What Happened to the Asbestos Ban?

A few years ago, the last asbestos mine in the country closed for good after a new Quebec provincial government nixed a deal for its owners. Canada went from becoming the biggest exporter of asbestos – and a despised champion of its protection from international regulation – to…a sort of wishy washy neutral stance.

It’s not what many were expecting, and the pressure is mounting on Prime Minister Trudeau to make good on his promise to ban the harmful substance entirely.

We know it was politics – in the form of a Conservative government that didn’t want to lose votes in rural Quebec – that kept asbestos on the table for so many years. Now, while it makes sense to go slow on some issues – like legalizing marijuana – when it comes to an outright ban on asbestos, there’s absolutely no reason for the federal government to hesitate. The evidence is in, and has been in for many years.

The Truth about Asbestos
As a country, Canada still imports asbestos containing good every year to the tune of $10 million, largely in the form of brake pads and industrial piping. And if we thought that Canadian asbestos exports were over? They’re not. Schools in South America and India are being built with Canadian asbestos as we speak.

Asbestos is banned in 55 countries, including the UK and Australia. What’s the delay? In July, the PM told the Globe and Mail that the government is “reviewing its strategy on asbestos, including a potential ban.”

Here are the facts already in evidence:

  • In 2011, the last year where statistics are available, 2,100 Canadians were diagnosed with asbestos-related cancers;
  • Treating the victims of asbestos costs almost $2 billion per year;
  • Every year, 150,000 more Canadian workers are exposed to asbestos;
  • Canada has one of the highest rates of mesothelioma in the world.

The science is not ambiguous on this issue. Inhaled asbestos fibres never leave the lungs, instead remaining to cause changes over time that can result in a host of respiratory issues, up to and including deadly cancers and mesothelioma. Period.

Safe, Not Sorry
Editorials in major newspapers across the country are calling not just for a ban, but for federally funded asbestos removal programs to deal with our shameful asbestos legacy once and for all. We can’t help but agree!

Asbestos exposure is no joke. If you suspect the presence of asbestos in your home, you can’t afford to cut corners or “save money” while your health and that of your family if the material is concerned. 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.

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Asbestos Imports – Into Ontario?

In the midst of all the hoopla over Ottawa’s recent announcement that it was reversing its former position on asbestos – blaming the newly elected separatist Parti Québécois and their prompt cancellation of the former Liberal government’s $58 million loan to the parties looking to reopen the massive Jeffrey Mine – the Toronto Star recently reported that asbestos products are still being imported into Ontario from Quebec.

According to the story, the Thetford Mine still produces some asbestos and it’s being used in brake pads and concrete pipes. A private member’s bill has been introduced in the Ontario legislature introduced to ban the use of asbestos in brake pads due to its potential for exposing auto workers and mechanics to the substance. It’s not clear where the cement/asbestos pipes are in use. Historically, it was typical to use these for waterworks.

As home to among the world’s largest deposits of asbestos, vested interest in the mineral has kept it in use in Canada long after it’s been banned in many other countries around the globe.

Asbestos Risks
That’s unfortunate when hundreds of new cases of cancer caused by asbestos exposure are diagnosed in Ontario alone each year. We’re still dealing with the fallout from decades of unrestricted use.

The material is considered safe as long as it’s in tact or in a mixture as with the concrete piping, however, once that material deteriorates, it can indeed release friable – or inhalable – asbestos particles into the air.

Go Asbestos Free
It just makes no sense to keep playing with fire when it comes to asbestos. While it’s been banned from residential uses since the 1970’s, if you have a house built before that date you should assume that it contains asbestos somewhere too. It can show up in a variety of places both outdoors and indoors including:

  • Roofing
  • Siding
  • Windows and window caulking
  • Ceiling tiles
  • Floor tiles
  • Pipe chasing
  • Insulation

Be Aware
Just as public institutions keep tabs on it, you should be aware of where asbestos is located in your home and keep an eye on it regularly for damage or deterioration. It will be crucial information when you do any renovations, and we suggest that complete removal is really the only definitive solution.

Let us Help
Get peace of mind from GreenStream Environmental – call us for an asbestos inspection or removal quote today.

If you are looking to buy or renovate an older home then do yourself a favour and include an asbestos inspection on the list of things to do.

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

Asbestos News: Statement Calls for Outright Global Ban

Voices continue to rise in opposition to the Quebec government’s Canada Day announcement that they will grant a direct loan of $58 million to reopen the Jeffrey Mine, the world’s largest asbestos mine.

A Statement endorsed by over 150 public health and other organizations along with individual scientists calls for an outright worldwide ban on the mining, use and export of all forms of asbestos – including the chrysotile variety that Canadian interests plan to soon begin producing and exporting. The Statement was issued by the Joint Policy Committee of the Societies of Epidemiology (JPC-SE – www.jpc-se.org). The JPC-SE comprises a number of Canadian, American and international epidemiology organizations

Industry representatives continue to insist that the chrysotile variety of asbestos in Quebec’s giant Jeffrey Mine can be mined and used safely, and even go so far as to say that it doesn’t cause mesothelioma in the same way as other types of asbestos.

