Fluoride fate to be determined at next civic election

Fort St. John City Council has decided fluoride will remain the city’s drinking water, at least for now.

In July, Council voted to take the water out of the water supply, after concerned resident Dorothy Folk presented a petition to remove the chemical.

At Monday’s City Council meeting, Councilor Dan Davies asked that council reconsider its position. He says his research has found the chemical has more positives than negatives.

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Councilor Larry Evans and Councilor Trevor Bolin say they are sticking to their positions. They both agree fluoride should be removed.

But, Councilor Christensen suggested that the decision should be left up to the citizens of Fort St. John. Council passed a motion on Monday that will put the decision into referendum in the next civic election.

Davies says in the meantime, residents should become informed on the issue. He recommends using online search tools to become acquainted with both sides of the debate.

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Evans says he utilized online sites to find information on adverse affects of fluoride in the water supply.

Council has heard both position of the issue, ranging from concerned citizens to Northern Health officials.

So, fluoride will continue to be in the water supply until the next civic election, slated for 2011. City Manager Dianne Hunter says the cost of holding the referendum will be minimal, somewhere in the range of three to five thousand dollars.

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