Several hundred protestors of the federal government's refusal to close the door on the production and export of asbestos were clear in the message they are sending those who insist on trying to restart a closed mine in Quebec: the fight is one they aren't willing to give up on.
With several speakers on hand to emphasize that message at the Dow People Place Saturday morning (Oct. !), crowds wearing "It's all bad" walked to the Workers Memorial near the municipal boat ramp.
The protest was organized by sisters Stacy Cattran and Leah Nielsen, whose father worked in the Sarnia area and at Bruce Power and who died of mesothelioma three years ago, just two and a half months after being diagnosed.
Among those giving their support to the effort was Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley.
Linda Reinstein, who heads the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization, which she founded in 2003 when her husband was diagnosed with mesothelioma, also spoke.
Dr. Glen Maddison, a palliative care physician in Sarnia, said he is concerned about the future for those who are handling asbestos in countries where the material is being handled by workers.
Jon McEachran, a Sarnia city councillor, is the cousin of Stacy Cattran and Leah Nielsen and nephew of the late William Coulbeck, the father of the sisters.
One of Jon McEachran's brothers, Adam McEachran, was joined by Mark Kennedy in performing a tribute song at the gathering.
Mayor Bradley told those gathered that he plans to invite the new owner of the mine to visit Sarnia "to look you in the eye." Bradley also said the fight to ban asbestos production and export is not over and never will be,