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The Quebec town of Asbestos set to change name next month

The citizens of Asbestos, Québec, will vote on the new name of the town in October. According to an announcement made by Asbestos Mayor Hugues Grimard at a city council meeting on Monday night, the four options for a new »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life, Internet, Science & Technology

What’s in a name? Town of Asbestos to be renamed

Negative association hurting development The Quebec town of Asbestos said it’s had enough.  Officials say the negative association with the mineral and its now bad reputation as a health hazard, is hurting the town. In a telephone interview with a »

Health, International, Politics, Society

Canadian government finally will ban asbestos

After years of resisting pressure from health and labour organizations, the Canadian government has decided to ban all products containing asbestos by 2018. It will also stop obstructing international efforts to list asbestos as a hazardous substance. Canada used to »

Economy, Society

Largest labour union launches ‘fairness’ videos

Today is Labour Day and a holiday in Canada, and the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) has posted videos to showcase “the ways unions are improving the day-to-day lives of all Canadians.” The videos focus on improving work, winning stronger public »

Economy, Health, Politics, Society

Pressure mounts for a ban on all asbestos

The Canadian Cancer Society has added its voice to several groups calling on the new Canadian government to ban all uses of asbestos in Canada. The World Health Organization warns that no form of asbestos is safe. It causes lung »