LETHBRIDGE: Lethbridge wants the provincial government to pick a side when it comes to adding fluoride to drinking water.
City council passed a resolution Monday asking Alberta officials to mandate whether fluoride should stay in or out of city water supplies. "This is coming up in municipalities all across the province," Ald. Bridget Mearns told Country 95 News. "So if they're going to say it's a public health issue, then mandate the municipalities to decide - it's a contradiction in my opinion."
Council's petition comes after a long and arduous debate on the issue mid-April, when a 5 to 4 vote kept fluoride in the city's drinking water. Mearns said the experience revealed contradicting evidence best interpreted and legislated by professionals in provincial ministries like Alberta Health. "Ultimately if you're going to be putting something in our water for "global public health," then they should take the responsibility for it," she said.
To see their initiative go further, Lethbridge council will need to win the support of Alberta's other urban municipalities. The group plans to bring their fluoride resolution to the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association meeting in September.
Photo by Marion Warnica, Country 95 News: Council voted on the fluoride issue mid-April.