From Aliss Terpstra of Toronto:
Canada has a different legal set up for fluoridation than U.S. Each province regulates drinking water quality but each municipality/ region is legally, financially and democratically responsible for fluoridation that must meet the provincial law. Health Canada and the provincial health agencies misinform the public and the elected councils that their recommendations carry legal authority but in fact they do not. Health Canada’s guideline for fluoride in drinking water is not enforceable and conflicts with their guideline that protects aquatic species in environmental water.
Calgary council told Health Canada and Alberta Health that their input on dental health was not required as the issue was far beyond tooth enamel! That was the direct result of ten years of citizens educating elected officials so that they were empowered to reject false authority and cite the actual science and ethical standards on which their decision was based.
Fluoridation chemicals must meet the prescribed standard, which is NSF Standard 60. As we all know, HFSA – the actual chemical used but never specified in Ontario law – has never been verified as meeting Standard 60 due to lack of toxicity and toxicology information. This is a key argument. But the provinces will NOT sue themselves, so there is no action taken against municipalities who fluoridate with a chemical that fails to meet the prescribed standard.
Our main problem is “cognitive dissonance” in councillors who simply cannot take in evidence we present that conflicts emotionally with their loyalty to their advisors and staff. When councillors are emotionally loyal to public health personalities they cannot act properly in our best interests and will deny to the death that the policy is harmful. As in Quebec, we here in Ontario are working to dissolve the unhealthy emotional dependency of our elected councils on these authority figures who cannot be held accountable by us, through meetings with key decision makers, social media, petitions, and community education.