Talk of the Town, Town of Fairview News Letter Volume IV, Fairview, Alberta, April 2013 – Municipal Water Fluoridation is a “hot topic” these days. The Town of Fairview has been fluoridating its water since the late 50s, and was the first municipality in the province to do so. However, the practice is now being questioned and more and more municipalities are choosing to discontinue fluoridation. The Town’s elected officials and staff are anxious to learn the facts to determine whether this is the right thing to do and the implications of continuing with or ceasing fluoridation.
We are pleased to announce two eminent speakers have agreed to attend a town hall meeting to each bring their perspectives on the controversial issue of municipal water fluoridation.
This is a very important subject that effects everysingle resident in town as well as those who are on the rural water line.
Each of the speakers will be given timeto present their points, followed by a question period and time for coffee and discussion.
Dr. Albert de Villiers, MB ChB, M.Med (Community Health), North Zone Lead Medical Officer for Alberta Health will be speaking in favour of municipal water fluoridation:
Simple, safe, cost-effective. As more Albertans keep their teeth for life, everyone benefits from community water fluoridation, regardless of age, race, income, education level or access to professional dental care. The protection of fluoridation reaches community members in their homes, at work and at school – simply by drinking the water…..Dr. Albert de Villiers
Dr. James S. Beck, MD, PhD is Professor Emeritus of Medical Biophysics at the University of Calgary will speak against municipal water fluoridation:
We have been misinformed about fluoridation for a long time and new information that calls it into question has been ignored by authorities. The three central questions we have to deal with are: Is it safe? Is it effective? Is it ethical? Science
answers “no” to the first two questions and common sense and our best traditions answer “no” to the third. We have alternative methods that do help us with oral health…….Dr. James Beck
When and Where: Tuesday, April 23 – 7:00 p.m. at the Legion Hall
Fairview’s municipal water fluoridation may be put to plebiscite (public vote) during the municipal election on October 21, 2013. There will be no better opportunity to educate yourself in order to make an informed decision on how to cast your vote.