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Feb 1, 2024

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Congratulations to North Bay’s Malory Dominico for setting the all-time scoring record for the Nipissing Lakers women’s hockey team with 45 tallies over 3.75 seasons so far. Mallory was featured in the To North Bay With Love podcast Nov. 16, 2023 to promote her point-based fundraiser, Young Leader Legacy Foundation. See more details in the Top Shelf report, as well as upcoming game info for their last regular season home game in the Events Echo section below.

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Top Shelf

  • Fairies, ghosts and Sasquatch explored in podcast
  • Fate of Sam Jacks arena needs study, public input
  • Lakers sniper sets team record
  • Marketing video contest winners to be announced

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Today’s Positive Vibe

lake nipissing ice fishing

Emma Jones and her daughter, Leila Morin, who just celebrated her first birthday, enjoy some ‘hard water’ fishing on Lake Nipissing. Slushy conditions of late should firm up with the temperature forecast over the next two weeks leaning closer to winter than spring.


Echo Essentials

Bill has the
‘Shining’ effect and
Boivin goes deep
discussing ghosts

Echo’s Lisa Boivin and Bill Steer break trail across a large swath of esoteric territory as they share ghostly tales in today’s episode of the To North Bay With Love podcast.

Lisa was already in an emotional mood at the outset of the interview when Bill, of Backroads Bill fame, happened to mention the town of Tweed, Ont., which sent the show host spinning off on an eerie tangent. Bill says that happens a lot because his “Shining” vibe often brings other-world energy into every room he enters.

It’s a lively conversation and one the best of her series, especially if you think of long lost family members when a door shuts on its own or a wolf howls around the campfire.

Motion to study
West Ferris arena
options promptly buried
in council committee

North Bay Coun. Jamie Lowery wasn’t a happy camper after Tuesday’s meeting. His motion to have staff prepare a comprehensive assessment for the Sam Jacks arena in West Ferris was quickly shunted into the community services committee files. See the BayToday report HERE.

Lowery wants to know more details about what needs to be fixed (including the estimated costs) to continue using the six-decade-old facility as an ice pad arena, as well as whatever potential it has for repurposing as a community centre. He thinks the public should be able to give input and it needs to be investigated before council is asked to vote (again) on the twin-pad community centre proposed for the Steve Omischl Sports Field Complex.

The topic was also raised Wednesday during a recording for the Echo Community Podcast Network’s next show, the Echo Essentials Podcast co-hosted by editor Dave Dale and owner Scott Clark. The podcast will include banter about a wide-range of community issues as North Bay’s “odd couple” offer their unique and often conflicting perspective. Linked to this newsletter, the show will also feature interviews with community builders and leaders. It is scheduled to launch next Thursday, Feb. 8.

Lakers’ sniper
sets scoring record
as team soars
toward playoffs

Nipissing Lakers forward Malory Dominico scored two goals in two games last weekend to give her 13 on the season (tied for the OUA lead), combines with nine assists for 22 points in 23 games in 2023-24. That gives her 45 in 3.75 seasons so far, setting the Lakers’ all-time scoring record.

Malory’s 12th goal last Friday secured a point in a frustrating overtime loss to the league-leading Guelph Gryphons (see the Small Town Times video story which includes her goal and high-five celebration afterward). Her 13th goal the next day helped the Lakers to their 19th win of the season, with teammate Katie Chomiak securing the overtime victory against Brock). See them in action this Saturday night as they host York at 7:30 p.m., the team’s last home game of the regular season when graduating seniors are honoured. See the Events Echo section below).

Also, Malory had a personal-best four-goal game vs Laurier Jan. 20 in 7-6 win. See the BayToday story HERE.

Business marketing
video contest results
to be revealed

The Business Centre Nipissing Parry Sound is presenting the results of the Small Business Video Challenge 2024 on Monday, Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. Get a notification for the YouTube premiere HERE.

A live event recorded at the North Bay Echo Studio, you will learn more about creating video content for your business as a panel of local professionals review some of the best small business content creators from Northern Ontario.

It’s presented by Scott Murphy (Digital Main Street) and panelists Natasha Penn (City of North Bay), Ryen Veldhuis (Buzzmasters) and Holly Cunningham (Creative Industries), with the recoding and video produced by Echo’s Ben Sargent.

Today’s Zen Suggestion: When your life becomes chaotic and challenging, it is important to focus on small details…like remembering to floss after a spinach salad and pull your pant zipper up before the staff presentation.


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To North Bay With Love:

In Tuesday’s episode of the ‘To North Bay With Love’ podcast, Lisa Boivin is joined by Gil Pharand, Executive Director of the Nipissing Serenity Hospice, to talk about the impact it has on their patients and the community.

