Canada Asbestos

A Short History of Joe Oliver, Canada's New Finance Minister

DeSmog Canada | Posted 03.24.2014 | Canada Politics
DeSmog Canada

Joe Oliver, Canada's new federal Minister of Finance, made quite a name for himself during his tenure as Minister of Natural Resources. With Oliver moving to the helm of the country's finances, perhaps it's time to take a look back over his notable career. Is Oliver's selective use (and misuse) of the facts restricted to the oilsands?

The PQ is Right About One Thing -- Asbestos Needs to Go

Supriya Dwivedi | Posted 10.30.2012 | Canada Politics
Supriya Dwivedi

While I disagree with many aspects of the Parti Québécois' current platform, if elected, the PQ has stated that it would essentially abolish the asbestos industry in Quebec. No other G8 country currently mines and exports this known cancer-causing agent. While Quebecers may be in for a rough ride on sovereignty, language and identity issues, this is one facet of the next would-be government that should have us all breathing a little easier.

Au Revoir, Asbestos

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.29.2012 | Canada Politics

MONTREAL - The party considered the front-runner in the Quebec election is poised to shut down what's left of Canada's asbestos industry, following it...

Good To Handle Quebec's Debt?

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.11.2012 | Canada Politics

VICTORIAVILLE, Que. - Quebec Premier Jean Charest is taking aim at the Coalition for Quebec's Future on the campaign trail this weekend.He says the Li...

Global Call For Asbestos Mining Ban As Quebec Revives Industry

CP | Pierre Saint-Arnaud, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.23.2012 | Canada Business

MONTREAL - More than 150 international and Canadian public health organizations and individual scientists are demanding a worldwide ban on the mining,...

Not A Good Sign For Canadian Asbestos

CBC | Posted 09.22.2012 | Canada Business

An anti-asbestos advocate warns that one of the countries that consumes the most asbestos in the world is seeing a growing resistance to the use of th...

Why Canada Can't Say "No" to Asbestos

David Suzuki | Posted 09.16.2012 | Canada
David Suzuki

Although Canada doesn't have a domestic market for asbestos, we actively support the industry and promote exports to other countries, especially India. And despite these times of government cutbacks, the Quebec government has even stepped in to keep the industry alive by agreeing to lend the Jeffrey Mine in Asbestos, Quebec, $58-million to restart and expand.

Lifeline For A Troubled Industry

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 08.29.2012 | Canada Business

ASBESTOS, Que. - Canada's beleaguered asbestos industry, which has been a target of activists who link its product to cancer, has been given a $58 mil...

Asbestos Production Quietly Stops

CP | Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.24.2012 | Canada Politics

MONTREAL - Canada's once-mighty asbestos sector has ground to a halt for the first time in 130 years, as production of the controversial fibre has sta...

Asbestos Cracks Conservative Party Unity

CP | Andy Blatchford and Jennifer Ditchburn, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.20.2012 | Canada Politics

A growing number of Conservative MPs are questioning their government's position on the export of asbestos, with a group of them independently summoni...

End Support For Asbestos Industry: Workers' Families

CP | Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.04.2012 | Canada

TORONTO - Families of Ontario workers who died of asbestos-related diseases are making a last-ditch plea to stop a project that would revive one of Ca...

Althia Raj

Tories Accused Of Exporting Death

HuffingtonPost.com | Althia Raj | Posted 01.01.2012 | Canada Politics

UPDATE: The Conservatives and three members of the Bloc Quebecois voted together to defeat the NDP's opposition motion to ban the export of asbestos T...

Asbestos Industry Strikes Back At Critics

CP | Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.29.2012 | Canada

MONTREAL - A prominent asbestos merchant is headed to Parliament Hill as part of a broader counter-offensive to salvage the reputation of his beleague...

Honour Your Medical Oath On Asbestos, MDs Tell Tory Doctor-Turned-MP

CP | Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.18.2011 | Canada Politics

Hundreds of health professionals are urging a doctor-turned-Conservative MP to honour her medical oath and work against Canada's controversial asbesto...

Science Must Be Free From Political Interference

David Suzuki | Posted 10.17.2011 | Canada
David Suzuki

Science is playing second fiddle to political concerns in Canada and the U.S. Recently, we've seen more "muzzling" of scientists, funding cuts, and an increasing disregard for science in policy-making. This scientific antipathy could not come at a worse time.

Tories Tussel With Widow Of Asbestos Widow Over Logo

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.14.2011 | Canada

The federal Conservative party has sent a threatening email to the widow of an asbestos victim in the latest chapter of Canada's debate over the hazar...

Firm Wants More Time For Asbestos Mine Revival

CP | Benjamin Shingler, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.14.2011 | Canada

MONTREAL - A Montreal company trying to revive one of the country's last remaining asbestos mines has requested another extension on a deadline set by...

So Much For That Debate: Canada's Last Asbestos Mine About To Run Dry

The Canadian Press | Posted 09.21.2011 | Canada Business

MONTREAL - A confidential federal memo suggests Canada's last fully functional asbestos mine is about to die, raising the prospect the controversial i...

End Looms For Last Big Asbestos Mine

CP | Posted 09.18.2011 | Canada Business

THE CANADIAN PRESS -- THETFORD MINES, Que. - MONTREAL - Canada's last fully operational asbestos mine says it could be on the verge of shutting down, ...

Senate Reform for the People, Not the Politicians

Deborah Coyne | Posted 09.03.2011 | Canada
Deborah Coyne

The choice presented between no Senate and a partially reformed Senate, is really not a choice at all. Both options lead to an increasingly dysfunctional and discredited Parliament.

Asbestos Win, Canada Keeps Substance Off Hazardous List

CBC News | Laura Payton | Posted 08.24.2011 | Canada

CBC -- Canada won the fight, for at least another two years, to keep asbestos off an international list of hazardous chemicals as discussions wrapped ...

Harper Celebrates St-Jean-Baptiste In Asbestos Country

The Canadian Press | Posted 08.24.2011 | Canada

THE CANADIAN PRESS -- OTTAWA - The prime minister is celebrating St-Jean-Baptiste in the heart of the asbestos industry as Canada's delegation to an i...

Canada Won't Allow Asbestos To Be Listed As 'Hazardous'

Postmedia News | Posted 08.22.2011 | Canada

Canada told the world Wednesday it opposes placing limits on the export of chrysotile asbestos -- likely setting the stage for international efforts t...

Harper Government Defends Asbestos Despite Growing International Pressure

The Canadian Press | Posted 08.15.2011 | Canada Politics

THE CANADIAN PRESS - OTTAWA - The Conservative government continues to claim that Canada's chrysotile asbestos can be used safely "under controlled co...

Ottawa Rejected Asbestos Advice From Health Canada

CBC News | Posted 08.14.2011 | Canada Politics

CBC -- The Canadian government rejected advice from Health Canada that asbestos be added to a global list of hazardous materials in 2006, CBC News has...