Petition update

It's happening!! Thank you all!

Sharon Porter
Burlington, Canada

Dec 15, 2016 — (photo via

This morning, Thursday December 15th, the Liberal government announced a comprehensive plan to BAN asbestos by 2018. This is a long time coming but finally something is being done! I have no doubt that each of you who signed this petition contributed to the pressure on our nation's leaders to move forward on this. So thank you thank you thank you all very much.

The details are as follows:

- Several departments will work together to fulfil the commitment to ban asbestos by 2018.
- The government will create new regulations under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA).
- New workplace health and safety rules are expected to drastically limit the risk of people coming into contact with asbestos on the job.
- New actions will be put in place to ban the import of asbestos-containing products such as certain construction materials and brake pads.
- The current online list of asbestos-containing buildings owned or leased by Public Services and Procurement Canada will be expanded to include all federal buildings that have the substance.
- National building codes will be changed to prohibit the use of asbestos in new construction and renovation projects across Canada.
- Canada's position on the listing of asbestos as a hazardous material will be reviewed ahead of next year's meeting of the Rotterdam Convention (an international treaty of more than 150 countries that support listing asbestos as a hazard).
- Canada will also commit to raising the awareness of the health impacts of asbestos to help prevent the spread of lung cancer and other asbestos-related diseases.

Additionally, Julie Ireton of CBC, spoke with my Mom and I regarding my Dad's illness and asbestos exposure. You can read the full article about the ban announcement and my Dad here:

We also were part of a segment on CBC Radio 1's news program, "The Current", if you were unable to tune in you can listen to the podcast as well as read the corresponding article, here:

Even though this comes too late for my Dad it's definitely a positive step forward. Now let's hope that by this ban and exposure we can save future needless suffering.

Thanks again to you all. This has been extremely difficult for myself and my family but I'm proud of what we've been able to accomplish this far.


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