There’s a push today to reopen the fluoride debate at Calgary city hall.
A University of Calgary study earlier this year found that Grade Two kids in Calgary had almost twice as many cavities as kids in Edmonton where fluoride is still being added the drinking water.
Councillor Colley-Urquhart says those are alarming results. “Do we just ignore that study which is sort of impossible to ignore. It’s really a challenge when you politicians making public health policy decisions because they have their personal opinions about this–as do the citizens of Calgary.”
Colley-Urquart and her colleagues Richard Pootmans and Peter Demong are behind a notice of motion seeking to ask the U of C’s O’Brien Institue for Public Health to review all recent data on fluoridation and report back on whether the practice makes sense. “I believe that when new information comes forward politicians have a duty of care to be open-minded and to be persuaded if the evidence is there to make a different decision.”
Mayor Naheed Nenshi is perplexed by the call for a study, several years after an identical motion was rejected. Nenshi tells Global News, “When this fluoride debate first came on, I suggested we should really look at the science. At that time, the brand-new O’Brien Institute for Public Health at the U of C offered to do a research study for us and council rejected my proposal to do that. It is sort of funny, five or six years later to see the exact same proposal being put on the table.”
Calgary stopped adding fluoride to our drinking water in 2011.