As the last current Councillor sitting on City Council who
voted against the removal of fluoride (along with Mayor Nenshi) in 2011, I have
since been advocating about the importance of having fluoride in our water for
the dental health of all Calgarians, and in particular, for those children and
families in poverty. Poor dental health in children can have serious impacts on
a child’s medical health, with lifelong consequences.
Since February, when research released from the University
of Calgary showed a significant increase in cavities in children since Calgary
has removed fluoride, I have been working to create a resource outlining oral
health care services available to Calgarians. As dental care and health care
are so codependent, surely this health issue should be considered broadly as a
Provincial issue. However, it has been
clearly communicated that the Province has no intention to open this debate or
fund the fluoride product for The City of Calgary. Therefore, I have been
investigating other approaches and solutions and believe we have embarked on a
I initiated a Notice of Motion, along with Councillor
Colley-Urquhart who is also interested in exploring the subject of
fluoridation, which is scheduled to be at Council’s first meeting back from
summer break on September 12, 2016. If this motion is passed, Administration
will be directed to compile a complete inventory of all preventative oral health
programs and services available to those in need who cannot afford it in Calgary.
This report includes analyzing proven results in other jurisdictions. Results
and compiled inventory will be listed on calgary.ca as a resource for
Calgarians to access. It is anticipated to be available by the end of the year.
On the same date, with Councillor Colley-Urquhart leading
along with Councillor Demong and myself, we are also bringing forward a Notice
of Motion regarding Water Fluoridation in The City of Calgary. This Notice of
Motion asks our fellow Councillors to vote on engaging with University of
Calgary’s O’Brien Institute for Public Health and other University of Calgary
institutions to examine literature and studies in relation to oral health in
Calgary, and present their findings to Council. If passed, this motion will provide
all Council colleagues an opportunity to ask questions of the experts in order
explore the need to bring water fluoridation back to The City’s drinking water.
You can view both Notices of Motion on the September 12, 2016 Council Meeting Agenda
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