Canadian Asbestos Production in the News

Canadian asbestos production and exportation continues to grab the headlines in two recent stories.

While the Conservative government’s official line is solidly behind the Quebec-based asbestos industry, it seems that at least some individual Conservative MPs aren’t entirely sure of that position.

A group of Conservative MPs recently asked industry experts to meet with them on Parliament Hill to discuss the issue. Representatives of the Chrysotile Institute and industry scientists attended a private meeting with them that lasted several hours. It remains to be seen whether this will affect their or the government’s stance on this controversial subject.

At one time, the Canadian asbestos industry ranked first in the world, supplying about 85% of the world’s production in the early parts of the last century. The fireproof and nearly indestructible qualities of asbestos made it seem ideal for construction, and it became a much valued commodity worldwide until the early 1970’s, when its danger to human health became more and more evident.

Times have changed drastically over the last four decades. In November 2011, Canadian asbestos production fell to a complete halt for the first time in 130 years. As this blog reported recently, investors in the monster Jeffrey Mine are waiting on Quebec government approval for loan guarantees in order to re-open. It’s reported that operational issues are behind the closure of the only other operational asbestos mine, the Lac d’amiante du Canada site in Thetford Mines.

As these temporary issues get sorted out, activists on both sides of the asbestos exportation issue continue to lobby for support.

Asbestos may exist in your home in a variety of places both indoors and out, particularly if it was constructed before 1970. Those places include siding, insulation, floor and ceiling tiles and so-called “popcorn” ceiling treatments, among others.

If you suspect any kind of asbestos use in your home, and before any renovation projects, please DO NOT DISTURB OR HANDLE the material in question. The danger from asbestos comes from inhaling the fibres, and anything you can do to contain or avoid it until you can call in the experts from GreenStream Environmental Services will help to minimize the impact. It is not considered dangerous if the tile or other material is still intact.

At GreenStream Environmental Services, we offer professional vermiculite and asbestos remediation services and fast quotes to help get peace of mind as quickly as possible.  In the Toronto area contact GreenStreamEnvironmental.ca – Toronto’s asbestos removal specialists – at (416) 818-9414.

Members of the Toronto Construction Association, 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, mould (hazardous and non-hazardous). Providing emergency service 24/7/365 for all of Toronto and the GTA (North York, Mississauga, Brampton, Oakville, Markham and Ontario), 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.

Victims of Asbestos Protest Proposal to Reopen Quebec’s Jeffrey Mine

As the Quebec government considers a proposal to re-open the bankrupt Jeffrey asbestos mine by a group of investors – a deal that would involve $58 million in provincial loan guarantees – Ontario families of asbestos victims held a news conference in Toronto in early November. The group, mainly from the Sarnia area, related heartrending stories of the ravages of mesothelioma and the other lung problems engendered by exposure to asbestos.

The group, with the backing of Sarnia’s mayor, invited Baljit Chadha, the lead investor in the proposed project, to come to Sarnia, Ontario and meet with asbestos victims and their families. Sarnia’s waterfront is home to a memorial to the workplace victims of asbestos exposure. The victim’s group went even further, urging government help for workers currently at the remaining asbestos mines in this country in order to transition to other industries.

Mr. Chadha is president of Balcorp Ltd., an international marketing and investment firm based in Montreal, and hopes to revive the Jeffrey asbestos mine – the world’s second largest – with a view to exportation of asbestos to the developing world, including his native country of India along with Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Pakistan, and the Philippines. The Jeffrey Mine contains chrysotile asbestos, and in the face of growing protests, company representatives went so far earlier this year as to say they do not believe this variety of asbestos to be harmful to humans. Will the Quebec government continue to support this industry, and will Mr. Chadha visit Sarnia?

The hazards of asbestos are well documented, and may be present in a wide variety of areas in your own home here in the GTA, including siding, ceiling tiles, insulation and more, particularly if your house was built before 1970.

