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OCCUPATIONAL DISEASE CLUSTER SUMMIT: LEARNING FROM CASALE MONFERRATO

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USW HALL

25 CECIL STREET

TORONTO, ONTARIO M5T1N1

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All across Ontario, workplaces and communities have been affected by occupational diseases from toxic exposures such as asbestos, silica, radiation and chemicals. On Saturday, April 13, for the first time representatives from the main occupational disease clusters will gather to learn from a delegation from Casale Monferrato, Italy and to develop a collective disease cluster strategy for Ontario. Casale Monferrato is a small northern Italian city near Torino which has been very hard hit by asbestos disease, including over 1000 cases of mesothelioma from a population of 36,000. The delegation will include doctors, an educator (who is also a city council member), a high school student and two labour activists. They will visit Peterborough, Sarnia and Toronto, hosted by the Italian community, labour movement and asbestos disease activists. The objective of the visit is to highlight the importance of occupational and environmental disease prevention. And to share ideas about how communities can respond to occupational disease clusters, eliminate toxic exposures and turn the page to a better future. There is a special focus on the link between the Italian experience with asbestos and the similar experience by Italian immigrant workers in Ontario from the 1950s to 1980s. At this occupational disease summit, we will have reports from each of the main clusters - Sarnia, Peterborough, construction workers, Sault Ste Marie, Elliot Lake, Sudbury and the northern Ontario miners forced to breathe aluminum powder before every shift. We will learn from the experience of Casale Monferrato and share our experiences with them. The main objective is to start developing a collective strategy to respond to occupational disease in Ontario. There is no charge for this event and lunch will be provided.

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