Presentation on theme: "History 1962 plebiscite to fluoridate Toronto (then a small city). HFSA used, 1-1.2 ppm, one treatment plant, source L. Ontario Gradual inclusion of wards,"— Presentation transcript:
History 1962 plebiscite to fluoridate Toronto (then a small city). HFSA used, ppm, one treatment plant, source L. Ontario Gradual inclusion of wards, suburbs, 4 treatment plants Amalgamation 1995, population 2.5 million Fluoridated Toronto water supplied to GTA 3.5 million total pop., now 0.6 ppm
Janet Budgell, B.Sc Nutrition, childhood friend of Dr. Hardy Limeback, shows him HFSA chemical assay And Introduces him to John Yiamouyiannis
History of activism and effects 1999 – Hardy and John Y. present current research on toxicity to babies and young kids to Toronto City Council Response: Concentration 0.8 ppm
2005 – petition with eminent signatures and extensive refs (FAN) to Mayor David Miller Response: Concentration 0.6 ppm
2006 – motion to interrupt F, measure Pb
Response: BOH orders review of literature on dental decay rates after stopping fluoridation (Azarpazhooh, Aug. 2006) April 2007: Toronto BOH report to council refused permission to interrupt No Azarpazhooh, false citations, errors, omission of NRC Report, does not address lead issue
2008 – new motion, new refs, requesting that BOH revisit decision. Ignored 2008 July – meeting with councillor, Dental Director: she stood him up 2008 Aug – ISFR/FAN and public forum, BOH chair and MOH invited personally. Ignored
Lead at the tap increased 2009 – results of mandatory testing show lead in F water too high in 64,000 homes in at-risk areas; letter with current refs to selected councillors, MOH, committees Response: Initial interest from 2 councillors then big chill
2009 – FOI requests to Toronto Public Health for scientific evidence, lead; also asked for Azarpazhooh review Response: No records
More backlash Ontario SDWA declawed: lead tests no longer required by law; municipality no longer liable for any quality or hazard infraction til 2013 Ontario SDWA declawed: lead tests no longer required by law; municipality no longer liable for any quality or hazard infraction til 2013 MOH reports to council children and adults not affected by lead in drinking water MOH reports to council children and adults not affected by lead in drinking water
2010 – letter to Toronto District School Board trustees on fluoridation and lead in fountains, current refs, asked Board to support request to quantify and reduce risk 2010 – letter to Toronto District School Board trustees on fluoridation and lead in fountains, current refs, asked Board to support request to quantify and reduce riskResponse: Board obeys MOH on fluoridation and will not discuss lead issue
2010 – presentation to budget committee, considerable saving if F ended 2010 – presentation to budget committee, considerable saving if F endedResponse: Chair tries to mislead G. Cooper to present to a different committee at different date, then tries to prevent him from delivering his presentation
Good Press Vitality Magazine: March article, April and May issues with letters Globe and Mail: Martin M. article comparing dental survey data, No difference Local letters to Ed., blogs, site comments
2010 Apr – Concerns letter with Appendix outlining errors, false statements and omissions in 2007 Toronto F report to council, results of FOI. Ignored July 6 – meeting with MOH, Dental Director and councillor. Asked for response on Concerns and Appendix. None yet.
If science is suppressed If harm is denied If ethics, logic, cost are irrelevant If inconvenient laws are rewritten – Its not really intentional.
The cause is entrenched belief that prevents new information from causing emotional conflict.
What have we learned? Councillors have legal obedience to constituents but are EMOTIONALLY loyal to PH staff MOH has legal obedience to council, but is EMOTIONALLY loyal to training, indoctrination and Health Canada Clerical staff get it; elected reps dont
Voters get it.
Formation of TCAF Citizens for a Safe Environment Council of Canadians Toronto Chapter International Institute of Concern for Public Health People for Safe Drinking Water Regenesis (VoteOutFluoride.com) TCAF is also part of Canadians Opposed to Fluoridation