According to an official from the Occupational Health Clinic for Ontario Workers (OHCOW) more calls have been coming in this year from workers in relation to asbestos related health problems than in the any of the past three years. Campaigners are urging Canada to stop mining the material, which is a known carcinogenic and can also lead to other serious health problems.
It is thought that the number of industrial deaths connected to asbestos exposure will reach a peak within the next ten years, with the number of workers dying as a result of exposure to asbestos increasing. Among the health problems that this exposure can cause are mesothelioma, a form of cancer, scarring of the lungs, and respiratory problems.
One official from the OHCOW stated: “We’re probably alone among the industrialized countries in not documenting the extent of the disease and its impact on our society. This is the leading cause of occupational disease and occupational mortality in Canada today. Completely under the public health radar in this country.”
Another official stated: “It really would be crucial if Canada, instead of pressing for its right to export more asbestos to the local chapters of the asbestos mafia in the Third World, would join the rest of the civilized countries of this world in shutting down the asbestos industry and saying enough’s enough.”