If your home was built before the mid 1980s, there is a good chance is contains asbestos or asbestos containing materials (ACM). At one time, the so-called miracle material was used in a wide variety of applications, literally from floor to ceiling, attic, and roofing materials. Asbestos – A Colossal Mistake It’s not hard to…

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This blog has covered many cases in Toronto, the GTA and beyond involving incompetent and unethical asbestos removal companies and operations, and the dangers they pose. But, what happens when you are the property owner? What are your obligations when it comes to asbestos in construction and renovation projects? Ontario law specifies several designated substances…

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There are more and more stories in the news about shady asbestos removal companies and the messes they leave behind. It’s not just in the GTA, but all over the continent. As asbestos regulations tighten, it seems like the unscrupulous characters are looking to wiggle out of taking the right precautions. At GreenStream Environmental Services,…

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Asbestos was once thought of as a “miracle” construction material. It’s heat and fire resistant, and nearly indestructible, so it’s not hard to see where that idea came from. It was only decades later that people discovered the dark side to this naturally occurring mineral – mesothelioma and other lung diseases. Asbestos’ indestructible nature become…

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A Toronto area woman recently made headlines when she withdrew her son from a daycare operated by the TDSB out of fear of asbestos exposure. The daycare was operating in the basement of a high school, which was to undergo asbestos abatement procedures. School officials assured the parent there were proper procedures in place, including,…

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A CBC Toronto Radio programme – Here And Now – recently had a show on asbestos and what the troublesome mineral means for homeowners. When they looked to an expert to provide some context, they looked no further than our own Manny Oliveira, owner of GreenStream Environmental. As the show and the interview highlighted, asbestos…

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A town in southwest Ontario just discovered a nasty surprise during the course of demolishing an old school — the double whammy of asbestos and vermiculite insulation. During the demolition of the former Doverwood school in Port Dover, it was already known that asbestos was present. However, when the job began, workers discovered more than…

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It may take a while, but the wheels of justice do turn every now and then. This summer, six Manitoba companies were prosecuted for Workplace Safety and Health Act violations. Most of the cases were already two to three years old and one involved asbestos exposure. The Manitoba government released the details to remind employers…

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