A Walk to Remember Victims of Asbestos

Working towards justice for asbestos victims and a ban on its production

Join us in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada on

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.



  • Allen12 says on: April 25, 2012 at 18:44


    Stacey, Your story is so sad but we see this happening each and every day my thoughts are with you. I am spearheading a campaign in the Saint John, NB area with my Union UA Plumbers and Pipefitters Loc # 213 . We will be doing a small but hopefully impact related demonstration on Sat Apr 28th at our local Day of Mourning vigal

    It sure would be great if somehow this could be organised into a notional event ( The Sept 29th walk to remember campaign) I would be happy to work with you on this matter if you wish and I know we could garnish support across this great country.

    • scattran says on: April 27, 2012 at 13:07


      British Columbia is having their “Walk for Truth: Asbestos Kills” and that would be great to have an event on the East Coast as well since most wouldn’t be able to come all the way to Ontario for our Walk to Remember Victims of Asbestos. Please feel free to email me at scattran@gmail.com to discuss further.

  • Allen12 says on: April 25, 2012 at 18:50


    Another great information site you may want to add to your links


    Canadian Society for Asbestos victims

  • maryann wilhelm says on: September 20, 2012 at 16:24


    There is no safety in asbestos, we all know that and yet Jeffery mine gets the dough to reopen shop!?

    55 countries banned asbestos but not us. We are supposed to be a great industrialized country encouraging, growth, prosperity and longevity. With producing and exportation of asbestos we will be considered as prosperous at the expense of developing countries, we will contribute to the deaths of thousands of people.

    Conservative government made a bad decision.

    “It’s a dying industry” NDP MP Romeo Saganash said.

    Soon, I hope that it will just be a remnant of the past like ashtrays.


    • scattran says on: September 20, 2012 at 17:21


      Hi Maryann,
      The Jeffrey Mine has received $7 million of the promised $58 million since the summer and we hope that with the new PQ government that will be the last penny they receive. But they still have asbestos in reserve that they have continued to export while working on the mine expansion. On top of the exports, Canada continues to IMPORT products with asbestos.
      Please join us in Sarnia on the 29th and speak out against Canada’s asbestos policy!

A Walk to Remember Victims of Asbestos

Working towards justice for asbestos victims and a ban on its production