However, in the Statement Dr. Robert Hiatt, representing the American College of Epidemiology, says, “We call specifically on the major asbestos exporting countries – Brazil, Canada, Kazakhstan, and Russia – to respect the right to health by ceasing the mining, use, and export of asbestos, and providing transition assistance to their asbestos-mining communities.”

Adds Professor Colin Soskolne, PhD, past-president of the Canadian Society of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, “The asbestos industry continues today to undermine public health policy by denying the overwhelming scientific evidence and promoting asbestos use in developing countries.”

The Statement calls for comprehensive public education on the hazards of asbestos and to establish an inventory of existing sites, particularly in areas where children are at risk. It also specifically mentions the intimidation of scientists by the asbestos industry.

Maybe even in your home!
At one time, asbestos used for everything from building construction to household products and even decorations. If your home was built before the 1970’s, you should assume it contains asbestos in one form or another. If you are looking to buy or renovate an older home then do yourself a favour and include an asbestos inspection on the list of things to do.

The material is very durable and likely to last for many years in bound form or if it’s contained, but it’s also true that many of the asbestos containing elements that you’ll find nowadays have already been in place for a long time. The material does eventually become brittle and break apart, capable of producing the friable – or inhalable – fibres that have been shown to cause lung disease, including mesothelioma.

Please don’t try to handle it yourself!
Get peace of mind from GreenStream Environmental – call us for an asbestos inspection or removal quote today.

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

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Canadian Red Cross Exec Ignites Controversy with Asbestos Industry Links

Business and personal relationships with links to the asbestos industry may lead the Canadian Red Cross Society to ask for the resignation of one of its Executive Board Members. Board Member Roshi Chandha hit the headlines earlier this month when anti-asbestos activists questioned the propriety of her serving with an organization known for its humanitarian work around the world.

Balcorp Ltd.
At issue is the fact that Ms Chandha is the wife of Baljit Chandha, president of Montreal-based Balcorp Ltd. and the main push behind the bid to re-open the huge Jeffrey Asbestos Mine in Quebec. As part of the deal, Balcorp is looking for $58 million in loan guarantees from the Quebec government.

Roshi Chandha also serves as an executive of Seja Trade Ltd., a shipping company that exports asbestos to Asian countries. The company is a subsidiary of Balcorp.

The Canadian Red Cross does not normally look into the outside business interests of its board members, but has decided to meet and review Ms Chandha’s position early in the new year. The effort to bring her ties to the asbestos industry to light was spearheaded by anti-asbestos activist Leah Nielson, who grew up in Sarnia, Ontario and watched her father die of mesothelioma in 2008.  Her father worked in construction and brought home the asbestos fibres on his work clothes, and the deadly disease may also have affected her mother, who is currently under medical observation for a spot on her lung.

Asbestos Exposure
His example illustrates a lingering problem. Not only did construction workers of much of the 20th century expose themselves and their families to the deadly effects of asbestos, they left behind a wide variety of asbestos-tainted products routinely used in construction prior to 1970, including insulation, siding, ceiling and roof tiles and more.

Please note – 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 material is still intact; however any future nicks or breaks in the surface can mean a potential hazard.

At GreenStream Environmental Services, we offer professional vermiculite and asbestos remediation services. In the Toronto area  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 including 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.

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.

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Asbestos lobby group hires same PR agency used by tobacco companies

It appears Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Conservative government have a new ally in their quest to keep exporting carcinogenic asbestos to unsuspecting countries around the world.

The International Chrysotile Association, closely associated with Montreal’s Chrysotile Institute, is apparently worried that developing nations like Malaysia will find out the truth: that asbestos removal is imperative and that any kind of exposure to the fibres can cause terminal illnesses like mesothelioma, a cancer that attacks the protective lining around vital organs.

Worried that the rest of the world is figuring out what we Canadians already know, the asbestos lobbyists are turning to PR firm APCO Worldwide.

Does the company’s name ring a bell? APCO Worldwide is the PR agency known for defending the Phillip Morris tobacco company in the early 1990s. It set up a group called The Advancement of Sound Science Coalition and tried to dismiss the world’s worries about second-hand smoke as “junk science.”

This same “noble” company is now trying to convince developing nations like Malaysia, prime importers of asbestos from countries like Canada, that asbestos can be handled safely.

The problem is that developing nations sometimes don’t fully understand that these PR firms and their faulty “science” coalitions are financially motivated to champion carcinogens like tobacco and asbestos. They’re hired by the companies exporting the killer chemicals and fibres!

“Only lobby organizations that have a financial interest in selling asbestos claim that asbestos can be safely used, just as the lobby organizations acting on behalf of the tobacco industry have denied the clear science on tobacco harm,” said Ottawa anti-asbestos activist Kathleen Ruff in a recent letter to APCO Worldwide president Margery Kraus. Ruff is demanding that the company inform Malaysia that it was hired by the International Chrysotile Association.

If asbestos was harmless when handled safely, why is asbestos remediation happening across our country? Why do miners who “safely handled” chrysotile contract lung cancer?

