Echo Essentials North Bay Edition

Oct 30, 2023

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Millions of children will be one step closer to diabetes and tooth decay tomorrow … unless parents sacrifice their own good health and take one for the team by eating the “sweet poison” themselves.

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  • Tougher rules needed, says father of Soo shooting victim
  • ‘Nashville of the North’ vision comes clear on 2NBWL

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Today’s Smile

The theme for the Battalion’s third annual Indigenous Youth Day was ‘Proud To Be Me’ as coined by organizer George Couchie (learn why it is important from his interview on To North Bay With Love). Sponsors paid for 1,500 Indigenous guests to attend the game. At the ceremonial faceoff from Nipissing First Nation were Zach Sawyer, Faith Rainville, and Brooklyn Byers, as well as Sgt. Gilles Lachance, OPP and Sgt. Major JP Spence of the Nishnawbeaski Police Service. Battalion alternate captain Ty Nelson took part with Sudbury Wolves’ David Goyette. Indigenous students from St. Joseph-Scollard Hall, who are members of the Mkwa Doodem Singers, sang and performed on drums. Anishinabek Police Sgt. Chantal Larocque sang O Canada in English, French and Nishnaabemwin. The Battalion rallied to win 5-4. Tom Martineau Photo



Tougher rules needed,
says father of Soo shooting victim

A motion urging North Bay City Council to declare an epidemic of “intimate partner violence” will be tabled tonight for discussion. It is similar to the one going before the Sault Ste. Marie council one week after a deadly shooting spree that left three children and an adult woman dead, as well as another woman injured.

The father of the woman who was killed is calling for automatic weapon restrictions for anyone accused of intimate partner violence, explaining that the murderer (who took his own life) had a “no contact order” placed on him days before that was useless. See the SooToday story HERE.

Brian Sweeney said his daughter, Angie, had called police on the weekend to remove him from her home. The man came back to her home Monday apparently high on chemical drugs despite the order to not have contact. He left and then returned with a gun.

“Why wasn’t there something more seriously done?” he said to reporter Kenneth Armstrong, suggesting that such a person with a history of violence and addiction should have been locked up for 48 hours to be evaluated, tested for drugs and all weapons seized immediately.

Calls to declare intimate partner violence an epidemic stem from the Renfrew Inquest into the murders of three women by one man in 2015. See the 86 recommendations in the inquest verdict HERE.

‘Nashville of the North’
vision comes clear on 2NBWL

Sam Harvey - Nashville of the North - To North Bay With Love Podcast

A rare court story tops tomorrow’s episode of To North Bay With Love, with podcast host Lisa Boivin sharing a recent jury duty experience. Of course, she was late, and it starts off with a “crusty” court officer greeting her with stern looks and it goes downhill from there.

The podcast interview features Sam Harvey, a local event organizer and entertainer, who is sharing his vision of making the North Bay area “Nashville of the North.” The idea is to combine the strengths of all the groups, organizations and individuals involved with entertainment in the city, similar to how the movie production industry has made North Bay and area “Hollywood of the North.”

Coordination would make it easier to expand in various areas, such as festival scheduling, stage equipment cooperative, a music foundation for entertainer development, plus much more.

“There’s talent in North Bay that’s incredible…and everybody is so generous with their time,” Sam says, describing a “mind map” of main goal in the middle and a half dozen circles of activity growing separately and linked to the centre. “I want them all to connect, there’s so many independent things happening…(all growing) but not a lot of visibility.”

“I’ve had a lot of meetings in the past two or three months, everybody is all on board,” he says, including funders. Hear all about it first thing Tuesday morning.

Today’s Zen Suggestion:  Carry some extra toonies around this week because that Poppy you bought four hours ago is likely gonzo already. How are you planning to honour veterans on Remembrance Day? Share with [email protected]

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Backroads Bill:

Backroads Bill’s latest podcast is a delicious mystery wrapped in a conundrum of drugs, canoes and bikers. Bill and producer Ben Sargent talk about the Wolverine Heritage Canoe company in Wawa and how the ensuing Oba Lake Drug Bust sunk a well-designed watercraft.

Backroads Bill has six other podcasts with video versions linked here: 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.

You can follow Bill Steer’s Backroads Bill on Facebook & Instagram: @backroads_bill and on Twitter: @steertonorthONT

The Frontline:

Run it back with The Frontline’s North Bay Mitsubishi After Action Report following the Battalion’s 5-4 comeback win over the Sudbury Wolves on Sunday afternoon. The latest podcast interview features the hottest line in the OHL with Anthony Romani, Owen Van Steensel and Dalyn Wakely sitting down to discuss their hot start, life in the O, favourite restaurants in town, the Little NHL, the disappointing Blue Jays and much more!

The Frontline recently launched the NFL Eh?! podcast hosted by Brad “Brooksee” Brooks and Mike “Calvo” Calverley. They have four episodes up already.

Small Town Times:

The latest Small Town Times podcast is about the City of North Bay being in the process of buying the building beside The Gathering Place soup kitchen on Cassells Street.

In case you missed it, there’s a great interview with Taijon Graham, a Nipissing University Business Administration student, who is Shooting for Change.

To North Bay With Love:

It’s almost Halloween and Lisa Boivin, host of the To North Bay With Love podcast, reviews the scariest movies according to “The Science of Scare” 2023 report.

Some of her other podcasts:

How Citadel Canine is Helping Veterans Across Canada;

We All Have A Broken Piece;

Campbell Soup Mom Has Recipe For Survivors;

3-Day Events Echo

Tuesday, Oct. 31

Halloween Night for Kids at North Bay Fire and Emergency Services Station 1 on Princess Street from 5 to 8 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 1

At the Capitol Centre at 7:30 p.m., Darlene Naponse’s STELLAR brings to life the story of two Indigenous souls whose love ignites a chain of cosmic events that might just save our world. General Admission: $12, North Bay Film Members: $10, students: FREE. Tickets and North Bay Film memberships (for the 2023-2024 Season) available at the door.

Thursday, Nov. 2

Super Fun Trivia at Moose’s Cookhouse beginning at 7:30 p.m.

(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.)

Welcomed as the first Echo Network sponsors are Wagepoint, a national payroll software company, Services and Cogeco.

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