An old home fashion trend may introduce asbestos into your life when you live in an older home in the GTA. We’re not really sure why so-called popcorn ceilings were ever popular. They naturally gather dust, creating a dull look in no time. They’re also hard to clean, to add icing to the cake. Popcorn…

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Can you safely live and work with asbestos? The answer is a pretty ambivalent, “maybe, sometimes…” Late last month, the DND (Department of National Defense) recently made headlines – but not for any military maneuvers. Media attention came from the fact that the DND moved about 500 staff members into a building that is known…

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The province of Saskatchewan launched Canada’s first online asbestos registry recently – a long overdue development we believe best serves the interests of all Canadians. What the registry does is keep track of the presence of asbestos or asbestos containing materials in public buildings. The database notes which buildings contain asbestos as well as the…

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Adding or installing new insulation can help with a host of environmental issues such as mould growth and noise pollution. But there’s also a caution to throw in where it comes to older homes – vermiculite insulation which can be contaminated with asbestos. Let’s look at what it entails. Thinking About Insulation? With the new…

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The court proceedings into the infamous Sunrise Propane explosion of 2008 in north Toronto continues to wind its way through the system. Its current phase involves the issue of responsibility; officials are blaming a procedure that they say the Environment Ministry had informed the company to stop – i.e. truck to truck transfer of the propane, which they see as the cause of the accident which left one dead and a Toronto neighbourhood showered with asbestos.

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Recently, the town of Goderich, Ontario, got word that the Ontario Disaster Relief Fund would provide the $850,000 to compensate for asbestos removal in the town’s court house. The fund was designed for this kind of situation where other funding isn’t available – since the insurance available does not cover this expense.

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