The Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities (FONOM) conference is underway in North Bay.

Highlighting the agenda is the provincial leaders’ debate Tuesday at 1 pm at the Capitol Centre. The leaders of the four sitting parties are taking part with a focus on issues affecting northern Ontario.

FONOM says the debate is being live-streamed on YourTV North Bay’s YouTube channel.

“Big Data – Big Ideas” is the conference theme with municipal workshops, guest speakers, updates on Ontario Northland and the Northern Ontario School of Medicine and more.

Homelessness, mental health, and addictions are also the focus of a discussion Wednesday morning.

The conference is taking place at the Best Western North Bay.

***With files from Richard Coffin