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Archives for January 2015

Terrace council hears pitch for fluoride-free future

COF-COF News Find 300 x 300By: Josh Massey, Terrace Standard, Terrace, BC 26-Jan-2015 – The following are several of the items that were addressed at the regular Terrace council meeting last night:

* With Prince George voting by referendum last year to stop adding fluoride to the municipal drinking supply, local Terrace resident Barry Prince decided to request again that Terrace council join him in forming a petition to end the fluoridation of Terrace water. In 2013 he presented to council and administration said they would need to go to referendum.

“A common sense person would say, fluoride is classified as a poison… it doesn’t leave our body, it has a cumulative effect,” Prince said in outlining the many reasons why adding the compound to protect teeth isn’t worth it.

“I don’t ask you to listen to me I ask you to do some deep research into what professionals are saying about fluoride in water,” Prince told council, including links to studies in a submitted document.

Terrace is now only one of three remaining municipalities in BC practicing fluoridation including Prince Rupert and Fort St. John.

Council voted to receive the presentation but did not say if they would support Prince’s call.

* Mayor Carol Leclerc also revealed her committee appointment for 2015 which outlines the specific areas where each city councilor will focus.

This year the city decided to do away with the model of naming specific alternates for each committee except for the Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine meetings.

Leclerc also still has to appoint one more councilor to represent the city on its housing committee and the community forest profit distribution committee, both of which require two permanent representatives.

Strategic Committee Appointments: Michael Prevost was named to the Kermodei Tourism Society. James Cordeiro and Stacy Tyers are liaisons to the Kitimat-Stikine regional district while Michael Prevost and Lynne Christiansen are the alternates. Leclerc named herself to the Terrace Community Foundation, Brian Downie to the Terrace Economic Development Authority (TEDA), and James Cordeiro to the Terrace Public Library committee.

Community Liaisons: Brian Downie was appointed to the Greater Terrace Beautification Society, James Cordeiro to the Greater Terrace Seniors’ Advisory Committee, Michael Prevost to the Kalum Land Resource Management Plan Implementation Committee, Lynne Christiansen to the Riverboat Days Committee, and Sean Bujtas to both the Skeena Diversity Society and the Terrace Downtown Improvement Area (TDIA).

Department Liaisons: Carol Leclerc will be the liaison for administration, Michael Prevost to development services, Brian Downie to finance, Lynne Christiansen to the Fire Department, Stacey Tyers to Leisure Services, Sean Bujtas to Public Works, and James Cordeiro to the RCMP.

Annual Liaisons: Lynne Christiansen was appointed to the committees for community forest corporation profit distribution, Michael Prevost to educational services, Brian Downie to the Northern Medical Programs Trust, and Sean Bujtas to the Terrace-Kitimat Airport Society

* The monthly building report was issued showing that 2014 was a banner year for residential construction in Terrace compared to 2013 and the last decade.

There were permits for 29 new single family dwellings worth $6,911,875 as well as 7 new secondary suites worth $329,200 through November of 2014.

Thirteen new commercial buildings were constructed worth $16,429,000.

The total value of construction through November was $17,588,120 in 2013 compared to $30,768,905 in 2014. The 10-year average is $15,211,378.


Health Unit supports call for fluoridation

COF-COF News Find 300 x 300By: Sun Times, Owen Sound, ON 26-Jan-2015 – The Grey Bruce Health Unit is supporting a recommendation to require fluoridation of all municipal water systems, as long as the province funds such upgrades.

At its meeting on Friday, the Grey-Bruce Board of Health passed a motion supporting the recommendation by the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit board calling for the amendment of the Safe Drinking Water Act.

“We know that it will protect children’s teeth and kids that drink fluoridated water have less caries and less dental disease,” said Lynn. “Also seniors have less root caries and dental disease.”

But Lynn expressed concern about how small municipalities such as those in Grey-Bruce would pay for the costly upgrades required to put fluoride in drinking water and the board agreed to amend the recommendation to require the province to pay for such upgrades.

