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Town called Asbestos changes its name

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Officials in Asbestos, Que., say the town's name causes nothing but trouble — and it's time for a change.

"There is really a negative perception around asbestos," Mayor Hugues Grimard told CBC News, referring to the widely banned mineral that was mined there for more than a century.

"We have lost businesses that don't want to establish themselves here because of the name."

The name-change discussion has been brewing for some time, he said. Over the last few years, officials have tried to improve the town's image with a new slogan and colours.

But, try as they might, the name is loaded with negative connotations, the mayor said.


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Sir Wearer of Hats

They can change it to “Carbon FluroCarbon” or “Lead”. 

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