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Nov 15, 2023

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  • Good fences make good neighbours…sometimes
  • Inspirational goals set by Nipissing athlete

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Today’s Foresight

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CIM’s North Bay Mining Week features a MineConnect Roadshow event at the The Moose Cookhouse tonight 5 to 8 p.m. Free to attend, but pay your own bill while competing for bragging rights in a fun, mining-themed trivia challenge. One lucky member will win a My Mining Tee shirt. The photo above was taken during an industry career roundtable discussion at the NUSU student centre.


Good fences make
good neighbours…sometimes

Add another $611,000 to the millions being spent locally to paper-over deficits in mental health, housing and addiction treatment programs in Ontario.

The latest cash will be used to build a fence around most of the Chippewa Intermediate and Secondary School. The project was approved Tuesday night at the monthly Near North District School Board meeting. The aim is to protect students and teachers from the dangers and trauma associated with addicts frequenting the nearby low-barrier shelter (part of the Northern Pines transitional housing and treatment centre.)

Officials say syringes are often found on the school grounds and encounters with individuals on or adjacent to the property continue to pose risks. Parents dropping off students have to drive by individuals actively suffering over-doses.

The money for the fence is coming out of Near North’s “school renewal” funding envelope. Critics say the District of Nipissing Social Services Administration Board should move the facility to a location away from schools and seniors housing, although a long-term lease worth tens of millions of dollars is involved. Officials also say the unique transitional housing program is necessary now to address the worsening issues.

Perhaps the school board has jumped the gun with the fence project. MyNorthBayNow published a story about the transitional housing programs progress today and there’s hope it will be making an impact soon.

UPDATED: BayToday published a story Nov. 17 after interviewing Coun. Mark King, chairman of DNSSAB about being surprised by the fence project.

Inspirational goals set
by Nipissing athlete

It’s one thing to read about Malory Dominico’s Young Leader Legacy Foundation where KidSport North Bay benefits from every goal or assist she records for the Nipissing Lakers women’s hockey team. The Wolves Den Gas Bar (at the Beaucage Park turnoff on Highway 17) is the main sponsor donating $100 per point (she’s recorded three goals and three assists after nine games so far).

Dominico, 22, created the foundation to honour six people she knows who all died within four years from 2017 to 2021, each from different circumstances.

But it’s another thing altogether to hear her share the story with Lisa Boivin, host of To North Bay With Love. Tune in to the show dropping Thursday morning.

And if you want to cheer her and the Lakers on, they can improve their 8-1 record this weekend hosting the Western Mustangs at Memorial Gardens Friday at 5 p.m. and the Windsor Lancers Saturday at 5 p.m. Both games are followed by the men’s Lakers hockey team, see the events listings for time, opponents and records.


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Today’s Zen Suggestion: Think about something you want to achieve and sketch out a rough plan. Tell all your friends and associates about it while documenting the feedback and suggestions. And then put the whole works in the “round file’ and get back to work, lunch break at the salt mine is over.

Echo Network

The Frontline:

The North Bay Mitsubishi After Action Report starts live immediately following the final whistle of each Battalion home game. Check it out after Thursday’s match against the visiting Peterborough Petes and Sunday after the Troops faceoff against the Sudbury Wolves.

Backroads Bill:

Bill and his road trip partner Brian Emblin share their quest to find the four corners of the province by visiting the furthest points north, south, east and west. Last week, they talked about Finding the Geographic Centre of Ontario.

Previous podcasts include: LabyrinthsWolverine Heritage Canoe company in Wawa The ‘Art’ of Wildlife Photography, The Man Buried in Two Places, Bill Takes a Trip to Red Lake, The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, Bashin’ Bill Barilko and The Legacy of Terry Fox.

Events Echo

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Stress Management Lecture for Compulsive Workaholics by Allan Hirsh

Thursday, Nov. 16

  • North Bay Battalion host the Peterborough Petes at Memorial Gardens, game time 7 p.m.
  • Louis Riel Day flag raising ceremony by the Metis Nation of Ontario/North Bay Metis Council and City of North Bay at 11 a.m.
  • Multi-sector Job Fair by YES Employment Services at Best Western on Lakeshore 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • WEBINAR: Rooted Heart Psychotherapy Clinic’s Angela Gagne Larmer and Horse Sense North’s Carmen Theobold are offering a free Women’s Wellness Series. First session of the webinar begins at 7 p.m., next two sessions over the following two weeks. Email [email protected] or [email protected]

Friday, Nov. 17

  • North Bay’s Robert Shaw is a flag-bearer for Canada’s team as part of the opening ceremonies at the Parapan American Games in Santiago, Chile. Shaw is looking to defend his 2019 gold medal in Wheelchair Tennis. See BayToday story HERE.
  • Christmas Market at 250 Clark in Powassan 6 to 9 p.m. Lynn Blunt providing musical interludes.
  • Annual 8-ball Rumble at Partners Billiards and Bowling 12 noon to 7 p.m. (All weekend)
  • Nipissing Lakers (8-1) women’s hockey team hosts the University of Western Ontario (4-4) at Memorial Gardens for a 5 p.m. match, followed by the men’s Lakers (5-4-2)  hosting the University of Ottawa (7-4) at 7:30 p.m.
  • 16th annual Assante 101 Classic curling bonspiel for 50-plus seniors at the North Bay Granite Club (all weekend).
  • The 8th Annual North Bay Film Festival this weekend, see schedule HERE

Saturday, Nov. 18

  • Cautionary Tales by Alex Maeve Campbell exhibition at NOVAH Gallery at 176 Lakeshore Dr. Opening reception 1 to 3 p.m.
  • Action MMA‘s Quest for the Best Submissions begins at 2 p.m. ($25 for adults, $10 for students). 221 Algonquin Ave. (beside Mr. Pancho restaurant). MMA seminar Sunday 1 to 3 p.m.
  • Nipissing Lakers women’s hockey team hosts Windsor University (3-6) at Memorial Gardens for a 5 p.m. match, followed by the men’s Lakers hosting Carleton University (5-7) at 7:30 p.m.
  • The Hurricanes are taking The Fraser by storm with a matinee performance 3 to 6 p.m.
  • Christmas Market at 250 Clark in Powassan 6 to 9 p.m. Lynn Blunt providing musical interludes.
  • The 8th Annual North Bay Film Festival this weekend, see schedule 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.)

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