Thursday, November 24, 2011
Friday, September 09, 2011
Reuters reports on today's House hearing on asbestos trusts and possible frauds associated with how claims are filed and paid. The allegations are that:
1) claimants double dip by collecting money from in courts and from the asbestos trust funds in excess to their value;
Monday, September 05, 2011
ADAO Livestreaming Screening and Discussion of “Breathtaking” by Kathleen Mullen « ADAO – Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization
On 9/26/11 at 6:30 EST, the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization - ADAO will broadcast in form of a livestreaming screening “Breathtaking”, a documentary by Kathleen Mullen who, upon her father’s death from an asbestos-related disease, ventures into a journey exploring current present-day use of asbestos in Canada and internationally.
Monday, August 01, 2011
Commentary published in Agenda Coscioni (in Italian) on Evans & Kelley's US attitudes toward human embryonic stem cell research.
Friday, June 17, 2011
The arguments against asbestos, however, are logical rather than emotional. And the single argument in its defence -that it's harmless if used correctly -is laughable. In 2010, the top three markets for Canadian asbestos were India, Indonesia and Sri Lanka -not exactly workers' paradises. And we know from a steady stream of damning reports, particularly from India, that workers are indeed falling victim to asbestosis, the inflammatory lung disease that often leads to mesothelioma. So far this year, a trust fund set up to compensate afflicted employees of a defunct auto-parts maker has awarded more than $15-million in India alone -to 40 people just last month, according to a recent report in Bloomberg Businessweek.The comments on the "real" economic gains that asbestos mining brings to Canada are interesting. The bottom line is that the "real" gains are very modest:
We're talking about a single mine that employs something like 200 employees, and only seasonally at that. That's less than 10% of the workforce in Asbestos, never mind the province. Quebec's $74-million in asbestos sales in 2010 represented about one tenth of 1% of the province's total exports.It seems that Canada asbestos policies are a key aspects of a picture that goes beyond Quebec: to survive, the asbestos industry needs that at least one industrialized nation supports "chrysotile defense" policies for that defense to be somehow viable. Certainly it is not about the miners.