Echo Essentials North Bay Edition

May 16, 2024

A handy package of curated 
news and podcasts.

Help celebrate the 30th anniversary of the North Bay Heritage Train and Carousel Company this year, beginning with rides this Victoria Day long weekend. They are open from 10 a.m. until dusk beginning Saturday, Sunday and Monday. See the story at

In other local news, several Golf Course Road and Bain Drive residents stated they are not keen on a proposed development of 42 units of a townhouse-style condominium in their neighbourhood. They outlined their concerns during a public committee meeting at council this week. You can watch the three-hour video of the meeting on the City of North Bay’s YouTube channel or read the Nugget’s coverage HERE.

And for those who followed the CMHA’s Kindness Project last week, YourTV aired the wrap-up Kindness Cast with youthful news anchor Graham Shaver.

And BayToday covered the Vyshyvanka Day celebration by Ukrainians in North Bay. See the photos and story HERE. Watch Small Town Times video story HERE.


Top Shelf


  • CAS has evolved, Elmwood Community Hub sets precedent
  • A different perspective on vulnerability
  • Smells like a great podcast debate is brewing


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Today’s Eye-Opener
by Allan Hirsh


CAS has evolved,
Elmwood Community
Hub sets precedent

Gisele Hebert, Executive Director of the Children’s Aid Society of Nipissing and Parry Sound, joins the Echo Essentials podcast to talk about the Elmwood Community Hub. She also speaks about her nearing retirement and reflecting on the evolution of CAS during her 39-year career.

Scott and Dave also talk about Scott’s truck being stolen during a recent overnight stay in Toronto.

  • 0:00 Stolen truck
  • 10:40 Gisele talks about her time with Children’s Aid
  • 22:00 Elmwood’s revitalization


A different
perspective on

Ben Farella, local entrepreneur, joins the 2NBWL podcast to talk about his experiences of his past and how it has helped him become a better person.

He dives into his childhood and how he tries to be mindful of his experiences and not let it affect how he parents his children.

  • Ben gives his definition of vulnerability 1:50
  • Ben’s life as a child 5:30
  • Best piece of advice you ever received  15:30


Smells like
a great podcast
debate brewing

North Bay Coun. Mark King, chairman of the District of Nipissing Social Services Administration Board, and Dave Mendicino, former councillor and DSSAB chairman, are not on the same page when it comes to a ‘Homeless Hub’ in the downtown area.

King, in this CBC interview late last month, was frigid about the recommendations stemming from a consultant’s report on the issue, noting they have already invested $13 million and four years to establish Northern Pines transitional and supportive housing … complete with a low-barrier shelter located away from the downtown for a reason. See the BayToday piece on the topic after tours were given to media members on Monday.

Mendicino, meanwhile, embraces the downtown-area location recommendation, along with Brent Kalinowski, Community Safety and Well-Being Coordinator. They say the homeless, specifically those who have substance addictions and other mental health issues, gravitate to the downtown area where support services and medical clinics are located. You can learn more about the context of the issue in this Small Town Times podcast.

Perhaps we should have the two of them in the same studio and learn more about why they have different perspectives?



Today’s Zen Suggestion: Think it’s easy to stop an addiction? Try turning your cell phone off, but leave it in your pocket while sitting on a park bench for a couple hours. Let us know how that goes at [email protected]





Echo Network

NEW – Northern Ontario Mining Showcase Podcast:

Northern Ontario plays an extensive role in the international mining community. In this limited series we’ll hear from the influential voices, partners and leaders who are driving innovation, research and development, creating new market opportunities and new ways of doing business in the mining industry.

The Northern Ontario Mining Showcase Podcast was created for the Echo Community Podcast Network in partnership with Story Studio Network and Clark Communications.

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Backroads Bill:

This week’s Backroads Bill podcast is a tale about resilience and innovation. Chris Miller was an avid mountain bike racer until he had a stroke 10 years ago. He was kept from his favourite pastime until discovering recumbent trikes, which have allowed him to enjoy the trails in a new way.

Chris now has an accessibility trail in B.C. named after him, “Miller Time” for those who find regular trails difficult to traverse.

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Echo Essentials:

In last week’s Echo Essentials Podcast, Dr. Steven Arnocky, a Nipissing University Professor specializing in Evolutionary Psychology, explains how doing “kind” things for others serves a biological purpose.

Listen to the Full Show

To North Bay With Love:

Lisa Boivin, host of the 2NBWL podcast, kicks off a four-part series of deep, emotional dives today by sharing a gritty studio session with Kristin Shephard, an accomplished playwright/director/actor. The To North Bay With Love podcast delivers a bare-to-the-bones conversation about vulnerabilities and dealing with the pressures of life.

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Take a tour of the Northern Pines transitional and supportive housing complex on YourTV’s public YouTube channel.

Watch Video Stories on YourTV


Watch the 2024 Season ‘Eulogy’ recorded after the North Bay Battalion fell to the Oshawa Generals.

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Marianne Vander Dussen:

Can you paint on paper with acrylic? Learn how with Marianne Vander Dussen’s in this week’s featured tutorial.

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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: A Friendly Home Invasion, The Colors of Sleep, & Is He More MONKEY than MAN?

If you found someone hiding in your closet, and they gave you a prize, how would you feel? This “hypothetical” comes to you from this week’s episode! Our boys have “Monkey Man” as their Cheap Review, Drew finds out what colors help him sleep, PB shares fan made Pokémon games, and Nick doesn’t like racism. Come on over and take a seat!

New episodes are available on Wednesdays.

For the Full Set




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(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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