Vinnie & Twy

Asbestos in Gillam

In bitching, Uncategorized on March 4, 2012 at 2:27 pm


These photos were shared on facebook today by a resident of Gillam Manitoba.

This is the local dump in Gillam Manitoba. According to the tags, these are bags of asbestos fibres.  

I got this from the Town of Gillam website,

March 3, 2012
The Town of Gillam Council made an informed decision to accept non-hazardous waste into the Gillam waste disposal ground. Approval and guidelines were received from Manitoba Conservation for the handling and disposal of the material and the work will carry on over the next few days. Due to the increased traffic at the waste disposal ground, we are asking the public to use caution when utilizing the site. MAYOR AND COUNCIL

Non-hazardous material.  Nice try.  We already know that asbestos is a dangerous poison and it was removed from all the houses when I was a small child in the 1970s.  I have vivid memories of workmen coming to drill holes in the sides of many houses and removing it as I played nearby. You can still see evidence of those holes on some houses. 

From the photos, you can see some of the bags are all ready coming apart.  Those that aren’t, will come apart eventually.  

If you have ever been to a dump, then you’ll know that dumps are a favorite hangout of birds, bears and other creatures.  Does it cause cancer and lung disease in animals do you think?  Or does it only do that to humans?

I would have been shocked, save for the recent stories about the asbestos industry in Canada over the past year or so.  

Prime Minister Harper has been the new champion of the Canadian Asbestos industry for sometime.  So I guess situations like this were only a matter of time.


  1. are u retarted if they do it properly which i am sure they will it is safe to barry it, the dust has to become air born for it to be any hazard. so get a life and stop bitching about stuff like this. all people like you do is stir shit up because you have nothing better to do.

    good day.

    • If you didn’t read the article correctly, it had said that some of the bags have tears in them already. Its always quite windy and who knows what particles have already been filtered in the air since they’ve been sitting there for a couple of days now. How would you like bags on bags of asbestos dropped off in your community without knowledge?
      With the council knowing they were to arrive, don’t you think they should have had the site prepared and not sitting there for days?

  2. I’ll still go on about Dillon consultants.
    They are contracted to Gillam to create a development plan.
    This is a specialty, Northern Community development, specifically waste management and environmental protection.
    They also specialize in site remediation of industrial sites as well as transport of industrial waste.

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