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A Town Called Asbestos

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Published on May 21, 2018

In Quebec, Canada, there's a town called Asbestos. It's an alarming name, one that conjures up images of lung disease and mesothelioma. So now that the town's asbestos mine, once the largest asbestos mine in the world, has closed... why haven't they changed the name?

Dr Jessica van Horssen's book, "A Town Called Asbestos", was invaluable for my research. Its ISBN is 9780774828420, and it can be ordered from most libraries and bookstores.

Her five-part YouTube series starts here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-66Y...

The Story of Asbestos (1922): https://archive.org/details/0929Story...
According to Plan: The Story of Modern Sidewalls for the Homes of America (1952): https://archive.org/details/Accordin1952
The Gruen Transfer: How To Sell Asbestos, Canada: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIpxe...

USGS public domain microscopy of asbestos: https://usgsprobe.cr.usgs.gov/picts2....

The Canadian parliament quote is an official Hansard translation from the original French: http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/ep...

I'm at http://tomscott.com
on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tomscott
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and on Snapchat and Instagram as tomscottgo

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