Echo Essentials North Bay Edition

Mar 26, 2024

A handy package
of curated news
and podcasts.


Daphne Mayne photo by Chris Mayne

North Bay lost another well-known community contributor with the passing this weekend of Daphne Mayne, 97, a former city councilor, North Bay and District Chamber of Commerce president, longtime downtown businesswoman, and IODE service club member (among many other things). See the early coverage in BayToday. Daphne, who operated Mayne Travel Services with her late husband Peter for 30 years, is the mother of current City Councilor Chris Mayne, who now operates the family business. She was born in 1926, same as the late Ralph Diegel, another downtown icon who passed away March 18. See the YourTV tribute piece about Ralph HERE.

Top Shelf

  • Retired psychotherapist draws from life experience
  • City tax increase going to council for approval April 2

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Today’s Spot News

YourTV downtown fire photo from Clarke Heipel video

YourTV North Bay was on the scene of this morning’s fire that destroyed the Cedar Tree Lebanese Restaurant building on Main Street. Watch the video report HERE with updated coverage on Cogeco tonight. The Nugget reported that the adjacent North Bay Nurse Practitioner-led Clinic will consolidate services at its 524 Lakeshore Drive office in West Ferris (strip mall at Marshall Park Drive intersection).


Echo Essentials

There is a
difference between
shame and guilt

Retired psychotherapist Allan Hirsh, who is the Echo Essentials featured cartoonist offering weekly insights, is in the hot seat with Lisa Boivin in today’s 2NBWL podcast as they talk about insecurities and vulnerabilities.

Allan shares the differences between shame and guilt and opens up about his personal struggles and how he was able to come to terms with them.

  • Allan joins Lisa in the studio 1:50
  • How is shame and guilt different? 5:20
  • What would you tell your younger self? 14:40

Tax increase
expected to hike
some property bills
by about $170

North Bay City Council is expected to pass the 2024 operating and capital budgets at a special meeting Tuesday, April 2. The overall tax levy increase up for approval is 3.97 per cent, according to BayToday.

How much more cash will that require from household budgets? Every property is impacted differently, because municipal taxes are dependent on market assessments. According to the North Bay and Area REALTORS Association, the average selling price of homes so far this year through the MLS listings was about $417,000. Those new owners will be looking at property tax bills that are about $170 more than what was paid last year.

In a rough calculation, a home in North Bay assessed at $417,000 would be paying just under $7,000. Tell us what your bill was in 2023 at [email protected]


Today’s Zen Suggestion: Bet on yourself, at least you’ll have a hand in the outcome.



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To North Bay With Love:

Wade Ringler and Mark Deacon shared an important truth in last Thursday’s 2NBWL podcast: Everyone is either dealing with their own difficulties in life or is connected to someone who is struggling … or a loved one who lost the will to continue.

The show helped promote the Chat4Chad Gala Fundraiser May 25 and while the tickets sold out quickly, you can still learn about the foundation and donate HERE.

Another great show about important matters was posted March 19 with Wendy Clute-Smith, of Nipissing Wellness, talking to Lisa about ‘What to do if you don’t have a doctor’ and other aspects of the Ontario Health Team concept.

There are more than 50 episodes of the 2NBWL podcast to check out HERE.


Windsor Spitfires vs North Bay Battalion Mar 7th 2024 After Action Report - The Frontline

The Frontline will be busy this week with live broadcasts of the Powassan Voodoos home games against the Hearst Lumberjacks tonight and Wednesday. The best-of-seven series is tied at 1-1 heading into game three.

Also out on Thursday, Kortney and Harrison break down all things OHL playoffs and the The North Bay Mitsubishi After Action Report starts live immediately following the final whistle of each Battalion home game. Harrison Clements and Ben Long break down all the action and react to player and coaches comments fresh off the ice. Catch the discussion after Thursday’s first playoff game against the Kingston Frontenacs HERE.

Watch the Frontline’s NOJHL playoffs preview on the Echo Network website page HERE.


