Federal government moves to ban all products containing asbestos by 2018

OTTAWA – After years in which thousands of Canadians were diagnosed annually with deadly, asbestos-related cancers, the federal government is finally moving to ban all products containing asbestos by 2018.

The announcement Thursday by four Liberal cabinet ministers includes the manufacture, use, import and export of asbestos in common items such as building materials and brake pads.

There will also be new workplace health and safety rules, changes to the building code and an expanded...

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