A recent six-alarm blaze in a school shocked Toronto and made headlines across the GTA recently, and it looks like the damage may not be over – with asbestos now a potential risk. Fire at York Memorial C.I. Like many schools in the Toronto District and other area school boards, York Memorial C.I. was an…

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As our national asbestos ban in Canada takes its final shape, there are some details that have changed along the way. Recently, the federal government took the final steps to put the asbestos ban into place. Here’s a current update on the situation. The Asbestos Ban Canada was the biggest exporter of asbestos before the…

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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…

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The Globe and Mail reported today that the costs of dealing with asbestos related cancers like mesothelioma has soared to $1.7 billion per year – and that’s only for new work-related cases. The estimates come from the Institute for Work & Health, a research facility. The report estimates that each case costs about $818,000 –…

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You’ve heard about asbestos in the air – what about asbestos fibres in the water? Just as the physical properties of asbestos – it is fire resistant, corrosion resistant and nearly indestructible – made it seem like the ideal construction material for both residential and industrial buildings; those same longwearing qualities made it seem like…

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A Western Ontario property developer was fined $125,000 – including a $25,000 victim fine – for failing to properly dispose of asbestos at the former Grace Hospital in Windsor, Ontario. In fact, the developer submitted a consultant report on the site in 2011 prior to demolition. The report claimed the site was abestos-free but the…

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As a recent article in the Globe and Mail points out, while the Canadian asbestos industry itself slid out of commission last year, Canada has not yet joined the 50+ countries of the world that have banned asbestos all together. Specifically, the article details how asbestos containing materials are still used in pipes that are…

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