Archive | On October 11, 2012, the Jeffrey mine announced its closure

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Archives | October 11, 2012, the Jeffrey mine announces its closure

The Jeffrey mine in Val-des-Sources was in operation from 1879 to 2011.

Ten years ago, the Jeffrey mine closed its doors. The asbestos mine has long been the main employer in the city of Asbestos, renamed Val-des-Sources in 2020. The dangerousness of the ore, its ban in many countries and the militancy of its detractors got the better of the financing of the Jeffrey mine, as our archive reports remind us.

Even if the residents of the city of Asbestos expected it, the announcement of the closure of the huge open pit mine, one of the largest in the world, caused consternation. Asbestos has lived on asbestos since 1881. The Jeffrey mine provides 500 direct jobs and nearly 1,000 indirect jobs for a population of 4,000 inhabitants.

November 4, 2011 in Téléjournal, Marie-Laurence Delainey presents a report on this announcement.

Journalist Marie-Laurence Delainey reports on the reaction of mine president Jeffrey and the mayor of Asbestos following the announcement of the definitive closure of the mine. The news bulletin is moderated by Sébastien Bovet.

Even if chrysotile has bad press and prices are collapsing on the markets, the government of Jean Charest had promised, on June 29, 2012, a loan of $58 million for the relaunch of the Jeffrey mine in Asbestos.< /p>

A few months later, shortly after taking power, Pauline Marois canceled the loan granted by Jean Charest's Liberals.

In 2002, faced with the collapse of the price of asbestos, the Jeffrey mine temporarily ceased its activities.

In 2010, as the Jeffrey mine attempted a revival, more and more voices denounced the export of asbestos.

The opposition came not only from Quebec, but also elsewhere in the world, especially in emerging countries, where workers sometimes use the product without protection.

Asbestos is a dangerous product that claims multiple victims. In 2010, Canada was accused of hypocrisy for its export of ore by the British magazine The Lancet. The article coincides with a delegation tour of Asia to prevent the government from reviving the Jeffrey mine.

November 4, 2011, Téléjournal Estrie, journalist Claudine Brûlé presents a report on a group of families from Sarnia, Ontario, who have lost a loved one to diseases caused by asbestos, in particular mesothelioma cancer.< /p>

Report by Claudine Brûlé about a group of families in Sarnia, Ontario who have lost a loved one to asbestos-related illnesses that militates against the reopening of the Jeffrey mine in Asbestos.

These families, who are campaigning against the reopening of the Jeffrey mine in Asbestos, say they are surprised that in 2011 Canada can still export asbestos. Paul Lapierre, vice-president of public affairs and cancer control at the Canadian Cancer Society, agrees.

“I cannot not imagine that our governments spend millions to remove asbestos from federal buildings and we invest in the export of asbestos.

— Paul Lapierre

Canada bans the sale and use of asbestos and its derivatives in 2018.

  • The mine has a depth of 350 m and an area of ​​6 km2
  • Discovery of the deposit in 1879, start of mining in 1881.
  • On February 14, 1949, miners d& #x27;Asbestos and Thetford Mines launched the asbestos strike, which lasted five months.
  • In the 1970s, the mine extracted 200,000 tonnes of asbestos. In 2010 production was 25,000 tonnes.

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