Sarnia’s Centennial Park Asbestos Nightmare

Many cities are taking old industrial properties and now reusing them for new developments, often called brown field remediation. But, what’s under the ground? Often, the rubble and debris includes asbestos.

Sarnia’s Park Problem
Picturesque Centennial Park in Sarnia sits on the St. Clair River, once the site of music festivals, kids and families playing and enjoying the scenery.

About five years ago, a tar-like substance started showing up in large blobs all over an area of the park near the boat ramp. The area was closed off while tests were conducted, and the results showed not just asbestos, but lead and other contaminants.

The park is on the former site of a Sifto salt factory, including salt wells and machinery that used coal fuel. The factory switched names a few times over the years, but was in production for over 60 years. Later on, the site was used for a sawmill. The park was created with industrial fill. It’s not clear where exactly the asbestos and lead contamination came from – perhaps all those sources.

This summer, five years and $12 million later, the whole park is set to re-open.

Asbestos Underground
The situation in Sarnia is an extreme case, but it’s not unusual per se. It doesn’t have to an an industrial site, either.

  • Asbestos contamination can come from a house demolition, or even from debris from a renovation that wasn’t properly disposed of.
  • Asbestos in the ground presents a danger because it can become a dust that is spread on the wind.

Once it’s windborne, friable asbestos can contaminate an unknown area.

We Can Help
If you suspect the presence of asbestos in your home or property, 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.

CLC President Leads Call For Outright Ban on Asbestos as Imports Continue to Rise

The federal government took a step in the right direction recently with the announcement of a ban on the use of asbestos in federal construction projects.

However, in context that measure seems like a drop in the bucket when you take into consideration the fact that overall asbestos imports into this country continue to rise. That’s something that has brought together union representatives and families of those whose health has been affected by asbestos exposure.

Canadian Labour Congress President Hassan Yussuff made the call for a total ban on asbestos in all products along with trade union representatives and family members in a media announcement last week.

The Truth About Canada and Asbestos
The fact of the matter is that millions of dollars worth of asbestos products are imported into Canada each year, including brake pads. With the collapse of the asbestos mining industry in Canada five years ago, an outright ban is the next step in protecting Canadians from the health effects of asbestos exposure.

The group’s statement called asbestos containing products the country’s biggest cause of workplace deaths. Here are the facts, according to Canadian Cancer Society research and StatsCan:

  • Over 2,000 Canadians die from causes associated with asbestos exposure every year;
  • Between 2010 and 2012, the number of new cases of mesothelioma jumped from 276 to 560;
  • Deaths from mesothelioma went from 292 to 467 during the same period.

Because many lung cancers other than mesothelioma are caused by asbestos exposure, the real toll of asbestos exposure is much higher. Here is another relevant fact:

  • Imports of asbestos containing products – including brake pads and cement-asbestos pipes – almost doubled between 2011 and 2015.

Hassam pointed out that all the asbestos containing products could easily be replaced by other, safer configurations.

Mesothelioma
When asbestos fibres are inhaled, they do not deteriorate over time. Instead, they begin to work their way into the tissue that lines the lungs and alter the cellular structure. Over time, it can cause a range of lung disorders, including cancers such as deadly mesothelioma. That’s why it takes decades after asbestos exposure for symptoms of mesothelioma and other lung diseases to manifest.

An asbestos ban would not help to cure those who have already been exposed, but it will help protect future generations.

It’s No Joke
Asbestos is a known health hazard. If you have asbestos in your home, the only way to proceed is with safety in mind. You can trust the experienced asbestos removal 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 Underground

Like the GTA, the Sarnia area of western Ontario has an industrial past that has left a legacy of asbestos related issues that continue to have consequences in the present day.

Centennial Park features an idyllic location on Sarnia Bay, but for the last three years or so, it’s been off limits. The soil was found to contain asbestos – particularly near a playground area – and was fenced off in 2013.

Remediation work will be completed in time for it to reopen this summer and unfortunately for residents, it won’t represent much of an improvement. The money spent – $3.3 million so far with another $5.5 million to come – went by and large to capping the asbestos contamination so that it is not released into the air and is therefore safe to use.

The park’s central lawn reopened last year but it won’t fully open until this summer, with a scheduled completion of all work by September.

