Woman Who Helped Push Fluoride from Calgary Water Coming to Lethbridge
By: Patrick Burles, Country 95 News, Lethbridge, Alberta 02-Apr-2013
As a local group continues to fight to have fluoride removed from Lethbridge tap water, they’re bringing in an individual who helped drive the additive from Calgary’s drinking supply.
Fay Ash was a major part of the cause in Calgary for 20-years, following in the footsteps of her mother who worked to keep fluoride out of Calgary water in the 50s, 60s and 70s. Fluoride was eventually added to the water supply there in 1989, but after years of campaigning against it, the city finanlly removed fluoride in 2011.
Sean Fife with Fluoride Free Lethbridge talks about the message he expects Ash to bring to our city, “I think one thing she learned is that is that you can’t Mickey Mouse things. You have to be really hard hitting in your approach to the topic, because a lot of people are unsure of the benefits, you know, people are thinking ‘Well there must be some benefits otherwise why are they doing it.’ So she’s very clear on presenting the negative aspects of fluoride.”
Fife also took a moment to highlight their main message, “Really this whole thing comes down to a matter of choice. If there’s fluoride in the water then we don’t have a choice, because it’s there and unless people buy expensive filtration systems, they can’t have fluoride free water. If it’s not in the water and somebody wants fluoride, for whatever reason, they can buy fluoridated toothpaste, they can go to the dentist, they can get fluoride tablets from the pharmacist.”
Ash’s talk is open to the public and goes Wednesday night at 7 in the E.C. Fredericks Theatre at Lethbridge College.