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City Council to discuss misleading media coverage

Top social services executives to address news reports about local social issues
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File photo showing Sault Ste. Marie's Civic Centre. David Helwig/SooToday

Mike Nadeau, chief executive officer at District of Sault Ste Marie Social Services Administration Board, will be at City Council Monday to address misleading information being promoted by a so-far-unnamed media outlet. 

Nadeau announced at a Thursday-night meeting of his board of directors that he'll be accompanied to City Council by Jeff Barban, DSSMSSAB's director of housing services and author of a just-released report on a 2021 point-in-time count of the city's homeless.

Nadeau said he'll address misinformation in news reports comparing Sault Ste. Marie to Sudbury.

He and Barban are also expected to explain the respective roles of DSSMSSAB and the city in social issues.

Nadeau and DSSMSSAB chair Luke Dufour both confirmed after Thursday night's meeting that their concerns don't relate to anything published by SooToday.

District social services administration boards are special agencies created by the Province of Ontario to deliver local social services.

DSSMSSAB is responsible for Sault Ste. Marie, Prince Township and 31 unincorporated townships from the Sault to Montreal River.

It's tasked with provision and delivery of community housing and development, Ontario Works, early years and paramedic services.

Monday's City Council meeting will be livestreamed on SooToday starting at 4:30 p.m.