Gil describes the difference between a hospital environment vs a hospice and how the 10-bed facility on the edge of Laurier Woods makes the experience for patients and families as positive as possible.

BayToday republished a short clip from last week’s ‘To North Bay With Love’ podcast, focusing on how the The Gathering Place helps a growing number of community members who can’t make ends meet without meal assistance.

Support The Gathering Place by donating to a team participating in their annual fundraiser, The Coldest Night of the Year, which is taking place Feb. 24.

Small Town Times:

In the latest Small Town Times podcast, Mary Montgomery, chief operating officer of the North Bay District Canadian Mental Health Association, and former city councilor Dave Mendicino talk with Dave Dale on Bell Let’s Talk Day. Watch a short clip about the options for seeking treatment and then find the full interview HERE.

Unfortunately, the interview didn’t address the waiting lists for both addictions and mental health treatment, which is a big reason many people struggle to find help. A follow up question for the CMHA received the response below:

“Like communities across Ontario, this area is also experiencing a growing demand for mental health and addictions support. The reality is that the needs exceed current capacity. There is a 3- to 6-month waitlist for residential addiction services offered by CMHA North Bay and District. Waits for mental health services can range from 3-12 months, depending on the program,” stated the CMHA.


Cogeco has the big tilt between Mississauga and North Bay Battalion live on YourTV Thursday at 7 p.m. Rotary At Home TV Bingo is on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. and Lions At Home TV Bingo on Sunday’s at 7 p.m.

Check out the YourTV video interview promoting the 2nd annual Jack Lyons Hockey Memorial Exhibition taking place Memorial Gardens March 21. Proceeds go to One Kids Place.

Backroads Bill:

The Georgian Bay Ship Canal is featured in the Backroads Bill podcast this week. First proposed in 1837 and then surveyed in 1907, the shipping route was envisioned to bring resources and products from the west through the French River, La is featke Nipissing, Trout Lake and then the Ottawa River to the St. Lawrence Seaway before reaching the Atlantic Ocean.

Would this have improved our lives or ruin some things we take for granted? Sit back and open your mind to explore this fascinating “what could have been” scenario.

New podcasts drop Wednesday mornings. Listen on the Echo website HERE. You can also find the Backroads Bill podcast on Spotify, Apple, IHeart Radio, Spreaker, Google, and Amazon. Read the Backroads Bill column at

The Frontline:

The North Bay Mitsubishi After Action Report starts live immediately following the final whistle of each Battalion home game. Hear the episode after the Troops’ big win against Barrie last Sunday HERE.

The NFL Eh?! podcast dropped Sunday with a few tears and cheers as the playoff results decide which teams are going to the Super Bowl.

Powassan Voodoos Ryan Patrick and Dylan McElhinney talk about growing up in Pittsburgh, the road to the Voodoos, differences between Canada and America, and the bus leaving Dylan behind.

Art People Podcast:

The Art People Podcast is a five-episode series produced by actor Joe Drinkwalter, with interviews with Michelina Beam of Dreamcoat Fantasy Theatre, Brianna Lintner of BReal Studios, actor and director Rob McCubbin, singer and songwriter Hannah Grace, and Kelsey Ruhl, about the On the Edge Fringe Festival.

Cheap Seats:

Cheap Seats is an eclectic conversation between best friends, Drew and Nick, who love talking about movies and whatever else comes to mind. Awards top their talk in the 29th episode released Jan. 17.

Events Echo

The 61st North Bay Francophone Winter Carnival opens Sunday, Feb. 4 at Lee Park from 4 to 6:30 p.m. For more information, see the Les Compagnons des francs Loisirs website HERE and Facebook group page HERE.

Thursday, Feb. 1

  • Super Fun Time Trivia at Moose’s Cookhouse at 7:30 p.m.
  • North Bay Battalion (2nd in OHL Central) hosts Mississauga (3rd in Central) at 7 p.m.
  • Capitol Centre presents the Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival. Find info HERE.

Friday, Feb. 2

  • Nipissing Lakers men’s hockey team (10-5-5) hosts Brock (19-6) at 7 p.m.
  • Capitol Centre presents the Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival. Find info HERE.

Saturday, Feb. 3

  • Nipissing Lakers men’s hockey team (5th in OUA West) hosts Brock (1st in OUA West) at 5 p.m.
  • Nipissing Lakers women’s hockey team (19-4)  hosts York (7-15) at 7:30 p.m.
  • North Bay Farmers’ Market at the Kennedy Building on the corner of McIntyre and Fraser streets 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Gateway Theatre Guild kicks off the Indigenous Play Reading Series for Seniors, ‘Explore Tomson Highway,’ beginning with The Rez Sisters at the North Bay Public Library 12 noon to 3 p.m. For more info, email: [email protected] or [email protected]


(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 or check out their December newsletter HERE.)

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