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Be Informed: Asbestos

Photo Credit: Flickr user shaymus22Just the Facts on Abestos and its effect on Canada and the world:

Issue:

Given the outrageously high costs of removing asbestos, how can a $90 million industry in Quebec justify the potentially billions of dollars to remove it from buildings across Canada?

Do taxpayers deserve to be spared these enormous costs?

Should residents be spared the health risks associated with this deadly product?

Positions:

Lambton-Kent-Middlesex MP Bev Shipley supports asbestos and voted against a motion to ban asbestos. This despite the fact more than 11,000 people have been directly affected by asbestos in the region.
http://www.stopasbestos.ca/bevshipley.html

“I think that Canada cannot export a product that is dangerous and cannot be handled safely. I’ve said that for a long time. It’s absolutely crucial for us to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the workers in that industry and in that region and help them transition to new employment.”
– Michael Ignatieff
http://timfugard.liberal.ca/blog/the-liberal-party-opposes-asbestos/

“I am appalled …. the Prime Minister of this country is not prepared to do the right thing… the people of Asbestos, Thetford Mines…..need to have support to transition out of asbestos…. we cannot be exporting this killer product to countries that will never be able to track the health consequences…. and countries that we will want to be able to help their health and health care …. for the votes of ONE riding … the Prime Minister of Canada is prepared to ignore the evidence….. and the lives that are put at risk by allowing the exportation of asbetos…”
– Carolyn Bennett, MP
http://carolynbennett.liberal.ca/blog/asbestos-yet-another-example-of-conservative-pandering/

“In 2009 the federal Liberal Opposition pushed for banning the export of this hazardous product, with help for local workers’ job transition. Harper is still pandering…”
– Joyce Murray, MP
http://joycemurray.liberal.ca/in-the-press/interesting-articles/asbestos-hypocrisy-sticking-to-pm-toronto-star/

“On Monday we received an email from the office of Conservative MP Ed Holder stating that he does not support the asbestos industry. Conservatives, past and present, including Pat Davidson, Chuck Strahl and Dona Cadman, have all spoken publicly about this issue. With the support of Liberals like Sean Casey and Mark Eyking, and the entire NDP caucus, including long-time crusader Pat Martin, there has never been a better opportunity to end this disgraceful industry.”
– Gannon McCauley (stopasbestos.ca), Ottawa
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/letters/article/1017958–image-suffering-over-asbestos

Government Sites:

It’s Your Health – Health Risks of Asbestos [Health Canada, 2007]
15 Jan 2008 – … other industries. Asbestos poses health risks only when fibres are present in the air that people breathe. … Health Canada. www.hcsc.gc.ca

Canada Gazette – Regulations Amending the Asbestos Products …
16 Feb 2011 – February 16, 2011, Part II, Part 2, Volume 145, Number 4, Canada Gazette.

Canada’s policies on chrysotile asbestos exports
of the Auditor General of Canada. www.oag-bvg.gc.ca ….. Asbestos-related Risk. http://www.epa.gov/oswer/riskassessment/asbestos/pdfs/asbestostech1-5.pdf

Facts:

AsbestosWikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Asbestos is a set of six naturally occurring silicate minerals used commercially for their desirable physical properties. They all have in common their eponymous, …

Asbestos and the law
This article concerns asbestos-related legal and regulatory …
Asbestosis
Asbestosis is a chronic inflammatory and fibrotic …
Asbestos fibers
Asbestos fibers (or fibres) are released from asbestos …
Asbestos, Quebec
Asbestos is a Canadian town located in the Estrie region of …
Asbestos abatement
Many buildings contain asbestos, which was used in spray …
Asbestos-ceramic
Jump to: navigation, search. Asbestos-ceramic (ca 1900 BC …
More results from wikipedia.org »

Asbestos | CMHCSCHL
Follow CMHC on YouTube. Consumers … Home with CMHC — e-newsletter · New to Canada? All the …. If activities are planned that will disturb vermiculite, consult a certified asbestos removal company. Asbestos … Web Site: www.ccohs.ca

Asbestos Legislation in CanadaMesothelioma Center
In Canada, the laws concerning asbestos can at times appear contradictory. … http://www.ibasecretariat.org/lka_rott_conv_fight_life_0308.php; CBC News, …

Editorials:

Asbestos Canada’s latest sin – Montreal Gazette
23 January 2012 – After the oilsands and the seal hunt, asbestos has become Canada’s new sin, tarred as an evil at home and abroad. In just three years, …

Quebec’s anti asbestos movement continues to … – Montreal Gazette
23 January 2012 – A descendant of one of the earliest pioneers of Quebec’s storied asbestos industry has publicly.

