The Canadian city Asbestos has voted to rename itself “Val-des-Sources”, the mayor introduced, in a hope to shed its affiliation with the lethal mineral. The city voted 51.5% in favor of fixing its identify to Val-des-Sources over 5 different choices, in response to outcomes introduced on Monday from a four-day referendum. Asbestos, a city 62 miles (100 kilometers) from Montreal with a inhabitants of 6,700, is traditionally entwined with the close by Jeffrey asbestos mine, which was lively till 2012 and was the spine of the native financial system. However the city determined to alter its identify principally for financial causes, after years of dropping the PR battle ever since asbestos – fibrous crystal mineral usually used as constructing insulation – was declared cancer-causing by the WHO within the Nineteen Eighties. “The phrase ‘asbestos’ sadly doesn’t have connotation, significantly in English-speaking circles. It’s an impediment to town’s willingness to develop exterior financial relations,” the city stated in November 2019 following the choice to rename itself.