Learning from our Shared Experience with Asbestos - India and Canada (Forum open to the public May 15th)

May 15 2010

Meet Dr. Tushar Kant Joshi, Indian Occupational Physician and anti-asbestos activist.

Date: Saturday, May 15, 1 – 3:30 pm

Location: Munk School of Global Affairs, Seminar Room 108
1 Devonshire Place, Toronto, ON

Canada and India share a terrible experience with asbestos. Thousands of Canadian workers have died from asbestos disease resulting from occupational exposures, which peaked in the 1970s. Other Canadians have also succumbed to asbestos disease – First Nations and other people exposed to asbestos-containing insulation, and family members of asbestos workers exposed to fibres brought home on work clothes. Due to the long delay between exposure and disease, the peak of death and illness is only arriving now. There is very little current use of asbestos in Canada, although much of it remains in locations across the country.

As the market for asbestos has declined here, Canadian asbestos producers have turned to the developing world for new markets. India is one of the largest. Tragically, Indian workers are re-living the Canadian experience – exposed to asbestos with little protection.

WE CANNOT ALLOW THIS TO CONTINUE! A strong coalition of asbestos disease victims and families, labour unions, environmental activists, researchers, health professionals and community members has come together to call for an end to Canadian mining, export and use of asbestos; a just transition for the communities currently relying on this industry; full compensation for asbestos victims; and the tracking of asbestos exposure and disease.

Dr. Tushar Kant Joshi, a leading Indian physician and anti-asbestos activist, has come to Canada to testify first hand to the Indian experience.

Come to meet Dr. Joshi and share your experiences and ideas on how we best move forward in our efforts to end this preventable pandemic of asbestos disease once and for all.

Sponsored by:
Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers and
Canadian Environmental Law Association

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