Fluoride Action Network

Council has history of ignoring plebiscites

Source: Calgary Herald |The Province | September 18th, 2018 | By Juliet Guichon
Location: Canada, Alberta

Re: Plebiscite more useful if definitive; Minister of Culture and tourism says clear result makes decision easier, Sept. 13

In voting for an Olympic plebiscite, city councillors say that it is important to follow the will of the people. But after Calgary residents approved fluoridation in two plebiscites, 10 city councillors overturned the will of the people. The effects are dire.

City council should reinstate the safe and effective public health measure endorsed by every major Canadian and American dental and medical organization. It is important that elected officials accept plebiscites for sports and games, but health comes first. We have voted for fluoridation twice already.

Juliet Guichon, assistant professor, Cumming School of Medicine

*Original letter online at https://theprovince.com/opinion/letters/your-letters-for-sept-18/wcm/b2fc2deb-a2bd-4467-b53f-4da0e4f13d68

Note from FAN:

It should be noted that the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology  (IAOMT) has taken a strong position in opposition to fluoridation based on the toxicology of fluoride. Similarly, they have opposed the use of mercury in dentistry. (EC)