Catch the North Bay Battalion playoff action against the visiting Kingston Frontenacs tonight at 7 p.m. Rotary At Home TV Bingo is on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. and Lions At Home TV Bingo on Sunday’s at 7 p.m.

Watch for new episodes of Music North Bay Style with host Mike Gelinas on YourTV.

Backroads Bill:

Have you every wondered what it would be like to go on a 20,000-kilometre canoe trip to the Amazon?

Dana Starkell and Chris Forde join the Backroads Bill show tomorrow morning to talk about Dana and his father Don’s two-year canoe starting in Winnipeg and going all the way to the Amazon River in Brazil.

Until the show drops, visit their website to learn more: or check out Bill Steer’s column at BayToday.

You can also check out Chris’ documentary for free here: 

Follow the Backroads Bill podcast in video form on the North Bay Echo YouTube channel, this website under the Echo network, Spreaker or Spotify.

Echo Essentials Podcast:

baytoday reporter stu campaigne

We’re approaching 300 views of our latest podcast with local BayToday reporter Stu Campaigne. He joined Scott and Dave to talk about recent articles he wrote about a movie studio that closed up soon after starting, laying off 44 employees, and a property near Powassan with a seniors residence that is being sold for unpaid municipal taxes.

Watch Scott Clark and Dave Dale on the Richard Fortin Presents podcast, which was released this morning.

This coming Thursday, former councilor Dave Mendicino joins the show to talk about how important it is to wisely spend and account for the $915,000 budget allocation for celebrating the city’s 100th birthday in 2025. Mendicino is on the city’s Centennial Celebration Committee.

Wingspan Entrepreneur:

Wingspan Entrepreneurs Podcast

Wingspan Entrepreneurs by Joel Arndt is all about financial issues and provides the inspiration and information to lift your business to the next stratosphere.

He was featured this week on RFP Presents, see the video podcast HERE.

There are seven episodes of the Wingspan podcast so far. Check out the audio-only show on our website network page or follow on Spotify. If you have an established podcast and want to capitalize on extra eyeballs and episode promotion through the Echo network, email [email protected] to start the process.

Cheap Seats:

Grade School Wrestling Names

The 38th episode of Cheap Seats is about: Star Wars Beer, Fake Food & Just Who The Heck is Wonka?

Cheap Seats is an eclectic conversation between best friends, Drew and Nick, who love talking about movies and whatever else comes to mind.

Small Town Times:

Small Town Times - Dave Dale

Check out the video of Dave Dale reading his ‘I won’t remember her’ poem (at the bottom of the website page), a manifestation of his dementia fears, as part of the On The Edge Fringe Theatre Workshops and Arts Market.


3-Day Events Echo

The 100th anniversary of the RCAF is April 1 and there’s a ceremonial flag-raising ceremony for the occasion at Leger Square outside North Bay City Hall this Thursday, March 28 starting at 10 a.m. The public is welcome. See the BayToday story HERE.


Tuesday, March 26

  • Play Reading for Seniors at the North Bay Public Library from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Book Bingo at the North Bay Public Library from 6 to 7 p.m.

Wednesday, March 27

  • Northern Ontario Visual Arts Hive (NOVAH) presents artist talk with Dory Perdomo at at 176 Lakeshore Drive from 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Citizens Primer for PFAS (Forever Chemicals) presented by Northwatch at the North Bay Public Library at 6 p.m.

Thursday, March 28

  • North Bay Battalion  playoff action against the Kingston Frontenacs at 7 p.m.
  • Super Fun Time Trivia at Moose’s Cookhouse at 7:30 p.m.



(For more events further out on the calendar, check Tourism North Bay’s comprehensive events listing guide. On Facebook, check out Creative Industries North Bay or check out their December newsletter HERE.)

First-time reader? Sign up for this free newsletter HERE. We publish Tuesday and Thursday.

If you have something to add to the discussion or an idea for one of Echo’s podcasters or affiliates, email Content Director Dave Dale at [email protected].




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