• Blog
  • June 6th, 2016

Kathleen Ruff honoured for her anti-asbestos advocacy

kathleen-ruffHR-213x300

Human rights champion, long time anti-asbestos activist and Rideau Institute Board member Kathleen Ruff is to receive the Medal of the Quebec National Assembly for her:

 …decade of work to stop Canada’s asbestos trade, work that some argue will save tens of thousands of people from contracting deadly asbestos-related diseases in Canada and abroad.

Michelle Lalonde, in a feature article for the Montreal Gazette, catalogues this herculean effort as well as providing an insightful portrait of one of Canada’s leading human rights activists. See: Kathleen Ruff: How one single-minded activist helped turn the tide on asbestos (Michelle Lalonde, (Montreal Gazette, 4 June 2016).

“Kathleen Ruff is the true hero of this whole saga,” said Dr. Fernand Turcotte, one of Ruff’s longtime collaborators on the asbestos file and a professor emeritus of public health and preventive medicine at the Université Laval.

“She is generous, principled, committed and just unstoppable,” said Steven Staples, vice president of the Ottawa-based foreign and defence policy think tank, the Rideau Institute.

For the full article, click: Kathleen Ruff: How one single-minded activist helped turn the tide on asbestos (Michelle Lalonde, (Montreal Gazette, 4 June 2016).

For more information on Kathleen Ruff’s brilliant and indefatigable human rights advocacy, go to her website:  RightonCanada.ca.

 

Photo credit: Rideau Institute

Read More


Leave a Reply




We’re already preparing for Canada’s upcoming federal election

We all know that a federal election is looming this fall.  It is not too early to start thinking about some of the key policies we want to see up for debate. Impact of Canadian accession to the global Arms Trade Treaty Will it make a difference or is it business as usual? By the […]

Read More
View the Blog »

It is still not too late for Canada to do the right thing in Yemen and Venezuela

U.S. Congress votes to end USA role in Yemen war The U.S. House of Representatives on 4 April 2019 gave ...

Canadian silence on nuclear issues becoming deafening

The 2019 Carnegie International Nuclear Policy Conference in Washington, D.C., assesses current troubling trends in nuclear non-proliferation, arms control and ...