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Asbestos concerns plague former federal workers

Former and current trades workers who worked at federal buildings say they are concerned their current health problems may be linked to asbestos in those buildings. CBC Ottawa's Julie Ireton shares their stories.
Ottawa electrician says recently found out he was exposed to asbestos and other toxins at work for 16 years. 3:50

Former and current trades workers who worked at federal buildings say they are concerned their current health problems may be linked to asbestos in those buildings.

CBC Ottawa's Julie Ireton shares their stories in this three-part series.


Asbestos at federal building was a surprise to electrician

Ottawa electrician Denis Lapointe says he was exposed to asbestos and other toxins at work for 16 years, and only recently learned the full extent of his potential exposure after filing access-to-information requests.

Read the full story here.


Canada Revenue Agency building on Heron Road lacks sprinklers

The Canada Revenue Agency's Ottawa Technology Centre at 875 Heron Rd. does not meet national regulations for fire safety put in place nearly 20 years ago.

Read the full story here.


Asbestos registry demanded for federal public buildings

Tradespeople say they were unknowingly exposed to asbestos while working in federal buildings. Now, they say it’s time to develop a registry to inform workers about hazards that may exist in Canada's publicly owned buildings.

Read the full story here.


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Julie Ireton

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Julie Ireton is a reporter with CBC Ottawa. She’s a critical thinker with interests in business and the people who operate government. Julie is a two-time Michener-Deacon Fellow who has produced hundreds of original pieces of impact journalism. You can reach her at julie.ireton@cbc.ca

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