Kathleen Ruff, asbestos campaigner, receives Rideau Institute Leadership Award

The 2011 Rideau Institute Leadership Award has been awarded to Kathleen Ruff for her work to end Canada’s export of asbestos. The Rideau Institute Leadership Award is given by the Rideau Institute Board of Directors to a person or group for making an outstanding contribution to a progressive vision of Canada.

Ms. Ruff has brought to public attention the destructive role that Canada plays on the world stage as propagandist for the asbestos industry. Working with health experts, environmentalists and asbestos victims, she has challenged Canada’s political leaders to put human lives ahead of political expediency. She has challenged the influence of the asbestos lobby on Canada’s policy on asbestos and has called on the government to heed independent, reputable scientists.

“Kathleen Ruff has successfully urged Canadians to consult their consciences on the asbestos issue,” said Steven Staples, President of the Rideau Institute. “While it may be uncomfortable for some, Canadians must face the fact that we are harming others. Clearly, Canada must end the export of asbestos.”

Ms. Ruff is the founder of RightonCanada.ca, and a former director of the Court Challenges Program and the BC Human Rights Commission. She was the founding editor and publisher of the Canadian Human Rights Reporter and host of the CBC TV program Ombudsman. Kathleen has written and contributed to several articles on asbestos. She is the author of Exporting Harm: How Canada Markets Asbestos to the Developing World.

 

View more photos of our event.

 




A shift to sustainable peace and common security

Eleven leading civil society organizations today publicly launched their submission to the Defence Policy Review, entitled “A Shift to Sustainable Peace and Common Security.” All members of Parliament and the Press Gallery received copies. The launch also featured an Op Ed  in the Toronto Star entitled Why UN Peacekeeping is worth the risks (Peggy Mason, […]

Read More
View the Blog »

UN Common Security Principles should guide PM’s dealings with Trump

This comment by Rideau Institute President Peggy Mason first appeared in the Open Canada online forum, Seven Foreign Policy Wishes ...

“This Remembrance Day I’ll wear two poppies: one red and one white”

First posted on Ceasefire.ca on 11 November 2014, we are grateful to share this insightful commentary again this year.  Note ...