Echo Essentials North Bay Edition

Mar 7, 2024

A handy package
of curated news
for when it suits you.


North Bay taxpayers will be dishing out about $110-million to keep municipal lights on and pot holes filled temporarily in 2024. Here’s an overview story by BayToday. Budget talks, meanwhile, are nibbling on the edges of big ticket items like an extra month of lifeguards on public beaches, charging pickle ball players for court use and potentially covering personal car, internet and cell phones use of elected officials. Discussions are scheduled to continue tonight in the Mayor’s Board Room on the 5th floor of City Hall at 5:30 p.m.


Top Shelf

  • North Bay could ‘stage’ new development around Trout Lake
  • Local group selling paintings, raising cash for Ukrainian defense effort

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Today’s Feel Good
by Allan Hirsh

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Echo Essentials

North Bay could ‘stage’
new development
around Trout Lake

Bev Hillier, North Bay manager of planning

Bev Hillier, manager of North Bay planning and building services, dropped into the Echo studios recently to talk with Essentials podcast hosts Scott Clark and Dave Dale about the Trout Lake Watershed Study and Management Plan. The interview, published this afternoon, addresses several items raised by the Trout Lake Conservation Association, which were the focus of a previous podcast interview with TLCA member Liza Vandermeer.

No decisions have been made yet about the study and its recommendations, Bev said, noting there will be opportunity for more public feedback when specific actions are recommended to council. She said, for example, they may decide it’s prudent to stage the development process, describing how a fraction of the additional lots could be approved at a time so there is an ability to monitor the impact.

Before the interview starts, Scott and Dave chat at the North Bay Home & Garden Expo about various topics, including how Mayor Peter Chirico “accidently” waved at Dave (the first interaction since October 2022 when he wrote a series of controversial columns).

Local group selling
paintings, raising cash
for Ukrainian defense

Lori Burns joins Lisa Boivin, host of the To North Bay With Love podcast, at the Home and Garden Expo to talk with her about The Vest Project, which is raising funds to purchase protective gear for Ukrainians defending against the invading Russians.

Lori also talks about her other passion… horses! Lori operates Horse Ability, which helps people overcome anxiety and stress by being with and connecting to horses.

  • Lori talks about The Vest Project 3:00
  • Organizations The Vest Project works with in Ukraine 9:20
  • Lori talks about Horse Ability 10:30


Today’s Zen Suggestion: Spring is in the air, you might want to shed the cloak of victimhood and give nature a chance.



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To North Bay With Love:

In the podcast published Tuesday, Jana Brogan, from Sage Rosemary Wholistic, joins Lisa to chat about her holistic approach to living a healthy life. Brogan was part of the Resilience Fair at the North Bay Home & Garden Expo Feb. 23-25 and they recorded the show at the Echo booth.

Last week, Naomi Hehn, the curator of the North Bay Museum, joined the 2NBWL show to talk about plans for 2024, including the ‘Retro Game Week’ for March Break, as well as how they choose traveling exhibits like the RCAF’s 100th coming in the fall.


The Frontline Presents: The 3-2 Count S2 E 1, a baseball podcast with this episode reflecting on how the 2023 season ended, with the hosts giving their takes on the offseason moves by the Blue Jays brass. In the Hit on History, they look at some of the more notable “old guys” who have played in Toronto.

Check out The Frontline’s Mitsubishi After Action Report featuring Harrison Clements and Ben Long breaking down all the action after the North Bay Battalion play the Windsor Spitfires tonight at 7 p.m.


Catch the next North Bay Battalion game against the visiting Windsor Spitfires on 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.

Watch for new episodes of Music North Bay Style with host Mike Gelinas on YourTV. Airing now are interviews with Mike Foisy, Steph Leroux, Sam Harvey, and John MacDonald.

Backroads Bill:

This week, Bill and Ben explore some of the most famous tunnels that were built in the late 1800s for our railway system in Canada. Bill shares his three favourite tunnels that you can visit and provides some context and history of the importance of these tunnels and how they were created.

Echo Essentials Podcast:

Next week, the Essentials podcast features North Bay Deputy Mayor and Budget Chief Maggie Horsfield, who offers insight into the 2024 financial issues. Among the questions posed by hosts Dave Dale and Scott Clark was her opinion of the financial advice provided by citizen Don Rennick (see his presentation to council HERE and Letter to the BayToday Editor HERE.

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. There are seven episodes so far. Check out Wingspan’s audio-only show on our website network page or follow on Spotify. If you have an established podcast and want to capitalize on extra eyeballs and episode promotion through the Echo network, email [email protected] to start the process.

Cheap Seats:

On this week’s episode Drew, Nick and Ben (three guys with no medical training) discuss the human body and ALL of its flaws! The boys also dive into the latest Marvel movie, The Marvels, a very “quiet” trailer, and Drew has given his phone number to a multi-million-dollar business.

Cheap Seats is an eclectic conversation between best friends, Drew and Nick, who love talking about movies and whatever else comes to mind.


3-Day Events Echo



Thursday, March 7

  • North Bay Battalion hosts the Windsor Spitfires on the Memorial Gardens ice at 7 p.m.
  • Super Fun Time Trivia at Moose’s Cookhouse 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Lou Dawg’s presents Chico Wheeler at 8 p.m. $2

Friday, March 8

  • Downtown Gallery Hop from 6 to 9 p.m.
  • Lou Dawg’s presents Peter Cliche at 8 p.m. $2
  • North Bay Curling Club presents Boards and Brooms; enter a team and curl, play board games, munch on pizza and win prizes while you socialize. Register at

Saturday, March 9

  • Special Olympics Polar Plunge at the Education Centre using a tank filled with ice and water set up in the Nipissing University Parking Lot 1 starting at 1 p.m. (check in for participants at 12:30 p.m.). North Bay Police fundraiser for North Bay Special Olympics.
  • Lou Dawg’s presents Robin Bilan at 8 p.m. $2




(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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If you have something to add to the discussion or an idea for one of Echo’s podcasters or affiliates, email Content Director Dave Dale at [email protected].



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