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WorkSafeBC cracks down on home demos and renos over asbestos concerns

July 19, 2015  |  Filed under Articles

By TIFFANY CRAWFORD, VANCOUVER SUN July 14, 2015 VANCOUVER — Work safety officials say they are stepping up enforcement of home renovations in B.C. over concerns about asbestos after a high number of contractors were caught trying to cut corners last year. Starting this month, WorkSafeBC says prevention officers will […]

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We need to deal with asbestos in our schools

July 9, 2015  |  Filed under Articles

By Jesse Todd, The Starphoenix July 9, 2015 Re: Schools languishing on repair wait list, (SP, June 26): The article describes several schools in the Prairie Spirit School Division that are in need of repair. According to the report, the roof and walls of Colonsay elementary’s gym are damaged. When […]

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Ottawa’s change of heart on asbestos welcome but late

July 4, 2015  |  Filed under Articles

The Globe and Mail Editorial  July 03, 2015 When Ottawa has a major new policy it wants to announce, it often makes a “Major Policy Announcement (photo op to follow).” Not so when it comes to asbestos, though. This week, The Globe learned that the government had quietly changed its […]

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Asbestos revisions on Health Canada website not significant, federal government says

July 3, 2015  |  Filed under Articles

References to chrysotile asbestos as a less dangerous form of the mineral have been removed. By:Kristy Kirkup The Canadian Press, Published on Thu Jul 02 2015 OTTAWA—Recent changes to the way Health Canada describes health risks associated with asbestos exposure are not significant, the federal government said Thursday even as […]

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Ottawa reverses stand on health risks of asbestos in ‘landmark shift’

July 2, 2015  |  Filed under Articles

Tavia Grant, The Globe and Mail Published Wednesday, Jul. 01, 2015 Health Canada has strikingly revised its position on the health risks of asbestos exposure, bringing the federal government more in line with other developed countries. The recent changes to the department’s website are significant, with the page about asbestos […]

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N.W.T. government fined $115K for workers’ asbestos exposure

June 14, 2015  |  Filed under Articles

Supervisor held meeting about asbestos in asbestos-contaminated room with no protection By Hilary Bird, CBC News Posted: Jun 05, 2015 The Northwest Territories government has been fined $115,000 after workers contracted to do repairs at Yellowknife’s museum were exposed to asbestos without proper protection. At one point a government supervisor held […]

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Public Works held back documents on asbestos in tax centre building

May 23, 2015  |  Filed under Articles

Jordan Press, Ottawa Citizen May 21, 2015 The federal Public Works department kept documents secret about an Ottawa building where concerns have been raised about employees being exposed to asbestos, newly released documents show. The documents about health and safety concerns at the Canada Revenue Agency building on Heron Road […]

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Russia helps block export restriction on asbestos

May 16, 2015  |  Filed under Articles

Nina Larson, AFP Published Saturday, May 16, 2015 GENEVA – Four countries including Russia have blocked a bid to add chrysotile asbestos to a list of dangerous substances subject to export restrictions, participants at a UN meeting in Geneva said Saturday. Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Zimbawe opposed listing the mineral […]

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New Web-Based Asbestos Registry and Advisory Committee Launched

May 8, 2015  |  Filed under Uncategorized

Released on May 4, 2015 The Government of Saskatchewan is launching a new user-friendly and searchable web-based Asbestos Registry as part of its ongoing work regarding asbestos safety. Along with the new registry, the government has established an Asbestos Advisory Committee to provide input to the Ministry of Labour Relations […]

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Canada urged to lobby to have asbestos added to UN hazardous list

May 8, 2015  |  Filed under Articles

Kelly Grant The Globe and Mail Published Monday, May. 04 2015 Canada should ban asbestos inside its borders and lobby aggressively to have the chrysotile form of the carcinogenic mineral added to the hazardous substances list of a United Nations treaty, according to a commentary published Monday in the Canadian […]

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