New Workplace Asbestos Guidelines

The Canadian government, gearing up for its planned asbestos ban by 2018, enforced some changes to the Canadian Labour Code. Specifically, it involved the occupational health and safety regulations governing the handling of asbestos.

Changes
On July 12, 2017, new amendments were added to the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, and national building codes were also amended, to prohibit the use of asbestos in any new construction or renovation projects. The feds even formalized their support for listing chrysotile asbestos — which previous Canadian governments long championed — on the Rotterdam Convention as a hazardous material.

That’s quite a big step forward, and one that was a long time in coming. Some of the specific changes:

  • The onus is on employers to provide adequate education, training, and a full blown asbestos exposure management program anytime employees handle the substance, or engage in some kind of activity, such as repairs, that may bring them into contact with asbestos.
  • Standards will be consistent across the provinces and territories when it comes to levels of friable or airborne asbestos fibres.
  • The goal is lower the risk of asbestos exposure on the job as close to zero as possible.

The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, is quoted in a media release. “Every employee has the right to a safe workplace. I’m proud to be announcing these long overdue regulatory changes on asbestos, a key element of our government’s comprehensive ban on asbestos.”

Asbestos in your Home?
At one time, asbestos was considered a miracle mineral. If your home was built before the mid-1980s, you may be able to find asbestos or asbestos containing material in virtually any part of your home from ceiling to floor tiles, wall panels to pipe insulation.

If you believe your home contains asbestos, we can help. You can trust the experienced asbestos removal experts and asbestos remediation experts at Green Stream Environmental to take care of your asbestos issues. In the Toronto area contact Environmental at (416) 818-9414. Contact us for a quote today.

Featured in Mike Holmes’ magazine, HGTV’s Income Properties, W Network’s Love It Or List It and chosen by Homestars.com as “Best Toronto Asbestos Removal Company” based on customer ratings and reviews, GreenStream Environmental Services are fully-certified, trusted and insured professionals in the removal and disposal of commercial, industrial, institutional and residential asbestos, vermiculite and mould (hazardous and non-hazardous). Providing emergency service 24/7/365 for all of Toronto and the GTA (North York, Mississauga, Markham, Brampton, Scarborough, Ajax, Oshawa, and beyond) GreenStream has over 40 combined years of experience serving clients such as the City of Toronto, the Toronto District School Board and many more. For a free estimate in Toronto, the GTA and Southern Ontario, call today at 416-818-9414. You’ll be glad you did.

Trendy DIY Renos or Asbestos Risk?

WorkSafeBC has launched a campaign we’d like to see make waves across the country, warning homeowners about the risk of asbestos when it comes to home renovations.

Home renovations are undergoing a new renaissance. It makes sense; with the price of housing climbing through the roof, it’s often a better choice to renovate than move. There is plenty of help to DIYers, from TV shows to Youtube tutorials and stores set up with experts to tap for advice.

But, there’s also a huge potential problem that most of those DIY lessons don’t tell you about: asbestos.

The Asbestos Reality
Homes built before 1990 could contain asbestos in various forms. That may include pretty much anywhere from floor to ceiling.

  • Asbestos contaminated vermiculite insulation, particularly in attics;
  • Asbestos/vinyl floor tiles;
  • Asbestos “acoustic” ceiling tiles;
  • Popcorn ceilings (the texture comes from…you guessed it, asbestos);
  • Wall panels;
  • Textured paints;
  • Drywall mud;
  • Window and door sealing putty;
  • Pipe chasing and insulation;
  • and more!

In most cases, asbestos or asbestos containing materials are considered safe as long as they are intact. That’s why renovations can be so problematic. Once you start drilling, opening walls, and creating dust, you may be creating friable (or inhalable) asbestos.

Asbestos is fire retardant and nearly indestructible. At one time, it seemed like a miracle construction material — until decades later, when workers who’d been exposed to asbestos began to sicken and die.

