Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Asbestos: Shame on us Canadians!

Caption - Globe and Mail, June 14, 2014 - "John Nolan had a fatal cancer directly linked to his exposure to asbestos at an office job in the 1980s. He had a lung removed this year but says every breath is still 'like drowning'."... Photo by Louie Palu/Zuma Press

"Seven of Canada's top 10 markets are Third World countries. Still, the Canadian government, the asbestos industry and lobby groups are trying to put a good face on the asbestos industry.

Recently, diplomats stationed here were flown to asbestos- producing regions on an all-expense-paid first-class junket. Journalists have been cultivated with similar perks.

Philip Landrigan, of New York's Mount Sinai School of Medicine - the centre that first linked cancer to asbestos in the 1960s - says the asbestos lobby's claim that the fibre is safe is "absolutely untrue."

"Asbestos remains an important cause of human illness," says Landrigan. "All forms of asbestos are carcinogenic, and that includes Canadian chrysotile." 

...Canada's deadly trade in asbestos written by Mark Bourrie, TWN

Speak out against asbestos mining by sending a letter or note of protest to: 

Jeffrey Mines Inc.   (the largest mine in Canada)

And check out the website for the Global Ban Asbestos Network




This photo was taken by Indonesian activist Muchamad Darisman. It shows people, including children, walking in a dump full of asbestos. The dump contains waste from the Djabesmen factory, the biggest manufacturer of chrysotile asbestos roofs in Indonesia. One can see bags with the logo of Lab Chrysotile, an asbestos mine situated at Thetford Mines, Quebec.


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