Katie Bevan, chair of Downtown North Bay and Waterfront (business improvement area), joins the ‘Between 2 Daves’ podcast with former councilor Dave Mendicino and Small Town Times editor Dave Dale.
The focus of the discussion is her group’s call for more inclusive consultation about any plan to consolidate supports for the community-wide issue of homelessness, addiction and mental health services.
Quoting her letter to the District of Nipissing Social Service Administration Board recently: "Last week we were involved in a roundtable regarding a permanent location for a
connections hub/warming centre. After much discussion and reviewing the DNSSAB
Homelessness System Review Report among other items we realize that the downtown
core is viewed as a prime location. The DIA strongly disagrees with this assumption and
believes further public consultation and metrics need to be reviewed in order to make
the best decision for our community as a whole."
In summary, the location of any ‘hub’ that includes a warming centre, low-barrier shelter and possibly the soup kitchen brings an impact to any nearby business and residents …. as seen with the Chippewa Street location of a low-barrier shelter and the warming centre at Fraser and Worthington this year.

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Life views from North Bay, Ontario, Canada, with snapshots of rural living, sports and politics mixed with podcasts by a long-time story teller. Small Town Times Productions is the name of Dave Dale’s  communication business, which publishes content for online and print applications. The flagship print publication is the Back in the Bay Magazine, which […]

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