Saturday, September 29th, 2012 at 11 am for
A Walk to Remember
Victims of Asbestos
and put an end to Canadian Asbestos Production
At 11 am we’ll start our 30 minute program at Dow People Place in Sarnia’s Centennial Park (parking lot off Front St, north of Maxwell). We recommend coming at 10:30 for a chance to buy buttons, bumper stickers, read posters, and get a good seat for live music which will start at 10:45. We are pleased to announce as our guest speakers:
Eric Jonckheere, head of Belgium’s asbestos victims’ group (Eric has lost four immediate family members to asbestos), Dr. Barry Castleman, a world-renowned scientist from Maryland with expertise in asbestos, Dr. TK Joshi, a highly respected occupational doctor from India (where much of Canada’s asbestos is shipped), and Member of Parliament Pat Martin*, who worked with asbestos as a young man and has been campaigning to end Canada’s asbestos industry.
All generations are welcome to attend the Walk which will end at the memorial for Victims of Chemical Valley. If you have lost a loved one to asbestos, please bring a copy of a photo that can be added to our victim’s memorial.
On the Friday evening prior to the Walk (Sept. 28th), the organization “Victims of Chemical Valley” will be holding a vigil by the memorial at Centennial Park. It will start at 6 pm with a dove release followed by a candlelight vigil for asbestos victims. All are welcome to attend.
*Please note that representatives of the federal Conservative Party have also been invited to the Walk, including Minister of Health Leona Aglukkaq (she feels that asbestos deaths do not fall under her portfolio as Minister of Health but instead are a natural resources issue), but we have not had any Conservative politicians confirm their attendance. Elizabeth May of the Green Party will be in British Columbia that weekend and sends her regrets. We have also invited Liberal Deb Matthews, Ontario’s Minister of Health. We are willing to work with any party that is willing to help ban asbestos. We believe that banning asbestos should be a humanitarian issue, not a political one.
If you have had exposure to asbestos, please contact Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (www.ohcow.on.ca). To get free help with a WSIB claim contact Office of the Worker Advisor (http://www.owa.gov.on.ca/contact_us.html) -both OHCOW and OWA have offices at 171 Kendall St. in Point Edward as well as other locations in Ontario.
A local Sarnia woman who lost her father to mesothelioma and whose family had problems dealing with WSIB is now a licensed legal practitioner and wants to help others navigate the Ontario system. Ms. Guill will be presenting an information session after the Walk at 1 pm. Registration is required for the lunch and seminar and can be found at: http://joeportiss.com/Asbestos_WSIB.html (Please note that we are not affiliated in any way with the law firm or receiving compensation from them or Ms. Guill; this is simply an effort to help victims be aware of their rights.)
Please see links at top left for information on our call for a public inquiry, a Walk poster to print, and where to stay if coming from out of town. If you are interested in buying a lawn sign for the Walk for $15, please contact Simon at 519-381-8678. Thanks for your support.
For more information on the fight to stop Canadian asbestos, please check out the following websites:
http://areafund.ca/Home.html Powell River, BC, held a “WALK FOR TRUTH: ASBESTOS KILLS” on June 10th, 2012.
http://www.rightoncanada.ca/?cat=15 A look at some of the most pressing issues surrounding the role Canada plays in promoting asbestos.
http://stopasbestos.ca/ An excellent Canadian site with lots of information.
http://www.canadianasbestosexports.ca/ Run by asbestos widow, Michaela Keyserlingk.
http://www.asbestosdiseaseawareness.org/ An American organization fighting to have asbestos banned in the U.S.
http://www.cmfonline.org/ This is the website for the registered charity Canadian Mesothelioma Foundation, dedicated to supporting victims and their families navigate the healthcare system and explore the best in treatment options.
http://www.asbestosguru-oberta.com/ This rocket scientist will tell you everything you need to know about the dangers of asbestos and what to do about it.