Echo Essentials North Bay Edition

Apr 25, 2024

A handy package of curated 
news and podcasts.

Whatever happened to Brian Dunlop and several others who disappeared from the North Bay area in 1994? A Spotify podcast by Pulse Private Investigations’ Ellen White, Whearabouts Unknown – Forever Young, delves deep into the mystery. First read the BayToday piece.


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  • Politics getting in the way of recognizing heroic Canadian soldier
  • More ‘Incredible and horrifying’ info in today’s 2NBWL podcast


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Today’s Perspective
by Allan Hirsh

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Politics getting
in the way
of honouring heroes

Afghanistan war hero Jess Larochelle died last fall without the Canadian Victoria Cross being awarded him, to the dismay of many who also served in the Canadian military as well as his family and friends. Now there’s a movement to have his mother, Anna Larochelle, designated by Canadian Legions as the national Silver Cross Mother.

Retired Captain Mike Harrison and Andrew Larochelle, brother to Jess, join Echo Essential podcast co-hosts Scott Clark and Dave Dale to discuss the merits of both campaigns in today’s episode.

90th birthday plan
for Quints unveiled
by new chairwoman

“It’s both incredible and horrifying … all at the same time,” says 2NBWL podcast host Lisa Boivin after learning more about the Dionne Quints from the new chairwoman of the museum board, Wendy St. Denis.

Today’s episode covers everything from how the province stepped in to protect the famous quintuplets from being exploited (and then exploited them) to one of their own children disappearing with settlement cash.

Read the details of the 90th birthday celebration week, beginning Saturday, May 25, at BayToday HERE.


Today’s Zen Suggestion: If you’re not in the mood to teach someone when they ask, hold your tongue when they continue to be ignorant or falter. You missed your chance.



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To North Bay With Love:

In Tuesday’s To North Bay With Love podcast, Dianne Cerka and Wanda Olsen joins host Lisa Boivin to chat about the Baytones, North Bay’s barbershop quartet, that is set to celebrate its 60th anniversary.

The talk about the history of barber shop quartets and what it is like to be involved with interested individuals invited to check them out at rehearsals, which are Wednesday evenings 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the St. Andrew’s United Church on McIntyre Street.

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Backroads Bill:

Hap Wilson, an award winning author, artist, photographer and conservationist, joins the Backroads Bill show tomorrow morning. Hap has created a number of guidebooks that charted different waterways in Ontario and created the company Eco Trailbuilders to help safely build trails that are enjoyed by thousands every year.

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

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Last Thursday, Dionne family descendant Brian Callahan outlined the “tragedy” that ensued after the Dionne Quintuplets were born May 28, 1934. We now have a full dozen Echo Essential Podcasts in our directory!

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Catch the North Bay Battalion playoff action as the Troops take on the host Oshawa Generals for the first game of their Eastern Conference championship series Friday night. The Battalion earned their berth in the conference final by sweeping the Sudbury Wolves 4-0.

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Find out if the Frontline crew know their hockey or not by listening to their April 18 podcast. They gave their best predications about the North Powassan Voodoos taking on the Greater Sudbury Cubs before their NOJHL Championship series … which sees Powassan down 3-1 and facing elimination in Sudbury tonight at Countryside Arena.

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Marianne Vander Dussen:

In today’s featured tutorial, Marianne Vander Dussen / Visual Artist, presents Don’t Worry, Paint Happy – Easy Oil Painting Steps.

View All Marianne Vander Dussen Episodes

Wingspan Entrepreneur:

Wingspan Entrepreneurs by Joel Arndt is all about financial issues and provides the inspiration and information to lift your business to the next stratosphere. Check out the audio-only show on our website network page or follow on Spotify.

View All Wingspan Entrepreneur Episodes

Cheap Seats:

Cheap Seats Episode 45 : Debating Grilled Cheese, Joker Something à Deux & Why WISH Upon a Star?

You wouldn’t think it, but defining a grilled cheese sandwich is quite difficult …. especially for Ben, Drew and Nick.
Cheap Seats returns with a look at Disney’s 100th celebratory film WISH! Also this week, weird eyeballs, that French clown movie, and a game that twists your favorite stories!

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Events Echo

Thursday, April 25

Friday, April 26

Saturday, April 27



(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 and take a gander at its April newsletter with month-long highlights HERE.)



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