While turning down an offer of free research from the U of C into fluoridation and tooth decay in the city, council has decided to write a letter to health authorities in the province to ask about tooth decay.
A study earlier this year found tooth decay rates getting higher among Calgary kids compared to Edmonton since Calgary stopped putting fluoride in the water five years ago.
Councillor Andre Chabot turned down the request for more scientific data saying there’s a lot in place. He also has a problem with what he calls the mass medication of the population.
Chabot says once you put fluoride in a necessity like water, you eliminate giving people the choice of ingesting flouride or not.
But Wednesday Health Minister Sarah Hoffman told reporters that the decision to add fluoride to drinking water will remain a municipal responsibility.
“We have done a great deal of research around the safety and effectiveness of ways of addressing public health concerns including fluoride. Certainly it’s a jurisdictional responsibility of municipalities to determine whether or not they’ll be putting fluoride in their tap water.”