BC Fluoride Update

by Jane Shaak
Source: Health Action, Summer 2009

British Columbia is leading the way as the province with the least percentage of its population receiving fluoridated water, according to British Columbia's Ministry of Environment.

Meanwhile, about 40 percent of Canadians still receive fluoridated drinking water, according to the latest (2006) census statistics-despite the fact that many respected experts such as the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (www.cape.ca) do not support fluoridation of drinking water.

While Toronto, Ontario's largest city, still fluoridates its drinking water, Vancouver, BC's largest city, does not, and many smaller BC communities are following suit.

According to Fluoride Action Network (FAN), eight BC communities have stopped fluoridating their public water in the past 16 years. These communities include: Comox/Courtenay (Feb 1992), Squamish (Nov 1993),Port Hardy (Nov 1993), Kelowna (Nov 1996), Kitimat (Mar 1998), Kamloops (Oct 2001), Burns Lake (June 2003) and Golden (Nov 2005).

BC Provincial Drinking Water Officer, Barry Boettger, says the following communities still add fluoride to their public water: Prince George, Fort St. John, Prince Rupert, Terrace, Williams Lake, Sparwood and Cranbrook. In addition, the only community left fluoridating on Vancouver Island is Lake Cowichan.
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