Environmental groups in Quebec are calling for an end to asbestos mining, the Montreal Gazette is reporting:
Nature Québec, the Société pour Vaincre la Pollution, and Pour que le Quebec ait meilleure mine say asbestos should not be mined because is too dangerous for human health.
Asbestos is banned in over 50 countries and is strictly controlled in Canada. Hundreds of workers exposed to asbestos have been diagnosed with lung disease, with many dying an early and painful death. One asbestos victim, Canadian Conservative MP Chuck Strahl, has called on the government to stop exporting asbestos, which is still used in building materials.