The town of Grimsby in the Niagara peninsula is joining the growing list of municipalities who are undertaking a comprehensive review of their properties for the presence of asbestos. Last winter, the Pembroke Regional Hospital was fined $60K for failing to protect workers from asbestos exposure. The well-publicized case led the town to examine its own properties.

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A long simmering issue will be resolved in Southwestern Ontario with a recent announcement that the provincial government will kick in $3 million to assist in the clean-up of the former Grace Hospital site in Windsor. More money – $4 million – is waiting on final approval and both sums come in addition to the $2 million that was originally committed to the project.

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National broadcaster the CBC has begun a series of segments this week devoted to the issue of asbestos, a lingering concern in Canada decades after the problematic mineral was banned or restricted from use virtually worldwide.

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