Resolution leads: Natalie Lapos (President- elect) and Sima Patel
Despite wide scientific consensus that exposure to asbestos causes an array of diseases, including lung cancer and mesothelioma, Canada is the only westernised country that continues to mine, manufacture, and export asbestos. As such, ONEIG submitted a resolution that asks RNAO directly, and in collaboration with the Canadian Nurses Association and other stakeholders, to advocate for the Governments of Ontario and Canada to promote a ban on the mining, processing, use and export of all forms of asbestos, and to promote implementation of a comprehensive national asbestos strategy. ONEIG passed a similar resolution at CNA last year.
Aligned with this resolution, ONEIG recently supported a position statement on asbestos that was spearheaded by Kathleen Ruff, senior human rights adviser to the Rideau Institute. Future strategies are currently being discussed.
Rick Mercer's rant on Canada's asbestos industry can be found below.
In 2011, the last two remaining asbestos mines in Canada, both located in the province of Quebec, halted production. With the commitment of a $58 million dollar loan from the Quebec government in 2012, one of the mines was set to reopen. However, following a provincial election that resulted in a change of leadership, the new Premier of Quebec promised to cancel the loan and instead use the funds for economic diversification in the asbestos mining communities of Quebec. At this time, the federal government Industry Minister announced that they would no longer oppose international efforts to list asbestos as a hazardous substance under the Rotterdam Convention, which aims to protect those living in developing countries from hazardous substances. The Canadian government also committed financial support for economic development in the asbestos mining regions. While the Canadian government has backed down on its support of the asbestos industry, asbestos mining and export is not banned in Canada. A number of researchers, public health officials, and health organizations have called upon governments to ban the production, export, and use of asbestos.
taken from; http://www.ehatlas.ca/asbestos/trends/asbestos-production-canada-0
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