OTTAWA, Sept. 14, 2012 /CNW/ - The Canadian Medical Association is
pleased that the Government of Canada will no longer oppose the
inclusion of asbestos on the Rotterdam Convention's list of hazardous
The CMA has called for a ban on the use and exportation of asbestos and
urged the federal government to end its support of an industry that
exports asbestos to nations that do not have the health or safety
infrastructure or regulations to ensure conditions of controlled use.
The CMA also recognizes that employment and steady income are key
underlying factors to ensuring good health. The further announcement
today of federal funds to support economic diversification in
asbestos-producing communities is very important to supporting health
and providing alternatives to the mining of a dangerous substance.
The CMA also urges the Canadian government to consider adopting a Health
Impact Assessment approach to developing public policy. Under this
approach, Cabinet would consider every policy decision it makes through
the lens of the impact on the health of Canadians.
The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) is the national voice of Canadian
physicians. Founded in 1867, CMA's mission is to serve and unite the
physicians of Canada and be the national advocate, in partnership with
the people ofCanada, for the highest standards of health and health
care. The CMA is a voluntary professional organization representing
over 76,000 of Canada's physicians and comprising 12 provincial and
territorial medical associations and 51 national medical organizations.
SOURCE: CANADIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION
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Canadian Medical Association
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