Asbestos exposure is Canada’s leading cause of workplace death, related deaths continue to rise and show no signs of slowing down, as stated by updated figures from Statistics Canada;
On April 1, 2016, Asbestos is banned for use in new construction and renovation projects at buildings the government operates;
A registry is being added to place all existing government held properties on an accessible list;
Asbestos is not registered on the Annex list of hazardous substances with the Rotterdam Convention;
Mesothelioma is often misdiagnosed as lung cancer;
The country imported $4.9-million in raw asbestos and products containing asbestos, according to Statistics Canada;
Citizens and groups are calling for a full ban on use of asbestos; and
Asbestos has been banned in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, The Netherlands, Finland, Germany, Italy, Belgium, France, Austria, Poland and Saudi Arabia.
We, the undersigned, residents of Canada and residents of Turtle Island, call upon the Government of Canada to: -Make it clear that Canada bans the importation and exportation of asbestos and asbestos products from Canada;
-Ensure that the registry list of all government properties is easily accessible to the public;
-Stop promoting safe use of asbestos on all government websites;
-Get asbestos Annex listed on the Rotterdam Convention;
-Work with Health Canada to promote Mesothelioma as a cause of expose to asbestos and to encourage doctors to determine first whether a patient may in fact be suffering from Mesothelioma;
-Increase funding to support advanced medicine for Mesothelioma; and
-Provide a better public registry of the number of cases of patients who are affected by Asbestos related disease.
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