Support Quebec Asbestos Victims!
L'Association des victimes de l'amiante du Québec (Association of Québec Asbestos Victims/AVAQ) is calling on Canada to abandon its veto of UN plans to restrict global asbestos sales. With an eye on a September 18 meeting in Geneva, AVAQ has embarked upon a letter-writing campaign to Canadian Ministers and federal politicians to raise awareness of the growth of anti-asbestos sentiment. In addition, a press conference on September 14 will alert the public to:
the environmental situation in the Thetford-Mines area and the present opposition of the Canadian Government to the inclusion of chrysotile on the PIC list.
AVAQ urgently needs the support of like-minded individuals and groups worldwide and requests that, in the first instance, correspondence be sent to the Prime Minister and the Ministers of Health and the Environment (contact details plus a sample letter are attached). People with access to fax machines are advised that faxed messages would be the most effective; emails are a credible second choice. Journalists are requested to phone the ministers' offices.
Should correspondents wish to email their letters to the IBAS Coordinator, Laurie Kazan-Allen, she will collect and forward correspondence to thirty-nine federal politicians as requested by AVAQ. Letters sent by AVAQ, IBAS and concerned individuals to the Canadian Prime Minister as well as an article entitled Rotterdam Convention: Chrysotile Update can be viewed on this website.
B. Castleman (USA)
T. Devlin (Canada)
M. Greenberg (UK)
G. A. Madrid (Mexico)
White Lung Asbestos Information Center (USA)
September 4, 2004