Thursday, September 30, 2010

Nathan Cullen to host forum on Asbestos concerns

A national organization is teaming up with Nathan Cullen, the NDP MP for Bulkely Valley Skeena on Friday night to deliver information and answer concerns over asbestos related health issues.

The public forum which also features the participation of the CMAW Local 1735, is set for Friday at the Old Islander Hall on 6th Avenue west,  representatives from The Canadian Society of Asbestos Victims (CanSav) will share the stage with Mr. Cullen to explain the ongoing issue and offer guidelines on what compensation options are available to victims and their impacted families.

The NDP MP currently has a private members bill before Parliament to ban the export of asbestos  (Bill C-399). A full review of the problem can be found in the union trades publication Tradetalk, which features an article on the situation starting on page 12.

The issue of mesothelioma fatalities has been highlighted over the last few years in part due to a number of high profile lawsuits in the United States, in Canada CanSav has launched a string of town meetings across the nation to draw awareness to the illness and to advise on the changes made by Worker Compensation Boards across the nation towards access to compensation for Asbestos related diseases.

Some of those compensation options and some history of the issue can be found on the organizations website here.

Friday's public meeting takes place from 7 to 8:30 pm,  with the doors to the session opening at 6:30 pm.

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