If you suspect the presence of asbestos in your home, and before any renovation projects, the trained and fully-certified asbestos experts at Greenstream Environmental can handle your asbestos remediation and removal needs. Call us for a quote today – Toronto’s asbestos removal specialists – 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, mould (hazardous and non-hazardous). Providing emergency service 24/7/365 for all of Toronto and the GTA, 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.

Asbestos in Vermiculite Insulation Evacuates Guelph Daycare Centre

The recent discovery of asbestos in the Willowdale Child Care and Learning Centre in Guelph led to the evacuation of children and employees.

A staff member of the daycare discovered insulation at the bottom of the doorframe and subsequent testing proved the existence of asbestos in the vermiculite type insulation. Alternative accommodations have been found and the local medical officer of health has ordered air quality testing to be sure of the risks.

What is Vermiculite?
Vermiculite is a natural mineral that expands when it’s heated, is lightweight and fire resistant. Those properties have led to its widespread use for a variety of construction, mechanical and industrial applications for over a century, including loose fill insulation that’s often found in attics. By itself, it does not present a health hazard, however, most of the vermiculite used for insulation in North America between 1919 and 1990 came from a mine in Montana that also contained asbestos deposits which contaminated the vermiculite.

Vermiculite insulation is lightweight and looks something like small sized foam chips that are grey or brownish in colour.

If you suspect vermiculite insulation in your home please DO NOT DISTURB OR HANDLE IT. The danger from asbestos comes from inhaling the fibres. Do anything you can do to contain or avoid it until you can call in the experts from GreenStream Environmental Services to help minimize the impact.

At GreenStream Environmental Services, we offer professional vermiculite and asbestos remediation services and fast quotes to help get you back on track as quickly as possible.

If you suspect the presence of asbestos in your home, and before any renovation projects, let GreenStream Environmental Inc. be your choice for asbestos and mould remediation in the Toronto area – contact GreenStreamEnvironmental.ca – Toronto’s asbestos removal specialists – 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, mould (hazardous and non-hazardous). Providing emergency service 24/7/365 for all of Toronto and the GTA, 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.

GreenStream Environmental Asbestos Services Save the Day on Love It Or List It

Greenstream Environmental was in the media spotlight on Love It Or List It, a popular program on the W Network. On the recent episode, an older home was undergoing demolition procedures during a renovation, and asbestos was discovered in the plaster walls.

The owners did what so many others have done – they called GreenStream Environmental Inc. for asbestos abatement and removal services.

The homeowners on Love It Or List It certainly aren’t alone. Asbestos was a widely used construction material for most of the 20th century and shows up in a variety of residential and commercial applications, including decorative plasterwork, so-called “popcorn” or textured ceilings, acoustic ceiling tiles and outside too in siding and roofing shingles. With its fire resistant and very durable properties, asbestos was considered a kind of “miracle” construction material. Any home built before the early 1970’s may contain asbestos in the building materials.

By the 1960’s the first generation of asbestos workers had begun to show the symptoms of lung disease, and a link was found between the inhaling of asbestos fibres and a form of lung cancer. While the hazards of asbestos may be minimized in something like interior plaster as long as it’s maintained in an entirely intact state, once the walls come down and dust is released into the air, as it was during this renovation, the threat of inhalation is very real.

Today, stringent laws in the province of Ontario dictate asbestos removal and abatement prior to any home or commercial renovation project, and that’s where we come in at GreenStream Environmental Inc. The Love It Or List It appearance wasn’t our first time in the spotlight – we’ve been featured on HGTV’s Income Properties and in Mike Holmes’ magazine – and while we appreciate the exposure, we care just as much about your asbestos or other environmental issues like mould. We’ve serviced over 500 clients with over 40 years combined experience, using proven and environmentally friendly methods.

If you suspect the presence of asbestos in your home, and before any renovation projects, let GreenStream Environmental Inc. be your choice for asbestos and mould remediation in the Toronto area – contact GreenStreamEnvironmental.ca – Toronto’s asbestos removal specialists – 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, mould (hazardous and non-hazardous). Providing emergency service 24/7/365 for all of Toronto and the GTA, 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.