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article imageCalgary City Council vote in favour of removing fluoride in water

By Andrew Moran     Feb 9, 2011 in Politics
Toronto - There is much debate over the use of fluoride and other chemicals in the water supply. But a strong majority in Calgary's City Council voted in favour of removing fluoride in the water, while rejecting a referendum.
During Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi’s visit to Toronto this week, a mayor who captured nationwide headlines for his come from behind victory in last fall’s municipal election, city council voted 10-3 in favour of removing fluoride from the city’s drinking water, according to CTV News.
Earlier Tuesday, city council debated putting the issue to a plebiscite (referendum) during the 2013 municipal election. However, it was defeated by a vote of 8-5. Furthermore, city council also voted against the motion to put the fluoride issue in front of an expert panel.
Proponents of the fluoridating the water supply say it helps tooth decay, especially among the poor, elderly and children. Over the years, though, this subject has been debated on and controversy has exuded. Opponents of fluoridation wonder if it’s a safe move for the city and believe it should be up to individuals to expose themselves to fluoride.
“It's not our responsibility, but what we've said is because we had this responsibility and because children in poverty are used as a reason to support fluoride, then let's really help those children,” said anti-fluoride campaign leader, Druh Farrell, reports CBC News.
“We as a council have to show some leadership here. We have no right to force this right on all Calgarians. I would really question our right to put it in, but … I don't question at all our right to remove it,” said Alderman Jim Stevenson.
It is unclear at this time as when fluoride will be removed because Alberta Environment has to approve the council’s motion and has to change the city’s water license, reports 660 News.
The city will save money as it costs $750,000 per year to add fluoride to the water and Calgary was facing a $6 million upgrade to a local water treatment plants that are needed for fluoridation.
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