University of Toronto’s 50-year-old Medical Sciences Building was undergoing major renovation when multiple leaks of asbestos fibers were discovered.
The vice president of university operations, Scott Mabury, told CBC Toronto the contractor, which he refused to name, is no longer continuing its asbestos removal work in the 50-year-old building and will not be given any further contracts on the St. George campus.
“We have zero tolerance. And this is a contractor who’s worked on this campus for a long time, multiple years — never had an issue before. We’ve never had a breach like this. In the last 10 years that I was able to look, we’ve never had a problem like this,” said Mabury, who is also a professor of environmental chemistry.
“So we needed to send a strong message.”