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Mayor to hold roundtable on city's poverty, addiction and mental health problems

'Our citizens, while understanding, are very concerned'
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Used needles have been popping up everywhere, including on the city's beaches.

Social problems in the city including petty crime, addiction, and mental health issues have plagued the community this summer.

See: Cops and citizens team up to take a bite out of downtown crime

And: A 10 year old pleads to North Bay thugs and addicts, 'Don't scare me!'

Now, Mayor Al McDonald hopes to get some ideas from a roundtable meeting involving representatives of 30 community partner organizations.

Issues on the table will include addiction, homelessness, mental health, discarded needles, and poverty.

The event is slated for Wednesday, Sept.11 from 1 until 4 p.m. at the Discovery North Bay Museum on Ferguson St.

The objective is to address the associated challenges together as a community says a news release.

“Our citizens, while understanding, are very concerned,” said McDonald. “As a Municipality, this is outside our skillset and expertise. That’s why it’s so important for us to bring together all of our partners. We need their assistance in putting together a plan and identifying gaps and next steps.”