Poverty, homelessness and affordable housing in the Quinte region were all put out in the open in a lively round table discussion, held at Grace Inn Shelter in Belleville on a chilly Thursday evening.

There were some contentious moments at times, particularly with regards to bedding for transgendered and two-spirited people, the disparity between male and female beds, the lack of sufficient affordable housing, the financial impact of the shelter on the housing crisis and the region as a whole and why exactly a Conservative MP from Alberta had made a guest appearance at the discussion.