Calgary council has rejected a motion calling for a study on the effects of fluoridation.
Three councillors asked that the city gather data after a U of C study earlier this year showed Calgary grade two students had nearly double the cavity rate of their counterparts in Edmonton where fluoride is still added to the water supply.
The U of C’s O’Brien Institute for Public Health offered to do the research for free.
The motion was defeated in a 9-5 vote.
Several other councillors said more scientific data wouldn’t change their minds citing moral and ethical issues over fluoridation.
Councillor Jim Stevenson noted residents are almost evenly split on whether fluoride should be added to drinking water added he doesn’t think one half of the population has the right to force fluoride on the other half.