We are asking you to show solidarity with asbestos victims in the Third World and support the campaign to demand the Canadian government ban asbestos mining and exports. Asbestos kills over 100,000 people every year, and Canada is a major player in the death-dealing industry.
In a change of tactics, we’re not targeting all Conservative Members of Parliament (MPs) - but just one. A number of other like-minded organizations are also ‘adopting’ a MP and focusing their efforts on convincing him/her what their party is doing is wrong, unethical and immoral.
In our case – we have chosen to focus our efforts on the Federal Environment Minister, the Hon. Peter Kent, MP for Thornhill, Ontario.... Read more »
Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament today welcomed negotiation of an EU trade agreement with Canada. But they warned the Commission against opening the EU market to GMOs or giving up key demands such as legally-binding social and environmental standards. S&D Euro MP Vital Moreira, author of a parliamentary resolution on the issue, said: "Increasing opportunities in terms of market access is essential, but the Commission must be equally ambitious when it comes to sustainable development by supporting initiatives to help tackle climate change, promote legally binding human rights and social and environmental standards, as well as corporate social responsibility."
Whilst welcoming progress in negotiations for a Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), the European Parliament nonetheless raised some potential concerns; one was the environmental impact of extracting oil from tar sands, due to its high CO2 emissions and its local impact on biodiversity. Another was serious harm to the health of workers mining asbestos, the processing and use of which is already banned in the EU.... Read more »
Dear Minister Flaherty:
We request that, in the budget you are presently preparing, your government stop funding to the Institute. The institute is registered as a lobby group for the asbestos industry and promotes the use of asbestos.
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"Changing the name from asbestos to chrysotile hasn't resulted in a safer product. Everywhere in the developing world where it is sold there are growing health impacts on some of the poorest people," said John Bennett, Executive Director of Sierra Club Canada.