Echo Essentials North Bay Edition

Jun 18, 2024

A handy package of curated 
news and podcasts.

North Bay police are telling Birchhaven residents it’s not so bad here after a shooting in their neighbourhood. Meanwhile, three people died after a shooting near a North York daycare recently … here’s the year-to-date statistics for Toronto gun violence.

Don’t let the political spin confuse you about the new capital gains tax, the best explanation is HERE.

If you’re hot and bothered by the heat wave this week and don’t have a place to escape the humidity, drop by the city’s official cooling centres at Memorial Gardens from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the Transit Terminal from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.


Top Shelf

  • Bill and Liz share their breast cancer stories in 2NBWL
  • Your next Ontario adventure should include a waterfall or three


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Today’s Essential Factoid

Pat Stack’s recent photo of a honey bee on a lupin is a reminder of nature’s beauty and that pollinators are vital to human survival. You can buy local honey at the North Bay Farmers Market on Wednesdays and Saturdays.


Bill and Liz
share their breast
cancer journeys

Bill Walton and Liz Humphrey join the show to discuss the Warriors of Hope and their personal journeys overcoming breast cancer.

  • Bill and Liz join the show  3:20
  • Bill talks about his journey with breast cancer 7:20
  • What Warriors of Hope is and dragon boating 15:00


Make waterfalls
part of your summer
adventure plan

On tomorrow’s Backroads Bill show, Mark Harris from Waterfalls of Ontario describes what it took to create an interactive map featuring different waterfalls across Ontario.

Mark talks about his passion for waterfalls and how his online community has grown to over 40,000 people sharing their adventures on social media.



Today’s Zen Suggestion: There’s a difference between looking down your nose at people and keeping your chin up…but both should be done with your lips zipped shut.


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Echo Network

To North Bay With Love:

Macrina Perron commutes three hours per day to Huntsville for work to maintain her employer’s benefit plan so she can afford life-changing medication for her two children who have Cystic Fibrosis.

Macrina joins the To North Bay With Love podcast to share the challenges her kids go through daily and how medicine has evolved to allow her kids to live life to the fullest despite their disease.

To donate to Cystic Fibrosis Canada via Macrina, check out this LINK

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Echo Essentials:

New North Bay Police Chief Daryl Longworth joins Echo Essentials co-hosts Scott Clark and Dave Dale to talk about his background, why he took on the role after retirement in Woodstock, Ont. and his priorities.

The podcast for this Thursday features Karin Pratte, the city’s senior environment and facilities engineer who also leads North Bay’s PFAS mitigation project. The city and Department of Defence are co-hosting a PFAS open house event at Memorial Gardens beginning at 3 p.m. Keeping a close eye on the PFAS issue is the Trout Lake Conservation Association, check out its latest newsletter on the subject. TLCANEWS_Summer 2024

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Backroads Bill:

Ben Sargent and Mykayla King join the Backroads Bill podcast to share their Mattawa River Canoe Race experience on the weekend. Neither had paddled a canoe in years, although they had teenage experience to draw on.

They discuss the new records that were set and how they managed to get across Trout Lake, the first 10 kilometres of the 64-km trek, but ended up in the drink while trying to disembark at the Stepping Stones dock for a stretch. Video of their swimming moment is in the podcast show.

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Northern Ontario Mining Showcase Podcast:

Host Scott Clark catches up with Jason Welch of Timmins Mechanical Solutions to chat about services in house and in the field.

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.

View All NOMS Podcast Episodes



Echo Network Members


Richard Fortin Presents:

In episode 50, Richard Fortin Presents features Michelina Beam and Darren Summersby about Dreamcoat Fantasy Theatre, a charitable organization dedicated to providing musical theatre experience for the children and families of the North Bay area. Dreamcoat celebrates its 25th anniversary this Saturday. See the details HERE.

The Richard Fortin Presents 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 has a YouTube short of the Snowbirds arriving in North Bay for Armed Forces Day tomorrow.

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GRYPHON: It’s the season 4 finale of the Frontline, and ohhhh boy, is it a doozy! Kortney is joined by Kassie and Ben to break down all the details and moves made by the North Bay Battalion, including a stunning move for the President’s position.

Kortney also sheds light on some issues that have come up the past few years.After, the trio discuss the Memorial Cup, and Ben has some ideas to change up the tournament!

Check Out All The Frontline Episodes

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.

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:

Episode 50: Cheap Seats Game Show – The Sequel 

The guys are set to play MANY games! From episodes 33 to 49, Drew has been making games to wrap up each show. Sometimes he has two ideas, but there’s only time for one. Now he’s emptying his closet. Nick & BEN are the constants on the second edition of the Cheap Seats Game Show!

New episodes are available on Wednesdays.

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Small Town Times:

Last week’s Small Town Times podcast highlights the differences of opinion and common ground between former councilor Dave Mendicino and Coun. Mark King, current chairman of the District of Nipissing Social Services Administration Board.

The main topic was about the proposed ‘Homeless Hub’ that was discussed in the Echo Essentials podcast with King, which was posted several weeks ago. Also addressed in the STT show, the former councillor was asked to address whether or not he’s running for council again.

For More Small Town Times Podcasts



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Echo Sports

The St. Joseph Scollard Hall Bears torched the Chippewa Raiders 20-11 in the NDA baseball championship final at Veterans Park, Friday, June 14.

Events Echo


Tuesday, June 18

Wednesday, June 19

Thursday, June 20


Paint Jam with artist Mique Michelle while she works her magic on a new mural at 360 Main East on Saturday, June 22. All welcome at this free event beginning at 10 a.m., with a 1 p.m. Family Paint Jam with 45 canvases and stencils and artist talk at 4 p.m. More details HERE.


(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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Last week, in case you missed it …

Local journalists published several noteworthy stories to start this week.

The Nugget followed up on the ‘State of Ontario’ address by Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli, which was delivered at the Grande Event Centre as part of the North Bay and District Chamber of Commerce speaking series: North Bay community is ‘fed up and wants action’ to deal with homelessness.

BayToday interviewed Fedeli about Canadore College’s planned Northern Ontario Addiction Treatment Centre of Excellence. The article, Fedeli promises update on Canadore’s delayed treatment centre, notes that the Ministry of Health and Canadore are not responding to requests for comment.



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