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November 04, 2011 05:00 ET

Families of Asbestos Victims Speak Out Against Canadian Exports to Developing World

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 4, 2011) - Families of asbestos victims are coming together to express their opposition to imminent plans to re-open a Quebec asbestos mine. The mine investors are proposing to export asbestos from this mine to the developing world, particularly India.

The families are inviting the lead investor, Baljit Chadha, to visit Sarnia, Ontario to meet with asbestos disease victims and families. Sarnia has lost hundreds of residents over the past two decades to asbestos cancers.

WHAT: Media conference with families of asbestos victims
WHEN: Friday, November 4, 2011 at 10:45 am
WHERE: Toronto Delta Chelsea Hotel, 33 Gerrard Street West, Third
Floor - Scott Room

Stacy Cattran, whose father Bill Coulbeck, died of asbestos cancer in Sarnia three years ago: "We would like Mr. Chadha to meet us and see first hand the suffering that asbestos has caused to so many Canadians".

Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley: "In Sarnia, we have learned some terrible lessons about asbestos. We would like to join with Mr. Chadha and partners in developing countries to help find substitutes for this lethal substance".

Linda Reinstein, co-founder of the US-based Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (http://www.asbestosdiseaseawareness.org), expressed her alarm at the investment proposal: "I have travelled all over the world meeting families and health and safety experts. They are unanimous in condemning Canada's support of asbestos. Now is the time to end the exports. Governments can support the affected Quebec communities to develop alternative industries".

Background:

The World Health Organization estimates that past asbestos exposure is causing over 100,000 deaths annually around the world.

Here in Canada, organizations such as the Canadian Cancer Society and Canadian Labour Congress have called for an end to Canadian asbestos exports.

The Quebec government is expected to make a decision within a few weeks whether to extend loan guarantees to the asbestos investors to allow them to re-open the Jeffrey mine.

Contact Information

  • Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers
    Alex Cohen
    416-510-8713 x.1 or 647-853-0503 (cell)
    acohen@ohcow.on.ca