The Daily Show shines a light on Canadian asbestos mining, exporting

13 May 2011 by Wendi Lewis under News

An amazing original report by The Daily Show, the popular news commentary and comedy show hosted by Jon Stewart on Comedy Central, shines a spotlight on Canada’s continued mining and exporting of . Reporter Aasif Mandvi visited a small Quebec town called – believe it or not – . There, he talked to town officials, industry leaders and a health expert about . A local business leader says when the mine is up to full production, they intend to produce 200,000 tons of chrysotile fibers per year. They export this to India, which does not have any laws against its use and does not monitor its use.

, of course, has been shown to cause lung cancer, particularly deadly pleural mesothelioma, which affects the lining of the lungs. also can affect the lining of the abdomen, causing peritoneal mesothelioma. Although some people diagnosed with are having success with radical or experimental treatments, there is as of yet no known cure for the disease.

Watch The Daily Show segment, titled “Ored to Death.”

 

Thank you to the Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) for letting us know about this coverage!

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  • Jared Mortenson

     Wow! This was both hilarious and horrible all at once. I can’t believe there is a town called Asbestos and that they are obviously selling poison to a country with no law against it. Have some morals!
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  • http://www.facingmesothelioma.com Ron S

    Unbelievable! The profit motive runs strong all over the world.I wonder if the individuals who will handle the asbestos really understand the risks. Years ago the mining industry was notorious for lack of worker safety which basically showed an indifference towards human life. Maybe things haven’t really changed that much…

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  • Breathe Safely

    Hilarious and sad!
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  • Susan

    Very dramatic use of humor for an otherwise horrible issue. For more insight into asbestos and mesothelioma visit http://www.mesotheliomanews.com/

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