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The case against asbestos: Accidental exposure is entirely preventable

July 22, 2014  |  Filed under Articles

Some 60 years ago, lumps of wet, grey material were given to students in art classes to shape and mould into art to proudly display at home. It was especially good for objets d’art such as candle holders, since the substance was famous for stopping the spread of flames. That […]

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Pipes with asbestos still used in new buildings

June 27, 2014  |  Filed under Articles

Pipes containing asbestos are being installed in new condominiums, hospitals and high-rises in Canada, despite widespread health concerns that have led many countries to ban its use. The new installations come as cities across the country are spending millions of dollars to manage and remove asbestos materials from public buildings […]

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‘Stuck in this body’

June 20, 2014  |  Filed under Articles

There is payoff to early detection. Princess Margaret Cancer Centre has a new treatment that can prolong peoples’ lives — but it works best if the cancer is caught early. The treatment is aggressive — doctors blast the cancer site with high doses of radiation before removing a lung. But […]

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What can be done?

June 19, 2014  |  Filed under Articles

If Canada were serious about protecting its people from asbestos exposure, the first steps would include warning the public of the danger of asbestos and banning its use and export. “We should totally eliminate its use,” says Dr. Demers, a view also shared by Dr. Cameron Mustard, president of the […]

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Six months to live

June 19, 2014  |  Filed under Articles

Mesothelioma most commonly attacks the lining of the lungs (pleural mesothelioma). Once diagnosed, victims are generally given between six months and a year to live. Other types of the disease include peritoneal mesothelioma, which forms in the tissue lining the inside of the abdomen, and — in very rare cases […]

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Ottawa’s sunny outlook on asbestos is out of step with the facts

June 18, 2014  |  Filed under Articles

The first thing you read when you go to the page about asbestos on the Saskatchewan government workplace safety website is, “Inhaling asbestos fibres can cause chronic, irreversible and life-threatening lung disease.” When you visit the equivalent page for the body that oversees workplace safety in British Columbia, the first […]

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The Boom Years

June 18, 2014  |  Filed under Articles

The word asbestos comes from Ancient Greek, meaning — ominously, in today’s context — “inextinguishable.” Asbestos boasts some striking qualities — it is strong, flexible and resistant to heat, weather and most chemicals. It can be used as a thermal, electrical and acoustic insulator. The mineral fibre is “fireproof, rot-proof […]

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EXPOSURE IS STILL WIDESPREAD

June 17, 2014  |  Filed under Articles

Many Canadians are unknowingly exposed to asbestos every day. It is still found in the country’s schools, hospitals, homes and building materials. No research has been done on how much of the total Canadian population is exposed. A tally of workplace exposures taken by Carex Canada, a research project funded […]

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THE INVISIBLE EPIDEMIC

June 16, 2014  |  Filed under Articles

For John Nolan, the first warning signs came mid-November of last year while he was leading a tour in the Peruvian Andes. Mr. Nolan, 67, who lives in Fort Erie in southwestern Ontario, was guiding a group through the mountains near the storied Incan city of Cuzco. He had criss-crossed […]

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Saskatchewan enhances asbestos registry requirements

May 23, 2014  |  Filed under Articles

The government of Saskatchewan is enacting asbestos regulations to make buildings safer for workers. Occupational health and safety asbestos regulations have been amended to include additional forms of asbestos to be reported, to provide clarity of definitions and to update required information, such as characteristics, accessibility and location. “These new […]

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