Should Canada’s asbestos industry shut down for good? – Your …
25 Nov 2011 – For the first time in 130 years, there’s no production at any of Canada’s asbestos mines. Last month, production stopped at the Lac d’amiante du …

Canada’s chronic asbestos problemThe Globe and Mail
21 Nov 2011 – What John Gray finds in Quebec, Stephanie Nolen confirms in India—denial is the most powerful force behind Canada’s trade in a notorious …

Buckdog: Ethical Asbestos – How Canada’s Conservative MP’s …
21 Nov 2011 – … Asbestos – How Canada’s Conservative MP’s Continue To Push Deadly ASBESTOS Onto Poor Nations. “A growing number of Conservative …

Asbestos Cracks Conservative Party Unity: Harper Government …
20 Nov 2011 – A growing number of Conservative MPs are questioning their government’s position on the export of asbestos, with a group of them …

The House stands with asbestos – Beyond The Commons, Capital …
1 Nov 2011 – By a vote of 152-123 this evening the House defeated the NDP’s motion on asbestos. The New Democrats, Liberals and Elizabeth May voted in …

The House will pass judgment on asbestos – Beyond The Commons …
1 Nov 2011 – This evening the House of Commons will vote on the following NDP motion. That, in the opinion of the House, the government should: (a) ban …

‘That’s their choice’ – Beyond The Commons, Capital Read …
13 Sep 2011 – A few weeks after a group of doctors and medical professionals called on Conservative MP Kellie Leitch to renounce her government’s position …

The asbestos shame – Beyond The Commons, Capital Read …
25 Aug 2011 – Last week, doctors wrote to Conservative MP Kellie Leitch, imploring her to uphold her obligation as a doctor. Yesterday, the Canadian Medical …

Federal asbestos stance ‘shameful’: Canadian Medical Association …
24 Aug 2011 – By Sharon Kirkey ST. JOHN’S — Canada’s doctors are condemning the Harper government for its “shameful” decision to block listing asbestos …

Tories stifle widow through IP laws, twirl moustaches, cackle – Jesse
16 Aug 2011 – The Conservative party picks an ill-advisded fight against a sympathetic anti-asbetos crusader.

Conservatives threaten lawsuit against asbestos widow | News …
15 Aug 2011 – Conservative Party leadership have threatened legal action against a Quebec asbestos widow turned anti-asbestos campaigner. On July 29 …

Conservatives Tell Michaela Keyserlingk, Widow Of Asbestos Victim …
14 Aug 2011 – The federal Conservative party has sent a threatening email to the widow of an asbestos victim in the latest chapter of Canada’s debate over …

Canada’s last functional asbestos mine about to run dryThe Globe
22 Jul 2011 – Controversial asbestos industry has nearly disappeared in recent decades amid cancer concerns.

‘Breathe different’ – Beyond The Commons, Capital Read – Macleans …
5 Jul 2011 – “Asbestos: A different kind of silver lining.” “Asbestos: It’s like cotton candy for your walls. (But ideally not for mine.)” “It’s CARE-cinogenic.” “Look …

Can asbestos be used “safely”? – Science-ish – Macleans.ca
21 Jun 2011 – Our new blog ‘Science-ish’ considers the evidence.

Graphic: The Daily Show goes to Asbestos, Quebec | News
17 May 2011 – Above, National Post’s Graeme Hamilton looks at the reaction of Asbestos mining executive Bernard Coulombe to a report done on the town of …

Canada labelledimmoral asbestos pusher‘ as Harper visits Quebec
26 Apr 2011 – Tory Leader has no plans to pull support for Canadian exports of carcinogenic mineral.

Que. backs asbestos mine relaunch – Montreal – CBC News
13 Apr 2011 – Quebec is giving conditional support to a project that would revive one of Canada’s last-remaining asbestos mines – even though its own …

CBC News – The National – In Depth & Analysis – Canada’s Ugly …
29 Jun 2010 – Mellissa Fung investigates how Canada’s overseas asbestos sales may be breathing new life into a dying domestic industry, but may also be …

Colombo the Asbestos Sleuth – WSJ.com
23 Dec 2008 – Good legal news for a change: The courts keep making progress against phony asbestos lawsuits, this time in Michigan, where Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Robert Colombo, Jr., has risen to the challenge of a case we wrote about in November.

The new asbestos science scare – National Post
22 Oct 2008 – Under the populist guidance of Health Minister John “Baby Bottle” Baird, the federal government last.

Asbestos: Ottawa’s sacred cow – National Post
21 Oct 2008 – OTTAWA -The official reason for the dirty shroud and netting around the West Block on Parliament Hill.

Ottawa Citizen | Canada’s Asbestos Time Bomb
Part I: A deadly common thread. Narayan Mehra smiles through the sheets of rain and motions for us to come inside. He is proud of his home, which is a lot like …

USA Today Special Report – Asbestos Disease Awareness
Tweet USA Today Special Report – “Invisible Killer: The Truth about #Asbestos” http://bit.ly/t4OHY8 # … 2004 – 2010 Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization.

Specialty Sites:

Prevent Cancer Now » Ban Asbestos Campaign
A special thanks to our donors for making this important campaign possible: Saunders-Matthey Cancer Prevention Coalition. Canadian Association of …

100 Reasons [64] Conservatives on Asbestos
There are literally 100 reasons not to vote for Harper’s Conservative Party …but you may only need one. maple leaf. 64. Conservatives on Asbestos. From August …

End the Export of Canadian Cancer!
This website is dedicated to stopping the production and export of Canadian asbestos, called chrysotile asbestos. This website collects leading national and …

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