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Families slam aging, overcrowded psych ward; Health officials confirm building is 'falling apart'

Several families with loved ones who are mentally ill are speaking out about what they call a decrepit, overcrowded, ineffective psychiatric facility at Vancouver General Hospital.
"It's a horrible place," said Shraga Dachner, whose stepdaughter is a former patient. "I would not put my dog in there."

I have been hands-on in the care of two people who were stricken with asbestosis.

The first adult died at the age of 51 in 1978 from pleural mesothelioma. His name was Harley Moser, a hard-working plumber and family man. He was exposed to asbestos through his trade and died a painful and early death. He left a two-year-old grandson who never had his Papa to love him and teach him all that grandfathers share with little boys.

ST. JOHN'S - Canada's doctors are condemning the Harper government for its "shameful" decision to block listing asbestos as a hazardous product.

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Michaela Keyserlingk, whose husband Robert died in 2009 of mesothelioma, has been running an online banner that blasts Canada over asbestos exports

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When I first heard that my mother had mesothelioma, a cancer of which the only known cause is asbestos exposure, I should have been concerned about only one thing: her welfare. I should have gone through the stages of grieving that any child losing their mother experiences.

Controversial asbestos industry has nearly disappeared in recent decades amid cancer concerns.

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