New Brunswick

Moncton to review fluoride policy

The days of fluoride in the tap water in Moncton may be numbered.

The days of fluoride in the tap water in Moncton may be numbered.

Moncton city councillors will hold public hearings in June to review the policy of putting the cavity-fighting compound in their municipal water system.

Coun. Kathryn Barnes said this idea has generated a lot of debate in the city.

"You know, we have received many emails, calls, letters with regards to fluoridation in our water supply," she said.

Those who like it say it's done wonders for reducing the number of cavities in children. Those who oppose it say it's dangerous and an invasion of private rights.

Barnes said she wants to hear from as many people in Moncton as possible.

"This is to give everyone an opportunity to put forward their concerns," she said.

Coun. Pierre Boudreau has already decided fluoride is dangerous. "It's a highly toxic waste by-product of the potash company and I'll leave it at that for now," he said.

City councillors in Calgary and Waterloo, Ont., have decided to remove fluoride from their municipal water supply.

But the Cape Breton Regional Municipality has decided to keep fluoride in the water.