House fires are devastating enough, what with the loss of property, and in some cases, irreplaceable items, not to say the overall trauma of the experience. But safety should always be a paramount consideration, and asbestos may pose a risk that you need to consider. Asbestos in the home Asbestos may be present in a…

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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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In late September, the Ottawa region suffered storm damage, including a verified tornado. But, when old buildings are damaged, there is a risk of asbestos exposure along with any other issues that arise. Storm Damage Many of the buildings in the Ottawa and Gatineau areas were constructed prior to the 1980s, and that means they…

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A recent incident reported by police in the Delta area of British Columbia says it all. A routine traffic stop this summer netted a driver a number of tickets. First, there were 12 people stuffed into a van meant to hold six. On top of that, in the cargo box next to two of the…

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Slowly but surely, environmental regulations as it relates to asbestos is tightening up across the country. That means that both workers and the public will be better protected against asbestos exposure. There is a flip side to the story, unfortunately – asbestos dumping. A Case in Burnaby, BC A recent case in British Columbia, illustrates…

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Everyone in the GTA remembers the Sunrise Propane explosion that rocked North York a decade ago in 2008. In the wake of the blast, a toxic rain of debris – including asbestos dust – fell on the neighbourhood for days. The Sunrise Court Saga In July 2018, the Superior Court recently upheld the original conviction…

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Just west of the GTA, a public renovation project is a reminder that when you’re dealing with older buildings, you need to take asbestos into account from the beginning. Like many homes throughout Toronto and Southern Ontario, the Dundas Museum & Archives in Hamilton, Ontario is an older structure. The 80 year-old building will be…

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If you have an older home, you may have a hidden problem in your attic—vermiculite insulation that is tainted with asbestos. Vermiculite Insulation Vermiculite insulation was widely used, typically in attic spaces, in North America between the 1940s and 1980s, and was used right up till the 1990s in some areas. Vermiculite is fire-resistant, and…

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