Today, the CBC's website has a brief report in its 'offbeat' section (reserved for 'Man bites dog' stories) about The Daily Show's mockery of Asbestos, Quebec, a town with an asbestos mine.
The story also has some more serious information, noting how despite considerable opposition, the Quebec government last month approved a loan guarantee for the company running the asbestos mine, which will enable it to expand production considerably.
[image taken from The Mesothelioma Herald story reporting on the Quebec mine]
The original CBC report, from 13 April, has a remarkable subheading in it: 'Opinions divided on asbestos' and states "Several studies have linked asbestos dust with cancer and lung disease. Its proponents say the product can be safely used when handled properly, and under certain conditions." Several studies?! Writing this suggests that perhaps the finding of a link is preliminary and not overwhelmingly established. (Some facts about mesothelioma can be found here.) And who are "its proponents"? It tactfully doesn't say that they are just that scourge of the modern world, industry flacks who will say anything for money.