History of Quebec Asbestos
Although a shadow of its former self, the industry hobbles on with provincial and federal backing. Despite global medical
condemnation of the substance, the province continues to sell chrysotile asbestos to developing countries, which are ill-
placed to enforce expensive health and safety regulations to protect their workers. Meanwhile, the 1949 asbestos strike
has become a symbol of the province’s separate identity, an uprising against anglophone masters that heralded the Quiet
Revolution and the beginnings of Quebec separatism.
Asbestosis - Wikipedia
Asbestosis is a chronic inflammatory medical condition affecting the parenchymal tissue of the lungs. It occurs after long-term, heavy exposure to asbestos, e.g. in mining, and is therefore regarded as an occupational lung disease. Sufferers have severe dyspnea (shortness of breath) and are at an increased risk regarding several different types of lung cancer.
Ban Asbestos Canada
Ban Asbestos Canada is a non-profit, volunteer-run, civil society organization. It is a coalition of labour, public health, environmental and human rights groups, academic and scientific experts, and above all concerned citizens, victims, and their families. As an organization it seeks to provide just compensation to those affected by asbestos, establish a national registry of asbestos diseases, and provide a just transition to those still working in the asbestos industry. It is dedicated to banning all types of asbestos world-wide and to promoting support for the Rotterdam Convention and other UN Conventions and Programs aimed at controlling the international trade in hazardous substances, such as asbestos. Further, it is the organization's strong desire that the Canadian government take responsibility for the impact their long-standing promotion of this deadly substance has had on Canadians and abroad.
Canadian Cancer Society
The Canadian Cancer Society calls for the federal and provincial/territorial governments to adopt a comprehensive strategy addressing all aspects of the asbestos issue, including legislation for worker safety, supporting the addition of chrysotile asbestos to Annex III of the Rotterdam Convention, and immediately setting a clear timetable for phasing out the use and export of asbestos.
Canadian Society for Asbestos Victims
CanSAV believes patients and families of patients with mesothelioma and asbestos-related diseases have been undercompensated by Canadian authorities for the burden of suffering with this painful and often terminal occupational disease.
For various reasons, patients some other industrialized democracies receive more acknowledgement. We provide information and resources and the intention to bridge this gap.
Chrysotile - Wikipedia
Chrysotile or white asbestos is the most commonly encountered form of asbestos, accounting for approximately 95% of the asbestos in place in the United States and a similar proportion in other countries. It is a soft, fibrous silicate mineral in the serpentine group of phyllosilicates: as such, it is distinct from other asbestiform minerals in the amphibole group. Its idealized chemical formula isMg3(Si2O5)(OH)4, in which some of the magnesium ions may be substituted by iron or other cations. Substitution of the hydroxide ions for fluoride, oxide or chloride is also known, but rarer. A related, but much rarer, mineral is pecoraite, in which all the magnesium cations of chrysotile are substituted by nickel cations.
David Suzuki Foundation - Help ban Canadian asbestos
The Canadian chrysotile asbestos industry works hard to promote chrysotile as a safer asbestos, but the International Agency for Research on Cancer and the World Health Organization (PDF) remind us that all types of asbestos are cancer-causing and harmful when inhaled. At present, the owner of Jeffrey Mine, one of two remaining chrysotile mining operations in Canada, is asking the Quebec Government for a loan guarantee of $58 million to allow the company to extract 200,000 tonnes of asbestos a year.
Exporting an Epidemic
A global network of lobby groups has spent nearly $100 million since the mid-1980s to preserve the market for asbestos, a carcinogen now banned or restricted in 52 countries. Scientists say asbestos may cause up to 10 million deaths by 2030, with a mounting toll in the developing world.
Just a few of the Facebook pages devoted to stopping the export of Canadian Asbestos.
Global Ban Asbestos Network (GBAN)
The Global Ban Asbestos Network (GBAN) Social Media Community is a non-profit and independent initiative established to promote and facilitate collaboration, communication, and action to achieve a global asbestos ban. GBAN is a one-stop portal that brings together interactive social media outlets to promote an end to asbestos mining and use, thereby preventing continued exposure to this known human carcinogen.
The International Ban Asbestos Secretariat
The International Ban Asbestos Secretariat (IBAS), established in 2000, provides a conduit for the exchange of information between groups and individuals working to achieve a global asbestos ban and seeking to alleviate the damage caused by widepsread asbestos use. Such use may be largely historical in the established economies of the West but is continuing in developing nations.
The 80’s show a heightened scare within various parts of the world when the U.S issued the Asbestos Ban and Phase Out Rule which was subsequently overturned in the case of Corrosion Proof Fittings. This was later followed by Australia in 1995 and New Zealand in 2002 with a ban on the importation of raw amphibole asbestos and chrysotile asbestos.
Mesothelioma - Wikipedia
Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that is almost always caused by previous exposure to asbestos. In this disease,malignant cells develop in the mesothelium, a protective lining that covers most of the body's internal organs. Its most common site is the pleura (outer lining of the lungs and internal chest wall), but it may also occur in the peritoneum (the lining of the abdominal cavity), the heart, the pericardium (a sac that surrounds the heart) or tunica vaginalis.
Most people who develop mesothelioma have worked on jobs where they inhaled asbestos particles, or they have been exposed to asbestos dust and fiber in other ways. Washing the clothes of a family member who worked with asbestos can also put a person at risk for developing mesothelioma. Unlike lung cancer, there is no association between mesothelioma and smoking. Compensation via asbestos funds or lawsuits is an important issue in mesothelioma (seeasbestos and the law).
Prevent Cancer NowOur Mission: To build a Canada-wide movement to eliminate the preventable causes of cancer.
Our Purpose: To make the primary prevention of cancer a priority through education, legislation and policy changes.
To learn more about the shocking ways the Canadian government has for years tried to prevent developing countries from having the right to control or ban asbestos, take a look at the report Exporting Harm: How Canada Markets Asbestos to the Developing World
Sierra Club Canada
Ban Canadian Asbestos
StopAsbestos.ca is a non-profit, volunteer organization committed to stopping the export and use of asbestos, in Canada and around the world.