Kathleen Ruff: Tribute to Courageous Asbestos Victim Who Challenged Quebec Government to Stop Exporting Asbestos

Rachel Lee, a Korean asbestos victim, came to Quebec in December 2010 as a member of the Asia-Quebec Solidarity delegation to ask that Quebec stop exporting asbestos. Her one desire was to save others from dying from asbestos.

Rachel Lee

Rachel Lee speaking out at Quebec press conference

Rachel herself died from mesothelioma yesterday. She had been exposed to asbestos when she lived for a period in an apartment building close to a chrysotile asbestos-cement factory in Korea. Korea has since banned asbestos, but in the past most of its asbestos came from Quebec.

Around the world, victims of asbestos and the international labour movement are paying homage to her courage and selflessness.

While in Quebec, Rachel met with Quebec Minister Clément Gignac and asked him face to face to stop exporting asbestos death. Here is the letter just sent to Minister Gignac, asking him to honour Rachel’s appeal that his government not fund the asbestos traders who want to relaunch the Jeffrey asbestos mine and that Quebec permanently stop exporting asbestos.

Read More

Comments are closed.




Pulling together for Sustainable Common Security

Peter Langille, one of the Rideau Institute’s Senior Advisors, spoke recently at a conference with the intriguing title How to Save the World in a Hurry (30-31 May 2018, Toronto).  He brilliantly articulated the urgent need for a more comprehensive approach to addressing the world’s most pressing challenges and the case for “sustainable common security” as […]

Read More
View the Blog »

Making Canadian diplomacy smart and effective again

In an insightful article based on his testimony to the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee in December 2017, former diplomat Daryl ...

Canada at a crossroads with its arms export policy

Professor Paul Rogers of Bradford University focuses his latest commentary on the power and pervasiveness of the “military-industrial-academic-bureaucratic complex”: At the ...