The Canadian town of Asbestoshas decided to mine out a new name, sources recently said.
- “It’s a name that represents our area, and especially, it’s inspiring for the future,” said the Quebec town’s mayor, Hugues Grimard, according to The Guardian.
The original name came from the town’s mining history, according to BBC News. And that makes sense since asbestos is a mineral that causes mesothelioma. The town is also home to the world’s largest asbestos mine. So, yeah.
- However, officials said the link between the mineral and the town name made it hard for the town to see any foreign investment, according to BBC News.
- “Once upon a time, we have been very proud of that name, but now it’s very difficult because asbestos means a fibre that people are afraid of,” Louise Moisan-Coulombe, mayor of the town from 1997 to 2002, told CBC. “Every time you say, especially in the United States, that you are coming from Asbestos, or they read Asbestos on a package, they are always afraid that it will be poison.”
The town started a competition in November 2019 for a new name. It was newly announced this week after town residents voted. People as young as 14 years old were allowed to vote for the new name.
The other options available: L’Azur-des-Cantons, Jeffrey-sur-le-Lac, Larochelle, Phénix and Trois-Lacs.