Body

Welcome to the Canadian Mesothelioma Foundation

Founded in 2008, the Canadian Mesothelioma Foundation is a largely volunteer-run registered charity, dedicated to raising awareness and understanding about mesothelioma in Canada. Mesothelioma is a rare cancer that is almost exclusively linked to asbestos exposure. The CMF supports mesothelioma patients and their families, as well as the development of a network of expertise in mesothelioma diagnosis, treatment and care across Canada. Learn more about us here.

version francaise

Bienvenue à la Fondation Canadienne du Mésothéliome

Fondée en 2008, La Fondation Canadienne du Mesotheliome est un organisme de bien faisance enregistré en grande partie géré par des bénévoles, dédié à la sensibilisaton et la comprehension sur le mésothéliome au Canada. Le mésothéliome est un cancer rare qui est presque exclusivement liée à l’exposition à l’amiante. La FCM soutient les patients de mésothéliome et leurs familles, ainsi que le développement d’un réseau d’expertise dans le diagnostique, les traitements, et les soins de mésothéliome à travers le Canada. Pour en savoir plus, cliquez ici

Body

M4M pic

Mission for Meso 2022

Mission for Meso fundraising campaign ended on September 26, International Mesothelioma Awareness Day.  The Canadian Mesothelioma Foundation joined organizations around the world in recognizing Mesothelioma Awareness Day.

Although asbestos is now banned in Canada, people continue to be exposed to asbestos because of its prevalence in our built environment.  Asbestos-related diseases continue to be the number one cause of workplace deaths.  

Thank you to all who supported and donated to our Mission for Meso fundraising campaign to help support Meso patients and their families.

Funds raised go to support Meso patients and their families in many ways including support groups, information on diagnosis and treatments, advocacy to prevent further exposures, and we provide funds for research to improve diagnosis, treatments and to find a cure.  But most of all we provide hope to those who receive this devastating diagnosis.

Thank you to all of our generous supporters!

 

 

British Columbia employer fined $710,488.79 for asbestos violations

On Friday, September 16th, CBC Vancouver reported that WorkSafeBC has issued a fine of $710,488.79 for asbestos violations at a work site in Kimberly, BC. The fine, which is the highest administrative penalty that WorkSafeBC has ever handed out, was levied against GFL Environmental because it failed to provide workers with personal protective equipment while they were conducting asbestos abatement work on a commercial building that had been damaged by fire and was believed to be cross contaminated with asbestos-containing materials. During a post-demolition inspection, WorkSafeBC inspectors witnessed "one of the firm's workers inside the containment area, loading debris into disposal bins with an excavator. The worker was not wearing personal protective equipment ... and exited the excavator, still within the containment area, without PPE." In a written statement, WorkSafeBC said "the firm failed to provide its workers with the information, instruction, training and supervision necessary to ensure their health and safety". All of the violations were high risk violations.

To read the CBC article: WorkSafeBC fines waste management company $710K for asbestos violations

 

Tags

Employer fined for knowingly exposing workers to asbestos

Asbestos Hazard Warning“More than half of all work-related fatalities are from occupational diseases, of which the majority are from exposure to asbestos. We cannot, and will not, tolerate employers endangering the lives of workers. There are profound consequences for this kind of egregious disregard for worker health and safety."

   – Al Johnson, Head of Prevention Services, WorkSafeBC

In November 2021, a contractor in B.C. was charged with offences under the Workers Compensation Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation for knowingly exposing between 13 and 15 workers to asbestos-containing material (some of whom worked for a third-party contractor). At a hearing in BC Provincial Court in March 2022, the contractor pleaded guilty and was fined $20K, plus a victim surcharge. In addition, he was prohibited from owning or operating a waste transfer facility or any other business that involves the management, handling, or disposal of asbestos-containing material for three years. Crown counsel submitted that the contractor had committed the offences in order to avoid the cost and responsibility of cleaning up an asbestos-contaminated worksite. Click here to read what WorkSafeBC says about this case.

Although banned in Canada in 2018, asbestos is still very much a part of the built environment and is found in more than 3,000 common building materials. As noted on WorkSafeBC's website, these include vinyl and linoleum flooring, stucco, loose-blown insulation, roof felt shingles, gypsum board filling compound, incandescent light fixture backings, and deck under-sheeting, among others. For that reason, it is really important that before renovating or demolishing a home or any structure built before 1990, all asbestos-containing materials be first identified by a qualified asbestos testing company or surveyor and then be safely removed by a qualified asbestos abatement contractor. WorkSafeBC's asbestos resources and information can be found here.

In March 2022, the BC Government amended Part 2 (Occupational Health and Safety) of the Workers Compensation Act to require that asbestos abatement contractors be licensed to operate in British Columbia, and that workers and employers who perform this work must complete mandatory safety training and certification.

Tags

CMF online support groups for patients & caregivers

An important objective of our organisation is to support the emotional health of patients living with mesothelioma, as well as the people who care for them.  Currently, we offer a number of private, invite-only Facebook groups for mesothelioma patients, loved ones and bereaved to connect with one another, share experiences and seek support from others in similar situations.  

To join one of our groups, please follow these steps: