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IPEN Participating Organization MAMA-86 organized a press briefing with Ukraine’s Ministry of Health today in Kiev entitled: “Health without compromises – Ukraine’s Ministry of Health prohibits the use of asbestos and products containing it” to announce that Ukraine had formally banned asbestos. The event was addressed by Oksana Syvak, Deputy Minister for Public Health and European Integration, Olga Tsyguleva, Coordinator of the Program on Chemical Safety for MAMA-86, and Oleksil Shumilo, Head of Kharkiv City NGO “EcoPravo-Kharkiv.”

Led by Red de Acción sobre Plaguicidas y Alternativas en México (RAPAM), IPEN Regional Hub for Latin America and the Caribbean, and Red de Acción en Plaguicidas y sus Alternativas de América Latina (RAP-AL), NGOs and academics sent letters to the Argentine, Chilean and Mexican authorities to urge them to support the nomination of paraquat (a toxic herbicide), chrysotile asbestos (a carcinogen) and other substan

http://www.rightoncanada.ca/?p=3848

Kathleen Ruff, RightOnCanada.ca

Speaking to the Sarnia Observer, Veronique Perron, a spokesperson for federal Science Minister Kirsty Duncan stated that the Canadian government is committed to moving forward on banning asbestos and will be making an announcement regarding government action to enact the ban before the current session of Parliament ends on December 20, 2016.

The government’s action on a ban will be grounded in science and evidence-based decision making, stated Perron.

Jesse Feith, Montreal Gazette
http://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/concordia-doesnt-plan-to-retr...

Despite acknowledging an “oversight” by failing to notice a conflict of interest before commissioning and publishing a report on Quebec’s asbestos industry, Concordia University does not plan to officially retract the report in question.

IPEN Steering Committee Member Alexandra Caterbow is quoted in this piece from CTV News: http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/russia-helps-block-export-restriction-on-as...

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Kathleen Ruff, RightOnCanada.ca

At the Rotterdam Convention conference taking place in Geneva today, country after country called for chrysotile asbestos to be put on the Convention’s list of hazardous substances, as recommended by the Convention’s scientific body (the Chemical Review Committee).

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