Would you visit a town called Asbestos?

      

| Author - Chris Bell




Would you visit a town called Asbestos?

Asbestos in Canada has its unusual name for a reason. It is the site of what was once the largest asbestos mine in the world. This small town was the centre of a major debate for some years. No wonder when you consider that Asbestos in eastern Canada was once the home of the world’s largest asbestos mine, the two-kilometre-wide Jeffrey Mine. The mine closed five years ago for financial reasons, but became the centre of a local government campaign to attract visitors by turning it into a tourist attraction, complete with tracks designed for all-terrain vehicles and bicycles. Thankfully, the campaign did not succeed. Asbestos is allowed for limited purposes in Canada, but is still used extensively in developing countries. The Canadian government has attracted criticism for exporting asbestos to countries like China and India.