Windsor

Remove fluoride from water, utilities commission says

The Windsor Utilities Commission passed a motion Wednesday recommending the city stop adding fluoride to drinking water.

Decision now in council's hand

The much debated fluoride issue is now on the collective lap of Windsor's city councillors.

After two hours spent listening to 11 delegations Wednesday night, the Windsor Utilities Commission passed a motion recommending the city stop adding fluoride to drinking water.

It suggests any savings be directed to oral health and nutritional education for five years.

Ayesha Drouillard is a concerned parent and a member of Fluoride Free Windsor. She said the utilities commission made a good decision.

"Finally, this issue, that's so important and affects every single person daily, is finally getting some much deserved attention. I don't think we need to be adding any kind of bio-accumulative toxin that affects us in a negative way just because it supposedly benefits our teeth," she said.

Some dentists and Dr. Allen Heimann, the medical officer of health, spoke in fluoride's defence. Heimann remains firm in his belief that fluoride should stay in the water.

Kimberly Deyong, also with Fluoride Free Windsor, disagreed.

"I'm concerned that the practice isn't safe," she said.

One of the organization's earlier requests was that the city conduct a toxicology study before it continued adding fluoride to the water.

Deyong said she is concerned that fluoride "could be doing long term damage."