Echo Essentials North Bay Edition

May 23, 2024

A handy package of curated 
news and podcasts.

If you think North Bay has a problem containing costs, check out this eye-popping overtime bill.

Thinking of renovating to bring in a tenant? A funding program is expanding to help create more affordable housing. Read the story HERE.

There’s a local connection to a Dallas Stars player who is shining in the NHL’s Western Conference final … but we’re still cheering for the McOilers as Canada’s only team left standing!

Top Shelf


  • There is an ‘ART’ to addressing anxiety and the triggers
  • Suicide is a topic that can be discussed more openly
  • Dionne Quints 90th birthday week starts tomorrow


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Today’s Dating Reality
by Allan Hirsh

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New method
exists to deal with
life’s trauma triggers

Angela Larmer, a registered nurse and registered psychotherapist qualifying, joins the 2NBWL podcast with host Lisa Boivin to talk about overcoming her social anxiety. This is the fourth episode in a four-part series focusing on deep discussions about how people deal with life’s  twists and turns.

Despite being a practicing psychotherapist with The Rooted Heart, Angela still deals with a lot of the same roadblocks many people have when it comes to social interactions. And she describes the benefits of a new therapeutic technique, Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART), which has been proven to help people change how they react to trauma triggers.

  • Angela joins the show 1:40
  • Angela explains the ART technique 12:20
  • Your brain and gut are connected 17:25

Suicide needs
to be discussed
more openly

Dr. Sachiko Nagasawa, of Bay Psychology, joins Echo Essentials co-hosts Scott Clark and Dave Dale to talk about the various aspects of suicide, from ‘survivor’s guilt’ to trends, contributing causes and strategies that help people manage their emotional health.

The podcast was motivated by recent community losses and precedes the Chat4Chad gala fundraiser Saturday, May 25 (it sold out 400 tickets the same day it launched). Referenced in the discussion is a workbook Dr. Nagasawa pulled together during COVID to assist therapists and their patients face the impacts of isolation, uncertainty, stress and trauma:

Also listen to the To North Bay With Love podcast with Wade Ringler, Chad Ringler’s brother, and Mark Deacon, fundraiser coordinator with a family inspiration to help raise money for existing mental health programs through the North Bay Regional Health Centre:

90th birthday week
starts tomorrow
for Dionne Quints

The 90th birthday of the Dionne Quintuplets is May 28 but the festivities begin Friday when the Dionne Quints Museum opens for the tourist season.

On Saturday, during the day, there is a Bouncy Castle on site for children. And the main fundraiser for the museum is at the Davedi Club. It begins at 6 p.m. with a special collection of museum pieces on display and there are hors d’oeuvres and pizza slices provided with cocktails available.

At 7:30 p.m., the third showing of the Five: The Dionnes Musical takes to the stage, produced and directed by actor Gerry Mendicino. Tickets are $35 (HST included) and include the snacks before the show.



Today’s Zen Suggestion: One of the most important skills to have is being able to adapt to unexpected circumstances. Perhaps greater skills to develop and flex are foresight and planning.





Echo Network

Northern Ontario Mining Showcase Podcast:

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.

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

View All NOMS Podcast Episodes

Backroads Bill:

Dr. Catharine Mastin, an art curator for more than 30 years and multi book author, joins the show to talk about the recent art exhibit she curated in Cobalt and the novel Cobalt: A Mining Town and the Canadian Imagination.

She talks about the history of the town and the inspiration the famous “Group of Seven” painters got when visiting the town following the collapse of Cobalt’s mining industry in the 1910s.

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Echo Essentials:

Last week, Gisele Hebert, Executive Director of the Children’s Aid Society of Nipissing and Parry Sound, joined the Echo Essentials podcast to talk about the Elmwood Community Hub. She also speaks about her nearing retirement and reflecting on the evolution of CAS during her 39-year career. See the CAS presentation about the Hub to North Bay City Council on its YouTube channel HERE.

Scott and Dave also talk about Scott’s truck being stolen during a recent overnight stay in Toronto.

Listen to the Full Show

To North Bay With Love:

JP Baldwin, a choreographer, performer, director and yoga coach, joins the To North Bay With Love podcast with host Lisa Boivin to talk about his personal journey through life and his focus on gratitude.

JP and Lisa, who met 27 years ago, break down where gratitude comes from and why it’s important to reflect on life as we get older.

Lisa Boivin, host of the 2NBWL podcast, kicked off a four-part series of deep, emotional dives last week by sharing a gritty studio session with Kristin Shepherd, an accomplished playwright/director/actor. The To North Bay With Love podcast delivers a bare-to-the-bones conversation about vulnerabilities and dealing with the pressures of life.

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Richard Fortin Presents:

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.

Check Out the Full Set


Take a tour of the Northern Pines transitional and supportive housing complex on YourTV’s public YouTube channel.

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Karma has a funny way of coming back at you, especially when you least expect it…

Kortney, Ben and Kassie discuss the OHL finals and how good it felt to watch the Gens lose in four games to London after an insensitive tweet toward North Bay.

In addition, the trio discuss Battalion GM Adam Dennis winning the Jim Gregory award for OHL GM of the year, while also looking at the potential next player moves for the Troops. Later on, Kortney and Ben reminisce about high school while asking Kassie about her final year at West Ferris.

Check Out All The Frontline Episodes

Marianne Vander Dussen:

Transferring the drawing onto the canvas: Learn the ‘grid system’ with Marianne Vander Dussen’s in this week’s featured tutorial.

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 47: The Bee Saga, Pepsi Failures, & How LATE This NIGHT Can The DEVIL Be Out?

It’s a load of fun this week on Cheap Seats, which features a special guest … Learn how the bumblebees are invading. Nick shares his unique Star Wars collection. PB has some words on the announced Gollum movie. All while Drew shares the forgotten Pepsi flavors. Enjoy their discussion on Late Night with the Devil, and play a time traveling game!

New episodes are available on Wednesdays.

For the Full Set



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Events Echo


Thursday, May 23

Friday, May 24

Saturday, May 25



(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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