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Bill 88 – Asbestos Use Prohibition Act, 2016

Ban Asbestos Use in Ontario

To the Legislative Assembly of Ontario:

Whereas Health Canada warns that there is no safe level of exposure to any type of asbestos fibre; and

Whereas exposure to asbestos can cause cancer and other diseases such as: asbestosis; lung cancer; and mesothelioma; and

Whereas it is estimated that 2000 Canadians will die from mesothelioma in 2016, and data from Stats Canada shows that the numbers of cases and deaths from mesothelioma in Canada continue to rise;

Whereas asbestos imports to Canada are on the rise, including $4.3 million dollars worth of raw asbestos and asbestos related products in the first 8 months of 2016; and

Whereas there is no safe use for asbestos;

We the undersigned petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario to immediately adopt MPP Bailey's Bill 88, Asbestos Use Prohibition Act, 2016, which will ban the use, reuse, import, transport or sale of asbestos in Ontario, and will create an Asbestos Buildings Register listing all provincially owned or leased buildings containing asbestos.

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