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Photo: Students from the North Peace Secondary School help generate solutions to problems like gangs, drugs and alcohol and theft – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.ca

Members of the public gathered at the Northern Grand Hotel on Wednesday night to help solve the city’s toughest problems.

Over 50 high school students, business owners, municipal government officials and parents attended the Antisocial Behavior Meeting. They had 10 minutes to answer four questions, relating to issues like drugs and alcohol, theft, and gangs.

Mayor Bruce Lantz says there are at least four gangs currently operating in the city. He says all of the problems span the entire city, and not just a certain area.

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Stacy Lee is conducting an independent study, which surveys youth on their take on crime in the city.

She says she was surprised to hear that youth want more policing in the area.

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Lee says six youth did not attend the meeting solely because of the name. She says the Antisocial Behavior Meeting gives a stigma to kids.

She says certain youth may not be antisocial, and that other factors like boredom and lack of parenting could be the root of their crimes.

There will be another meeting next month which will aim to turn some solutions, discussed on Wednesday night, into reality.

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