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Shift on asbestos risk won’t spur lawsuits, lawyers predict

Thursday, July 09, 2015 @ 8:00 PM | By Ian Harvey

A sudden change of position by Health Canada on the risk posed by asbestos is having many ripple effects politically but likely won’t up the ante on litigation, lawyers say.

Health Canada recently advised that contact or inhalation of all forms of asbestos is dangerous, a shift from the previous position of 2012 which suggested the form of asbestos known as chrysotile, mined in Quebec until recently, was not as toxic and that inhalation of small amounts was not a substantial risk. The change brings Health...