Echo Essentials North Bay Edition

Jul 9, 2024

A handy package of curated 
news and podcasts.

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The Warriors of Hope, a breast cancer survivor dragon boat team in North Bay, is launching its new dragon boat and retiring their beloved boat, “Jane” tonight at Olmstead Beach with a 5:30 p.m. ceremony. See the BayToday story HERE.

‘Jane’ has been a symbol of strength and unity since she was launched in 2000 during the Year of the Water Dragon. The name “Jane,” originally from “Jane Doe,” symbolized inclusivity and unity.

See the To North Bay With Love podcast featuring Warrior volunteers Bill Walton and Liz Humphrey.

“The launch of our new dragon boat marks not only a new chapter for the Warriors of Hope but also a tribute to the incredible journey that has been shared with Jane over the past 24 years,” said Sarah McGowan, Warriors of Hope Secretary. “This event is a celebration of resilience, unity, and the enduring spirit of all our members, past and present.”

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IN OTHER NEWS: In the midst of high inflation and market-correcting interest rates, several hundred billion dollars in mortgages are coming up for renewal in Canada this year.

Many “home owners” are coming off rock-bottom rates of 2% or so and now face a potential three-fold interest rate increase…even after the Bank of Canada’s quarter-point decrease last month. Some predict another quarter-point decrease July 24, others are not holding their breath due to chilly summer inflation and job data.

An Echo newsletter contributor, meanwhile, has secured a discounted early renewal rate offer from their long-time mainstream bank of 4.91% for five years fixed (the biweekly payments are set at $320 on $77,000 in debt amortized over 12 years.) The standard conventional prime mortgage rate starts at 6.95% today.

Would you take the early renewal discounted offer of 4.91% for five years fixed or go short-term waiting for overall rate reductions? Is there a better approach? Would you go variable? Email comments to: [email protected]


Top Shelf

  • Questions remain after PFAS ‘Open House’ about ‘forever chemicals’
  • Who needs a lake when you can have a pool on an island?


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Today’s Question Mark?

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What do you think of the city’s Centennial celebration logo? See the story HERE. Email comments to: [email protected]


Questions remain
after ‘Open House’
on ‘forever chemicals’

A recent ‘Open House’ information session about PFAS ‘forever chemicals’ in North Bay waterways and its drinking water source left some attendees with more questions than answers. The event, which attracted several hundred people, was co-hosted by the Department of National Defence and the City of North Bay at Memorial Gardens on June 20.

Liza Vandermeer and Carol Hansman, who are part of the Trout Lake Conservation Association, joined Lisa to talk about the open house.

  • Liza, Carol and Lisa share their experiences at the open house  2:20
  • The TLCA efforts to get a public meeting 6:30
  • Other countries PFAS limits vs Canada 12:40
  • Educating the public on chemical use that affects water 27:40

Watch the city’s YouTube video of the Open House June 20 HERE.


Who needs a lake
when you have
a swimming pool?

Longtime adventure buddy Brian Emblem joins the show tomorrow to chat about a recent adventure he went on with Bill and Jason Ingram, a previous podcast guest. The trio found an empty concrete swimming pool on an island in Raven Lake and there’s quite a tale to tell.

The story involves the depths a husband will go for his wife, some ingenious engineering, and not having the rights to the land in the first place.

If you want a head start on the podcast, you can find the original article HERE.




Today’s Zen Suggestion: Buy quality goods from local businesses that employ your neighbours and friends. Or buy cheap, imported crap that can’t be fixed and will fill the city dump. Your choice.


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To North Bay With Love:

Lidvene Smith is the first lady you will see if you go into the YMCA because she works the front desk like few others.

She has made a name for herself around town for her personality and customer service and she joins Lisa Boivin on the 2NBWL podcast to chat about her decision to leave the Caribbean behind and move with her two kids to a new country and a new career.

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Echo Essentials:

The North Bay Public Library is close to achieving charitable status and, some day, they’ll be looking at a capital fundraising campaign to build a better-designed facility to help build a stronger community.

Don Curry, chairman of the library board, and Ravil Veli, chief executive officer, join Echo Essentials Podcast hosts Scott Clark and Dave Dale to discuss the challenges and opportunities they face.

