Asbestos revealed as Canada’s top cause of workplace death

December 16, 2014  |  Filed under Articles

By Tavia Grant The Globe and Mail Published Monday, Dec. 15 2014 Asbestos exposure is the single largest on-the-job killer in Canada, accounting for more than a third of total workplace death claims approved last year and nearly a third since 1996, new national data obtained by The Globe and […]

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Brazil’s Asbestos Industry: The Human Cost

December 4, 2014  |  Filed under Uncategorized

Interesting parallels to the asbestos situation in Brazil and what we face in Canada.  This video depicts the strong will of industry and their willingness to use their deep pockets to keep the asbestos industry alive despite the toll it is taking on Brazilian workers.  

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December 3, 2014  |  Filed under Uncategorized

BY HARRY DE QUETTEVILLE One person who has never been able to pinpoint his exposure to asbestos is Graham Abbott, a GP. Like Andrew Lawson, Abbott, 50, suspects that he was exposed to asbestos while working in hospitals. “I have worked at a hospital where positive asbestos claims have been […]

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December 1, 2014  |  Filed under Uncategorized

BY HARRY DE QUETTEVILLE It’s been illegal for decades, but asbestos is everywhere, embedded in our homes, schools, offices and shops. It’s now killing more people in Britain than anywhere else in the world. Andrew Lawson was the kind of man whose force of personality could shake things up, even […]

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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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