Asbestos, a Quebec mining town, will be renamed Val-des-Sourses


When business was good, the children of the city could write their names in the dust of asbestos which floated down from the mines, and the dust would wash the clothes along the lines of the outside. During World War I and II, miners in asbestos provided materials for ships, aircraft, and fire brigade uniforms, she said.

“He was a hero, and because of that took great pride in his work and community,” she said. Many historians agree that a long, violent labor strike at the mine in 1949 was the beginning of extensive political, economic, and social changes in Quebec known as the Quiet Revolution.

Jeffrey Mine was officially shut down in 2012, many years after scientists considered asbestos to be dangerous and cancer-causing. According to the World Health Organization, all types of asbestos, including chrysotile, are carcinogenic. Exposure can cause lung, laryngeal and ovary cancers as well as mesothelioma and other diseases.

Although several countries have taken steps to ban its use or production, including Canada in 2018, the World Health Organization estimated in 2005 that around 125 million people worldwide were exposed to asbestos at work.

Some residents of the city, especially older residents, fought vigorously, as some French Canadians do not necessarily associate “asbestos” with the deadly mineral, as the French word for asbestos is “amoebent”.

Andre Thibodo, a 76-year-old asbestos resident, cast his vote, saying “the older people are in favor of the name of asbestos.” “You don’t change the name for nothing!”

Professor Van Horsen said it may be difficult to sell products labeled with “asbestos” to young people and small business owners – who were the most difficult to make for this change. She said she hopes the name change will reflect hopes for the city’s future.

“The community has gone through incredible changes in its history, from relocating their homes every few years to why the mine could completely change its world when they were finally told that the mineral was for their bodies What was he doing, “she said. “They will keep it alive, and hopefully usher in a new era that does not depend on a toxic industry.”

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