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Canada completes long road to asbestos ban regulation

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CANADA COMPLETES LONG ROAD TO ASBESTOS BAN REGULATION:
Pivotal to halt use in products, stop exposure
October 18, 2018 Immediate Release

Toronto – The use of asbestos and asbestos containing products will no longer be permitted in Canada as of December 30, 2018 under regulations passed today by the Canadian government. Canada now joins over 55 countries that have banned the use of asbestos. This regulation, supported very widely in Canada, is an essential step to stop asbestos exposure and protect health of workers and the public.
“We commend the government of Canada for taking this critically important step to radically reduce future exposure of Canadians, especially workers, to the harms of asbestos,” states Theresa McClenaghan, Executive Director and Counsel, Canadian Environmental Law. “This ban marks a necessary shift in Canada’s history with asbestos use, manufacture, import and export.”
The regulation prohibits the import, use, sale, manufacture and export of asbestos and products with asbestos, and outlines permitting and reporting regimes for a narrow range of allowable uses.
“Eliminating the use of asbestos provides an opportunity for innovation to find safe alternatives to the use of asbestos, for example brake pads and asbestos cement pipes. This will create jobs in Canada.” states Alec Farquhar, Coordinator, Asbestos Free Canada “The regulation requires accountability and reporting to the public. That’s a good thing! Stockpiles of asbestos and products containing asbestos, for example, are not allowed once the regulation is in place.”

There were approximately 530 new cases of mesothelioma in 2011 and 1900 lung cancer due to asbestos. “The number of new cancer due to asbestos continues to rise and we have to do everything possible to stop this.” said Paul Demers, Director, Occupational Cancer Research Centre.

“The Victims of Chemical Valley for Asbestos & Occupational Diseases congratulate the Canadian Government for their first step in the banning of Asbestos. First steps are always important and look forward to seeing actions around the legacy issues and the creation of building a registry and medical registry. Moving towards keeping all Canadians safe from future exposure to asbestos.” States Sandra Kinart, Chair, Victims of Chemical Valley for Asbestos & Occupational Diseases.

The regulations will result in substantial changes in asbestos use in key industry sectors such as construction and automotive, however, narrow exclusions remain for asbestos use including for a chlor- alkali plant until 2029, military equipment and nuclear facilities and reuse of mining residues and road materials.

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Union leader calls for asbestos registry, G&M

Click on link Mark Hume's Globe & Mail story on asbestos.
With the number of asbestos-related deaths continuing to climb across Canada, a B.C. union leader is calling for the urgent creation of a national registry of public buildings and marine vessels containing the heat-resistant fibrous mineral that causes cancer.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/bc-union-leader-cal...

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Cases of mesothelioma, deadly cancer caused by asbestos exposure, on rise: StatsCan

As reported by Canadian Press on CTV news

Click on this link for info: bit.ly/1Pk4j5B

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Canada's Asbestos Legacy

Please view the video here to learn more about Canada's deadly asbestos legacy. (Source: Globe and Mail)

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Mesothelioma Awareness Day

September 26th, 2015 is Mesothelioma Awareness Day. The incidence of mesothelioma, an extremely aggressive cancer, continues to rise. It is now one of the top causes of death in the workplace in Canada. Although the use of new asbestos in Canada has decreased, it remains in old homes and office buildings; it doesn’t just go away. We need your support to fight this terrible disease - to help raise awareness, the critical need for prevention, provide education and support to those affected by mesothelioma as well as to build a network of health care professionals with diagnostic and treatment expertise across Canada for victims of mesothelioma.
Until recently, Canada exported asbestos and continues today to import asbestos in items such as brake linings and pipes.

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CBC The National: Asbestos Screening Fears

CBC March 21, 2012 The National

The deadly damage caused by asbestos has not yet peaked, CBC's Kelly Crowe reports

http://www.cbc.ca/video/#/News/TV_Shows/The_National/1233408557/ID=2213512052 

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CBC The National: Asbestos in the Garage

CBC

March 20 2012: Mechanics are being exposed to the deadly carcinogen, which can still be found lurking in local garages, CBC's Margo McDiarmid reports

http://www.cbc.ca/video/#/News/TV_Shows/The_National/1233408557/ID=22131...

March 20 2012: Asbestos brake pad ban proposed

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2012/03/20/asbestos-brake-ban-propos...

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Asbestos mine's revival doomed: Quebec politician

March 3 2012
The Canadian Press

http://bit.ly/AshGGA

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Asbestos registry needed - says cancer patient

February 28, 2012 CBC

Food plant inspector exposed to asbestos while working in older buildings 

 http://www.cbc.ca/m/touch/news/story/2012/02/27/asbestos-building-regist...

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North American Declaration to Eliminate Asbestos-Related Disease

Please consider signing this important petition initiated by the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization and the Canadian Voices for Asbestos Victims.

Click here to learn more: http://www.asbestosdiseaseawareness.org/archives/8523

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