A Town Called Asbestos

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Tom Scott : Pull down the description for all the references and sources I used in this video! And do research the history of Canada and asbestos; there's some quite dark decisions made there.

Mister Apple : This totally got me. I saw the title and expected an interesting look at a town with a strange name. And I got that, but also an even more interesting look on people reporting on the town with the strange name. One of my favourite Tom Scott videos in a while.

Mr. Boppin : "No one from the town wants to talk to me," relatable

Game Revo : A surprisingly meta video from you this time. The respect I have for you now is through the roof.

The Cheaterman : It's interesting how they seem to call it Asbestos, or use the mineral name, instead of the French "Amiante". It could be a regional thing - many of the words and expressions used by Québécois are inspired by English. Great video in any case, and interesting point about why we should maybe stop talking about it altogether and let the locals do their grievance.

Álvaro Lopes : Imagine a place called "Amazon". It just chills me to think about the possibility.

Lashan : They only closed the mine in 2012?? Were they completely out of their minds?

KayPeaThree 3 : There’s another town called asbest, in Eastern Europe or Russia,after the asbestos mine which is still active I think.

Chad Mojito 🇫🇷🍔🐀 : Amusingly, the town motto is "To Live Healthy"

Harry Todhunter : Is this that new song by The Jam?

Sam Shelton : Hey wait, I just watched a video on a town called Asbestos in Russia! What a coincidence!


LazerLord10 : Yeah, my highschool had asbestos ceiling tiles. They didn't help much with insulation as it got up to 85F regularly inside, but yeah. That building is gone now.

Yuval Nehemia : “They were polite, of course, they are Canadian.” OMG

Patrick Hanft : What a great twist and deep second layer your video has here. I think it is a great observation and shows a lot of empathy to appreciate the perspective of those who lived and worked there and what the history of their town means to them. Great video, thank you!

BangersAndMash98 : Could be worse, in Ontario, there's a town named "Swastika"

PYL the Scientist : I'm from Quebec and I must add that another reason for not changing the name is that we simply speak French. For many of us, the word asbestos means nothing. The French word for it is Amiante. Although the whole region is named L'amiante

G Henrickson : I remember when the tide turned for asbestos (the industry) and regulations started popping up. This was a very good thing. What wasnt good was the industry that grew around asbestos abatement. Although a homeowner could safely remove asbestos with the corrrect technique (many did this for a decade or more) eventually the strictly regulated abatement costs were off the charts. Many folks who discovered asbestos in there homes after 1990 or so simply added another coat of paint and never talked about remodeling again. A great example of just how good intentions can go SO wrong. Yes...it is a very good thing that Asbestos (the material) is mostly gone now...but what were the true costs involved?

LoveRecklessly : QUEBEC REPRESENT ahahah bonjour

krisisnkaos : Is it safe to live there today?

Enthused Norseman : On the other hand, the town of Hell in Norway is a really nice place!

Quietsamurai98 : "So, where are you from?" "Er..."

TheBritishUnknown : Hello Tom! Any chance of covering the James Webb telescope?

MaybeGreat : I wonder what the town uses for insulation...

Elrich Jr : Over here, in Belarus (basically Russia, but smaller and more communist), we have a city, where potassium salt is mined. It's called "Soligorsk". Soli and gorsk are Russian for salts and city, together making something like "Salt town". All Russian cs go players are from here

12799MaDeuce : Aside from the "tourism" attention [for lack of a better term] , and the fact that it's such a huge part of their history, I think one could also argue that keeping the town's name and thus garnering attention helps keep alive the memory of this massive industrial f-up. We have a nasty habit of forgetting stuff like that.

hey7328 : asbestos you can get

Lu Ki : You sound really out of breath

Cities & Skyscrapers : Great video as always!

Hario338 : You could claim compensation for mesothelioma.

Alexandre Simoneau : It's also called "Amiante" here, so the name doesn't ring a bell as bas as everywhere.

Kachow : I've lived and Quebec all my life, and this just goes to show that even if you know a place really well, you can learn something new everyday

Matt Hunter : It's history damn it, why should they change the name?

cesariojpn : So you visited Possum Lodge and saw Red Green?

Lhorez : If you want another oddly named town you should go east a bit to Dildo Newfoundland. (It’s named after a boat.) It’s also about an hour’s drive to Conception Bay according to Google maps which I find hard to believe because when I drove my wife from Dildo to Conception it well … took a lot longer than an hour.

hens0w : I don't get why everone is insistant on name changes so often. History need not be forgot so easly

Daniel Mongan : Reminds me of Rare Earth's video The People Who Hate Us, but instead of chasing after you with a broom they're politely declining interviews

Alexandre Simoneau : Hey Tom! You where just 50km away from here! Would have love to meet you but I understand you have a tight schedule. Have fun on the West coast!

Jmc76 : As a Québécois, if you tell me "Asbestos", I think of the town, not the english name for the mineral called «amiante». I don't think the name will ever change.

Joseph Bleasdale : "Pour y vivre en santé" 😂😂😂

Falney : Depending on the application, asbestos is still a fantastic resource. I believe that both the US and British armies respectively still use it

Nadius89 : It started normal and then it turned into a Thoughts From Places-like video.

id104335409 : A lot of people are born under the sign of Cancer. Nobody is changing that....

samramdebest : 2012? You not only have to convince people that it is safe to keep the mining. But you also have to do that for there to be customers. Who would buy asbestos until 2012?

CatsMeowPaw : Do a video from Chernobyl, Ukraine. Been there, lovely place. No, seriously. Absolutely fascinating, full of wildlife.

Luciano Lizana : I really love how that ''O'' in Asbestos is like a happy rainbow

miseltoe1 : The gruen factor is hilarous !! Can't believe it made it into a tom scott video

Pierre Plante : A big "thank you" for this one... for us, the name of the place represent the people not the mine itself. I live in Drummondville, a city not very far from the town and we all know (I think) at leat one person in the place and respect the hard work they had to make when the mine was closed...as I see they are doing quite well.

mr_os : Funny because in France's French, we don't call it Asbestos, we call it "Amiante". Any Canadian here to confirm that in Quebecois you say Asbestos instead ?

Bob Emmerson : Nice Archive clips from "Jam" Handy. He sounds dammed handy.