Beyond the Asbestos Ban

In late 2018, the Canadian federal government finally did the right thing, and put the asbestos ban into effect. For most of the 20th century, and now into the 21st, asbestos continues to be a public health hazard, and a leading cause of workplace deaths.

Beyond the ban: Prevention
Many health and safety experts are now calling on the federal government for a comprehensive prevention strategy to deal with the legacy of asbestos in both public and private buildings.

Some measures have been taken on the provincial level, including Saskatchewan, which has taken a leading role in this field. However, Canadian workers across the board need protection from this threat that takes decades to develop.

  • Construction and renovation workers are now one of the prime candidates for asbestos exposure when they work on older buildings;
  • With the rise of DIY renos, it means that anyone taking on a renovation project, or installation of a home security system or other work that involves moving into walls, is also at risk;
  • According to experts, upwards of 150,000 Canadians still come into contact with asbestos in the workplace every year;
  • Over 500 new cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed in Canada – 85 percent of them workplace related – each year, with the numbers rising.

Paul Demers, an epidemiologist and director of the Occupational Cancer Research Centre in Ontario, spoke to reporters about the risk that still lingers.

“You can’t see asbestos in the air. You’ve got to know whether it’s there or not.”

Concrete measures are needed across the board.

  • A registry of public buildings in every province that contain asbestos (so far, only Saskatchewan and the federal government have done this);
  • A record of who is exposed to asbestos, and where;
  • A patient registry to track new cases, and determine if measures are working to reduce the number;
  • A firm plan for asbestos removal, rather than waiting for problems to happen.

Asbestos in your home?
Let us help. If you have asbestos anywhere in your home, let us help with the next step: asbestos removal. Our experienced and certified asbestos removal and asbestos remediation technicians can help keep you and your family safe. In the Toronto area call 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.

Asbestos Removal Province-wide: Can Quebec Handle Its Asbestos Legacy?

It’s been an eventful few years when it comes to the situation with asbestos, and asbestos legislation, in Canada. It was about a year ago that the national asbestos ban was finalized.

In Quebec, “eventful” might translate to “a roller coaster ride”. Once one of the world’s leading suppliers of asbestos, the province is now dealing with the aftermath of that industry.

Asbestos waste
Recently, the Quebec government asked BAPE, the Bureau d’audiences publiques sur l’environnement, (an environmental watchdog, ) to investigate the current situation. That investigation will focus on scientific studies. It’s something of a turnaround for a provincial government that was, until a few short years ago, together with the federal government, trying to downplay the risks of asbestos, particularly the chrysotile variety that is mined in Quebec.

The request came from Quebec health minister Danielle McCann.

  • The report will detail the state of asbestos in Quebec;
  • It will focus on the health impacts of asbestos and its waste residue;
  • It will recommend ways to safely dispose of any asbestos present in the province.

The goal
The purpose of the report, which is due July 24, 2020, is to allow the provincial government to make informed decisions.

  • Asbestos has a long history in Quebec, where Canada’s first asbestos mine was opened in 1879.
  • The last two asbestos mines in operation were in Asbestos and Thetford Mines.

At the same time, of course, companies like Alliance Magnesium have been given the okay to explore ways to transform the residue from Quebec’s closed asbestos mines into magnesium ingots and silica. Will the report look at those processes? It’s not clear. Asbestos mining residue has been used for purposes such as landfill, industrial abrasives, and also in road and rail construction.

Asbestos in your home?
Let us help. If you have asbestos anywhere in your home, let us help with the next step: asbestos removal. Our experienced and certified asbestos removal and asbestos remediation technicians can help keep you and your family safe. In the Toronto area call 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.

Feds To Announce Asbestos Ban

It looks like the federal government will finally answer the growing chorus of voices who are calling on Justin Trudeau to keep his promise of enacting an asbestos ban. Even though Canada no longer exports asbestos, imports of certain construction and automotive products containing asbestos are still allowed.

Bill To Ban Asbestos In Canada
Along with a number of municipalities across the country who are officially joining the cause, a private member’s bill has been introduced into parliament.

Liberal MP Robert-Falcon Ouellette introduced the bill that looks to completely prohibit asbestos – a known and fully documented health risk that is the biggest workplace killer in our country. Ouellette says he hopes the move will put even more pressure on the Liberal government to make the move official. He spoke to the Globe and Mail in an interview.

“It’s destroyed too many lives. The economic benefits do not outweigh the health negatives and health concerns and destructive nature of this product. And I still can’t believe that we’re using it.”

Asbestos is banned in many countries of the world, including the U.K. and the European Union.

Earlier this week, new data proved that asbestos is still Canada’s top workplace killer by a wide margin. Then on Friday, December 9, the CBC reported that the federal government plans to announce a full ban on asbestos as early as next week.

Lung Cancer And Mesothelioma
We believe that a total asbestos ban in Canada is long overdue. We certainly don’t need anymore studies or statistics to convince us that it takes lives.

  • According to Statistics Canada, the number of new cases of mesothelioma diagnosed has more than doubled in 20 years.
  • Experts estimate that there are about 2,000 new cases each year including other asbestos-related cancers.
  • The Institute for Work & Health the costs of new cases alone at $1.7-billion per year.

Trust GreenStream
If your home was built before 1990, it probably contains asbestos in one form or another, and while it may be considered safe as long as the material is intact, renovations — even installing a home theatre system can create deadly asbestos dust.

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.