At Issue
It’s one case in an area with an unfortunate reputation and history of asbestos debris and exposure, but the same issue can occur quite easily a lot closer to home: asbestos in the ground.

  • Where does asbestos-laden debris come from? It may simply be part of the landfill. Prior to the mid-1980’s there was lax (or no) regulation on the use or disposal of asbestos, so older industrial properties may still have a nasty surprise lurking underneath the soil.

Anytime you are dealing with a property built on land where another structure previously stood, you have to ask pertinent questions.

  • If the property was remediated, who performed the remediation?
  • Was it a licensed, experienced team of techs such as we employ at GreenStream Environmental? Or was it a quick and dirty DIY operation with one-man, a backhoe and a waste bin?

Improper disposal of asbestos-laden waste and illegal dumping are huge issues nowadays – and that’s crazy. When it comes to asbestos, you have to be safe and not sorry.

It’s No Joke
Asbestos is a known health hazard. If you have asbestos in your home, the only way to proceed is with safety in mind. You can trust the experienced asbestos removal 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 and Home Renos

The province of British Columbia is coming down hard on DIY and home demolitions and renovations over concerns about asbestos – isn’t it time Ontario and the rest of Canada did the same?

WorkSafeBC, the provincial watchdog, has announced ramped up efforts to catch unsafe home renovations in British Columbia. The move comes in the wake of several cases last year that involved contractors cutting corners – and risking lives. Of 210 site inspections conducted in 2014, WorkSafe BC found that 43 percent has inadequate hazardous materials surveys, orders were written on 257 violations and 20 penalties were imposed. That’s not an impressive record!

The provincial agency will be stepping up enforcement, including adding to the number of inspectors and increasing inspection of residential renovations and demolitions.

Cheating the Math
Unfortunately, BC isn’t the only region to have the same kinds of problems – it’s common in the GTA too. Naturally, asbestos removal increases the potential costs of a demolition or renovation and unscrupulous contractors can deliberately underestimate the potential for asbestos in a property in order to come in with a lower quote. Some may even claim ignorance.

Here are some pointers to look out for,

  • Is the contractor doing a complete hazardous materials survey or just a partial one, restricted only to certain areas?
  • Walls are an obvious area, but are they also considering floor and ceiling tiles, insulation, window and door sealant – among others?

If you’re doing your own renovations, then the concern is even greater since you may or may not even be familiar with asbestos and where it may be contained in your home. And – there’s no provincial requirement for safety measures if you’re working on your own home. It’s all up to you.

Renovations
With the price of real estate soaring in Toronto and the GTA, demolitions and renovations are on the rise. However, if your home was built before the mid-1980’s, it almost certainly contains asbestos in one form or another.

Asbestos is not considered dangerous while intact. However, any activity that damages or disturbs it is likely to produce dust or inhalable particles of asbestos, and that’s where the health hazard lies. The material does not break down in the body and over the years, can develop into many respiratory issues, including cancers and deadly mesothelioma.

Safe – Not Sorry
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, this is one situation where you don’t want to take matters into your own hands. Call the experts at GreenStream.

At GreenStream, you can be sure that our licensed and experienced asbestos removal and asbestos remediation technicians follow established procedures to keep you, your neighbours and our own workers safe.

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.

 

City of Toronto Deals with Nearly 200 Asbestos Cases in Five Years

A recent report on CTV News revealed that dealing with asbestos in public buildings has cost the city of Toronto more than $1 million a year for the last five years – accounting for nearly 200 cases in that time period.

Asbestos was once widely used in residential, institutional and institutional construction for much of the 20th century. Many older buildings (built before the mid-1980’s) feature asbestos or asbestos containing materials in places where you wouldn’t expect to find it, including,

  • Floor and ceiling tiles
  • Pipe insulation
  • Pipe chasing
  • Boiler and furnace insulation
  • And many other places

As officials pointed out, the situation is a common one in North America, where most urban areas are dealing with the asbestos fallout.

The city’s policy includes,

  • Proactively removing or sealing in asbestos during renovations, construction, demolition or other activity that would disturb the integrity of the walls
  • Keeping a record of where asbestos is present in any city-owned buildings
  • Regular inspections to ensure that intact structures remain intact

Some stakeholders say the risk is minimal and even that the money would be better spent…even as a report published late last year in the Globe and Mail revealed that asbestos is the single largest source of workplace deaths in this country.

