The World Health Organization (WHO) has condemned the Canadian government’s asbestos mineral mining and selling operations since the 1990s; however, Canada shows no sign of stopping its exports of the hazardous material overseas. In the Canadian provinces of Quebec Ontario the asbestos mineral chrysotile actively mined, despite the fact that almost no asbestos is sold or used in Canada. The Canadian government and her provinces have continued to allow the LAB Chrysotile Corporation to own and operate two asbestos mines, with intended sales to foreign developing nations.
Continuous asbestos exposure is the leading cause of the rare cancer known as mesothelioma. The disease is caused by harmful airborne asbestos fibers being breathed into the lungs by men and women in the home or workplace. There is no known cure for mesothelioma at this time, and mesothelioma treatment is only able to prolong the patient’s life by a few months. Due to the fact that asbestos materials can cause such terrible diseases such as mesothelioma, asbestosis, and lung cancer the legal systems in many industrialized countries have now come to include asbestos law and mesothelioma law into mainstream policy.
Canada is one of the few remaining developed nations that have yet to place a ban on asbestos. Countries such as India, Indonesia, Brazil, and Ski Lanka are receiving asbestos exports from the Canadian government equaling to the amount of $100 million. What is worth mentioning is that the Canadian government spends hundreds of millions of dollars each year on asbestos abatement and demolition from buildings all across the country. What is the agenda of a nation who doesn’t use a known hazardous material, yet exports the very same materials to countries with less strict national industrial health codes?
“Mesothelioma News- Canada continues to mine lethal asbestos fibers”