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Tecumseh to hold public meeting on fluoride Jan. 29

Either Tecumseh or LaSalle have to vote yes to fluoride for it to be added back into Windsor's water system.

Windsor city council voted in favour of refluoridation last month

Tecumseh council is expected to vote on the issue in February. (Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images)

The Town of Tecumseh will hold a public meeting about whether or not to put fluoride back in its water system Jan. 29.

During the meeting, there will be a presentation from the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit on its report about oral health in the region. People will also have an opportunity to share their opinions.

Back in December, city council in Windsor voted in favour of putting fluoride back into its water system after a five-year moratorium.

However, as Tecumseh and LaSalle buy their water from Windsor, at least one of the two municipalities must agree to put fluoride back in for it to happen.

Tecumseh mayor Gary McNamara says he wants people to look at the evidence. (Jonathan Pinto/CBC)

In a report to Tecumseh town council, administration said it "does not have the expertise" to determine whether fluoridation of water is beneficial or harmful, so there was no recommendation from administration.

"It's overwhelming, from the experts, from our medical officer of health, all the way down to our dentists and doctors," said mayor Gary McNamara, who is a fluoride supporter.

"And I think they can they can formulate their own decision, and that's why we're going to have the opportunity for the general public to come forward and have that conversation."

On the other hand, mayor of LaSalle Marc Bondy said he's comfortable leaving fluoride out of the water.

McNamara expects Tecumseh council to vote on the issue Feb. 12.

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