Letter to Prime Minister
I feel these two letters will make history. As Canada is moving nearer to a ban on Asbestos.
It is a long hard battle to keep raising awareness of Asbestos One that so many of us have played a part.
The Uk banned in 1999 but we in the UK know that it is not the whole picture as we demolish our schools and buildings and strip the asbestos from our lives. The men that carry out this work are so in danger if they haven’t the proper protection.
If you are working with asbestos you should ensure that your health is protected and wear good quality protective clothing such as our Cat 3 Type 5/6 disposable coveralls to ensure asbestos fibres do not cross contaminate other clothing. White & Blue cat 3 Type 5/6 Coveralls available.
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These poor men work in the tents all day. They mustn’t wear their own clothing so they freeze in the winter and sweat in the summer. If they want to go to toilet they have to go through the Decontamination Unit each time.
But what will happen to the contaminated demolition waste that no doubt will be contaminated, if not with asbestos but also from all the other old contaminants banned since from being used in new building products because they were proven to cause cancers and other diseases? Will it go for ‘recycling’ back into new products as most waste from construction & demolition waste does these days? If the asbestos is so ‘hidden’ then how can they possibly say for sure that any demolition waste does not contain it? No wonder new bricks were found to contain asbestos. Old contaminated wastes from construction & demolition such as wood, brick, gypsum, cement, plastics, etc., are all going for ‘recycling’ back into new building products, how can it be deemed safe to ‘recycle’ when it is never thoroughly tested and no chemical specification undertaken? Shirley my facebook friend asked.
I replied Thats why I hate it when they Demolish buildings and High rise flats. You see spectators standing around and all that dust rising up afterwards.Just another way to contaminate us.
They bury waste but that only puts the problem away to be discovered by future generations But as they charge to dispose of the waste smaller builders dump Asbestos waste in our country lanes and fields
How many times have you seen this as you drive through our country lanes.
-Its all gone mad
Asbestos disease’s are becoming an Epidemic and Mesothelioma is not rare disease any more. It is costing the NHS so much money and although Drug companies, scientist’s and doctors are working so hard to find treatment for us other than Palliative care we haven’t got the hospitals that can cope with huge amounts of trials and the laboratories that are needed.
I have been to the House of Commons and I see the MP’s and Lords that have every sympathy for us and are making money available but we have to work together more to get a better result for Mesothelioma survival.
We have done nothing wrong except breathed air and in that air there was a death sentence, All because of greed as so much money was made in the Asbestos industry and still does to this day.
Thats why I have copied these two letter to the Canadian Prime Minister and I pray he listens and it should also be repeated to the US president. The US did ban it once and then rescinded the vote. WHY??? They have murdered so many people since then. Yes Murdered. Its about time that word was used.
Simple Definition of murder
- : the crime of deliberately killing a person
- : something that is very difficult or unpleasant
- That is the Oxford Dictionary’s explanation. It has to be deliberate as they know Asbestos kills and has been proved through so many Coroners reports.
- Asbestos is the weapon and that is a very difficult and pleasant way to die.
So I applauded these to letters and hope they get to the concious of all the leaders in all the governments
Submitted by Sheila_CMF on Fri, 04/15/2016 – 16:46
Dear Prime Minister Trudeau:
RE: Request for a ban on asbestos
Like many people, I didn’t know what Mesothelioma was or even how to pronounce it until it affected my family in the most unimaginable way. On behalf of my Dad, who is fighting daily to survive and find some peace, I would like to encourage you to ban asbestos and save other innocent lives. I am aware of a major push the general public, government organizations, unions, activist groups, media and people like my family are making to encourage your government to be a leader and change the course in what is now, an embarrassing and horrible legacy our nation will endure for many years to come. In almost every way possibly I am a very proud Canadian but I find it difficult to be proud when I consider how we have let back room dealings and small minded people have such an effect on the lives of our nations citizens and others around the world. For so many years we have been risking the public’s wellbeing in order to keep an industry so fraught with safety hazards operating despite the shift in policy from nearly all of the respected nations in the world.
Many of us are working on how to help those already affected by Mesothelioma and other diseases but there is nothing we can do to prevent it from happening until there is a ban. As a member of the Canadian Mesothelioma Foundation we are educating the public, supplying information to those already diagnosed and helping to connect the medical community across Canada but we want this to be the final generation of Canadians that have to deal with an ever increasing number of people affected by Asbestos each year.
Since my Dad was diagnosed with Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma in December 2013 our family has faced unimaginable difficulty in watching the strongest man I’ve ever known become stripped of his life as he knew it. He underwent an Extrapleural Pneumonectomy (removal of his lung, lining around the heart and part of his diaphragm), which is an extremely invasive procedure in which he barely survived coming out of an induced coma for 8 weeks, having lost all strength in his body right down to having the ability to swallow. After over two years of rehabilitation in which he has been through countless complications he is still fighting for quality of life. His fight is noble and for me the most difficult thing I’ve ever witnessed. At the same time it is unimaginably, completely unnecessary. This is why I write to you today. This disease is completely preventable. You, Right Honorable Justin Trudeau, are in a unique situation of having the ability to be the leader that brought Canada out of the dark and legislate the outright ban of Asbestos.