The dangers of asbestos are real and well documented, and no amount of exposure is considered safe. It can cause a host of respiratory issues, including lung cancers. The asbestos fibres are inhaled, and they never leave your lungs, causing scarring and eventually, changes that can lead to cancer and even mesothelioma, a unique type of malignancy that is caused only by asbestos exposure and is always fatal. It’s not alarmist – it’s reality.

Trust GreenStream
You can trust the experienced asbestos removal experts and asbestos remediation experts at GreenStream Environmental to take care of the issue for you. In the Toronto area contact GreenStreamEnvironmental.ca at (416) 818-9414. Contact us for a quote today.

Featured in Mike Holmes’ magazine, HGTV’s Income Properties, W Network’s Love It Or List It and chosen by Homestars.com as “Best Toronto Asbestos Removal Company” based on customer ratings and reviews, GreenStream Environmental Services are fully-certified, trusted and insured professionals in the removal and disposal of commercial, industrial, institutional and residential asbestos, vermiculite and mould (hazardous and non-hazardous). Providing emergency service 24/7/365 for all of Toronto and the GTA (North York, Mississauga, Markham, Brampton, Scarborough, Ajax, Oshawa, and beyond) GreenStream has over 40 combined years of experience serving clients such as the City of Toronto, the Toronto District School Board and many more. For a free estimate in Toronto, the GTA and Southern Ontario, call today at 416-818-9414. You’ll be glad you did.

Asbestos – a Modern Day Reality

The Globe and Mail reported today that the costs of dealing with asbestos related cancers like mesothelioma has soared to $1.7 billion per year – and that’s only for new work-related cases.

The estimates come from the Institute for Work & Health, a research facility. The report estimates that each case costs about $818,000 – that includes health care, lost productivity from work and diminished quality of life.

Asbestos causes more work-related deaths than any other reason and there have been more than 5,700 claims in the last two decades.

The Asbestos Legacy
Even though Prime Minister Trudeau has said the government is “moving forward” on a total asbestos ban, it doesn’t of course remove what is already in place. Since it was used in both public and private buildings over many decades until about the mid-1980’s, it can be found in many places in your home. Here’s how to avoid asbestos exposure.

Asbestos in building construction is often found mixed with other materials such as cement or vinyl. As long as that material remains intact, it is considered safe, since the harm to human health comes from inhaling the asbestos fibres.

You can’t tell what is asbestos or not just by examining it. You will need to have a professional asbestos inspection of your home or property to be sure.

If there is asbestos in your home, you want the material to remain intact. Any work that can open walls or damage those asbestos containing materials can create asbestos fibres. That includes:

  • Sawing, drilling, partial or complete wall removal;
  • Removing vermiculite insulation (which often contains asbestos);
  • Removing old boilers or any pipe insulation (which often contains asbestos);
  • Removing old layers of roofing shingles;
  • Removing or repairing popcorn ceilings;
  • Removing old layers of floor tiles;
  • Repairing or replacing old acoustic ceiling tiles.

Liability
Even without considering your own health and that of your family, you could be liable for people who work in your home. You are of course free to work on your own home, but if you hire workers for home renovations and don’t test for asbestos, you can be held liable for any damages. If you have child or elder care workers in your home, housecleaners or others who may be considered in your employ, you can be held liable for their exposure to asbestos.

Let Us Help
If you suspect the presence of asbestos in your home, you can’t afford to cut corners or “save money” while you damage your health and that of your family if the material is disturbed in any way. You can trust the experienced asbestos removal experts and asbestos remediation experts at GreenStream Environmental to take care of the issue for you. In the Toronto area contact GreenStreamEnvironmental.ca at (416) 818-9414. Contact us for a quote today.

