Asbestos: Canada’s shame (Editor’s Notes)Quebec’s decision to give $58-million loan guarantee to reopen mine not the example Canada should be settingBy Todd Humber07/16/2012|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 07/17/2012 They’re applauding in a small town in Quebec, and they’re getting sick and dying in India. The provincial government’s decision to provide a $58 million loan guarantee to Montreal-based Balcorp to reopen the Jeffrey asbestos Mine in Asbestos, Que., is not the health and safety example we should be setting.How’s this for a stark contrast? Sitting next to the daily newspapers on my desk with headlines of Quebec’s investment in asbestos is marketing material for Canada’s Safest Employers awards. The annual awards, handed out in September by Canadian Occupational Safety (COS) magazine (www.cos-mag.com), recognize employers with exceptional health and safety records and programs.A safe workplace is a right, not a privilege. While we haven’t perfected the art of prevention, and everyone agrees one death or injury is too many, everybody — including employers, employees and government — is trying to ensure workers make it home safe. To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.