February 8, 2018

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No fluoride will be added to Nipawin’s water

COF-COF Special News Find 300 x 300By: Devan C. Tasa, Parkland Review, Nipawin, Saskatchewan 13-Jul-2017 − There will be no fluoride added to Nipawin’s drinking water. The town’s council made the decision at their July 10 meeting. Rennie Harper, Nipawin’s mayor, said the town was asked by the medical health officer to consider adding fluoride due to the new water treatment plant that’s under construction. After some research, council looked at holding a referendum, which was voted down. At the July 10 meeting before the vote, council looked at holding a non-binding plebiscite. That was also voted down. Harper said the decision to not hold a referendum or plebiscite on the issue affected how she voted. “I do feel that it is a big topic, it affects people’s health and when I wasn’t able to hear from the public, the citizens of Nipawin at large, I felt a decision to fluoridate wasn’t one that I wanted to make.” “Every member of council had their own reasons for deciding such,” said Barry Elliott, the town’s administrator, “but they did have the opportunity to consider all of the options for closure on the matter.” According to a report to council written by Elliott, the current plans for the water treatment plant don’t have the equipment to add fluoride. The administrator said if a future council decided to add fluoride, the cost of doing so would be inexpensive. http://www.parklandreview.ca/nipawin-twin-lakes/no-fluoride-will-be-added-to-nipawin-s-water-1.21116741

Fluoride question to be decided by Nipawin council

By: Devan C. Tasa, Parkland Review, Nipawin, Saskatchewan 16-Jun-2017 − Nipawin council, not the public, will decide if fluoride should be added to the town’s drinking water. They defeated a motion at their June 12 meeting to hold a referendum on Sept. 20 asking the public about the issue. “Council meeting had been hearing from the public that they had elected people to make the decisions,” said Rennie Harper, Nipawin’s mayor, “so it was defeated to go to referendum five to one.” Harper was the only council member to vote for a referendum. The mayor said that when council votes on the fluoride question, the medical health officer will come and do a presentation. “That would give, in my opinion, the public the chance to hear the information, since council is then going to make up their mind.” Harper said she wasn’t sure when that vote would show up on the agenda. http://www.parklandreview.ca/nipawin-twin-lakes/fluoride-question-to-be-decided-by-nipawin-council-1.20633396

City council to receive a report on fluoride in water

By: Tyler Kula, Sarnia Observer 29-May-2017 − Council chambers at Sarnia city hall was bustling with talk about water fluoridation Monday, where a packed house listened as two doctors presented the pros and cons. “At a baseline, the overwhelming majority of evidence is in favour of continuing water fluoridation,” said Dr. Sudit Ranade, Lambton County's medical officer of health Ranade said water fluoridation is an effective way to guard against tooth decay, provided it's regulated properly. The practice is backed by the World Health Organization, Centres for Disease Control and many other reputable bodies. Its benefit in reducing tooth decay is especially poignant among children, he said, noting the data generally needs further clarification. Advocates also argue having fluoride in water means it's available for lower-income portions of the population who might not have access otherwise. But fluoride is in toothpaste and a host of other things, meaning it can build up and causes fluorosis – mottling – in teeth, said Dr. Hardy Limeback, former head of preventative dentistry at the University of Toronto . One in 10 children in Canada has some degree of fluorosis, he said, noting he's researched the impact of fluoride in water for decades. Applied topically, fluoride has benefits, he said. Ingested, it's a different story. “Once it gets in your cells, it's like a bomb goes off,” he said, noting a study he conducted found it lowers bone strength. Several studies also show it affects brain chemistry and lowers intelligent quotient, he said, when it builds up beyond the recommended level. That happens more with people who consume more water, like athletes, kidney dialysis patients and babies on infant formula, he said “It's my opinion, based on the research we did ... it can cause bodily harm,” he said. “It does not provide the dental benefits as claimed and is not cost effective at all.” In terms of cost, he said, it's basically a wash in terms of preventing cavities and fixing fluorosis. Sarnia last tackled the issue of water fluoridation in 2013, voting 5-4 to take it out of the water. But Sarnia is part of the Lambton Area Water Supply System (LAWSS) and has continued with fluoridated water since because most other member municipalities with the utility voted to continue with the practice. Representatives were invited to attend Monday's meeting, but none were there, said Sarnia City Coun. Andy Bruziewicz, chairperson of the LAWSS board. He said he hoped they were watching the video feed. It's unclear what happens next Bruziewicz noted information is being collected by staff until June 2 for an eventual report to council. “So that may outline the path towards the future a little bit,” he said. Those interested can email comments via fluoride@sarnia.ca. Several residents booked time to speak Monday on the issue. Most were opposed to fluoride in water Municipalities like Windsor, Vancouver and Calgary have ended water fluoridation. The evidence to end the practice needs to be stronger to make a move, Ranade said. Evidence in support also needs to be stronger and updated, he said, suggesting Sarnia-Lambton should try to be involved in advancing that research. http://www.theobserver.ca/2017/05/29/city-council-to-receive-a-report-on-fluoride-in-water