Featured in Mike Holmes’ magazine, HGTV’s Income Properties, W Network’s Love It Or List It and chosen by Homestars.com as “Best Toronto Asbestos Removal Company” based on customer ratings and reviews, GreenStream Environmental Services are fully-certified, trusted and insured professionals in the removal and disposal of commercial, industrial, institutional and residential asbestos, vermiculite and mould (hazardous and non-hazardous). Providing emergency service 24/7/365 for all of Toronto and the GTA (North York, Mississauga, Markham, Brampton, Scarborough, Ajax, Oshawa, and beyond) GreenStream has over 40 combined years of experience serving clients such as the City of Toronto, the Toronto District School Board and many more. For a free estimate in Toronto, the GTA and Southern Ontario, call today at 416-818-9414. You’ll be glad you did.

Tragic Death of Asbestos Advocate Reminds of Vermiculite Dangers

As 2015 came to a close, headlines across the country brought the news of the tragic passing of Raven ThunderSky, an asbestos advocate.

Buildings in the First Nations reservation she grew up on in Manitoba were insulated with vermiculite that was contaminated with asbestos. ThunderSky had already lost several relatives to asbestos-related disease.

Zonolite – the brand of insulation in question – was used by the federal government for First Nations and military properties, leaving scores of people exposed to the deadly mineral. Ms ThunderSky was 50 years old when she succumbed to mesothelioma.

Vermiculite Insulation
The sad story illustrates the very real consequences that can come from asbestos exposure and vermiculite insulation is one of the major sources.

Vermiculite by itself is not a toxic material in any way and is often used by gardeners and others as part of a soil mix for plants. The problem is that most of the vermiculite insulation sold in North America came from the now infamous mine in Libby, Montana – where the deposits of vermiculite were found to be laced with deadly asbestos.

Vermiculite was used for insulation because it is a material that will expand as it heats up. That makes it good fill material. It is brown and/or grey and resembles pepples.

Vermiculite Insulation in Your Home?
It was widely used for residential and commercial insulation, particularly in attics because you can easily spray it into oddly shaped spaces and it tends to settle downwards.

Vermiculite insulation was widely used until the 1970’s, only gradually phased out after 1989 and not entirely banned until December 2003 in Canada. That means if your home is more than 13 years old, there is a chance it may still contain contaminated vermiculite insulation.

  • Important: If you open the walls for renovations, home alarm or home theatre installation, and you encounter any such substance, please do not investigate further.
  • You likely won’t be able to tell just by looking at it whether it contains asbestos unless you are an expert and even then the differences can be subtle.
  • It is dangerous when disturbed and the fibres can be inhaled – containment is essential. Seal up the area as best you can and please call us right away to help you take care of this health hazard.

When it comes to asbestos, the material is considered safe when intact. However, asbestos used in older homes is already decades old and the other materials often mixed with it – such as concrete – are prone to deterioration at this point.

If you have a problem with mould or asbestos in your home, you can trust the experienced mould removal technicians and asbestos removal experts at GreenStream Environmental to take care of the issue for you.

In the Toronto area contact GreenStreamEnvironmental.ca at (416) 818-9414. Contact us for a quote today.

Featured in Mike Holmes’ magazine, HGTV’s Income Properties, W Network’s Love It Or List It and chosen by Homestars.com as “Best Toronto Asbestos Removal Company” based on customer ratings and reviews, GreenStream Environmental Services are fully-certified, trusted and insured professionals in the removal and disposal of commercial, industrial, institutional and residential asbestos, vermiculite and mould (hazardous and non-hazardous). Providing emergency service 24/7/365 for all of Toronto and the GTA (North York, Mississauga, Markham, Brampton, Scarborough, Ajax, Oshawa, and beyond) GreenStream has over 40 combined years of experience serving clients such as the City of Toronto, the Toronto District School Board and many more. For a free estimate in Toronto, the GTA and Southern Ontario, call today at 416-818-9414. You’ll be glad you did.

Deaths from Asbestos Related Mesothelioma Continue to Rise

Decades after it was largely removed from use in everyday objects, asbestos continues to haunt both the industrialized and developing worlds. Statistics Canada recently released figures that show the health effects, including the number of cases and deaths from mesothelioma, the deadly cancer caused only by asbestos exposure, continue to be on the rise. Some of the figures;

  • In 1992, there were 276 new cases;
  • In 2012, there were 560 new cases.
  • In 2000, there were 292 deaths;
  • In 2012, there were 467 deaths.