It was shameful for PR agencies to defend tobacco companies and supporting asbestos lobby groups – to manipulate a government that doesn’t have all the facts – is just a shameful.

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Asbestos victims’ relatives rally against Tory MP doctor

It has been quite the spring and summer for Canada’s asbestos exportation debate. Every time it looks like the discussion has hit a stalemate, and the Conservative government won’t budge on the issue, a new backlash rises up.

The latest: the relatives of asbestos victims are rallying against Dr. Kellie Leitch, a Conservative MP, on the grounds that she shouldn’t support the Tory party’s asbestos exportation because she clearly understands the danger of asbestos given her medical training.

On Monday, The Canadian Press obtained a letter signed by more than 40 people whose loved ones were killed by asbestos. The letter demands that Dr. Leitch give up her medical license if she wants to continue supporting the Conservatives.

“If you choose to continue to support medical misinformation and to support asbestos, we ask that you hand in your medical licence and cease being a physician, since you are in violation of the most fundamental standard required of all medical doctors: do no harm,” the letter said.

The letter also explains that asbestos victims won’t sit idly while Dr. Leitch and the Tories “aid and abet the creation of more asbestos victims amongst the poorest and most unprotected people on the planet, who don’t even have the medical assistance or pain killers to help them when they die terrible deaths from asbestos.”

Dr. Leitch, considered a star Tory candidate for the May election, recently stated that the Conservatives will continue supporting the “safe, controlled use” of asbestos. In light of the criticism she’s received, she’s also reminded the public that her area of medical expertise is bones, not lungs.

Hmm. Interesting for a doctor to claim ignorance when average Canadian citizens know how dangerous asbestos is and how prudent asbestos removal is. Dr. Leitch knows the term “mesothelioma” and that it’s a cancer caused by inhaling asbestos fibres.

The rest of Canada is fighting asbestos by removing it from schools and other buildings and undergoing asbestos remediation wherever possible. It’s time for the Tories, and any medical professionals supporting the party, to take the next step and stop exporting asbestos.

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Canada’s doctors rally to oppose Harper government on asbestos

A scathing feature on the Daily Show wasn’t enough. Countless political rallies weren’t enough. Full opposition from other countries at the Rotterdam Convention wasn’t enough. Even countless deaths from mesothelioma and lung cancer weren’t enough. It seems nothing has convinced the Harper government to change its viewpoint on asbestos exportation.

Could Canada’s doctors finally do it?

On Wednesday, delegates to the Canadian Medical Association’s general assembly voted 99 per cent in favour of supporting a motion opposing the government’s stance that chrysotile asbestos is not a hazardous substance.

“This is an important healthcare issue and a product that causes significant illness – even death,” said Dr. Jeff Turnbull, the CMA’s outgoing president. “Canada should not be in the business of exporting such a dangerous product.”

Asbestos removal is a booming business in Canada for a reason. The fibres are deadly! We stop at nothing to expel it from our homes, yet the government continues to support its exportation.

So what now? It appears the country’s doctors are tired of simply trumpeting their distaste for the government’s actions.

“The time for the CMA is now to go beyond calling on the federal government and begging it to take action, as it clearly has no intention of doing so,” said Dr. Barry Turchen, based in Abbotsford.

What Dr. Turchen means remains to be seen. Will our doctors rally to storm Parliament Hill and stage a protest? With 99 per cent of them opposing the Harper government, they have strength in numbers.

If our prime minister won’t even listen to people as trustworthy as doctors, what other hope do we have in the battle to eliminate this dangerous material? Asbestos remediation companies are doing their job. Doctors are speaking out to contribute their part. Now it’s Harper’s turn.

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Is Canada’s last major asbestos mine about to close?

Is it possible that the nationwide debate over asbestos waged over the last few months was pointless?

The Harper government decided it would continue exporting the carcinogenic fibre to various countries around the world. And, as discussed often on the GreenStream Environmental blog, an international firestorm ensued. Canada has been ridiculed like never before.

Crazily enough, though, the debate may be moot. After the government spent so much time defending asbestos exportation, it appears that the country’s last fully operational asbestos mine is on the verge of shutting down. Yep, LAB Chrysotile of Quebec may close its doors.

The mine is immersed in a conflict with its workers’ labour union. Whether or not the union is simply posturing as part of the negotiating process, it looks like a lengthy work stoppage is on the horizon.

The question now is: if LAB Chrysotile shuts down, is it the perfect opportunity for the rest of Canada to put extra heat on the government to make the closure permanent? Doing so could erase a black mark on Harper’s government. He is willingly exporting a carcinogen even as his own home is up for major asbestos remediation (hint: asbestos is toxic!).

The irony in the LAB Chrysotile labour dispute: these miners have a legitimate reason to demand better compensation for what they do. After all, they’re handling a fibre that causes cancer and scars their lungs upon entering them. It’s a ridiculous Catch-22. The miners, who shouldn’t be exporting a poisonous fibre anywhere according to most Canadians, deserve to be treated better as long as they are in fact handling deadly asbestos. Which they shouldn’t be. It’s a brain bender!

If only Canada could become a leader in asbestos removal instead of worrying about a mine that tries to find and distribute more of it.

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.