A Town Called Asbestos

Welcome to the town of Asbestos, Quebec. These daylights,’ 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 specified the city after it. This excavation exactly now was the biggestasbestos mine in the world countries. Asbestos is a mineral, easily mined in quarries like this.It can be turned into strong, inexpensive, fire-resistant insulation, and it was used in a huge numberof building jobs in the 20 th century. Either as large-hearted insularity blocks, or inceiling tiles, or time scattered on as cladding. It was a miracle substance: it could even be knitted into apparel, likemilitary uniforms or firefighters’ gloves. The catch is that it’s made up ofmicroscopic little fibrous crystals. If you break asbestos, drop it, sandpaper it, turn it into insulation and scatter 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 revelation to asbestos fibres, nonetheless small-minded, can be dangerous. And in this town, there was sometimes so muchasbestos dust in the air that babies could write their names in itwhen it colonized. 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 relevant recommendations was voted down. And I wanted to find out why, but no-one fromthe town wanted to talk to me.I emailed quite a few targets, the local government, the historical society. Everyone either said no, they weren’t interested, or merely didn’t reply. They were polite, of course, they’re Canadian, but it wasn’t for them. And it took me perhaps a little bit too longto realise why. The figure attracts people like meand onlookers like you. I knew this video was going to be titled”A Town Called Asbestos” right away, it’s the self-evident name, it’s got a ring to it. Which is why there’s already a five-part serieson YouTube from 2011 called exactly that, put together by a researcher who invest yearswith this town. She turned her PhD into a journal, too titled”A Town Called Asbestos”. Vice.com published a seriesby a German photojournalist, entitled “A Town Called Asbestos”.All the time, beings come on now, to documentThe Town with The Name. Some of them, like this author, are thorough and sympathetic and make decades of history into account. Some aren’t. Some really set up a camera by the mine overlook, turn out for a couple of hours and film something. Others don’t even visit, they just make funof them from the other side of the world. “Why? Because the town’s figure is Asbestos.”[ AUDIENCE LAUGHTER] How do you feel about the reputation? 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 conclude is froman interview in the Globe and Mail in 2016. Ghislain Tessier, vice-president of a localchamber of industry, 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 specify is alarming. But now, that’s tempered with the fact thatthis mine, like a coal quarry or a gold mine, it was how people formed their living.Lots of people cultivated in the pit, 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 constituted right here by them, and it saved men, and it truly was something to be proud of. Asbestos, and this mine, was defended by thefolks who worked here. In’ 97, just after France boycotted asbestos, four men from this city, four of the luckier ones, ran the Paris Marathon. And they were commended in a statementin Canada’s Parliament for showing that the risks weren’t that great.Because the risks were drastically downplayedby the managers and by government. Even after the world at large agreedhow dangerous asbestos is, economics and the desire for profit meantthat it was still quarried for decades now. This mine simply closed down in 2012. It’s only been a few years. Maybe the figure will change, if only to stop yanks like me coming alongand travelling,’ ooh, look at this situate ‘. But not just yet. Dr Jessica van Horssen’s book is the definitivehistory of the town and the quarry, a good deal of this video is based on it, and Ithoroughly recommends the following ..

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