The spike is clear and alarming – and the trend seems set to continue without an end in sight. The figures also only take mesothelioma into account; there are other lung cancers and diseases caused by exposure to asbestos that likely swell the numbers to double at least, according to experts.

There have been calls on the new federal government to enact a full ban on asbestos in this country and to support the listing of chrysotile asbestos as a hazardous substance under the UN’s Rotterdam Convention.

What Does It Mean For You?
If your home was built before the 1980’s, it almost certainly contains asbestos in one form or another. Fire retardant and nearly indestructible, asbestos was once considered a “miracle” material and used widely in both residential and industrial construction – literally from floor to ceiling.

The federal government may be waffling but you can make a definitive move to protect your health, that of your family and even your pets by “banning” or removing asbestos where it may occur in your home.

Our experienced and certified asbestos removal technicians are available to help you with your asbestos issues and answer any questions you may have. You’ll have peace of mind knowing the job is in safe and experienced hands.

In the Toronto area contact GreenStreamEnvironmental.ca at (416) 818-9414. Contact us for a quote today.

Featured in Mike Holmes’ magazine, HGTV’s Income Properties, W Network’s Love It Or List It and chosen by Homestars.com as “Best Toronto Asbestos Removal Company” based on customer ratings and reviews, GreenStream Environmental Services are fully-certified, trusted and insured professionals in the removal and disposal of commercial, industrial, institutional and residential asbestos, vermiculite and mould (hazardous and non-hazardous). Providing emergency service 24/7/365 for all of Toronto and the GTA (North York, Mississauga, Markham, Brampton, Scarborough, Ajax, Oshawa, and beyond) GreenStream has over 40 combined years of experience serving clients such as the City of Toronto, the Toronto District School Board and many more. For a free estimate in Toronto, the GTA and Southern Ontario, call today at 416-818-9414. You’ll be glad you did.

The Legacy of Asbestos

As asbestos exposure is revealed as Canada’s leading cause of workplace deaths and the World Health Organization estimates that one third of workplace cancers are caused by the mineral which was once hailed as the “miracle” construction material.

A recent article in the revered medical journal The Lancet estimated total deaths worldwide from asbestos exposure at just under 200,000 – and many experts believe the peak has yet to come.

What Happened??
A recent article in the magazine Popular Mechanics took note of the “horrifying” era when asbestos was king.

Historic footage from 1942 compiled on video that extols the virtues of fireproof asbestos cloth shows a housewife of the early 20th century calmly slicing – and shredding – asbestos on her kitchen table. Women in a factory cut and sew asbestos fabrics with no protective equipment while others smile as they unfold the fabric – now curtains and tablecloths – in their homes.

While sometimes the ironies of history can be amusing, in this case they are tragic. The workers shown in the film clips were actually creating the tiny, inhalable fibres that work their way into the lungs and never come out. The effects of asbestos in causing lung ailments and cancers including deadly mesothelioma were not known until decades later when workers like these began to sicken and die.

Asbestos in Your Home
If your home was constructed before the mid-1980’s it almost certainly contains asbestos in one form or another and can appear in many places including – but not limited to:

  • Floor tiles;
  • Roofing materials;
  • Indoor and outdoor window and door caulking;
  • Acoustic ceiling tiles;
  • Wall panels;
  • Textured paints;
  • Attic insulation (vermiculite);
  • Popcorn ceilings.

There is no safe level of exposure to inhalable asbestos. While the material is considered safe while it remains intact, damage over time, renovations, flooding and any number of other factors can create friable asbestos fibres.

Safe – Not Sorry
If your home contains asbestos or asbestos containing materials (ACM) the safest route is complete asbestos removal or asbestos remediation. It’s too serious to take chances. If you suspect the presence of asbestos in your home or on your property, call the experts at GreenStream.

