Asbestos in Québec

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

At last a government has shown real leadership and commitment to health justice by ending support for asbestos mining in Quebec.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

The outgoing Charest government in Quebec received a lot of flack over the summer for offering a $58-million loan to an industry that was on its last breath — the mining and export of asbestos. But now that the PQ will be taking over the reins in the National Assembly there may be no resuscitation for the Jeffrey mine.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

In an open letter released today, over two hundred environmental and health groups, labour unions and scientists from Asia, Africa, North & South America and Europe [including MiningWatch Canada], call on Prime Minister Harper to stop preventing the UN Rotterdam Convention from adding chrysotile asbestos to its list of hazardous substances. Chrysotile asbestos represents 100% of the global asbestos trade.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Quebec's struggling asbestos industry has been left in an increasingly precarious position as two long-time supporters, the Quebec labour council CSN (Conseil des syndicats nationaux) and the Canadian government, began to change their tune.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Since the threat of revival in the Quebec asbestos industry was announced, historically pro-asbestos sentiments in the region have begun to shift.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Québec. A forest in Australia, a cemetery in India? If Quebeckers felt proud to have an Australian forest named after Québec Premier Jean Charest for his actions to address climate change, how would they feel if, one day, a cemetery in India was named after their Premier to commemorate the victims of Québec asbestos?

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Joint news release with Ecojustice and Great Lakes United: New data released Friday in response to a lawsuit won last year by Ecojustice, on behalf of Great Lakes United and MiningWatch Canada, is beginning to shine a light on the toxic legacy of Canada's mining and tar sands industries. Unfortunately, despite a lawsuit and a government order to report pollutant releases, some facilities have failed to comply.

Monday, November 17, 2008

The Dominion Newspaper is a cooperative, independent, grass roots publication. A special edition, State of Mine: An Investigation of Canada's Extractive Industries was published in November 2008 and is available online at: The online edition features 37 articles on mining issues in Canada and internationally, including articles by MiningWatch Canada's Ramsey Hart and former National Coordinator Joan Kuyek.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

MiningWatch Canada, Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers, and three national trade unions charge that asbestos industry claims that “chrysotile asbestos is safe” are not scientifically substantiated. Determined to get the scientific evidence before the public, on May 23rd, we have purchased two pages in the Hill Times to put our case.

Monday, June 27, 2005

Most asbestos mining in Canada takes place in Québec. At its peak Québec had 10 of the 13 asbestos mines in Canada. The Thetford Mines region in Québec is home to most of these mines, the largest being the Jeffrey Mine. In fact, the Jeffrey Mine is the largest open pit asbestos mine in the world.