Women & Environments International Magazine

Biannual Canadian journal examing women in their natural and social environments from a feminist viewpoint.

Articles from No. 90/91, Spring

Asbestos in the Family
My sister Leah was the first in the spring of 201 1 , then Sandy Kinart, Chair of Victims of Chemical Valley, who lost her husband and several other family members to asbestos. Next came Linda Reinstein, co-founder of Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization...
Asbestos: Still Legal and Lethal in North America
What you can't see can be deadly: virtually invisible, yet absolutely lethal asbestos fibers claim nearly 300 lives every day from environmental or occupational asbestosrelated disease worldwide. For more than a century, scientific studies have confirmed...
Asbestos Street Fighters
Graffiti Art in The PhilippinesThe Asbestos Street Fighters street art competition aims to bring together various street artists and antiasbestos activists across the Philippines to propagate information regarding the dangers of asbestos to human health....
A Tribute to Women Fighting against Asbestos
People often ask me why we, as women's organisations, would work on a "men's" issue like asbestos. When we hear about asbestos in the press, it is most often a story about men with occupational exposure, and about men suffering the consequences. The...
Ban Asbestos Action in Russia
Russia is the largest producer of asbestos in the world. In total, 1 1 deposits are registered in Russia with balance reserves of 1 10 million tons of asbestos. Russia itself remains one of the world's major asbestos users. In 1975, asbestos production...
Brazilian Efforts to Ban Asbestos 2012
On Friday May 4, 2012, a seminar entitled National Conference on Occupational Asbestos Disease and Death and a Brazilian Asbestos Ban was held in Säo Paulo, Brazil. This wellattended event was organized by the Central única dos Trabalhadores (Central...
Canada at a Crossroads with Asbestos Production
Asbestos, specifically chrysotile asbestos, has been the centre of a political and public health controversy in Canada for many years. The controversy continues and has recently been increasing as Canada still permits the production, use, and export...
Canada's Asbestos Mines: A Dying Industry?
Interview with filmmaker KathLeen MullenKathleen Mullen is a Torontobased filmmaker and director of Breathtaking, a film about the death of her father from asbestos-related cancer. Breathtaking explores the connections between her father's life, and...
Canada's Role as Producer, Exporter and Defender of Asbestos
Violation of the Right to HealthThis article is dedicated to Rachel Lee, who was exposed to asbestos when she lived for a while near an asbestos cement factory in Korea. In spite of pain caused by mesothelioma, Rachel traveled to Québec and elsewhere...
Cover Up the Blue
Azure skies, arid plains; that still beautyBreathtaking vast expansions of timeFirst impression on most of usHidden secret killer dustUnseen fibre destroying lungsOf impoverished peoples unsungWhat air they breathe of fibres blueExposed for years as...
Equality a Collective Effort in Senegal
Not part of the theme for this issue, the following articles address women's land rights, an important area of concern for WEI Magazine.Elected officials and religious leaders have joined forces with researchers documenting Senegalese women's unequal...
Fairy Dust in the Air
When I was a child, I went to a Christmas party at the factory where my dad worked. It was a yearly event. There was a Santa and presents. My siblings and I went along with the other children on a tour of the factory. The factory that was once called...
Land Holds Promise of Peace in Colombia
Research has become a driving force behind upcoming land restitution efforts in Colombia, where for decades peasants have lost land by violent means. The initiative is especially important for women, who have also built new networks in pursuit of a broad...
Sarnia, A Community in Trauma
Sarnia, Ontano is a small city dominated by oil refineries and chemical plants. It produces about 40% of Canada's chemicals, and is sometimes called Chemical Valley. When asbestos was in its heyday, it literally covered every pipe and boiler in Chemical...
The Avengers Movie - Marvel Comics and the Asbestos Lady
The entertainment world is buzzing with the release of the new comic book movie, The Avengers, which features a group of heroes from the Marvel Comic book universe who work together to overcome long odds to save the world from an inter-dimensional evil...
The Eternit Trial and Verdict
The Essence - Baron de Cartier and Stephan Schmidheiny Sentenced to 16 years prisonA verdict of historic importance Stephan Schmidheiny (65) used to be the owner of the Swiss-Belgian industrial group Eternit (ETEX), which was in turn a major shareholder...
The Female Face of Britain's Asbestos Catastrophe
Despite lower death rate among British women, many of the landmark cases through which the national asbestos reality has been revealed relate to the tragic experiences of female victims. Laurie Kazan-Allen explores a century of ordinary women's legal...
"The Toxic Trade": The Legal Landscape of Asbestos Regulation in India
A staggering 90% of India's asbestos imports come from Canada. Jain and Gupta explore India's legal framework in granting workers a 'right to health.'For those unfamiliar with the pervasive use of asbestos in construction in India or of the fact that...
The Tragic Legacy of Sarnia's White Death
Michele Landsberg is a respected and recognized journalist. A feminist who has strongly engaged with the second wave of the women's movement in Canada, she was a columnist with the Toronto Star from 1978 to 2005. In 1999 she wrote this article which...
The Weight on Our Shoulders
The deadly risks associated with asbestos exposure - even though they are pervasive and widespread - are also decidedly uneven in their distribution. In fact, their distribution tends to fall along familiar social gradients, with disproportionate burdens...