Echo Essentials North Bay Edition

May 2, 2024

A handy package of curated 
news and podcasts.

Do Good. Feel Good. It’s CMHA Mental Health Week May 6-12 and the Kindness Project in North Bay and District features a full slate of events as community partners join forces to amplify the natural cure for what ails us.

Science shows that when we are kind to others, both parties experience real and tangible benefits. Kindness lowers stress, releases happy chemicals in our brains, and helps build stronger communities.


Top Shelf


  • There’s more to midwifery than meets the eye
  • Uphar interviews Mayor Chirico at City Hall


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Today’s Truth
by Allan Hirsh


Midwifery can
deliver a cure
for Ontario’s
health care crisis

Ava Vosu joins 2NBWL host Lisa Boivin today to talk about the evolution of the midwifery profession and how it could help ease some of the problems in the health care system in Ontario.

The timing couldn’t better for this in-depth discussion ahead of the International Midwifery Day this coming Sunday, May 5.

Ava was part of ground-breaking expansion of midwifery, which she practiced from 1978 to 2012, assisting 1,300 women through pregnancy and birth and post partum. She was the founding Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA) representative for Canada and founded the Ontario Association of Midwives in 1981.

One of the first 62 midwives to be licensed to practice Midwifery in Ontario, Ava was also a driving force of the Midwifery Integration Committee at North Bay. After listening to her podcast with Lisa, check out her video presentation, To MANA With Love.

Uphar interviews
Mayor Chirico
about city’s future

Today’s Echo Essentials Podcast features Uphar Singh interviewing North Bay Mayor Peter Chirico at his office about his family’s immigrant roots, the importance of the recent Sikh flag-raising and the future of the city’s growth.

Uphar, who is an international student from Punjabi, India, asks the mayor how North Bay is integrating students into the workforce and their impact on our economy. He is a Nipissing University student seeking a marketing degree and is hoping to develop his own podcast.

And Uphar is hoping to hear from potential sponsors and guests willing to share their story about choosing to settle in Canada, their experience relocating in North Bay and other issues offering an international perspective.

Before Uphar’s interview, Essentials podcast co-hosts Dave Dale and Scott Clark discuss the current water levels in the area, treaties and the pros and cons of having a midwife vs hospital birth.



Today’s Zen Suggestion: Smiles are the only thing Revenue Canada can’t tax.



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Echo Network


To North Bay With Love:

May is Food Allergy Awareness Month, one of the reasons 2NBWL podcast host Lisa Boivin had her nieces Lucy and Violet in the studio for Tuesday’s episode. As listeners can easily understand early in the conversation, however, sibling rivalries don’t follow a script as the topics range from schoolyard antics to a very unfortunate blueberry tale.

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Backroads Bill:

Coming up on Wednesday, Wawa’s big goose, Heritage Door project and Group of Seven legacy makes for interesting conversation between Backroads Bill guest Johanna Rowe and hosts Bill Steer and Ben Sargent.

The local author and owner of J. Rowe Heritage Consulting joins the show to explain, among other things, how the town’s iconic goose statue is one of the biggest tourist attractions in North America.

More Than A Big Goose

Echo Essentials:

We broke a record this week. A 60-second clip of the latest Echo Essentials Podcast, with guest Mike Harrison explaining Canada’s Victoria Cross, garnered almost 11,000 views on YouTube.

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Catch the North Bay Battalion playoff action as the Troops head to Oshawa for Game 5 of their Eastern Conference championship series Friday night.

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Hear the commentary after the North Bay Battalion staved off elimination with an overtime win against the visiting Oshawa Generals in the North Bay Mitsubishi After Action Report.

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Marianne Vander Dussen:

Do you want to learn how to paint flowers in acrylic? Catch Marianne Vander Dussen’s featured tutorial HERE.

View All Marianne Vander Dussen Episodes

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. Check out the audio-only show on our website network page or follow on Spotify.

View All Wingspan Entrepreneur Episodes

Cheap Seats:

Cheap Seats Episode 46: Don’t Wake Daddy Coffin, It’s A Trap & Can It Be Real or IMAGINARY?

It’s a funeral we won’t soon forget! This week will have our boys discuss Nick’s plan following his death. Speaking of murder, the teddy bear killing movie “Imaginary” is our Cheap Review. Drew shares some scary addresses, all while PB wants to hear more about this thing called “stress.” It’s a little over an hour of fun with Cheap Seats!

For the Full Set

Small Town Times:

Korea, Brazil and Ontario are all on the canvas for artists involved in environmental awareness. The latest Small Town Times interview features Dermot Wilson, of the Nipissing Region Curatorial Collective and NOVAH Gallery, as he outlines current projects and upcoming activities.

For the Full Set

Events Echo

Thursday, May 2

Friday, May 3

  • Spaghetti Supper fundraiser for St. John’s Church Men’s Group | 4:30 to 7 p.m. | $15 Adults, $10 Students, $5 Under Six
  • Jude Zappala at Lou Dawg’s | 8 p.m. | $2

Saturday, May 4




(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 and take a gander at its April newsletter with month-long highlights HERE.)



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