CUPE and comedian who lost grandfather support UN vote to ban asbestos.
VANCOUVER, June 14, 2011 /CNW/ - The Canadian Union of Public Employees
(CUPE) has endorsed the CanadaCausesCancer.ca campaign launched late last week by a group of young Canadian
comedians. The campaign calls on Prime Minister Stephen Harper to
support the United Nations vote on June 20 to include chrysotile
asbestos on a list of hazardous substances or to have the substance
re-installed in his home.
"In 6 days, the Harper government has the historic opportunity to be a
leader in protecting worker's health and safety, both at home and
internationally," says Paul Moist, CUPE national president. "Through
the Canada Causes Cancer campaign we hope all Canadians will take a
stand and tell our politicians that they must vote to support the ban
on chrysotile asbestos once and for all."
The campaign is being promoted through a series of comedy videos
spoofing home renovation TV shows and features a pair of hosts
demonstrating various ways that asbestos could "spruce up" 24 Sussex
Drive. Ironically, the Canadian government recently undertook a
multi-million dollar project to remove asbestos from the Prime
Minister's residence and Parliament buildings.
"Mr. Harper's stance on asbestos is morally bankrupt. Hypocrisy this
blatant would be hilarious if it weren't also deadly," says Sean
Devlin, one of the comedians responsible for the campaign.
In one of the comedy videos promoting the campaign, redecorating host
"Crystal Tile" showcases a product she has created to protect young
children from fires - a full body jumper made of asbestos. Lauren
Cochrane, the comedian who plays "Crystal" has a personal connection to
the issue. Her grandfather, a former plumber, died of asbestosis, which
is a respiratory disease caused by exposure to asbestos.
Read more about the UN vote:
Rotterdam Convention by the Conference of the Parties' Fifth Meeting
Read more about the dangers of asbestos: http://cupe.ca/asbestos
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