Here’s hoping you enjoyed your Labour Day long weekend! Most Canadians spent it with family and friends, doing their best to make the most of the last official weekend of summer vacation. The Canadian Labour Congress decided to make the most of Labour Day by launching a new website: FairnessWorks.ca. The site is dedicated to making jobs better for everyone in Canada and has already launched a number of online videos to highlight their cause.
Of particular interest to the team, here at DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd., is a video entitled “Safe Jobs: Asbestos” which speaks to Canada’s continued request to have the hazardous material banned from the country. Released this past Sunday, the video showcases a poignant tale of a father who works as a mechanic and is unknowingly exposing himself to airborne asbestos fibres. He comes home everyday to play some basketball with his daughter. That is, of course, until he is unable to come home anymore.
The video is dedicated to the memory of Clem Côté and the 2,000 Canadians who die every year from asbestos-related diseases. As we’ve reported on this blog before, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been urged to follow through on his promise to ban asbestos in Canada. To date, there has been no official passing of such a ban.
“On Thursday, July 21, 2016, former boilermaker Clem Côté passed away from mesothelioma – a deadly cancer caused by asbestos,” reads the video’s YouTube blurb, “His family, including daughter Michelle Côté, live with the possibility that they may have been exposed to asbestos second-hand. Asbestos is the leading cause of work-related death in Canada, accounting for over 2,000 deaths each year. Canadian unions are working hard to win a ban on asbestos, to make workplaces and public spaces safer for all.”
At DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd., we’re quite proud of the launching of FairnessWorks.ca. Naturally, we have a particular attachment to the anti-asbestos campaign as we know just how deadly the material can be. Hassan Yussuff is the president of The Canadian Labour Congress and is a former mechanic who was exposed to asbestos. As reported by The Canadian Press via CityNews yesterday, Yussuff is also very proud of the new campaign.
“We have a long, proud history of winning changes that improve workers’ lives, and this Labour Day we are celebrating and showcasing ways we are making a difference to all Canadians today,” he is quoted as saying, “Many Canadians don’t know where asbestos is in their own communities, or that imports of asbestos-containing products are on the rise, and that puts all of us at risk. Winning a full ban will mean making workplaces and public spaces safer for everyone.”
As FairnessWorks.ca explains, Public Services and Procurement Canada banned the use of asbestos in its new construction and renovation projects this past April. And in May, Prime Minister Trudeau informed workers that a ban was coming. However, he did not provide a timeline or specific plan for implementing the ban. “That’s what Canada’s unions, along with our allies in the medical, research and legal community, are working for now,” states the site.
Obviously, DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd. fully supports a nationwide ban on asbestos. Knowing how dangerous its airborne fibres are, we are strongly dedicated to providing Asbestos Containing Material (ACM) Services. They include a number of asbestos testing procedures. For more information, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-855-668-3131 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.