Echo Essentials North Bay Edition

May 9, 2024

A handy package of curated 
news and podcasts.

Gunner the Bassett Hound for Kindness Project CMHA

Today’s feature in the Mental Health Week calendar is: ‘Be Kind to Animals’ as part of the CMHA North Bay and District Kindness Project. Gunner the Bassett Hound donned his very own T-shirt for the occasion. On Friday, there is a ribbon-cutting and open house for the new Peer Connections and Support Services location at 194 Main St. W. (Fraser Street intersection) beginning at 11 a.m. A complimentary barbecue follows from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. At  Tuesday’s North Bay City Council meeting, Mayor Peter Chirico highlighted the Kindness Project in opening remarks, see the video, which includes Capt. Kindness handing out flowers in the chamber, HERE. Watch the “Kindness Cast” with host Graham Shaver.


Top Shelf


  • Why are we kind to others? Could it be selfish?
  • Lisa, Dave and Scott share deep Mother’s Day memories


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Today’s Bald Truth
by Alan Hirsh

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There are biological
reasons we do
‘kind’ things

In today’s Echo Essentials Podcast, Dr. Steven Arnocky, a Nipissing University Professor specializing in Evolutionary Psychology, explains how doing “kind” things for others serves a biological purpose.

Dr. Anocky also talks about the differences between altruistic and selfish behaviour in relation to acts of kindness, which was the basis of a study he was involved with that received national media attention.

  • 0:00 Dr. Arnocky background
  • 16:00 Altruism and religion
  • 34:00 Community-based kindness

It’s a special podcast coordinated as part of the CMHA North Bay and District Kindness Week campaign. Follow the events on Facebook HERE.

What does
your Mother
mean to you?

Mother’s Day is this Sunday and 2NBWL host Lisa Boivin invited fellow Echo podcast hosts Scott Clark and Dave Dale into the studio to drill deep into their relationships with their mothers and what the annual occasion means to them.

The trio bring up both the good and the bad of their childhood memories, including how their relationships changed over the years. It’s an emotional discussion at times (yes, Dave chokes up right after Lisa shares a touching story), putting into perspective the sacrifice mothers make and challenges they face raising children.



Today’s Zen Suggestion: Being kind to animals is a sign of compassion … even if they may end up on your plate someday. Being kind to vegans is a sign of extreme tolerance.



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To North Bay With Love:

Dr. Andrew Weeks, a Nipissing University professor who specializes in behavioural neuroscience/neural basis of learning, joins 2NBWL host Lisa Boivin Tuesday to talk about “why are we kind to each other”.

It’s a special podcast coordinated as part of the CMHA North Bay and District Kindness Week campaign. Follow the events on Facebook HERE.

For the next two weeks, the 2NBWL podcast features a series of heady and soulful adventures with guests who are exploring a vast frontier of relationships and how perspectives change as we mature.

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Backroads Bill:

This week Bruce Murphy of the Hilliardton Marsh Research and Education Centre joins the show to talk about his work banding birds.

Bruce also speaks about the education work the Marsh does with students and what trends he has noticed lately in bird activity.

More Than A Big Goose

Echo Essentials:

Last week’s Echo Essentials Podcast features Uphar Singh interviewing North Bay Mayor Peter Chirico at his office about his family’s immigrant roots, the importance of the recent Sikh flag-raising and the future of the city’s growth.

Listen to the Full Show


Watch this week’s “Kindness Cast” with Graham Shaver on YourTV’s public YouTube channel.

Watch Video Stories on YourTV


Watch the Game 7 commentary as the North Bay Battalion fell to the Oshawa Generals in a special livestream recording of the North Bay Mitsubishi After Action Report.

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Marianne Vander Dussen:

How to Sand and Grind Your Canvas with Gesso with Marianne Vander Dussen’s in this week’s featured tutorial.

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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 46: Dead-verine (or Wolver-pool),The Worst Elevator Ride, & How Does One Become a SCARGIVER?

New episodes are available on Wednesdays.

For the Full Set

Small Town Times:

In the most recent STT video story, Action MMA’s Corey Jackson explains why they held the Spring Fling In-House last month and announces a WAKO-sanctioned K1 Kickboxing event to be held at Canadore College Oct. 5, 2024.

The Quest for the Voyageur Title VII will see local favourites Josh Beaton and Jentzen Cook at the top of the card in their respective weight divisions. Jackson also notes several fighters are at events in early June.

Earlier this week, Brent Kalinowski, North Bay’s Community Safety and Well-Being Coordinator (Facilitator), joined Small Town Times editor Dave Dale and Between 2 Daves Co-Host Dave Mendicino to discuss his role, background and latest updates. Watch the video interview HERE.

For the Full Set

Events Echo

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Friday, May 10

Saturday, May 11



(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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