Our new Canadian Asbestos Facts website is part of a major campaign to to educate Canadians to know more and to get angry about asbestos and to get involved in efforts to ban asbestos exports and use. We readily admit we are biased against asbestos. We are working to inform Canadians about the harm caused by asbestos and what people can do to protect their health and increase public safety standards. We will provide information to assist persons who suffer from Mesothelioma and their families. This includes education about healthcare and financial compensation. There are many good organizations and individuals working hard in the war against asbestos. We have links from our site to some of the other asbestos related websites. We want to link it all together on the web and work together to make the asbestos and mesothelioma resources available to all. Please send us with our contact form any suggested internet links to add, and if you have a website please add a link to ours.
The asbestos industry in Canada has been supported by an organization called The Chrysotile Institute based in Montreal for many years. It was founded in 1984 (a perfect year for such an Orwellian organization to begin) and was originally called the Asbestos Institute. It was most recently funded by the Quebec Government. The Institute closed at the end of April 2012 with no public explanation given. The office in Montreal was quietly vacated April 5th with no forwarding address or phone number. On April 28th notice was posted in the Canada Gazette of intention to surrender its federal corporate charter. It no longer exists. The institute had been the leading source of asbestos disinformation around the world. It suggests that Chrysotile, the white form of asbestos mined in Canada, is safer than blue or other types of asbestos and it is okay to use with modest safety precautions. An example of their message that asbestos is good and minimizing the danger of it, is the following quote:
“Scientific and medical research has revealed that excessive exposure to inhaled asbestos dust can be dangerous to health. It should be noted, however, that the risks are generally related to exposure during handling of asbestos fibres in work environment.”
This quote and other false and dangerous information can still be found at www.chrysotile.com the website for the institute. Although the institute has abruptly ceased operations and closed, the website can be found online but hopefully it too will disappear. The misinformation campaign of the asbestos industry continues without it. Help us spread the truth and save lives in Canada and around the world.