In the Toronto area contact GreenStreamEnvironmental.ca at (416) 818-9414. Contact us for a quote today.

Featured in Mike Holmes’ magazine, HGTV’s Income Properties, W Network’s Love It Or List It and chosen by Homestars.com as “Best Toronto Asbestos Removal Company” based on customer ratings and reviews, GreenStream Environmental Services are fully-certified, trusted and insured professionals in the removal and disposal of commercial, industrial, institutional and residential asbestos, vermiculite and mould (hazardous and non-hazardous). Providing emergency service 24/7/365 for all of Toronto and the GTA (North York, Mississauga, Markham, Brampton, Scarborough, Ajax, Oshawa, and beyond) GreenStream has over 40 combined years of experience serving clients such as the City of Toronto, the Toronto District School Board and many more. For a free estimate in Toronto, the GTA and Southern Ontario, call today at 416-818-9414. You’ll be glad you did.

GS Co-Owner Manny Oliveira Quoted in Globe and Mail Piece on Asbestos

GreenStream’s co-owner Manny Oliveira was recently quoted in the Globe and Mail, Canada’s national newspaper, in the first of a series of pieces that take a hard hitting look at the federal government’s legacy of promoting the asbestos industry.

The articles points out that, in contrast with 52 other countries across the globe, the Canadian federal government has yet to enact a ban on asbestos. And, even though it’s been virtually taken out of use in the construction industry, asbestos exposure continues to be a concern today even as rates of mesothelioma climb.

The federal government’s stance continues to be that asbestos is safe as long as it’s intact and undisturbed, but given its prevalence in the architecture of previous decades – how realistic is that assumption? It’s actually quite easy to disturb asbestos or asbestos containing materials when they are found in so many areas of buildings constructed prior to the 1980’s.

Asbestos can become airborne in many ways, including:

  • cutting pipes
  • renovations
  • installing insulation
  • duct work
  • installing electrical systems like security, PA, stereo or home entertainment systems

Manny lent his expertise to that discussion. From the Globe and Mail:

Manny Oliveira, co-owner of Toronto-based asbestos-removal firm Greenstream Environmental Inc., estimates that “less than 10 per cent” of the thousands of home renos under way in Toronto have had testing for asbestos and then followed proper procedures for safe removal.

He has watched contractors haul out bags of asbestos to the dump and then reuse the bags. He has been called into homes after other firms have botched a job, stirring up asbestos in an attic and spreading it throughout the premises. “There tends to be a lot of cowboys out there who aren’t following the rules,” Mr. Oliveira says. “A lot of times they leave the place in a worse state than if they’d never showed up.”

As a point of fact, between 2000 and 2011, more than 4,000 people died of mesothelioma and the number of new cases has almost doubled to about 500 people per year since 1992.

The first part of the story focuses on the stark and sad story of a man who contracted deadly mesothelioma while working for a convention centre that underwent renovations. The workers had protective gear, but he and other office workers simply carried on as usual next door while the ventilation system dispersed the asbestos fibres everywhere in the building.

Don’t Take Chances
The threat to human health of asbestos is real. If your home was built before the 1980’s, it may contain asbestos in many places from floor to ceiling tiles. Let us help!.

Our experienced asbestos removal technicians can tackles any asbestos removal or remediation job, big or small. In the Toronto area contact GreenStreamEnvironmental.ca at (416) 818-9414. Contact us for a quote today.

Featured in Mike Holmes’ magazine, HGTV’s Income Properties, W Network’s Love It Or List It and chosen by Homestars.com as “Best Toronto Asbestos Removal Company” based on customer ratings and reviews, GreenStream Environmental Services are fully-certified, trusted and insured professionals in the removal and disposal of commercial, industrial, institutional and residential asbestos, vermiculite and mould (hazardous and non-hazardous). Providing emergency service 24/7/365 for all of Toronto and the GTA (North York, Mississauga, Markham, Brampton, Scarborough, Ajax, Oshawa, and beyond) GreenStream has over 40 combined years of experience serving clients such as the City of Toronto, the Toronto District School Board and many more. For a free estimate in Toronto, the GTA and Southern Ontario, call today at 416-818-9414.  You’ll be glad you did.

