March 21, 2019

Archives for August 2013

Anti-Fluoride posters target manager

By: Charles Hamilton, The StarPhoenix, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan 28-Aug-2013 – Saskatoon’s latest anti-fluoride campaign is taking aim at one of the city’s top officials.

Posters up downtown Saskatoon lay the blame for city’s water fluoridation squarely at the feet of the city’s utility services manager Jeff Jorgenson.

The posters quote Jorgenson speaking a city council meeting back in December 2012 where he said that the fluoride in Saskatoon’s water was “completely safe.”

The man who designed the poster is standing behind the claims, even while the leaders of Saskatoon’s anti-fluoride movement distance themselves from it.

“He made those comments. I’m just telling people what he said,” said Kris Eyvendson, an anti-fluoride advocate who put up the posters. “The only reason fluoride is in the water is to medicate people. I don’t think the government has the right to medicate the people against their will.”

Fluoridated water is endorsed by virtually every credible health organization in North America, including Health Canada, the Centre for Disease Control and numerous dental associations.

But in recent years, a number of Canadian cities have stopped adding the chemical into their water supply. Waterloo, Calgary and Windsor are among the most recent major municipalities to stop adding fluoride. Smaller municipalities like Okotoks, Alta., Lasalle, Ont., and Moncton, N.B. have also quit adding fluoride.

In 2011, Saskatoon did temporarily suspend the addition of fluoride to its treated water during a construction project to upgrade the city’s water treatment plant.

“During this period, the Health Region expressed repeated concerns about the lack of fluoridation, and were very interested in the city getting the fluoride equipment back in operation,” Jorgenson said in a written statement.

Since the completion of the plant, fluoridation has resumed.

“The city follows the fluoridation guidelines set out by Health Canada, which are the same ones recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency in the United States and the World Health Organization,” Jorgenson said.

The city solicitors office was looking into the poster situation Tuesday afternoon.

One of the most vocal anti-fluoride groups is trying to distance themselves from the posters as well, saying that attacking Jorgenson personally isn’t the way to go.

“We’re against fluoride obviously, but we don’t endorse the posters,” said Mike Sharp, one of the administrators of the Anti-Fluoride Saskatoon Facebook page.

“We have nothing against Jeff Jorgenson.”

According to the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health, less than 37 per cent of the province’s population has access to water with “sufficient levels of fluoride.”

The South Saskatchewan River has some naturally occurring fluoride at a level of 0.14 parts per million.

Group pushes for Winnipeg to stop putting fluoride in water

COF-COF Girl Drinking Glass Water 5 Un's 450 x 450By: CTV News, Winnipeg, Manitoba 08-Aug-2013 – A group plans to petition the city to stop putting fluoride into the water in Winnipeg. They said the health benefits from fluoride are minimal and are worried about the side effects of fluoridated water, but at least one Manitoba dentist said the group’s claims are off base.

The City of Winnipeg has been putting fluoride in the drinking water since the 1950s because it helps reduce tooth decay.

In 2011, they reduced the amount to 0.7 parts per million, which is well below the threshold Health Canada said could be dangerous.

“I don’t think any parts are OK. I don’t think it should be in there. There’s no reason for it to be in there,” said Dawn Fastabend from the group Fluoride Free Winnipeg. “It’s a concern not just of myself but also my kids.”

She thinks even trace amounts of fluoride can increase the risk of cancer and other chronic illnesses.

Dr. Doug Brothwell, associate dean at the University of Manitoba’s faculty of dentistry, disagrees.

“We have extremely good evidence that there are no serious side-effects. No bad side effects. No increases in cancer,” he said.

Brothwell said most people get enough fluoride from products like toothpaste and during regular visits to the dentist, but he said people living in poverty are less likely to get fluoride in those ways.

He said in impoverished communities, fluoridated water can reduce the number of cavities in children by up to 50 per cent.

“I don’t think it’s fair for the advantaged to make decisions that cause further problems for the disadvantaged. So, yes, fluoride should stay in the water,” he said.

Members of Fluoride Free Winnipeg said it should be up to individuals to decide if they want to consume fluoride.

They plan on petitioning the city to stop using fluoride altogether.

“I’m not saying ban it. I’m saying get it out of the water and give people the information that they need to make an informed decision,” said Josh Sigurdson from Fluoride Free Winnipeg.

Live Life Longer Show and Tell, Hamilton, Ontario, August 26, 2013

pick-your-prize-450-x-266PICK YOUR PRIZE – We’re giving away fabulous prizes at the Live Life Longer Show and Tell, at Mohawk College, Hamilton, ON, August 26, 2013, from 5 p.m – 10 p.m. For a small, $5 donation, you will receive a gift valued from $5 to $200. Many of the vendors at the show have donated some great prizes. Would you like to look at the growing list of prizes, and get all of the event details? Go to

The show features world renowned speaker Dr. Brian Clement presenting Body, Mind, and Spirit – Getting and Staying Healthy, from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and $30 at the door. Purchase your ticket, now, at, before they are gone. There will be many healthy lifestyle vendors at the show, with amazing products and techniques for getting and staying healthy, too.

You can support COF-COF by coming to the show and dropping by the booth to take part in our Pick Your Prize promotion, or we still have a couple of volunteer spots you can fill. Volunteers take the donations, hand out prizes, and more. If you are interested, be sure to contact COF-COF’s General Manager, Susan Schweitzer, at By the way, volunteers get FREE parking and a FREE ticket to Dr. Clement’s presentation, which you will be able to attend that night. That’s a sweet deal for volunteers!