Tuesday, February 08, 2011

CALGARY: Fluoride is out



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Fluoride is out

CTV News Calgary | February 8, 2011

If city council gets its way, fluoride in Calgary's water supply will be a thing of the past.

Councilors spent much of the afternoon on Tuesday debating the issue and in the end they agreed to stop adding fluoride to the water.

Ten councilors supported the removal and just three were opposed to the motion.

Those who supported the motion:

* Gian-Carlo Carra
* Andre Chabot
* Peter Demong
* Jim Stevensen
* Shane Keating
* Ray Jones
* Diane Colley-Urquhart
* John Mar
* Druh Farrell
* Dale Hodges

Those who were opposed to the motion:

* Gord Lowe
* Richard Pootmans
* Gael MacLeod

The Mayor and Councilor Pincott were absent from voting.

They have also decided not to put the issue to a public vote and they have opted not to consult with the expert panel that was offered by the University of Calgary for free.

Councilor Gian-Carlo Carra says the decision to vote against fluoride came down to a poor argument from the scientific community.

"I think the health science view is predicated on a certain approach which I think is no longer entirely relevant and I encourage health scientists to come forward with a point of view that carries the full view of science but is also more relevant to the sensibilities of the day," said Carra.

Alberta Health says it is disappointed and that it is a big advocate of keeping fluoride in the water.

Those who oppose the addition of fluoride are happy and say their opposition to the substance finally took hold among the public.

"I think public awareness has grown significantly, especially because of the internet, social media, lots of information out there right now, freedom of choice has always been important as well," said Elke Babiuk.

The issue now goes to Alberta Environment who will have to amend the water licence, which can take several months.

Calgary added fluoride to the drinking water in 1991.



Note: Google News Canada has a 3 hour old link to this editorial from the Calgary Herald that has already been disappeared or "Orwellized".


Editorial: Council makes right decision on the ethics of mass fluoridation
Calgary Herald - ‎3 hours ago‎

Imposing mass fluoridation on an entire population is ethically questionable, says the Herald editorial board. City council deserves praise for voting ...



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Calgary removing fluoride from water supply

CBC News | February 8, 2011

Calgary city council has voted 10-3 in favour of removing fluoride from the city's drinking water.

Two members of council, Mayor Naheed Nenshi and Ald. Brian Pincott, were out of town during Tuesday's vote.

Earlier in the day, city council considered and rejected by a vote of 8-5 putting the fluoride issue to a plebiscite during the 2013 municipal election. Council also rejected the idea of referring the matter to an expert panel.

The issue has proved a lightning rod for Calgarians, and past plebiscites have revealed public opinion is nearly even split on the matter.

In 1989, 53 per cent of Calgarians voted in favour of adding fluoride. Two years later, it was added.

Savings will go to dental health

After a well-attended, all-day public meeting late last month, the removal of the chemical was recommended to council by a city committee.

On Tuesday, council also supported using some of the savings of removing fluoride to examine ways of improving dental health for children living in poverty.

'It's not our responsibility.' —Ald. Druh Farrell

Proponents of fluoride say it prevents tooth decay, especially in vulnerable groups such as the poor, children and the elderly. Opponents question the safety of fluoride in drinking water and suggest it should be up to individuals to decide whether to expose themselves to the additive.

Ald. Druh Farrell, who led the anti-fluoride charge, said helping families who can't afford fluoridated toothpaste is a better idea that medicating the entire population.

"It's not our responsibility, but what we've said is because we had this responsibility and because children in poverty are used as a reason to support fluoride, then let's really help those children," she said.
City faced pricey plant upgrades

Ald. Jim Stevenson said there's insufficient medical proof that keeping it in the water has any benefit.

"We as a council have to show some leadership here. We have no right to force this right on all Calgarians. I would really question our right to put it in, but … I don't question at all our right to remove it," he said.

The timeline for the removal of fluoride remains unclear, as the city must apply to Alberta Environment to amend its water licence.

The city should also see cost savings in the move — the cost of adding fluoride to Calgary's water is about $750,000 per year.

The city was also facing $6-million upgrades to the Bearspaw and Glenmore water-treatment plants needed for the fluoridation process in the near future.



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