Riverview town council is following Dieppes lead, and calling on
the federal government to do a comprehensive study on water
Both Riverview and Dieppe purchase their water from the City of
Moncton, which removed fluoride five years ago.
Its been a controversial decision, and dentists in the area are
now calling for a return to fluoridated water.
Moncton council is expected to vote Monday on whether to
continue the moratorium on fluoride.
Riverview Mayor Ann Seamans said the decision rests with
the City of Moncton, but her council is asking for a study by
Ottawa to give municipalities some direction.
?It is a concern for some people, so we are asking for the study
so that we would actually know the pros and cons of putting
fluoride in the water, she told Information
Moncton sought study
In 2007, Health Canada assembled experts to investigate the
health effects of fluoride in drinking water. The panel reported
the next year that below a specific concentration, there was a
suitable tradeoff between the dental health benefits of fewer
cavities and the risk of dental fluorosis, a condition that appears
as mottled enamel.
But the prevalence of mild and very mild fluorosis was not a
concern from a health perspective, the panel said.
The panel didnt find evidence of a link between fluoride
and other issues, such as cancer, intelligence, bone fracture
immunotoxicity, reproductive and developmental toxicity,
genotoxicity and neurotoxicity.
Three years later, when Moncton was about to phase out fluoride
from the water supply, the city asked the provincial Health
Department to complete a study of its own on water
At the time, the province refused and said, the benefits of
fluoridation are well-documented for all individuals in the
community regardless of age, education, or socioeconomic
Whether to fluoridate water in Canada is left to
Sees both sides
Seamans, the Riverview mayor, said she has heard from
people on both sides of the fluoride debate, and their arguments
You can have all the studies you want and you can look at both
sides, but we do not have the expertise as a municipal government
to make that decision, she said.
Seamans said Riverview will accept whatever
decision Moncton council makes on Monday, but she
urged other New Brunswick municipalities to join the call for a
federal study that would look at both the positive and negative