Poor living conditions force motel residents in West Nipissing to find new homes
West Nipissing officials have declared the Champlain Motel in Sturgeon Falls uninhabitable, displacing about 12 residents at the building. The Municipality’s Chief Administration Officer, Jay Barbeau, says the motel has several issues including mould, water and heat. The North Bay Nugget says the municipality contacted social service agencies before the eviction to ensure the affected tenants had temporary quarters. Organizations like the District of Nipissing Social Services Board are now trying to find permanent housing for the displaced tenants. The Salvation Army and Low Income People Involment of Nipissing (LIPI) are also stepping up to help the former tenants. The Nugget says municipal officials found residents were in parts of the building that are not considered living spaces.