Councillor Shawn Crossman Says More Time Is Needed For Decision On Fluoride

Posted on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 12:44 PM

A decision will be made next month as to whether or not the City of Moncton will begin adding fluoride to the water again.

It was removed back in 2011, after a vote by the former Moncton City Council.

Several groups were given the opportunity to present last night, both the pros and cons of having fluoride in our water.

Councillor Shawn Crossman says a vote on February 27th doesn't give them enough time to review the research, "We're discussing an item that was put on the shelf in 2011, had no discussion prior to last night's presentation.  We're being forced to make a decision within a month on something that is going to affect every citizen that uses water in the cities of Moncton, Dieppe and the Town of Riverview.  I don't think we have the appropriate time to review all of the surveys, and all of the requests made, everything that has been done in the world.  Thirty days is not enough.  We should have been working on this after the first letter as sent in 2011."

Crossman also raises the point that if toothpaste is not safe to swallow and it has fluoride in it, what are we looking at, "I mean, we are delivering a service to all of the citizens of all of those communities for safe drinking water. We're not offering dental solutions, we're offering drinking water."