Child and Youth Advocate Frank Pullia Talks Issues

Freewheeling discussion on the process and needs for putting together the 2018 Thunder Bay Budget with Councillor at Large Frank Pullia
Freewheeling discussion on the process and needs for putting together the 2018 Thunder Bay Budget with Councillor at Large Frank Pullia


THUNDER BAY – Thunder Bay City Councillor-at-Large Frank Pullia is our city’s Child and Youth Advocate. In this role, Pullia has invested a great deal of time meeting with many of the youth groups, and youth themselves to seek out what is needed for our growing youth population in the city.

In this interview with Councillor Pullia, recorded on Tuesday, January 16th, 2018, at the Calico Coffee Shop in the Bay and Algoma district, James Murray, and Frank Pullia discuss the issues facing youth in our city and the challenges in meeting those challenges.

Pullia shares that many of the programs in the city are shifting into the neighbourhoods.

Addiction, homelessness, poverty, and mental health issues are created challenges for the various groups trying to engage with people in the neighbourhoods.

Pullia shares that doing the same things over and over again and expecting different results isn’t working, and what is needed is more “out of the box thinking”.

When Pullia brought the issue of reviving Thunder Bay’s Children’s Charter before Council earlier this session, despite support for children and youth, Pullia’s motion did not gain enough support.