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April 28, 2007
CAW President Buzz Hargrove's Day of Mourning message
The following are excerpts from CAW President Buzz Hargrove’s the Day of Mourning message:

“On April 28th, we remember the over 2 million workers who died, the more than 1.2 million who are injured and the more than 160 million who fall ill each year
due to unsafe or unhealthy work and workplaces globally.  According to data collected by the Association of Workers’ Compensation Boards of Canada, 1,097
workplace fatalities were recorded in Canada in 2005, up 45 per cent from 758 in 1993 and 18 per cent from 958 in 2004”.

“The Canadian federal government is actively promoting the use of asbestos by arguing for controlled use of Canadian chrysotile asbestos, a less harmful
carcinogen.  But the major health organizations classify all forms of asbestos, including chrysotile as human carcinogens and have determined that there is no
safe threshold at which there is no cancer risk…”

“…Asbestos is the biggest industrial killer of all time, and kills thousands from cancer every single week, no less than one death every five minutes.  In
addition, asbestos caused cancers account for 80% of the increase in Canadian worker fatalities over the past decade. 95% of Canadian asbestos is exported
to developing countries where community and worker exposures are horrendous, laying the groundwork for an ongoing epidemic of cancer…”

“…We must to pressure the federal government to stop the export of chrysotile asbestos and lobby all provincial governments to ban and have all forms of
asbestos removed from our workplaces.”

Related:   
April 28, 2007 is the International Day of Mourning
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