Why Take the Risk?
At GS we understand that when it comes to so many public buildings, it may not be feasible to completely remove asbestos from all of them all at once. But it doesn’t make sense to keep asbestos in your home where you live. Older materials do inevitably deteriorate over time and even if asbestos is nearly indestructible the other materials typically mixed with it are not.

Our experienced technicians offer professional, certified asbestos removal and asbestos remediation services to help give you peace of mind.

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 in Historic Sites

Another of Canada’s historic sites has fallen victim to old age and the cumulative effects of problems associated with older buildings – including asbestos.

The fifth-floor kitchen in Ottawa’s Government Conference Centre is now gone, along with the rest of the building. What made an unassuming kitchen a site of historic significance? It was the place where a deal was struck that saved the country’s constitutional accord.

The Kitchen Accord
According to Ottawa legend, future prime minister Jean Chrétien and the attorneys general, Roy McMurtry of Ontario and Roy Romanow of Saskatchewan met in the kitchen during the tense sessions that nearly ended with scuttled constitutional talks. Written on a napkin, it came to be known as the “Kitchen Accord”.

Today, the Conference Centre is undergoing renovations to prepare it to house the Senate – while the Centre Block that is usually the Senate’s home itself undergoes renovations.  The Senate requested that the kitchen be preserved as part of Canadian history, but the department of Public Works was forced to abandon those plans and demolish the room after a flood. Asbestos in the walls became a major issue.

“The flood that occurred in 2013 was caused by a broken pipe and resulted in the kitchen being dismantled,” said Public Works spokeswoman Annie Joannette.

Senators were only made aware of the change over the summer, when they went for a site visit. It’s sparked a controversy between the senators and Public Works.

Old Buildings and Old Problems
Renovations, flooding – anything that disturbs the integrity of walls and other structures in your home can also reveal old problems like asbestos.

  • Asbestos is considered safe as long as it is intact but dangerous if it has been damaged and the fibres become inhalable.

Let us help! If your home was built before the 1980’s, it almost certainly contains asbestos in one form or another. At GreenStream Environmental, our asbestos removal and asbestos remediation technicians are experienced and conscientious.

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.

A Historic Property with Familiar Issues: Asbestos & Mould

A battle is raging for the preservation of a historic property in the Toronto area, and like so many of the older, picturesque properties a lot of us love, it features some problems homeowners may recognize.

Stouffville Council is considering both sides of the debate in deciding about what to do with the so-called Bartholomew house on rural property that is part of a 260 acre parcel recently bought by Adena Stallions, a company owned by well-known entrepreneur Frank Stronach. The company plans to grow feed for race horses on the farmland.

On one side, a consultant’s report lists a number of serious issues including mould infestation, possible asbestos-containing materials and lead-based paint, a triumvirate of the construction ills of the last century.

The local Heritage Advisory Committee, however, disagrees with the findings and has produced their own consultant’s report that claims the property is structurally sound and can be made habitable again despite its problems.

If the building is kept intact, there’s no doubt that the remediation work required would be extensive, including asbestos removal and mould removal.

Older Homes = Older Problems
Asbestos
was once considered a miracle construction material and if your home was built before 1970, you should assume that it contains asbestos in one form or another. It can appear in a number of places and in mixtures with other materials, among them:

  • Around windows
  • Insulation
  • Wall panels
  • Ceiling tiles
  • Floor tiles
  • And more

When it comes to mould
You don’t actually have to see mould for it to be flourishing and it can grow in your home no matter what its age. It’s actually more common for it to exist inside walls, around windows and in basements – all the places where leaks can happen and moisture can collect – where you probably won’t be aware of it until you feel the symptoms which can include:

  • Eye, nose and throat irritation
  • Coughing and phlegm build-up
  • Wheezing and shortness of breath
  • Allergic reactions

We Can Help!
Our experienced mould and asbestos removal experts can help.

For the Health of You & Your Family
Get peace of mind from GreenStream Environmental. In the Toronto area contact GreenStreamEnvironmental 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.

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 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.