Community water fluoridation petition
In late November of 2014, the Ontario Legislature debated my Private Member’s Resolution urging the Ministry of Health to adopt a recommendation by Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Heath, Dr. Arlene King, to ensure that all Ontarian communities have access to optimally-fluoridated drinking water. The Legislature adopted my resolution unanimously. A strengthened version of the resolution also passed unanimously in early October of 2016.
- Download the petition here. Return the original, signed copy by mail to me at this address;
- Read the 2012 report on oral health by Dr. Arlene King;
- Public Health Saved your Life Today article by TV Ontario;
- Read the coverage of my 2016 Resolution adopted unanimously by the Ontario Legislature, in the October 7, 2016 National Post;
- See the Hansard transcript of the debate on my resolution in the Legislature.
Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in water, even sea water. Where levels of fluoride in drinking water are in the range of 07. to 0.8 parts per million, it strengthens tooth enamel, and helps reduce tooth decay. Ask your dentist.
There is a vocal group of nutheads and fanatics that use junk science, myth, paranoia and downright misinformation to suggest that fluoride is harmful. They are dead wrong. Don’t believe their hysterical claims.
In Mississauga, our drinking water has been fluoridated for decades, and continues to be so. Ensure that your Mississauga city councillor knows that you support protecting our teeth through fluoridated drinking water. See my part in the debate in the Ontaio Legislature in the YouTube link below.
In every community in Canada that has discontinued the safe and effective treatment of municipal drinking water with fluoride, rates of cavities and tooth decay have shot up within two years. Calgary Alberta, Dorval Quebec and Windsor Ontario are such examples of stupidity trumping common sense and sound science.
Said Dr. Arlene King of fluoridation in a document released as her office began its study of oral health in Ontario in 2011-12, “As Chief Medical Officer of Health for Ontario, I am very concerned about the loss of fluoridated drinking water in certain communities in spite of consistent evidence that water fluoridation is safe and effective. More than 90 national and international professional health organizations, including Health Canada, the Canadian Public Health Association, the Public Health Agency of Canada, the Canadian Dental Association, the Canadian Medical Association, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization, have endorsed the use of fluoride at recommended levels to prevent tooth decay. In fact, the use of fluoride in drinking water has been called one of the greatest public health achievements of the 20th century by the CDC.” Read the complete document here.