Despite widespread health concerns about the presence of asbestos, pipes containing that substance are still being installed in high-rise buildings, new condos and hospitals in this country.
The Globe and Mail reports that unlike most other developed countries, Canada has never banned the use of asbestos; for export or domestic use.
At issue is the use of asbestos-cement pipes.
The newspaper says there are no accurate records to show just how many such pipes there are in Canada or where they are located.
That is critical information to have because, for example, if workers arrive to renovate a site unaware that asbestos-cement pipes are installed, they might not take the proper safety precautions.
Exposure to asbestos can lead to cancer and asbestosis, a chronic inflammatory lung disease that could be fatal death.