It’s been 20 years since the mine in Baie Verte, N.L. stopped producing asbestos. But those who worked in the mine and breathed toxic dust say authorities are ignoring science and are denying them compensation. Click here to watch the short video clip.
Read the Globe & Mail's extensive six-part article on asbestos in Canada.
"Canada’s embrace of the ‘miracle mineral’ has seeded an epidemic of cancers. Yet many Canadians are still exposed to asbestos every day."
This project was conducted by Southern Cross University to understand the social, psychological and economic impacts of asbestos-related disease. The researcher provides new insights and evidence into the social, psychological and economic impacts of asbestos-related disease in this report. It draws together the contribution of the project’s partner organisations and the experiences of over sixty men and women who have been affected by asbestos exposure in some way. While historically asbestos-related disease research has predominantly focused on men, this research also focused on women who have been diagnosed with asbestos-related disease, and on women as carers, providing new and informative insights into how this debilitating disease impacts and affects women.
A copy of the report can be downloaded from this page on the Southern Cross University's website. It's an excellent report and well worth the read.
Why is asbestos still killing people? Nic Fleming finds out in a twisting tale of industry cover-ups and misinformation that spans decades.
Given that asbestos could be present in any building refurbished or built before 2000 in the UK (before 1990 in Canada) – homes, hospitals, schools, offices – it’s likely that the specialist removal companies will be busy for years to come. So too will be the clinics and hospitals dealing with the human casualties of the appalling legacy of a mineral called asbestos.
In BC, the program is being funded through the BC Cancer Foundation thanks to the efforts of the BC Insulation Contractors Association (BCICA). BCICA has raised more than $200,000 to assist with the cost of getting lung cancer screening programs set up in BC and Alberta – Saskatchewan is next!