Study Finds Firefighters at Risk of Mesothelioma

Toronto firefighters are joining others across the country in joining the Movember movement to grow a moustache this month and raise money for prostate cancer and men’s health. The annual fundraising event was built specifically to address prostate cancer – and firefighters have a 28% higher risk of developing it than the general population. But, firefighters are also at an increased risk of developing other cancers, including mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure.

A 5-year National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) study of U.S. firefighters  found a definite link between mesothelioma and firefighters. The study was the first to document what they’re calling “excess malignant mesothelioma” in firefighters, with the results tested by various analytic techniques. The authors of the study concluded,  “Our results provide evidence of a relation between firefighting and cancer. The new finding of excess malignant mesothelioma is noteworthy, given that asbestos exposure is a known hazard of firefighting.”

People often associate the risks of mesothelioma with prolonged exposure over time, as in the case of shipyard or other industrial workers who dealt with it on a daily basis. However, the link with firefighters proves that it’s not always due to constant or steady exposure.

Asbestos and Your Home
If your home was built before the late 1980’s, it’s likely to contain asbestos in one form or another. You don’t have to have a fire to potentially expose you, your family and also the people who may work on your home in one capacity or another. Any work that opens up walls or requires cutting into construction materials may restuls in asbestos exposure. This may include:

  • Renovations and remodeling
  • Demolition, tearing down walls
  • Installing security and fire systems
  • Installing new windows or doors

Your responsibilities as the homeowner are outlined by provincial laws – you can check them out at this link.

We Can Help
Let us help; our seasoned team of asbestos removal experts can handle large or smaller asbestos remediation or removal jobs.

In the Toronto area contact GreenStreamEnvironmental.ca at (416) 818-9414. Contact us for a quote today.

Featured in Mike Holmes’ magazine, HGTV’s Income Properties, W Network’s Love It Or List It and chosen by Homestars.com as “Best Toronto Asbestos Removal Company” based on customer ratings and reviews, GreenStream Environmental Services are fully-certified, trusted and insured professionals in the removal and disposal of commercial, industrial, institutional and residential asbestos, vermiculite and mould (hazardous and non-hazardous). Providing emergency service 24/7/365 for all of Toronto and the GTA (North York, Mississauga, Markham, Brampton, Scarborough, Ajax, Oshawa, and beyond) GreenStream has over 40 combined years of experience serving clients such as the City of Toronto, the Toronto District School Board and many more. For a free estimate in Toronto, the GTA and Southern Ontario, call today at 416-818-9414.  You’ll be glad you did.

Canadian Federal Government Finally Backs Down from Asbestos Stance

Just as we speculated a couple of weeks ago, the federal government has now jumped off the sinking ship of asbestos production and exportation from Quebec.  Specifically, the Harper government has reversed the pro-asbestos stand it’s held in the face of international outcry and announced that it will no longer block international efforts to add chrysotile asbestos – the variety found and mined in Quebec – from the Rotterdam Convention.

The Rotterdam Convention
The Rotterdam Convention is a treaty entered into under the auspices of the United Nations and consists of a list of known hazardous materials. Materials that fall under the list are subject to trade restrictions. The important thing is that the list can only exist by consensus, so Canada’s stubborn stance has meant the difference between listing it and not.

It’s ironic that Canadians have the separatist Parti Québécois to thank for the development. The newly elected provincial government and its leader, Pauline Marois, have stated they will cancel the $58 million loan the previous provincial government promised to reopen the giant Jeffrey Mine. There have even been statements to the effect that they intend to ban chrysotile asbestos mining altogether.

Now, Ottawa will finally put money where it should be, offering up to $50 million towards diversifying the economy in the areas of Quebec where they mine it.

