Fluoride Action Network

Cornwall: Small gathering of fluoride-free supporters

Source: Cornwall Seaway News | September 9th, 2013
Location: Canada, Ontario

A small group of citizens opposed to the addition of fluoride into our drinking water were holding placards at city hall Monday night.

Fluoride Free Cornwall is collecting names on a petition calling on the city to reverse the practice of water fluoridation.

Group member Kristine Picken said some 300 names have already been collected and the group wants to hit between 500 and 1,000 before submitting the names to city council.

“People are interested in learning more and most people want to sign,” she said.

Diane Marshall, another member of the group standing on Pitt Street with a placard, said some motorists were even stopping the vehicles and venturing to the sidewalk to sign the petition.

The fluoride protest was dwarfed by a nearby rally in support of the Cornwall River Kings hockey team.

The fluoride issue has been hanging around city hall for the better part of the last year, as proponents of the practice, as well as others who want it stopped, have both lobbied their cases before councillors.

Weeks ago city council voted to maintain the status quo, which keeps fluoride pouring into drinking water.

Medical professionals suggest the fluoride promotes solid oral health, while opponents say the substance is toxic.