“I really support having municipal water fluoridated, however I know it is costly,” said Lynn. “If the government requires it under the safe drinking water act, but doesn’t add any money or grants to do it, it is going to be a challenge and a hardship for many of our smaller municipalities.”

In Grey-Bruce, Owen Sound is the only municipal water system that fluoridates its water. In the municipal elections in October a plebiscite was held, where 55% of voters cast their ballots in favour of continuing the practice. An opposite result would have been needed to end the practice, which the city has been doing since 1965.

The health unit strongly lobbied for the continued fluoridation of the water, and continues to trumpet the advantages. On Friday afternoon the health unit participated in a North America-wide social media blast supporting fluoride in drinking water and celebrating the 70th anniversary of the addition of fluoride in the drinking water in Grand Rapids, Mich., the first municipality in North America to perform the practice.

Lynn said there are some areas along Lake Huron, where there is also high levels of naturally occurring fluoride in the water, including an area stretching from the Saugeen First Nation and down into Huron-Kinloss.

Lynn said the water is monitored in the areas to make sure the children are not getting too much fluoride.

Lynn said the children in the areas where there is the naturally occurring fluoride have the best teeth in Grey-Bruce, while the children in Markdale and Wiarton have the worse. She said they both have good, clean drinking water sources but neither contain enough fluoride to protect teeth.


Peel councillor wants fluoride debate reopened

COF-COF News FindBy: Peter Criscione, Brampton Guardian, Brampton, Ontario 20-Jan-2015 – Brampton councillor John Sprovieri says he wants to see the water fluoridation debate reopened in Peel Region.

But some of his colleagues on regional council are not entirely convinced that revisiting the issue is the way to go.

“I really see no reason to reopen the issue based on all the evidence we were given,” said Mississauga Councillor Nando Iannicca. “I made my decision. I think regional staff has informed us very well and … I see no reason to reopen the issue.”

After putting the fluoride debate to rest in 2011, following months of debate on the merits of continued fluoridation of the municipal water supply, regional councillors voted last week to form another subcommittee. The purpose of the committee, explained staff, is to help educate newly elected councillors on the ‘pros and cons’ of fluoridation, which many municipalities do to improve oral health and tackle tooth decay.

Peel has added fluoride to water supply for more than four decades, but has come under fire in recent years from residents’ groups that want to see the practice abandoned.

Opponents have argued exposure to too much fluoride actually cause, rather than prevent, health problems. They also contend people should have a choice on whether their taps provide fluoridated or non-fluoridated water.

Sprovieri supports those views.

“Water fluoridation was the main issue that motivated me to run again,” said Sprovieri. “I was ready to retire but this issue of fluoridation has not been resolved.”

In September, a lawsuit was launched against the Region of Peel and the Province of Ontario. A statement of claim filed by Mississauga resident Liesa Cianchino claims risks posed by water fluoridation greatly exceeds its benefits.
It challenges the constitutionality of the Region of Peel’s water fluoridation program and the Fluoridation Act, and argues, “that the Region was negligent for failing to ensure the safety of the municipal drinking water supply.”

Sprovieri said it was the unfinished business around the fluoridation issue — namely the pending lawsuit — that prompted him to extend his political career.

“I believe regional council has put residents at risk,” said Sprovieri.

Peel staff said this week that the municipality “is proceeding with preparing its defence” and that the lawsuit will be defended by both the Province and Region.”

In April 2011, council unanimously voted to continue fluoridation arguing it is “the most effective, equitable, and economic way to protect dental health.”

Councillors decided after hearing arguments from both sides of the fluoridation debate including Ontario’s chief medical officer of health. But that ruling hasn’t deterred opponents from pressing the issue.

Sprovieri, who initially supported, but eventually changed his stance on fluoride, said he wants to see the debate reopened. He said there’s enough new blood on council ­– 11 of 24 regional councillors are new – to warrant another look.

