The Windsor Star, Windsor, Ontario 25-May-2012 — The Windsor Utilities Commission on Thursday reconfirmed its earlier decision recommending to city council that Windsor stop putting fluoride into its drinking water for a five-year period.
The board voted on the measure in February, but WUC staff sought a legal opinion whether the city could push ahead with the initiative given existing water-sharing contracts with neighbouring LaSalle and Tecumseh.
“It’s a non-issue,” WUC board chairman and Ward 8 Coun. Bill Marra said of those agreements. He said the legal opinion also stated the city was “protected” in terms of liability for any political decision to end the decades-old practice of adding a fluoride compound to municipal water to help prevent dental caries.
“It’s going to be a heated discussion,” Mayor Eddie Francis said of the coming council debate, expected sometime this summer.
The local health and dental communities, backed by their provincial and federal partners, remain firm supporters of fluoridation, while a growing number of municipalities are bowing to pressure from opponents who argue the health negatives outweigh the positives.
Marra and Francis, who also sits on the WUC board, both said they support the recommended moratorium.