The story behind the name: Asbestos, Quebec

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 - 4:23pm

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It's not entirely surprising that the citizens of Asbestos, Quebec, decided to change their name to something less evocative. The new name approved by its citizens is Val-des-Sources. But the original name’s backstory is a tale of boom, bust, strikes and cancer. Marco Werman speaks to Jessica Van Horssen, the author of “A Town Called Asbestos.”