(Trois-Rivieres) The spirits are somewhat heated Monday night at the City Council meeting of Three Rivers, while a resolution calling a register on the fluoridation of drinking water has been removed from agenda to be replaced by a new resolution calling on the Ministry of Health to ensure the issue of social acceptability. Many citizens who had traveled in the hope that the Council decide on the maintenance of a register have expressed their discontent so strong that Mayor Yves Lévesque chose to suspend for a few minutes, unable to bring the order.
The council room was packed Monday in anticipation of a resolution calling for a register on the fluoridation of drinking water. The resolution was withdrawn and replaced by a new resolution calling on the Ministry of Health to ensure the issue of social acceptability
Initially, the adviser of the Pointe-du-Lac sector, François Bélisle, filed a resolution to the agenda, calling for a moratorium on work to fluoridate drinking water and holding a register on 8, 9 and 10 October to whether Trifluviens wanted or not the water is fluoridated. This resolution appeared on the agenda distributed to citizens.
However, discussions that occurred during the day resulted in a consensus of the board to withdraw the resolution to replace it with a new, which now considers that a petition of 17,500 names being circulated asking not to fluoridate drinking water, and the most recent survey of public health states that 44% of the population believes that the addition of fluoride in drinking water is a health hazard.
By that resolution, the City does not question his decision to fluoridate drinking water and going ahead with the work, but invites Public Health to “take the necessary steps to consult and inform Trifluviens the necessary condition for social acceptability has been met for the fluoridation of their drinking water. ”
In the opinion of Mayor Yves Levesque, it is thus an invitation for Public Health to better inform citizens about the benefits of fluoridation, so that finally the social acceptability is reached. The mayor also recalled that a very high percentage of survey respondents of Public Health reported trusted professional bodies of doctors and dentists who themselves recommend fluoridation.
These citizens themselves, have rather seen an affront to democracy. “We elected you and you do not listen to us. This is dictatorship, “launched a citizen. “You will be ashamed of what you have done,” added a man before leaving the room.
For his part, the spokesman of the Coalition for trifluvienne a very healthy water (CTETS), Joan Hamel believes it is unlikely that Public Health will respond favorably to this invitation. “It’s been three years that we have discussions with Public Health to check social acceptability, but she refuses. This is why CTETS set up the petition. It was the work they have not done since the last three years, and tonight we can not rejoice that rejects the back of a petition of 17,500 names of citizens who refuse fluoridation. They will go out all the communication machine to promote that extent, while the population does not want it. And it is our taxes and our taxes will pay it. A study was paid, survey, and then we will pay to consult the population, while for us, this consultation is made, the population has already said no to fluoridation, “she noted, adding still rejoicing that the City recognizes for the first time there is a problem of social acceptability.
For the instigator of the first resolution, Francois Belisle, it was better this compromise resolution as nothing. “Politics is the art of compromise. Is it my total happiness? No. But from zero or that, I like that better, because it shows that the city is sensitive to the issue of social acceptability. They were passing the buck, saying: this is your program. You want the cities adhere to it? Show us the Trois-Rivieres population adheres to that project, “said the adviser Pointe-du-Lac.
And what will happen if the department does not respond to this invitation? “There are elections in a year and a half. The new board will see it always goes in that direction or not, “answered Francois Belisle.