Asbestos: It’s (finally) time for Ottawa to shut the industry down

Last year, after decades of insisting to the contrary, Ottawa finally admitted that “asbestos, if inhaled, can cause cancer and other diseases.” Just before this long-delayed catharsis, the government ended its perennial opposition to the inclusion of the most common form of asbestos on an international list of hazardous substances.

Asbestos is the number-one killer of Canadian workers. More than 2,200 of them died from asbestos-related diseases between 2007 and 2012. Full Story

About Jacob

Operations Manager at Canadian HAZ-MAT Environmental Ltd. Canadian Haz-mat Environmental is an independent Victoria BC based asbestos abatement company with a strong focus on education and improving public awareness of the dangers associated with asbestos. We support banning inappropriate uses of asbestos as a cause that pretty much anyone can get behind. We strongly believe Canada needs to build financial incentives (effective forms of subsidization) into the identification, abatement and disposal of asbestos from Canadian homes and businesses if we are to effectively address this problem.