> Asbestos Quebec new name

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.

On Wednesday, the council said it was moving ahead with the name change, saying it was serving as “brake on the city’s desire to develop economic relations abroad”.

The town will consult with residents when it comes to picking a new name, saying the region’s history and heritage will be taken into account. continue reading

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