From Doug Schmidt in the Windsor Star:
Councillors Ed Sleiman, Alan Halberstadt and Hilary Payne (left to right) listen in during the fluoridation debate at city hall in Windsor on Monday, January 28, 2013. Photo from TYLER BROWNBRIDGE / The Windsor Star. Caption: Windsor Star
“Windsor on Monday joined the growing number of municipalities which have voted to end the decades-old practice of adding fluoride to the water supply in the fight against tooth decay.
“A lot has changed in the last 60 years … fluoride is not the be-all and end-all to prevent tooth decay,” said Mayor Eddie Francis, who voted with the majority. Continue reading
From Karen Selick on the CCF’s Justice Report blog:
Re: Kibbeh Ban (Common Sense, Please) – 5 July 2012 – Here’s a good editorial from the Windsor Star denouncing the local health unit’s ban on a Lebanese dish called “kibbeh”, made with raw ground meat. Here’s the text of a letter I sent to the Windsor Star:
I agree with the Star’s conclusion that the health unit should respect the culture and traditions of Lebanese people and should therefore reverse the kibbeh ban. Does the Star also recognize that consuming raw milk is deeply engrained in Canadian culture and tradition? It’s what everyone was drinking when the first settlers came to Canada in the 1600’s. Louis Pasteur (for whom pasteurization was named) didn’t even develop his heat-treating process until 1862, and it wasn’t commonly used until decades later. And what about our ancestors from biblical times, yearning for the land of milk and honey? That was raw milk they sought, not pasteurized. Continue reading
Here’s an excerpt from the Windsor Star story from February 19, 2010, titled “Meat Safety system needs an overhaul”:
Seventy truckloads of U.S. meat have evaded inspection since January 4th, 2010 . Picture from the Keepbreathing blog.
“Food safety became a huge issue for Canadians in 2008, when at least 20 people died from consuming deli meats tainted with listeria. We’d always put faith in our system of checks and balances, assuming that our food supply was well-regulated and meat products were inspected frequently.
In the aftermath of those devastating deaths, Canadians expected inspections would become even more rigorous, yet Brian Masse has exposed a serious flaw that could cause more harm to consumers. Continue reading