March 21, 2019

Archives for September 26, 2013

No new water fluoridation scheme in Canada since 1999

By: Peter Van Caulart (Letter to the Editor) New Tecumseth Free Press Online, New Tecumseth, Ontario  26-Sep-2013 – Thank you New Tecumseth Council for moving forward on the cessation of fluoridation issue.

As a water quality teaching master for the past 35 years, I’ve spent the last 10 righting the wrongs about the water fluoridation myth that I had condoned for the previous 25.

Since my active involvement, I, along with others have had a direct hand in reducing the water fluoridation rates in Canada to its current low of 32.5 per cent. The latest municipality to cease was Windsor in 2013 along with the four other major communities of Essex County in 2012. No new water fluoridation scheme has started in Canada since 1999. The sun setting trend for this outdated public health practice is clear.

New Tecumseth Council had it right several years ago but were bullied into reversing its decision.

What’s egregious is that Ontario’s local MOH’s are ordered by the Chief MOH for the province to defend water fluoridation ‘policy’ with all possible zeal. Surely, if a public health policy is sound one must ask, why the need to defend it so vehemently?

The height of hypocrisy is that Simcoe County’s own Dr. Dick Ito, gained an academic credential for his master’s thesis based on a finding of no effect by water fluoridation on decay rates in children of Brampton and Caledon after controlling for variables in the data. Yet this same individual stumps around the Province promoting water fluoridation for which academically he found “no effect.” See ito-caledon-and-brampton-study-peel-region. One must question the veracity of his “professional” endorsement and certainly his motive.

Regardless, it’s heartening to know that there are councils with ‘Stone’s’ enough protecting drinking water quality first. Congratulations.

Peter Van Caulart, Dip.AEd.,CES,CEI
Director, Environmental Training Institute
Ridgeville (Niagara) ON

Brewer’s ‘Daily Dose’ 26-Sep-2013

Columbia, Tenn., board approves removing fluoride from water

By: Associated Press,, Columbia, Tennessee 26-Sept-2013

A fourth Middle Tennessee city has decided to remove fluoride from the municipal water supply.

The Daily Herald reports the Columbia Power and Water System board voted Wednesday on the measure after months of consideration.

The proposal had sparked opposition from health officials and dentists who argued that adding fluoride to the water is an easy way to help prevent tooth decay.

The utility board was mulling the proposal for a couple of reasons, including that fluoride provides no water purification benefit, but it cost $40,000 annually to add it to the supply.

Columbia City Council member Mike Greene, who sits on the board, voted to discontinue fluoridation. He said he grew up drinking well water without fluoride, and he still has all his teeth.

Anti-fluoridation lobbyists to speak after political battle

COF-COF Fluoridaton Public Voice 250 x 350By: Alison Brownlee,, Muskoka, Ontario 26-Sep-2013 – A handful of district councillors tried unsuccessfully to silence anti-fluoridation lobbyists.

District of Muskoka council was torn about hearing another presentation against municipal water fluoridation, but it eventually decided on Monday, Sept. 16, that it would allow a delegation on the subject at its October meeting.

Georgian Bay coun. Paul Wianko argued against hearing the delegation.

“As a councillor, I feel like I’m being harassed on the issue. We get emails almost weekly. I do read some of them, but I’ve also asked to be removed from the list. There doesn’t seem to be any way to get removed for the list,” said Wianko. “I don’t think this group will be presenting any new information. Council made a decision on this – and it was quite unanimous – back about a year or so ago. I think we should stick to that decision.”

Muskoka Citizens Opposing Fluoridation, which wants to speak to council next month, argues that fluoride is derived from fertilizer and causes health issues when swallowed.

Residents lobbied district council about two years ago to stop fluoridation, but after presentations from residents, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit and others, council decided to continue fluoridation.

Huntsville coun. Fran Coleman said she did not agree that the group was harassing councillors.

“Citizens have a right and we as councillors need to hear their concerns. A year or more has passed since they did come to us,” said Coleman. “I would suggest we give them the opportunity, as citizens of our community, to come forward and address their concerns about fluoride in our water.”

She noted that fluoridation is becoming a hot topic in other communities as well.

Other councillors commented that residents have a democratic right to speak to their elected officials and those elected officials had an obligation to listen.

But Lake of Bays mayor Bob Young suggested there may be a limit.

“I’d say in this situation, enough is enough,” said Young.

He said he has programmed his email to file the group’s correspondence as junk mail.

“I think we’ve heard it, we’ve made a decision. Basically, they’re saying they don’t like the decision we made,” said Young. “If they wish to, there will be another council in a year. Bring it forward. But I don’t think there is anything new I wish to hear.”

Bracebridge mayor Graydon Smith then suggested the delegation would be better suited for the engineering and public works committee, which deals with municipal water.

But Ruth Bednar, a member of Muskoka Citizens Opposing Fluoridation, explained that the two people speaking at the delegation would not be able to attend the midday committee meeting.

District council meetings are held in the evening.

Council debated the issue for more than 20 minutes, which frustrated some councillors.

“We’ve now spent 25 minutes debating something that would have taken us 10 minutes, if we had just given the people what they want to begin with,” said Bracebridge coun. Scott Young. “It’s starting to smell like an attempt to frustrate and obstruct the message the people want to bring us.”

Muskoka Lakes mayor Alice Murphy said she was embarrassed council had spent so much time on the issue.

“Let’s just let people delegate,” said Murphy.

Council eventually voted 18-3 in favour of hearing the delegation on Oct. 21.