Calgary council votes to end fluoridation of municipal water
CALGARY — After passionate and sometimes rancorous debate, Calgary city council voted 10-3 Tuesday to eliminate fluoride from the city's drinking water, rejecting pleas to send the matter to plebiscite or an expert panel.
The decision also went against the advice of Alberta Health Services, which has advocated for fluoride and maintains evidence shows it is safe and improves dental health. The vote left Calgary's chief medical officer "very disappointed."
And one local dentist worries that without added fluoride in the water, cavities in children will rise in coming years, and tooth problems will have to be treated more aggressively.
But the decision did thrill a number of anti-fluoride activists at the meeting, who have argued the compound should not be forced on people.
"It's been a battle," said Fay Ash. "It's about freedom, it's about choice and it's about people taking ownership of their own health, not having it imposed on them."
Detractors of fluoride worry it can be a health danger, doesn't work, and say it essentially pushes a medication on a population who have no choice.
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[SCP Editor's Note: We endorse this vote and applaud Calgary city council for voting with conscience. Adding a toxic waste to peoples water, if at all responsible for causing ill health, should have alway be the highest consideration of governments. Fluoride has been conclusively shown, in twenty-four seperate studies, to have adverse effects on the IQ of children.]