Asbestos is a known carcinogen, resulting in over 90,000 deaths each year. And yet in early 2012, Canada's last asbestos mine was on the road to resuming operations. The Jeffery Mine in Quebec planned to extract 200,000 tonnes of asbestos per year over the next 20 years, mostly for export to developing countries.

But thanks to the strong voices of our supporters in Quebec and across the country we held a new Quebec government accountable to its promises, and the Jeffery Mine has remained shut. We mobilized thousands of supporters to send letters to the Quebec and federal governments, demanding an end to this unethical and dangerous industry. Canada has now stopped exporting asbestos, and we are continuing to pressure the government for a permanent ban on this deadly substance.

Read more about the push to ban asbestos in Canada.

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