Clearly this is not a partisan issue. We are looking for the entire government’s support which would make a strong statement for the rest of Canada. I have attached a letter from a victim of Mesothelioma that recently contacted our organization looking for guidance and support. It’s powerful and brings back a flood of the frustration we initially faced when my Dad was first diagnosed. Now is the time to finally do the right thing. We can right the wrongs of our past and prevent these innocent people from again and again asking why? Please help.
Director; Canadian Mesothelioma Foundation
Letter Number two
An Open Letter To the Members of Parliament of Canada
Thank you for the opportunity to connect with you today.
My name is David Hill, I am 55 years, a husband and father of three, and I live in a small town in Alberta – but only for the next 2 to 5 years, according to my doctor.
I have a rare, terminal cancer called Mesothelioma that has only one cause, and that is contact with the mineral Asbestos.
The link between asbestos contact and fatal illness has been apparent since 200 AD when Roman overseers noticed that their slaves working in mineral mines were dying. The first documented death from contact with asbestos occurred in 1906. The medical community demonstrated a conclusive link between working in close proximity to asbestos and terminal organ cancers in 1924. In 1930, the disease was linked with abdominal and respiratory disease, and in 1941 that disease became known as mesothelioma. Since that time over countless people, including 100,000 Americans working in the ship building and maintenance industry alone have died far ahead of their time. In Canada, we seem not to have kept track of our own body count; our government accountants and policy wonks chose economic gain over human life and continued to refute the cancer danger well into the 1950’s.
The only time I have been in contact with asbestos in my life was during my service with the Royal Canadian Navy Reserve when I was a university student. You don’t need to be a miner or an industrial worker to get this disease; all you need is a single, microscopic encounter to fatally poison you. I was a navigating officer trainee posted to naval ships that were constructed between 1944 and 1952. They were packed with asbestos, the wonder material Canada was promoting in that era. My bed aboard ship had an asbestos clad pipe running over it, and we learned to fight fires in an asbestos filled simulator. No one advised us that there was any danger, our officers told us everything was safe and to get on with the job of defending our fellow Canadians. I was in the Naval Reserve for 17 years, and was promoted and decorated for my service. As a Reservist, I was proud to be “twice the citizen” as Winston Churchill called us. But I did not know that my dedication to our country would be rewarded with an early and terrible death.
Mesothelioma is an insidious disease, it lies in wait for 30 years, and then arises quickly and finishes you off. Microscopic asbestos fibres invade your respiratory and digestive systems undetected, and settle in the lining of your lungs or abdomen. They cause a cancer that grows inside your living tissue, very, very slowly, resulting in thickening and swelling of the mesoteric linings, with lesions that erupt inside like scabs, and form grey tendrils about an inch long that look a bit like shag carpet. As the disease spreads and matures, infected tissues connect with your vital organs and begin to kill you from the inside out; after that, the disease metasizes and spreads rapidly throughout your lymphatic system. There are no warning signs or incidents that trigger detection. Symptoms begin with a persistent cough or stomach cramp, followed by sense of fatigue and a bit of weight loss. By the time you realize you might have something other than a cold, is already too late, and you are gone within 2-5 years.
There is no cure for mesothelioma, only chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery targeted at delaying mortality. I was diagnosed in 2015 and will have the operation to try and prolong my life; there is a 40% chance I may last another 10 years with constant care. I have lived a good and productive life, I have served my family and my country well, and I lie awake at night wondering how I deserve to meet such an end.
Asbestos is now everywhere in our environment. It’s in the insulation and floor tiles, pipes and ductwork of your schools, and in the concrete, bricks, pipes and fireplace cement, heat, fire, and acid resistant gaskets, pipe insulation, ceiling insulation, fireproof drywall, flooring, roofing, lawn furniture, and drywall joint compound of your homes. In 2011 it was reported that over 50% of homes, schools, government and commercial buildings still contain asbestos, despite the current regulation of installation of new asbestos products.
It only takes a momentary, microscopic connection with the mineral to cause infection. The long latency period of asbestos related cancers means that people infected today will not be diagnosed until 2045. Canada’s mesothelioma cancer rate is now one of the highest in the world. Our persistence in denying the toxic effects and in permitting its production and use in thousands of products has laid the groundwork for exposing us all. About 2.1 of every 100,000 Canadians are diagnosed each year and it is expected that the death rate will climb for several more years.
We have a political obsession with our national debt, I often hear about how we should not be passing our debt to our grandchildren; Parliamentarians, we have a latent asbestos debt in this country, and if we do not act to remove this horror from our environment, we are murdering our grandchildren.
As of 2014, 44 countries have banned use of asbestos in their environments, including Australia, the UK, most of Western Europe, the Middle East, South Africa, Argentina, South Korea and even Mozambique. Why does Canada, a supposedly advanced and progressive nation, continue to choose asbestos over the lives of its future generations? Only you can answer that.
My time will soon be up, but my children, and someday, I hope, my grandchildren whom I will never see, will continue to build our great society. I implore you to act to ensure their health and safety, and to give final meaning to my life, and to the lives of the thousands of asbestos victims now lost, and to the hundreds of thousands of victims yet to come.
Water Valley, Alberta
Just as I published this has come out today http://www.mygc.com.au/asbestos-health-costs-hit-billions-globally/
My web page http://onestopmesothelioma.co.uk/index.html