October 16, 2014

Cranbrook, BC (October 16, 2014) –  The City of Cranbrook is informing residents about the water system and water fluoridation by hosting an open house Thursday October 23 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at the Manual Training School, 1212 2nd Street North, next to the Cranbrook Public Library.   All are invited to this free public event. 

Beginning promptly at 7:00pm, Canadian health experts on both sides of the fluoride debate will address the public with the presentation being moderated by David Walls, President and CEO of the College of the Rockies.  The speakers will then be available to meet the public and respond to questions for the remainder of the evening.  The speakers are:

• Dr. Alastair Nicoll of the BC Dental Association and an area dentist who will discuss the advantages of adding fluoride to the public water system.

• Dr. James Beck, Professor Emeritus for Medical Biophysics at the University of Calgary and co-author of ‘ The Case Against Fluoride’, who is a vocal advocate for removing fluoride from the water system.

The electoral assent on whether or not to continue adding fluoride to the City of Cranbrook water system will be held as part of the municipal election on November 15, 2014.  All eligible voters are encouraged to participate.

The question will ask: “Are you in favour of Council adopting City of Cranbrook Cease Fluoridation Bylaw No. 3799, 2014, which authorizes stopping the addition of fluoride to the municipal water supply effective January 1, 2015?”

The electoral assent question will be part of the official ballot providing you with an opportunity to choose either “yes” or “no”.  A yes vote means you want to eliminate fluoride from our water, while a no vote means continuing to add it.

The City of Cranbrook’s website also provides public information about the fluoride electoral assent question, the history of water fluoridation in Cranbrook and a place to learn more about fluoride with links to studies, reports and opinions around the pros and cons of water fluoridation.  Visit www.cranbrook.ca/fluoride for more information.

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