Echo Essentials North Bay Edition

Mar 28, 2024

A handy package
of curated news
and podcasts.


aaron northrup police RIP

The family of the late Aaron Northrup, former staff sergeant with the North Bay Police Service and police association president, received his 20-year service pin today during the annual awards ceremony at the Grande Event Centre. Northrup suffered heart issues and passed away two years ago after hospital backlogs delayed surgery. See the BayToday story HERE.

While on the local Village Media site, there’s also drone footage of this week’s downtown fire, provided by Neil Brown, as well as an OHL playoff preview of the first round clash beginning tonight as the North Bay Battalion host the Kingston Frontenacs at 7 p.m.


Top Shelf

  • Singing heals the soul on 2NBWL show
  • Special Echo podcast Monday saluting RCAF 100th

Coffee Mug

Today’s Easter Egg
by Allan Hirsh


Echo Essentials

A Brand New
Beat will help
heal the soul

Today’s 2NBWL podcast features the North Bay Choral Society with two members, Jennifer Graff and Kathryn Wood, talking about the group’s history, what they love about it and the challenges they overcame during Covid.

The next big event for the group is called A Brand New Beat and it is taking place at the Elk’s Lodge April 20-21, both shows at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 while children 12 and under are free. See their Facebook page for more information or email [email protected]

● Jennifer and Kathryn join the show 2:10
● Covid affecting live performances 7:50
● Qualifications to join the group 15:30

April 1 salute
to RCAF for
100th anniversary

RCAF 100th podcast promo

The RCAF’s 100th anniversary is Monday, April 1, and North Bay Echo is celebrating with a special Essentials Podcast morning podcast with 22 Wing Commander Col. Richard Jolette and CWO Didier Pignatel. Subscribe to our North Bay Echo YouTube channel and ring the bell to get a notification or find it on our website page while having your breakfast coffee.

Host Scott Clark, a former 22 Wing Honourary Colonel 2013-2016, and his guest dig into the importance and history of the Royal Canadian Air Force, one of the oldest in the world and it continues to be a vital support to missions around the globe.

Earlier today, the RCAF conducted a flag-raising ceremony at 22 Wing North Bay CFB, home to 21 Aerospace Control and Warning Squadron. Immediately after, they joined municipal representatives to accept a city proclamation commemorating the significant milestone, as well as the air force’s foundations in North Bay.


Today’s Zen Suggestion: This is a great weekend to resurrect your New Year’s health kick that likely failed miserably … when your weak will withered while walking by that box of Valentine’s Day chocolates … left on the front desk by the coworker on a diet.



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Echo Network

Echo Essentials:

Dave Mendicino, a member of North Bay’s Centennial Celebration Committee, joins today’s show to talk about how important it is to wisely spend and account for the $915,000 budget allocated for the city’s 100th birthday in 2025. Mendicino, a former councilor, city they hope local groups will band together to create events every month of the year with a major ‘Homecoming’ celebration likely in August.

To North Bay With Love:

allan hirsh retired psychotherapist and cartoonist

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.

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 was busy this week with live broadcasts of the Powassan Voodoos beating the Hearst Lumberjacks twice at the Sportsplex, both wins ended with 4-3 scores in overtime. Powassan leads the best-of-seven series 3-1 and can win the first round in Hearst Friday night.

Yesterday, Kortney and Harrison broke down the OHL playoffs with the Battalion kicking things off against the Kinston Frontenacs tonight at 7 p.m. Catch the North Bay Mitsubishi After Action Report immediately following the final whistle of each Battalion home game. Listen to the discussion 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 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.

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

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:

Oops We Did it Again! Cheap Seats is back to discuss the new film #RickyStanicky, a new #StarWars trailer, broken appliances, and a way to help you poo. Plus, play along with our game, which this week is about celebrity impersonations.

To listen to the full episode, HERE or find them on Spotify.

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

Thursday, March 28

  • North Bay Battalion  playoff action kicks off against the Kingston Frontenacs at 7 p.m.
  • Super Fun Time Trivia at Moose’s Cookhouse at 7:30 p.m.
  • Open Mic hosted by John MacDonald at Lou Dawgs from 8 to 11 p.m., no cover


Friday, March 26

  • Gary Davison is playing at Lou Dawgs from 8 to 11 p.m. $2 cover added to bills
  • New Ontario Brewing presents Radiotypes at 8 p.m. $5 cover

Saturday, March 30

  • North Bay Farmers Market at 222 McIntyre St. (across from Twiggs in the Kennedy Building parking garage) 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Les Catalysts at Lou Dawgs from 8 to 11 p.m., $3 cover added to bills
  • New Ontario Brewing presents Rob and Marie at 8 p.m. $5 cover
  • 2nd annual Downtown Easter Egg Hunt by Nick’s Place For Us. It’s split into two time frames, 10 a.m. to 12 noon or 2 to 4 p.m. Register at with proceeds to the YMCA Canada Youth Exchange. Limited to 40 participants in each group.
  • Easter Egg Hunt at Lee Park presented by North Star Guardians, eight years and younger from 12 noon to 2 p.m. and nine years and older 2 to 4 p.m.


Sunday, March 31

  • Comedy Open Mic at Lou Dawgs, sign up at 7:30 p.m., show begins at 8 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.)


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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].


In case you missed it …

The top stories in Tuesday’s Echo Essentials newsletter …

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.

City budget vote on Tuesday

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]

A quick link to Tuesday’s newsletter is HERE.


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