Peel Region – which includes Mississauga, Brampton, and Caledon – is holding public consultations over the next four months regarding the practice of adding fluoride to its drinking water.
Ontario’s Health Minister, Dr. Eric Hoskins, admits that municipalities are allowed to decide whether or not they want to add the chemical to their drinking water, but stresses that it is important to public health and safety.
Calgary stopped using fluoride in 2011. A study released this week found that children in the western city have twice as many cavities than kids in Edmonton, where water is still fluoridated.
Toronto, which has been fluoridating its water since 1963, briefly examined the issue back in 2011, but decided to stick with its policy.
Health Canada recommends a maximum a fluoride concentration of 0.7 mg/L in potable water.