July 24, 2018
by CBC News
“There wasn’t really much of a debate tonight,” said Sherry Bondy, moments after Essex town council voted against putting fluoride back in their drinking water.
It was a unanimous vote which differs from the stance of the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit — both cite fluoride as a safe and cost-effective measure to prevent oral disease.
“That’s not our municipal responsibility to put fluoride in the water. If the province wants to look at it, that’s a different game, different talk. But it’s not up to us,” Bondy said.
The Town of Essex currently gets its water from two sources:
Bondy, who raised the motion, is concerned with the associated costs. She, along with every other councillor, said it’s not the town’s job to add fluoride to water.
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