Asbestos, the Canadian town fighting its killer reputation:
Once you have a bad reputation it is hard to shake it.
But when it comes to having a killer reputation it is almost impossible.
But if you are creative, innovative and have sheer determination you can do it.
And a small once prosperous town that had it all is doing it.
A small town – population of 7,069 – in Quebec set in a tranquil setting thought it had it all.
People had great jobs.
The pay was great.
In the 1960s the good times were rolling along.
The good times in the 1960s were rolling along for decades.
People loved living there.
People took pride in the town
Anew town hall was built adorned with a mural by a well-known artist.
And the local church displayed ceramics also a well-known artist.
Mining was the mainstay of the local economy.
And the town even renamed itself.
It was changed to Asbestos.
And that was to become a major problem.
By 2011 the town’s two asbestos mines had run out the abestos minerals it was mining.
But that was not all.
At that time scientists and most of the world were declaring asbestos to be desperately dangerous.
The World Health Organization estimated as many as 100,000 people died yearly from lung cancer and other respiratory diseases all due to asbestos exposure.
So in 2012 mining asbestos was banned in Canada but imports are still allowed.
And the government promised to stop the use of asbestos products this year.