In Your Home Too?
The fact is that here in North America we are still dealing with the fallout from a decades long dependence on asbestos for construction purposes. Fire resistant and nearly indestructible, it was once considered a ‘miracle’ construction material. It was only after decades of exposure that the first signs of its health effects – including incurable mesothelioma – became evident.

  • The fact of the matter is that if a house was built before 1970, you have to assume that it contains asbestos, and it may appear in a wide variety of places.
  • If you’re planning on buying an older home, an asbestos inspection should be an essential part of your pre-purchase checklist.

Before you buy, call in the experts from GreenStream Environmental Services for an asbestos inspection. If you already own an older home, we offer professional vermiculite and asbestos remediation services to help you contain and then rid yourself of this problem.

In the Toronto area contact GreenStreamEnvironmental.ca at (416) 818-9414.

Featured in Mike Holmes’ magazine, HGTV’s Income Properties, W Network’s Love It Or List It and chosen by Homestars.com as “Best Toronto Asbestos Removal Company” based on customer ratings and reviews, GreenStream Environmental Services are fully-certified, trusted and insured professionals in the removal and disposal of commercial, industrial, institutional and residential asbestos, vermiculite and mould (hazardous and non-hazardous). Providing emergency service 24/7/365 for all of Toronto and the GTA (North York, Mississauga, Markham, Brampton, Scarborough, Ajax, Oshawa, and beyond) GreenStream has over 40 combined years of experience serving clients such as the City of Toronto, the Toronto District School Board and many more. For a free estimate in Toronto, the GTA and Southern Ontario, call today at 416-818-9414.  You’ll be glad you did

Does the Parti Québécois (PQ) Victory Mean the End of Canadian Asbestos Exportation?

The recent Québec election that saw the Parti Québécois recapturing the province may spell the end of the Canadian exportation industry. During the campaign, Parti Québécois leader Pauline Marois herself previously stated that if elected her government would cancel the $58-million loan which was extended by the Jean Charest government to the company looking to re-open the giant Jeffrey asbestos mine.

The PQ’s anti-asbestos stance was echoed by the Québec Solidaire party as well. In contrast, the federal government has always expressed its support of the asbestos industry and went so far as to participate in a successful effort to block an international ban on asbestos under the Rotterdam Convention earlier this summer. However, without private or public financing, the Jeffrey Mine project will be a non-starter.

In Your Home Too?
It’s hard to understand any justification for exporting asbestos when we’re still dealing with the fallout from North America’s decades long dependence on the material for construction purposes. Fire resistant and nearly indestructible, it was once considered a ‘miracle’ construction material. It was only after decades of exposure that the first signs of its health effects – including incurable mesothelioma – became evident.

The fact of the matter is that if a house was built before 1970, you have to assume that it contains asbestos, and it may appear in a wide variety of places.

If you’re planning on buying an older home, an asbestos inspection should be an essential part of your pre-purchase checklist.

Before you buy, call in the experts from GreenStream Environmental Services for an asbestos inspection. If you already own an older home, we offer professional vermiculite and asbestos remediation services to help you contain and then rid yourself of this problem.

In the Toronto area contact GreenStreamEnvironmental.ca at (416) 818-9414.

Featured in Mike Holmes’ magazine, HGTV’s Income Properties, W Network’s Love It Or List It and chosen by Homestars.com as “Best Toronto Asbestos Removal Company” based on customer ratings and reviews, GreenStream Environmental Services are fully-certified, trusted and insured professionals in the removal and disposal of commercial, industrial, institutional and residential asbestos, vermiculite and mould (hazardous and non-hazardous). Providing emergency service 24/7/365 for all of Toronto and the GTA (North York, Mississauga, Markham, Brampton, Scarborough, Ajax, Oshawa, and beyond) GreenStream has over 40 combined years of experience serving clients such as the City of Toronto, the Toronto District School Board and many more. For a free estimate in Toronto, the GTA and Southern Ontario, call today at 416-818-9414.  You’ll be glad you did