A Town Called Asbestos

Welcome to the town of Asbestos, Quebec. These epoches,’ asbestos’ is a word witha sense of doom is connected to it. But when this mine was opened in thelate 19 th century, that really wasn’t the case. Which is why they appointed the town after it. This cavity just here was the biggestasbestos mine in the world countries. Asbestos is a mineral, readily quarried in craters like this.It can be turned into strong, inexpensive, fire-resistant insulation, and it was used in a huge numberof house projects in the 20 th century. Either as big separation blocks, or inceiling tiles, or merely sprayed on as cladding. It was a miracle substance: it is possible to even be knitted into apparel, likemilitary uniforms or firefighters’ gloves. The catch is that it’s made up ofmicroscopic little fibrous quartzs. If you separate asbestos, drop it, sandpaper it, turn it into separation and spraying it around, those little fibres get into the airand build up in people’s lungs. Decades last-minute, people who’ve worked with absestos, or lived near an asbestos quarry, they tend to develop a particularly nastytype of cancer announced mesothelioma.Any show to asbestos materials, however small-time, can be dangerous. And in this town, there was sometimes so muchasbestos dust in the air that kids could write their epithets in itwhen it determined. We know all that now, so: why haven’t they varied the reputation? In 2006, the town’s then-mayortried to change it, but the idea was voted down. And I just wanted to know why, but no-one fromthe town wanted to talk to me. I emailed quite a few residences, the local government, the historical society. Everyone either said no, they weren’t interested, or really didn’t reply.They were gracious, of course, they’re Canadian, but it wasn’t for them. And it took me perhaps a little bit too longto realise why. The honour allures parties like meand witness looks just like you. I knew this video was going to be titled”A Town Called Asbestos” right away, it’s the obvious designation, it’s got a ring to it. Which is why there’s already a five-part serieson YouTube from 2011 announced precisely that, put together by a researcher who expend yearswith this town. She turned her PhD into a diary, too titled”A Town Called Asbestos”. Vice.com published a seriesby a German photojournalist, named “A Town Called Asbestos”. All the time, beings come on here, to documentThe Town with The Name. Some of them, like this author, are thorough and supportive and take decades of record into account. Some aren’t. Some merely set up a camera by the mine overlook, come on for a couple of hours and film something.Others don’t even call, they just make funof them from the other side of the world. “Why? Because the town’s call is Asbestos.”[ AUDIENCE LAUGHTER] How do you feel about the name? Why don’t you change it? They’ve answered these same questionsfor years, and I suppose they’revery, very tired of it. The clearest answer that I’ve procure is froman interview in the Globe and Mail in 2016. Ghislain Tessier, vice-president of a localchamber of commerce, said: “Asbestos was our lives.It was our heritage.” And I think that’s the key to why this townis still announced Asbestos. Because, yes, for most of the world, the refer is alarming. But now, that’s tempered with the fact thatthis mine, like a coal mine or a gold mine, it was how people prepared the living standards. Spate of parties labor in the quarry, and their parents, and their grandparents, and their great-grandparents. It was part of their identity, a mineral thatthe world wanted to use, it was formed right here by them, and it saved animations, and it certainly was something to be proud of.Asbestos, and this mine, was defended by thefolks who worked here. In’ 97, just after France restricted asbestos, four lovers from this town, four of the luckier ones, flowed the Paris Marathon. And they were congratulated in a statementin Canada’s Parliament for showing that the risks weren’t that great. Because the risks were drastically downplayedby management and by authority. Even after the world at large agreedhow perilous asbestos is, economics and the desire for profit meantthat it was still quarried for decades here.This mine merely closed down in 2012. It’s only been a few years. Maybe the mention will change, if simply to stop jerkings like me coming alongand departing,’ ooh, look at this home ‘. But not just yet. Dr Jessica van Horssen’s book is the definitivehistory of the city and the excavation, a great deal of this video is based on it, and Ithoroughly recommends the following ..

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