In the pre-interview banter, the hosts talk about how libraries were a big part of their lives. Dave is supportive because he’s still attending group meetings and events there, while Scott hasn’t been there for years. Dave said there are library events promoted in almost every Echo Essentials Newsletters, along with other curated event listings and news stories. An Amazing Race is planned at the library July 20, for example.

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Backroads Bill:

This week’s Backroads Bill podcast features Bob Hunter, who is more commonly known as ‘Abitibi Bob,’ to chat about the Abitibi Canyon.

Bill and Bob discuss the reason Abitibi Canyon blew up in popularity but within a decade found itself with barely anyone still living there. Bob also goes into what it is like growing up in an isolated environment with few of the amenities that kids have now.

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Northern Ontario Mining Showcase Podcast:

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

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.

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Small Town Times:

Service clubs are essential to filling the gaps of community needs but their future is challenging as lifestyles and economic pressures are leading to fewer volunteers.

A rotating installation at the North Bay Museum aims to highlight the important role service clubs play throughout 2024 and 2025. Rotary is currently featured for the summer with the Rorab Shrine Club scheduled for the fall. It started with the IODE in April.

Providing comments in this video are: Naomi Hehn, curator; Pat Moulson, museum volunteer and IODE member; Joanne Bernier, IODE member of the Manitou Chapter that recently folded; Elaine Burrows, IODE member of the Dr. Herbert A. Bruce Chapter; Heather Stewart, president of IODE Dr. Herbert A Bruce Chapter; Bruce McCulloch, Rorab Shrine Club; and Nat Brunette, Canadian Federation of University Women.

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Richard Fortin Presents:

Celebrating the 50th Richard Fortin Presents podcast with a thank you to supporters HERE.

The podcast amplifies the ideas of artists, philosophers, entrepreneurs, disruptors, politicians and truth seekers.  And now, in addition to his YouTube channel and website, he’ll benefit from joining the Echo Community Podcast Network with new episodes promoted in this newsletter and more traffic from our website.

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Chelsea Blair’s tri-sport endeavour has raised over $3,000 for the Amelia Rising Sexual Violence Support Centre. See the YourTV report promo HERE.

YourTV North Bay will be airing half-hour segments of the Echo Essentials Podcast on Mondays at 7 p.m.

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Marianne Vander Dussen:

Painting Antelope Canyon | Landscape Oil Painting Tutorial + Timelapse with Marianne Vander Dussen’s in this week’s featured tutorial.

Time-limited offer on a painting tutorial discount HERE.

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Cheap Seats:

Last week’s dive into the “Book of Unusual Knowledge” brought us high profile rumors during the golden age of movie making. What’s your favorite?

New episodes are available on Wednesdays.

Tomorrow is Episode 53: Just the Two of Us; U. N. I.; and What Happened to Ben?

For the Full Set

Wingspan Entrepreneurs:

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.

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Echo Sports

Ryan Neil and Jeff Mancini at Bill Morland Invitational

North Bay’s Ryan Neil won the 2024 Bill Morland Invitational by four strokes at the North Bay Golf and Country Club on Sunday. On the right is NBGCC manager Jeff Mancini. See the BayToday story.


East Side Mario’s tops Gateway Landscaping 11-7 on Monday, their third win in two days. See Nugget story HERE.

U13 Blaze golden at girls softball tourney in Brampton. See BayToday story HERE.

Battalion star Mike Amadio has signed a three-year deal with the Ottawa Senators. Read about it.


Events Echo


Tuesday, July 9

Wednesday, July 10

  • Gordie Reid at Lou Dawgs | 8 p.m. | $2 cover added to bills
  • Paul Pruneau at Summer Concert Series at Kiwanis Bandshell | 7 p.m. | Free

Thursday, July 11



(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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In the last newsletter, in case you missed it …

The buzz around town isn’t what you think it is: we have big European hornets causing a stir here, not the more aggressive and dangerous ‘Murder Hornets’ being found on the west coast. See the BayToday story HERE.

Take a virtual trip with former Nugget photographer Paul Chivers by checking out his ‘Bushwacker Films’  YouTube channel. He has produced 11 gems so far.

“Relax and follow along as I experience the majesty of the land, stumble across unfolding beauty and and encounter adversity, all the while seeking serenity.”


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