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Saturday, January 31, 2009

Rhéal Séguin, "Quebeckers launch class action over cancer cluster near military base," Globe and Mail, January 31, 2009.

QUEBEC — Marie-Paule Spieser lost her best friend to a rare form of liver cancer in September of 2000. As an experienced nurse in her mid-40s, Ms. Spieser knew something had to be wrong.

  The federal Department of Defence, as well as the current owners of SNC Technologies, are among those named in the class-action suit.

Her friend's husband had also been diagnosed with cancer and it seemed nearly every household in the neighbourhood where she lived was stricken with some form of the disease.

Then a few weeks later, just before Christmas, Ms. Spieser along with the 4,000 other residents of Shannon, a small town located just outside the Valcartier military base near Quebec City, learned that their water supply had been contaminated for years with the chemical solvent trichloroethylene, or TCE, a probable carcinogen.

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