Saskatchewan government unveils asbestos list
Despite some earlier misgivings, the Saskatchewan government has decided to publish a list of buildings containing asbestos.
It's something the New Democrat Opposition was pushing for, as was Saskatoon's Howard Willems, who died last week of lung cancer.
The registry will list the government buildings which are known to contain asbestos.
When the NDP raised the issue in the legislature earlier this month, Labour Relations Minister Don Morgan said the government was worried such a registry might give people a false sense of security.
In other words, if a building was not on the list, people might not take proper precautions.
"I think what we would like to do...is take every step we can to have a greater amount of public knowledge," said Morgan, "and ensure that contractors or people who are working in the areas where asbestos is located know about it and know the steps that they need to take."
The registry is now online.