Montreal says no to fluoride
To fluoridate or not to fluoridate? That's the question at the centre of one of the longest debates in Canadian history. Advocates of water fluoridation say it's a safe and effective way to reduce cavities. Opponents like the outspoken broadcaster Gordon Sinclair called it rat poison and a despicable communist plot. Water fluoridation: Great public service or a gross infringement of individual rights? The debate rages on.
The legendary Montreal mayor Jean Drapeau was adamantly opposed to water fluoridation which is why the city never immersed itself in the debate.
This 1988 Sunday Morning documentary revisits some of the old issues in this much-debated topic.
• Many governments and health organizations including the Canadian Dental Association, Health Canada, the Canadian Medical Association and the World Health Organization endorse fluoridation of drinking water to prevent tooth decay.
• Montreal is one of the last major cities in North America without fluoridated water despite the fact that children in Quebec have twice as many cavities compared to the rest of Canada, Montreal continues to reject water fluoridation. A 1991 study by the Quebec Dental Association suggests Quebec children have 40 per cent more cavities than other children in Canada.
Program: Sunday Morning
Broadcast Date: March 13, 1988
Guest(s): Michael Fainstat, Hariette Fels, George Gillespie, Ernest Newbrun, John Osterman, Stephane Schwartz
Host: Linden MacIntyre
Reporter: Lynn Glazier
Last updated: January 24, 2012
Page consulted on December 6, 2013
All Clips from this Topic
Rat poison or miracle cavity fighter?
The fluoride debate passionately divides the country in 1958.
CBC pokes fun at a contentious debate.
Outspoken broadcaster takes a bite out of fluoride.
CBC's Rawhide talks to "Canadians" about the fluoride debate in Toront...
Gordon Sinclair's vocal campaign against fluoridation.
Vancouver tries to rid its image as the rotten tooth capital of Canada...
Montreal continues to reject fluoride.
Debating the danger of too much fluoride.
A renewed look at the great flouride debate.
Increasing health concerns about over-fluoridation.
To fluoridate or not to fluoridate? That's the question at the centre ...