While new councillors are entitled to an education on fluoridate, some veteran politicians say they have no interest in revisiting fluoridation unless there is something new to add to the discussion.

“It’s a new council. By all means form a committee and get the information. We’ll see what that brings forward,” Iannicca said. “If they do want to formally reopen the issue I will want to know what the evidence is. I don’t want to just re-debate it. What’s changed?”

Iannicca said he can support the formation of the fluoridation subcommittee, for the sake of the new councillors, but doesn’t want council to revisit the same arguments.

“I support the subcommittee but don’t sort of backdoor try to reopen the issue without really reopening it on our agenda,” Iannicca said.

“You can’t just say ‘well, we lost last time and we want to win this time.’ If we did that (repeatedly debate the same issues) we wouldn’t get anything done in government.”


Peckham, Lowery and Spencer, Are fluoride levels in drinking water associated with hypothyroidism prevalence in England? A large observational study of GP practice data and fluoride levels in drinking water


While previous research has suggested that there is an association between fluoride ingestion and the incidence of hypothyroidism, few population level studies have been undertaken. In England, approximately 10% of the population live in areas with community fluoridation schemes and hypothyroidism prevalence can be assessed from general practice data. This observational study examines the association between levels of fluoride in water supplies with practice level hypothyroidism prevalence.

We used a cross-sectional study design using secondary data to develop binary logistic regression models of predictive factors for hypothyroidism prevalence at practice level using 2012 data on fluoride levels in drinking water, 2012/2013 Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) diagnosed hypothyroidism prevalence data, 2013 General Practitioner registered patient numbers and 2012 practice level Index of Multiple Deprivation scores.

We found that higher levels of fluoride in drinking water provide a useful contribution for predicting prevalence of hypothyroidism. We found that practices located in the West Midlands (a wholly fluoridated area) are nearly twice as likely to report high hypothyroidism prevalence in comparison to Greater Manchester (non-fluoridated area).

In many areas of the world, hypothyroidism is a major health concern and in addition to other factors — such as iodine deficiency — fluoride exposure should be considered as a contributing factor. The findings of the study raise particular concerns about the validity of community fluoridation as a safe public health measure.


Artificial Water Fluoridation: Off To A Poor Start / Fluoride Injures The Newborn

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COF-COF Journal Fluoridation & Fluoride, January 2015

Sheldon Thomas

Clear Water Legacy


On December 3, 2011, Mr. Neil Johnston, a faculty member in McMaster University’s department of medicine, shared his thoughts about early childhood development in his Hamilton Spectator published article, ‘A Champion for Each Pregnant Woman’.

Mr. Johnston is not new to the study of the human condition.  As a skilled epidemiologist, he was a valued contributor to the Hamilton Spectator’s award-winning ‘Code Red’ and ‘BORN’ projects.

‘Code Red’ established that poverty and poor health are intrinsically linked.  ‘BORN’ examined the determinants of health among mothers and babies across the province.

He wrote, “There is no magic formula that will guarantee to every child a life with no wants and perfect health, but it is in the interest of all of us to provide every child born in Ontario with the best possible chance of lifetime health and the ability to learn.  It is also natural justice.”

Mr. Johnston then listed the sensible precautions that should be taken to lessen the chances of poor birth outcomes that can include compromised early childhood development:  “Effective prenatal care including good maternal nutrition, avoidance of stress and fetal exposure to harmful substances, provision of effective medical and nursing care, along with a well-managed birth, are more likely than not to improve the chances that healthy children will be born.”

As he eloquently noted, it is “natural justice’ that children be offered the best chance for a lifetime of health.

The City of Hamilton, which is home to McMaster University, is on board.  The corporate mission statement calls for Hamilton to become one of the best places in Canada to raise a child.  Eliminating threats to early childhood development would be a very good place to start.

Sheldon Thomas, Artificial Water Fluoridation, Off To A Poor Start – Fluoride Injures The Newborn, COF-COF Journal Fluoridation & Fluoride, Jan-2015