Transportation Minister comments on 401 safety as Mayors lobby for stricter winter driving laws

COF-COF News Find 300 x 300By: CKWS TV, CKWS Newswatch, Kingston, Ontario 01-May-2017 – Canada’s busiest highway is also one of the most dangerous… especially in bad weather. A point driven home by this chain reaction crash and chemical spill last March. A Hamilton trucker died in the 401 pile-up east of Gananoque, during blizzard-like conditions. “A few hours late could have saved a life. It could have saved that life.” Mayors in Eastern Ontario are banding together — calling on the province to take action — to prevent future tragedies like this one. The municipal resolutions range from reducing speeds on all 400-series highways during bad weather events …. banning trucks hauling dangerous goods when driving conditions are poor… or closing highways outright. Different strategies … but with the same goal. Roger Haley/Mayor, Front of Yonge Township: “They do it in a couple of states in the US. They take them off the highway. It’s a safety thing. All the way around — for people and the environment. It can be done.” While banning dangerous cargo in bad weather is one approach — Haley say the province can take other measures to protect the safety of all motorists. Haley: “If we can get them to slow down first… that would be an important first step.” Del Ducaè “I’m happy to have a conversation with municipal leaders.” Ontario’s transportation minister says he’s heard about the growing concerns voiced in this region…. and is willing to meet with the mayors to discuss solutions. But Stephen Del Duca says there’s also an element of common sense that must apply. Steve Del Duca/Minister of Environment: “I would say that everybody who uses the 401 or any other highway or road on Ontario knows, particularly when transporting potentially dangerous goods to drive according to the conditions of the road.” While 401 safety is the focus of many concerns … local mayors also worry that some measures could cause other problems. Reducing 401 speeds, they fear, could funnel more highway traffic onto secondary routes, through small towns. While the government isn’t ready to commit to any new safety strategy … Haley says at least it’s on the minister’s radar. http://www.ckwstv.com/2017/05/01/transportation-minister-comments-on-401-safety-as-mayors-lobby-for-stricter-winter-driving-laws/ Also See: http://cof-cof.ca/2017/03/1-dead-after-30-vehicle-crash-chemical-spill-on-highway-401-near-kingston-29-patients-treated-at-hospital-including-13-first-responders-who-underwent-decontamination/?preview_id=24370&preview_nonce=d21defb374&preview=true http://cof-cof.ca/2017/03/victim-identified-cleanup-and-investigation-underway-in-401-crash/

Fluoride-in-water issue pops up at city council (Fern Cormier said he and other councillors routinely get questions on the topic from residents)

COF-COF News Find 300 x 300By: Darren MacDonald, Sudbury.com 28-Mar-2017 − Ward 10 Coun. Fern Cormier asked city staff Tuesday for all the information the city has about putting fluoride in the city's drinking water system. Cormier made the request Tuesday as councillors were reviewing the annual report on the state of the city's water system. He said it's an issue he and his colleagues are asked about all the time. "There are pretty regular and frequent emails that I think most of us on council receive from constituents with questions around the levels of fluoride that are in our drinking water system," Cormier said. "Anyone who goes on the Internet and googles the issue will see a myriad of results on both sides of the argument." The issue was in the news in 2016 when Nairn and Hyman Township council voted to remove fluoride from the community's water supply. The township has had fluoride in its water supply since the early 1990s, but passed a motion last April to remove it. The Sudbury and District Health Unit quickly condemned the move. “I am very concerned by the Nairn and Hyman Township Council’s decision to remove fluoride from its community water supply,” said Dr. Penny Sutcliffe, Sudbury and District medical officer of health, in a new release at the time. “This is a significant step backwards for oral health for this community. Community water fluoridation makes sure that everyone benefits from the protection that fluoride provides against tooth decay — regardless of factors such as income, age, residence, or education.” The health unit has said painful tooth decay remains the most common chronic disease in Canadian children and causes much avoidable suffering and stigma. Adding fluoride to the water provides the preventive effects of fluoride to individuals who may not be able to afford other types of fluoride, such as toothpaste and professional treatments. While he certainly wasn't proposing the city follow suit, Cormier said Tuesday it was a good time to collect information to respond to questions from residents. "A lot of municipalities have taken this up as an issue of debate around council tables," he said. "Because we're receiving our annual report on water quality, I felt it was timely to pose the question and ask staff for any past research or studies that they may have with respect to the levels of fluoride we have in our water and how they relate to the safety levels as set by the Province of Ontario." Nick Benkovich, the city's director of water/wastewater services, said fluoride levels are in the range of 0.5 to 0.8 mg/litre, well within provincial guidelines. “It's very tightly controlled and monitored on a 24-7 basis,” Benkovich said. https://www.sudbury.com/local-news/fluoride-in-water-issue-pops-up-at-city-council-574165