Politics and its Discontents: The Harper Government’s Legacy of Death

Checking my blog archive, I found that I have written a total of 22 posts on asbestos. Here is number 23. Two years ago, Canada was the sole nation to oppose adding chrysotile asbestos to the list of hazardous products under the Rotterdam Convention. Such a listing would not have banned the export of the ...

Politics and its Discontents: A Reminder to My MP

I am a great believer in holding our politicians to account. Even though they may prove to be ultimately meaningless gestures, letters to our elected representatives at the very least remind them that their opposition is not simply going to give up and accept the atrocities they commit in our names. the following is the ...

Politics and its Discontents: Lest We Forget Those Who Die For Canada’s Economy

Although the following video was made to protect B.C. workers, perhaps it could be included as a warning to all the unprotected workers who are exposed to the asbestos that Stephen Harper refuses to stop exporting to countries such as India, insisting that it is safe if handled properly, conveniently ignoring the fact that he ...

Looks Like Dr. Kellie Leitch of Simcoe-Grey Made Her Choice a Long Time Ago

It appears that hundreds of health professionals are now putting Harpercon MP for Simcoe-Grey, Kellie Leitch on the hot seat in an open letter, basically reminding her of that pesky little hippocratic oath she took when she decided to practise medicine in her previous life, and denounce her own government’s stance on asbestos. An open ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Canada Causes Cancer: Government & Industry Collude to Keep Asbestos Off UN Hazardous Chemical List

asbestos-bangladesh.jpg Last week, the Canadian government successfully and unilaterally stonewalled efforts to list chrysotile asbestos as a hazardous chemical at a United Nations conference in Switzerland.  According to Michael Stanley-Jones of the UN Environment Program, “[Canada] intervened in the chemicals contact group meeting … and opposed listing”. This is the third time that Canada has ...

Politics and its Discontents: More on Asbestos

The other day I wrote a piece lamenting the ongoing immoral Canadian export of asbestos and the fact that Canada was the sole country that recently prevented it from being listed as a toxic substance under the Rotterdam Convention. I also suggested that the government has made all Canadians who say or do nothing about ...

Politics and its Discontents: Asbestos – Canada’s Shame Continues

I recently wrote about the opportunity that Canada had to end its pariah-like status by no longer opposing the listing of asbestos as a toxic product in the Rotterdam Convention. Because the Convention requires consensus, Canada, of all the member countries, opposed that listing once again, scuttling any attempt to rein in its use in ...

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Afternoon Links

Assorted content to end your week. – Plenty of observers have noted the Cons’ complete lack of a reasonable explanation for standing in the way of a global consensus to at least ensure that asbestos is accurately labeled as a hazardous substance. But you’ll find the best examples of sheer, evidence-free spin documented by Sarah ...

Stevie Spends La Fete Nationale In, You Guessed It! Thetford Mines! Heart of Cancer Industries!

Yep! Stevie is celebrating that the folks around l’Arrondissement de l’Amiante can all rest easy so they can now continue to get cancer and sell cancer for profit! Yay! Chrissy! Stevie! Ain’t that special?   Stevie and Chrissy saved their precious chrysotile asbestos from the big bad Rotterdam Convention, yet again. Three cheers for the ...

I Guess It’s Time To Reinstall The Asbestos In Stevie Harper’s Home Since It’s So Safe And Requires No Warning Labels

Quelle surprise! Looks like Canada will be, once again, refusing to vote to add Chrysotile asbestos to the list of hazardous materials to Annex III of the Rotterdam Convention. Once again, here’s the brief explanation of this list: Putting chrysotile asbestos on the Annex III list of the Rotterdam Convention would let countries where companies import ...

Accidental Deliberations: On matters of principle

Stephen Harper on how we’re supposed to perceive the Cons’ foreign policy, as described just weeks ago: The Prime Minister reflected this new reality in his triumphalist speech to the Conservative party faithful on the weekend, where he articulated Canada’s approach to the world in a single, potent sentence. “We know where our interests lie ...

Oh Stevie! One of Your Ex-Cabinet Ministers Wants You To Do The Right Thing

As I’ve mentioned last Thursday, today is the day the UN votes whether or not to include chrysotile asbestos on a list of  hazardous products on the Rotterdam Convention. Stevie Spiteful has been remaining mum on what he’ll do today, but most  are of the opinion he’ll vote to keep that poison off the list ...

Politics and its Discontents: Asbestos – An Opportunity to End Canada’s Shame

While I have written previously on Canada’s ongoing indefensible practice of exporting chrysotile (asbestos) to developing nations despite its well-known lethal health effects, this country does get the chance to begin to rectify things today as it meets in Geneva with 142 other countries that have ratified the Rotterdam Convention, which concerns pesticides and industrial ...