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Canada Quebec town of Abestos votes to change name to Val-des-Sources

02:21  20 october  2020
02:21  20 october  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Val - des - Sources won with just over 51% of the vote in the third round of voting . Asbestos won't be changing its town signs immediately, said Mr Grimard, who suggested it could be the end The town of Asbestos thrived for over a century on the chrysotile asbestos manufactured at its open-pit mine.

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 Once considered a miracle mineral, asbestos was used in construction industries for strengthening cement, in insulation, roofing, fireproofing, and

ASBESTOS, Que. — The Quebec town synonymous with the cancer-causing fibre asbestos has voted for a new name: Val-des-Sources.

  Quebec town of Abestos votes to change name to Val-des-Sources © Provided by The Canadian Press

During a livestreamed council meeting Monday night, Mayor Hugues Grimard announced that Val-des-Sources beat five other proposed names with 51.5 per cent of the vote after three rounds.

"It's a name that represents our area, and especially, it's inspiring for the future," he said.

The 7,000-person town of Asbestos, located about 130 km east of Montreal, had been looking to shed its association with the toxic mineral. Political and business leaders in the town complained for years the name attracted ridicule and disgust in the rest of the country and internationally.

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Published 1 day ago. Quebec town Asbestos pauses name change process after citizen complaints. The residents of Asbestos in Quebec don’t like the replacement names : Apalone, Jeffrey, Phenix or Trois-Lacs. The town of more than 7,000 residents was expected to vote between Oct.

The Canadian town of Asbestos is trying to shed its toxic association andrebrand itself after city officials said the name , linked tothe

Asbestos, Que., helped make Canada one the world's leaders in asbestos exports. The Jeffrey mine, once Canada's largest, closed in 2012.

Asbestos residents over the age of 14 and local property owners were eligible to cast their votes among six proposed names: L'Azur-des-Cantons, Jeffrey-sur-le-Lac, Larochelle, Phenix, Trois-Lacs and Val-des-Sources.

Grimard said the new name reflects "the landscape and our roots." The word "source," he said, describes how the town is located at the confluence of three lakes. And it's a symbol, he said, of what the town wants to become.

"Together, we will be the source of the development of our city."

Long used in building materials such as ceiling tiles and cement, asbestos is now banned in many countries.

The name Val-des-Sources was officially adopted by council and Grimard said it will be proposed to the provincial government for approval. He said there is no prescribed deadline for the Department of Municipal Affairs to accept or reject the proposed new name.

In total, 2,796 people voted between Oct. 14-18, representing about 48 per cent of eligible voters.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 19, 2020.

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