What’s on your mind?

Today’s question on ‘What’s on your mind’: should Canada be shipping asbestos to other countries?

Asbestos lungs

In a letter to the Anglican Journal (Canada) September 2012, Dr Rodney Glynn-Morris writes, in part, “I have witnessed the pain of asbestos victims slowly choking to death as their lungs solidify …

Exposure to asbestos fibres is a death sentence. According to the World Health Organization, 125 million people in the world are exposed to asbestos in the workplace and more than 105, 000 die every year from asbestos related disease (lung cancer) – all are caused by inhaling asbestos fibres.

Asbestos is banned in Canada, and millions have been spent removing it from buildings. Yet to save a couple of hundred Canadian jobs the export of asbestos has been vigourously promoted, under the Liberals and the Conservatives.

Are a few jobs worth it to export death to the developing world?”

What’s your opinion?

Catharine McKenty

2 Comments »

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    Vin Smith Says:

    …Asbestos has called untold problems in the–especially before the effects of breathing in the fibers was well known. That makes it difficult to get an accurate reading of what harm asbestos has historically caused. Export death to other countries? That’s an abomination!

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    Vin Smith Says:

    …Asbestos has caused untold problems in the world–especially before the effects of breathing in the fibers was well known. That makes it difficult to get an accurate reading of what harm asbestos has historically caused. Export death to other countries? That’s an abomination. Hardly any different than sending tainted food to foreign countries.


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