Government Announces it Will No Longer Oppose Adding Chrysotile Asbestos
to the Rotterdam Convention's List of Hazardous Substances
TORONTO, Sept. 14, 2012 /CNW/ - The Canadian Cancer Society applauds the
Federal Government for its announcement today that it will no longer
oppose the inclusion of chrysotile asbestos in the Rotterdam
Convention, an international list of hazardous substances.
Federal Industry Minister Christian Paradis made the announcement this
"This is the right decision, says Paul Lapierre, Vice President, Public
Affairs and Cancer Control, Canadian Cancer Society. "We are very
pleased to see that the government recognizes that all form of
asbestos, including chysotile, cause cancer. The Canadian Cancer
Society believes that all efforts must be made to eliminate exposure to
asbestos and to eliminate asbestos-related diseases.
"This is an important first step", says Lapierre."It's imperative that
the health of people around the world be put ahead of the interests of
the asbestos industry. We also welcome the government's $50 million
plan to support the affected community."
Worldwide about 107,000 people die every year from disease related to
occupational exposure to asbestos. The Society will continue to work
hard to end exposure to asbestos and will urge the federal, provincial
and territorial governments to adopt a comprehensive strategy to
address all aspects of the asbestos issue.
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prevent cancer, save lives and support people living with cancer. Join
the fight! Go to fightback.ca to find out how you can help. When you want to know more about cancer,
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SOURCE: Canadian Cancer Society (National Office)
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