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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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.

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