Make India Asbestos Free

Make India Asbestos Free
For Asbestos Free India

Journal of Ban Asbestos Network of India (BANI). Asbestos Free India campaign of BANI is inspired by trade union movement and right to health campaign. BANI has been working since 2000. It works with peoples movements, doctors, researchers and activists besides trade unions, human rights, environmental, consumer and public health groups. BANI demands criminal liability for companies and medico-legal remedy for victims.

Sunday, September 9, 2012



Asian Journal, September 7, 2012

1 Pauline Marois

IT’S good that Quebeckers kicked out that shameless man who was all out to KILL MORE POOR INDIANS in a horrible way by encouraging the export of CANCER-CAUSING asbestos from Quebec to India in spite of protests and appeals by every respectable medical expert and health organization in the world.

Quebec Premier Jean Charest got his butt kicked good and proper by Parti Quebecois boss Pauline Marois. Charest even lost his own seat! What a pathetic character!

In my August 17 column, I wrote: “No decent Quebecer should vote for the Liberal Party in the September 4 provincial election because Premier Jean Charest has disgraced himself by providing a loan of $58 million to reopen the province’s asbestos mine.
“And like the typical OPPORTUNISTIC politician, Charest did that ONLY for votes as he knew he was soon going to call an election. It didn’t matter how IMMORAL that policy was. As the Globe and Mail newspaper pointed out: “While most Quebeckers oppose asbestos mining, the plan [to relaunch the asbestos mine] will have plenty of backers around the mine location in the Eastern Townships, where seats can swing.”

“That cancer-causing asbestos has killed countless poor Indians in India already and now South Asian businessman BALJIT CHADHA (Montreal Gazette reported that Chadha and Jeffrey Mine President Bernard Coulombe are now co-owners of a new company called Mineral Fibre Inc. which owns the Jeffrey Mine) is ready to do his demonic part to KILL more Indians.

2 Jean Charest

“And then we South Asians have the nerve to accuse white guys of racism for every little thing!

“But thank God there are decent WHITE politicians out there who want to end this MASS MURDER of poor Indians.”

KATHLEEN Ruff, senior human-rights adviser with the Ottawa-based Rideau Institute, in an email this week, noted: “The PQ have promised to cancel the loan to Jeffrey mine once elected and to hold a parliamentary commission to try to work with the residents of the asbestos mining area to develop alternative economic initiatives for the region.

“The Liberal Party has done much better than was predicted and will clearly oppose cancelling the loan to Jeffrey mine. The third party, the CAQ, has taken a position in support of banning asbestos. However, they said that, if elected, they would not cancel the loan to Jeffrey mine. QS were the first Quebec political party to take a position calling for a ban on asbestos.

“It will clearly be more difficult for the PQ to implement its agenda on any issue, if it is a minority government. However, it should be able to go ahead and cancel the loan to Jeffrey mine.”

So let’s wait and see how things go down.

But decent people, especially Indians, all around the world will be rejoicing that Charest got his big fat butt kicked real good!

3 Baljit Chadha

EVEN as Charest was humiliated this week, there was good news of MORE fierce opposition to the immoral asbestos trade.

The Union for the International Control of Cancer (UICC), which comprises more than 700 member organisations in 155 countries, in a position statement declared that it:

1. Calls for a global ban on the mining, use, and export of all forms of asbestos;
2. Calls specifically on all asbestos exporting countries to respect the right to health by ceasing the mining, use, and export of asbestos, and providing transition assistance to their asbestos-mining communities;
3. Calls specifically on the all asbestos-using countries to cease use of asbestos;
4. Urges all countries that have used asbestos to inform their citizens and their healthcare professionals of the hazards of asbestos and to implement safety measures to monitor the health of citizens who are likely to have been exposed at any point in their lives. To facilitate this, an inventory of asbestos already in place is needed, particularly in schools and places where children are present.

AND in Australia, the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) Assistant Secretary Michael Borowick said asbestos remained a silent killer and the Australian government’s announcement that it would establish a new agency to deal with this hazard at the joint ACTU-Cancer Council Australia summit in Sydney, showed it took the issue seriously.

He noted: “About 600 Australians are dying from asbestos-related diseases each year, including increasing numbers who inadvertently breathed in asbestos fibres during home renovation projects.”

“Although asbestos was banned almost a decade ago, Australians are concerned that it remains a major health hazard in the community, and unions are determined that the removal of asbestos by 2030 remains on the public agenda.

He also noted: “Australia has the highest rate of mesothelioma deaths in the world and experts predict this will worsen in the future, with the rise of home renovations.

“Unions have long been calling for the safe removal of asbestos by 2030, starting with Government buildings, and for an audit of its existence in residential properties built before production ended in 1987. The trail of asbestos leaves a grim legacy and today’s Summit is an important discussion about how to end it.”

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Unknown said...

It's heartening to hear of this small step forward to stop to weaken the Canadian asbestos industry. What is being done on the home front in India to stop, reduce, minimise asbestos exposure in the mean time while this product is still used so extensively?

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