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Drive Thru Ban Considered in Edmonton

Officials in Edmonton are considering a ban on any new drive through windows at fast food restaurants in an effort to curb emissions from idling cars.

"We should look at it because the design standards we've had to this point have all been based around accessing all services with the car," Coun. Don Iveson, whose council portfolio includes environmental issues, told Sun Media.

"Building a city that way has got us the distinction of being one of the most car-dependent cities in the country."

Talk of a ban comes as the city of North Vancouver considers getting rid of drive-thru windows in new restaurants. The British Columbia city's bylaw would not affect existing businesses. South of the border, Santa Cruz, Calif., has banned the creation of new drive-thru windows since 1979.

Full Story: Drive thru ban no idle threat

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