its eco-friendly recycling technology. They are accepting donations of old vehicles on behalf of Charity Programs across Canada. Why not put your old vehicle to a good use that helps save the planet and also help those less fortunate in your community.
Raveena Aulakh, GTA News At any time of the day or night in downtown Toronto — or anywhere in Ontario, really — there is a car idling in front of a McDonald’s, a cab idling outside a condominium building, a TTC bus idling at a station or a transport truck idling at a gas station. Some for a few minutes, some for much more. While motionless, these vehicles are wasting fuel and adding harmful emissions to the atmosphere. That is something Meghan Jeffery is trying to change. “A lot of people don’t know about the idling bylaw,” says Jeffery. “There is little awareness about it and it is not even enforced. We want politicians to change it or re-evaluate the existing bylaws because they are extremely outdated, not implemented and don’t work.” Jeffery is the campaign director for Idle Hands Ontario, a group that is trying to target climate change in a very small but significant way: by educating people about the follies of idling and by proposing a uniform bylaw for the entire province. The group is encouraging people to sign an online petition to change idling bylaws across Ontario. Realistically, idling bylaws can be a challenge for transit buses and trucks that have diesel engines. Ontario communities have a variety of idling bylaws: Windsor and Waterloo allow idling for five minutes; Kingston for three; and Toronto for one minute. Kitchener doesn’t have a bylaw at all. In Simcoe County, municipal vehicles, including ambulances and transit buses, cannot idle for more than 30 seconds. The discrepancies, says Jeffery, are confusing. It would help if there were an Idle-Free Ontario Act, she says. Many municipalities, says Jeffery, exempt their own vehicles from their idling regulations, [...]
Media Coverage Peel Campaign GlobalTV IDLE FREE SCHOOLS story SCHOOL IDLING problem -- CTV Cambridge IDLE FREE SCHOOLS program launch Mississauga NEWS three stories... http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/1496800--anti-idling-program-aims-to-clean-up-the-air http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/1496146--dada-knows-best-when-it-comes-to-clean-air http://www.mississauga.com/community/article/880138--cut-engines-curb-pollution Brampton Guardian did one too. http://www.bramptonguardian.com/community/education/article/1497172--idling-cars-the-devil-s-school-playground Media resources For media enquiries contact info (at) dadacanada (.) com
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