Echo Essentials North Bay Edition

Jun 27, 2024

A handy package of curated 
news and podcasts.


It’s that time of year again … and to celebrate, we’re linking to the Shadfly Shuffle by the J Houston Band, a local band that knows how to have fun. We’re looking for amazing shadfly photos to feature in next week’s newsletters. Email [email protected]


Top Shelf

  • City council clips spark Essentials podcast discussion, commentary
  • Pivotal call at home plate sparks video review and umpire interview


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Today’s Thought Twister
by Allan Hirsh

Podcast hosts
critique city council
meeting clips

Today’s Echo Essentials Podcast includes video clips of elected officials and a citizen presenter making comments at the June 18 North Bay City Council and Committee meeting.

Co-hosts Scott Clark and Dave Dale add their perspective, as well as some context.

Before the clips are played, Scott asks Dave about his city council beat role at the Nugget, including when it started and how it ended. Dave says he replaced a reporter who was eventually fired for “killing” with ink a former mayor of Mattawa (who wasn’t dead yet) and then adding fake colour into a court case story. And then Dave explains why he referred to the reporter as a ‘scab’ who crossed a picket line in Calgary before being hired by the Nugget.


Pivotal call at
home plate sparks
umpire podcast

You make the call! Umpires talk about video showing crucial home-plate call that sparked ejections - Small Town Times with Dave Dale

North Bay umpires Dave Saad and Lui Ricci join Dave Dale on the Small Town Times podcast to talk baseball.

A video capturing a desperate attempt to steal home to tie the NDA high school championship game on June 14 provides a chance to talk about the sport, including how it’s healthy and growing in North Bay with a strong minor league base plus senior loop … with girls fastball also strong.

Both long-time umpires share their experiences, right from their start to some of the great local players and tense moments, as well as the talented athletes who passed through this way back in the day.

As it turns out, all the diamond users are facing the same constraint: more umpires are needed.




Today’s Zen Suggestion: Canada Day is not celebrated by everyone the same way, and some people don’t feel at all enthusiastic about it. And that’s OK. Pass the potato salad and have a great day, eh!


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To North Bay With Love:

Laxmi Konwar, owner of the Northern Himalayan Cafe, joins Lisa to chat about moving from Nepal to North Bay and how it led to opening a restaurant in the airport.

After being named in the listing of the top 25 best airport restaurants in Canada, Laxmi moved into a downtown location and has started incorporating live music and other events into the cafe’s atmosphere.

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Echo Essentials:

Featured on last week’s Echo Essentials podcast is Karin Pratte, the City’s Senior Environment and Facilities Engineer, who manages the water filtration plant, waste water treatment and Merrick landfill, among other things.

She describes the city’s role in cleaning up a PFAS ‘hot-spot’ at the airport, which is funded 97 percent by the Department of National Defence, which owned the property when firefighting foam exercises contaminated soils. The show was posted on Thursday afternoon as an open house was to taking place at Memorial Gardens. Other agencies sharing info included the Ministry of Environment and North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit.

As for the pre-interview banter between co-hosts Dave Dale and Scott Clark, the topic is about parking. Scott argues that it’s safer to back into your space and Dave pokes logical holes in his contention.

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Backroads Bill:

Ken Dokis joins the Backroads Bill podcast to share his sighting of Sabe, the Anishinaabemowin word for Sasquatch and Big Foot.

For Ken, a member of Nipising First Nation, it was a deep, personal spiritual experience that he didn’t publicly share until now because he was a Indigenous chief of police at the time.

Listen on Spotify and the North Bay Echo website or watch on our YouTube channel.

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Northern Ontario Mining Showcase Podcast:

Host Scott Clark catches up with Jean Guy Perreault and Marc Perreault of Fabrithane to talk about expansion within the industry, custom products and more.

Host Scott Clark catches up with Jean Guy Perreault and Marc Perreault of Fabrithane to talk about expansion within the industry, custom products and more.

