Military town residents take Ottawa to court in $200 million suit
But others think the links aren’t so obvious. Health Canada’s own website states: “An association between any specific type of cancer and exposure to trichloroethylene has not been consistently observed (in studies).” Nor is there consistent evidence of effects on human development.
The plaintiffs’ lead lawyer, Charles Veilleux, argues this is like the tobacco companies denying any link between smoking and cancer.
“The fact that those companies still claim that is irrelevant,” Veilleux said, “because people know (the truth).”
“The fact that for years TCE was dumped into the environment and was percolating to reach underground water, it’s a disaster.”