Two doctors will be present to provide residents with the pros and cons of using fluoride in drinking water. In favour of fluoridating water is Dr. Arthur Conn, the Assistant Chief Dental Officer for Health Canada and arguing against is Dr. James Beck, from the University of Calgary. After both doctors’ presentations, there will be a moderated question and answer period.
The City currently puts .70 milligrams of fluoride per litre in the water system, which is within B.C.’s Ministry of Health’s recommended amount of .70 – .90 milligrams. Fluoridating the water costs the City $15,000 a year.
Fort St. John’s water has been fluoridated since a Town Council meeting in 1962. Although City Council has the authority to decide whether to keep or get rid of fluoridation without public consent, it decided in 2009 to hold a referendum. They said that since it was voted in by a referendum, its retention should also be voted on.
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