Stone renews effort to remove fluoride from Tottenham water
Ward 8 councillor Jim Stone served notice last night he intends to ask
for support to stop the fluoridation of drinking water in Tottenham, at
the Sept. 23 committee of council meeting.
It's not a new battle for Mr. Stone. On March 30, 2009, he actually won
a majority vote to request the Ministry of Environment amend the
Certificate of Approval on the municipal water treatment system in
Tottenham that would end a practice that started after a 1973 plebiscite
won with about 80 per cent support.
His victory lasted only until the next month when the council decision
was reversed following a full-court press of delegations from various
provincial, national dental associations, and public health
representatives who turned up to warn against removing fluoride.
In his brief prelude last night, Mr. Stone said "we've been putting
industrial waste (fluoride) into Tottenham drinking water since
1973 .... but it falls within
the regulations, what the government thinks is good for us." He also
expects the dental lobby to turn up again to refute his claims. Tottenham is the only urban system in Simcoe County with fluoride added.
time I brought this up, eight dentists and doctors came into the
council chamber to put down my report," he said. "I'm quite willing and
defend the report I'm bringing forward. I've done a lot of studying.
People think I might not have credibility, but I've spent over 6,000
hours over 24 years studying this type of thing. ... So if there are
any doctors or dentists show up,
I hope they speak out, because I'm quite willing to defend myself."
Mayor Mike MacEachern said he "looks forward to the discussion," adding
a caution about spreading undue fears about water quality in Tottenham.
"It's safe for the residents to drink. It does meet all ministry
regulations," said the mayor. "So there's a weight of evidence on both
sides of this, so we have to be
careful. We certainly look to our public health unit as well to provide
us with information with regards to the safety of our residents and
they were very strong advocates of the program we're following in
Tottenham. We don't want to be giving the sense to residents that the
water is unsafe."
"This is science," said Mr. Stone. "I'm not going to be talking
through my hat here."