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CANADA: Asbestos Quebec new name
The Quebec town, home to some 7,000 people, was once the location of the world’s largest asbestos mine.
It was given after English name for the mineral – rather than the French “amiante” – in the late 19th century.
The town’s council now says the connotation hinders its ability to attract foreign investment.
Asbestos, about 150 km (95 miles) east of Montreal, will announce its new name next year.
It thrived for over a century on the chrysotile asbestos manufactured at its open-pit mine.
The mine suspended operations in 2011. A year later the Quebec government cancelled a multi-million dollar loan guarantee that would have allowed it to reopen.
Now, after years of debate, Asbestos has decided to do away with a part of its legacy. reading