The Northern Ontario Mining Showcase Podcast was created for the Echo Community Podcast Network in partnership with Story Studio Network and Clark Communications.

Northern Ontario plays an extensive role in the international mining community. In this limited series we’ll hear from the influential voices, partners and leaders who are driving innovation, research and development, creating new market opportunities and new ways of doing business in the mining industry.

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Richard Fortin Presents:

In episode 51, we learn about the new board game called TRIPPED created by Eric and Mark.

Celebrating the 50th Richard Fortin Presents podcast with a thank you to supporters HERE.

The podcast amplifies the ideas of artists, philosophers, entrepreneurs, disruptors, politicians and truth seekers.  And now, in addition to his YouTube channel and website, he’ll benefit from joining the Echo Community Podcast Network with new episodes promoted in this newsletter and more traffic from our website.

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YourTV North Bay will be airing half-hour segments of the Echo Essentials Podcast on Mondays at 7 p.m. beginning on Canada Day.

Also watch for coverage of the Northland Wrestling Conquest VI on July 6 at 8 p.m. and the Kiwanis Citizen of the Year celebration on July 1 at 8 p.m.

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Marianne Vander Dussen:

Painting Antelope Canyon | Landscape Oil Painting Tutorial + Timelapse with Marianne Vander Dussen’s in this week’s featured tutorial.

Time-limited offer on a painting tutorial discount HERE.

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Cheap Seats:

Episode 52: Fighting with Letters, New Car Equals Free Money, & Who’s The FALL GUY?

It’s a masterclass on how to pronounce “Mordor” on Cheap Seats! Our boys are reviewing “The Fall Guy” while threatening each other with the alphabet. Drew got Nick some money and PB was able to get himself some Lego. Listen to three “men” crash and burn on this week’s episode!

New episodes are available on Wednesdays.

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Small Town Times:

The late Vic Pettella of Vic’s Shoe Repair will be featured in the Summer 2024 edition of the Back in the Bay Magazine, scheduled for release July 10. Vic passed away Feb. 17, 2024, just a month short of his 83rd birthday.

The article will be based on this Small Town Times interview with his son, Marcello, who worked alongside his father for most of the store’s 61 years. Add a comment about Vic, who was considered a skilled, kind and fair man adored by his friends and family, and some will be included in the print magazine feature. Email [email protected]

From the archives, just in time for summer baseball, see last year’s interview with two of the city’s young diamond dynamos HERE.

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Wingspan Entrepreneurs:

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.

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Echo Sports

The 5th episode of the Goalie Resiliency podcast features North Bay’s Ken Appleby, who was in the net for the Oshawa Generals as they eliminated Mathew Santos, left, and the North Bay Battalion in the 2015 OHL Eastern Conference final. Appleby made 20 saves in the game to win the Bobby Orr Trophy and went on to win the Memorial Cup, beating Kelowna 2-1 in OT. Dave Dale Photo / The Nugget


Events Echo


Thursday, June 27

Friday, June 28

Saturday, June 29

Sunday, June 30

Monday, July 1


UPDATE: Event no longer being held at Good2Go, it’s been relocated to the Northern Himalayan Cafe at 113 Main Street East.


(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 June newsletter with month-long highlights HERE.)



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In Tuesday’s newsletter, in case you missed it …

Two Nugget stories caught our eye this week:

The first one was about the lack of foster parents in the area, with the Nipissing Parry Sound District Children’s Aid Society spending hundreds of thousands of dollars annually to send kids to homes in southern Ontario. Included is the cost to commute staff and parents for visits and check ups. It makes us wonder why?

The second story was about a public tax bill that’s growing exponentially to cover funeral expenses for those who can’t afford services. Are more poor people dying or is it a matter of inflation? Inquiring minds want to know.

In unrelated news, circle Aug. 3 on your Civic Holiday weekend calendar. The Heritage Railway and Carousel Co. is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a special day of events at the North Bay waterfront attraction, including the naming of its two-millionth rider. See the story HERE.




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