A Hamilton politician wants city residents to decide if flouridation of the water supply should continue.
Councillor Brad Clark will introduce a motion next week to hold a referendum at next year’s municipal election asking voters, “Are you in favour of continuing fluoridation of the public water supply of the City of Hamilton?”
Clark believes “it should be an inherent right that people get to decide what goes into their body and not up to a bureaucratic system”.
Hamilton has fluoridated its municipal water supply since two referendums in the 1960s indicated public support.
Supporters point to research showing that water with fluoride combats tooth decay; reduces dental expenses and is particularly beneficial to people on a low income. Opponents feel that people get too much fluoride from sources other than drinking water, including toothpaste, dental treatments and common foods, and believe the excess is linked to problems with bone health, autism and even cancer.
Clark will present his motion on November.6th.