A Canadian Town Finally Changed Its Name From Asbestos To Something Prettier

21 Octobre, 2020, 23:18 | Auteur: Therese Cote
  • A Canadian Town Finally Changed Its Name From Asbestos To Something Prettier

After almost half the town's population voted on a new moniker, Asbestos, Que., is starting the process to change its name to Val-des-Sources.

The new name, which means Valley of the Sources in English, refers to the community's location at the confluence of three lakes and represents "the fusion of our history and our roots", according to the town's description.

Grimard says the name change has sparked "a lot of emotion" but thinks the municipality remains "convinced' that a name change is "the best thing to do for the future of our town".

Residents of Asbestos, 93 miles (150 km) east of Montreal and home to about 7,000 people, concluded the balloting on Sunday, with anyone over the age of 14 allowed to vote, the town said.

Greenpeace Canada suggested Apalone, in honor of an indigenous turtle species, while Jeffrey was in reference to W.H. Jeffrey, who paid for the Jeffrey asbestos mine in the city.

Six names, four of which were new, were introduced: L'Azur-des-Cantons, Jeffrey-sur-le-Lac, Larochelle, Phénix, Trois-Lacs, and the ultimate victor, Val-des-Sources, which translates to "Valley of the Springs".

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The city says its name, specifically in English-speaking circles, prevents the town from developing foreign business.

"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.

Almost 2,800 residents cast their votes between October 14 to 18. He said there is no prescribed deadline for the Department of Municipal Affairs to accept or reject the proposed new name.

Asbestos says the name change should cost the town roughly $100,000 and is expected to be finalized in January.

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