Echo Essentials North Bay Edition

Nov 6, 2023

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Looking for a good property deal in North Bay? Check out the city’s latest sale of land for tax arrears list posted Nov. 4. Use the Ontario Land Registry Access website to locate the street address of properties using the PIN (property identification number.) The deadline for offers (note the minimum bids) is Nov. 29 at 3 p.m. with tenders opened at customer service centre on the first floor beginning 3:30 p.m.

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  • Language and education key to a gender-neutral future
  • Support for rarer forms of dementia available

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Today’s First Feel

Remembrance Day is this Saturday and the West Ferris Legion Br. 599 is selling poppies at the North Bay Mall. They are offering a luncheon on Nov. 11 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

West Ferris Legion Br. 599 poppy table at North Bay Mall


Language and education key
to a gender-neutral future

Seth Compton, OutLoud North Bay

Tuesday morning’s To North Bay With Love podcast covers sensitive ground as host Lisa Boivin learns about OUTLoud North Bay from founder Seth Compton, a transgender man who shares his journey.

He contacted North Bay Echo to counter misinformation about school curriculum raised by small groups of protestors across Canada recently.

“If anybody looked into trans care in Ontario to see what that process looks like, it’s a long road. It’s not like a kid can just take hormone therapy … and have gender affirming surgeries overnight,” Seth explains. “It’s not like that. There’s multiple health care providers involved in that process … it took me almost three years before I was able to get on the proper medication and fill out the proper paperwork for surgery at 43 years old.

“So I think it’s really important for … adults to learn more than what they’ve grown up with. I think it’s really important as an adult, a parent, teacher, coworker, whatever you are, to put in the work … so that we all understand what’s really happening.”

Seth, who is married with children and a practicing Catholic, says some people have to catch up with society’s progressions.

“It’s our responsibility as people to come from generations being raised in a certain way … that we continue to grow and things continue to evolve. And I think that’s where we’re at right now. And I think that it’s come full force where a lot of folks just can’t keep the pace,” he says. “It’s not hard to love our kids unconditionally, and it’s not hard to step outside of that religious upbringing to know that our kids matter and they come first. Right now, I think with the way things are going, teachers are terrified. Parents are terrified. There’s a lot going on that. And there’s so much misinformation. And I think that we need to take a step back and really understand what’s happening.”

Virtual support for rarer
forms of dementia available

If you missed the Sip and Sonder last week at the North Bay Museum, you can still learn more about a new service led by Nipissing University called Rare Dementia Support Canada.

While there is some support for people and families impacted by dementia, there’s a need for the rare types including early onset when it’s challenging to navigate the health care system to get proper diagnosis.

YourTV posted a brief video interview on its YouTube channel that was recorded at the event. Professors Dr. Mary Pat Sullivan and Dr. Veronika Williams explain the goals of the service and their public outreach exercise.

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Today’s Zen Suggestion: Treat young people like you would have wanted adults to treat you while growing up. Now try that with other adults.

Echo Network

Backroads Bill:

Bill is joined by Nazneen Mehdi, a labyrinth enthusiast, in his latest podcast to talk about how labyrinths can be a powerful tool to help with spiritual and mental healing. Bill discusses how he created one at the Canadian Ecology Centre and Nazneen tells us about working as a nurse and how labyrinths have helped her patients.

Last week, 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:

If you missed the North Bay Jr. Lakers girls hockey tournament on the weekend, check out the Frontline as Ben Sargent and Kortney Kenney are joined in studio by Mike Brideau to discuss what the event means to the city and the participants. The tournament players and coaches packed Memorial Gardens on Friday night to cheer the Nipissing Lakers women’s hockey team to a big 3-0 win over the Ontario Tech Ridgebacks. Ranked once again the top 10 teams in Canada, the OUA’s East Division-leading Lakers (6-1) hit the road this weekend to faceoff against the Toronto Metropolitan Rams (4-2).

Small Town Times:

Catch the NDA junior football semifinal highlight reel HERE. West Ferris beat Algonquin to earn a berth in the final against first-place Scollard Hall. Kickoff is 3:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 9 on the Father Cundari gridiron. The latest Small Town Times podcast interview 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 also a recent interview with Taijon Graham, a Nipissing University Business Administration student, who is Shooting for Change.

3-Day Events Echo

Tuesday, Nov. 7

The Capitol Centre presents, RIDGE, at 7:30 p.m. in the Betty Speers Theatre as a warm-up to Remembrance Day. In RIDGE, Brendan McLeod and The Fugitives examine misconceptions and varying perspectives around the battle of Vimy Ridge, while drawing parallels to other formative events in our nation’s past. Tickets: $39 (Regular) / $34 (Member.

Jazz at the Junction presents Duke Street Turn Around at the West Ferris Legion 7 to 9:30 p.m. $15 members; $20 non-members.

Preparing for the Final Chapter: End of Life info session in the North Bay Public Library auditorium 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Pre-register in advance online, in person, or over the phone by calling 705-474-4830.

The Broome Turners at Lou Dawgs 8 to 11 p.m. with $3 cover added to bills.

Wednesday, Nov. 8

The Gateway Theatre Guild presents The Savannah Sipping Society at ecole secondaire publique Odyssee at 480 Norman Ave. from 7 to 9 p.m.

Motown Soul at the Capitol Centre beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets $59

Birds of a Feather Groove Band at Lou Dawgs at 7:30 p.m. with $3 cover added to bills

Thursday, Nov. 9

The North Bay Battalion host the Soo Greyhounds at 7 p.m. at Memorial Gardens.

The Gateway Theatre Guild presents The Savannah Sipping Society at ecole secondaire publique Odyssee at 480 Norman Ave. from 7 to 9 p.m.

Scollard Hall Bears host the West Ferris Trojans on the Father Cundari Field for the NDA junior football championship game with a 3:30 p.m. kickoff.

(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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