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Jan 9, 2024

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Ice fishing regulations for Lake Nipissing include a miniscule 5-centimetre slot size for walleye (a keeper must be at least 40 cm long and no more than 45 cm). You can only have two in your possession if you have a “sports fishing” licence or one on a “conservation” permit. See Zone 11 regulations that start on Page 87 of the PDF version of the provincial guide HERE.

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Top Shelf

  • Trout Lake development major 2024 issue
  • Sports editors mull top stories of 2023
  • Marketing video contest deadline looming

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Today’s Introspection
by Allan Hirsh

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Podcast peels onion
of Trout Lake lots,
operational review

The latest Small Town Times podcast focused on the top North Bay stories of 2023, many of which will continue to make headlines in 2024.

Guests included BayToday City Hall reporter Stu Campaigne and former councillor Dave Mendicino, joining host Dave Dale (former municipal issues columnist for both the Nugget and BayToday).

Topping the list of stories was the proposed renaming of Chippewa Intermediate and Secondary School, future development of lots and protection of water quality in the Trout Lake watershed, the proposed and pricey twin-pad community centre, the often-maligned budgeting process (which kicked off Monday with a water rate increase), much-anticipated operational review of city departments and the reconstruction of Cassellholme (as well as new board for Castle Arms).

See the City’s budget meeting information HERE.

Mendicino has already attracted negative feedback for suggesting a fulsome operational review and budget debate would include a hard look at the library and out-sourcing city services, such internet technology. And Campaigne says council’s debate about the community centre was muddied by focusing on the projected cost rather than the priorities of what it would provide.

UPDATE: BayToday posted a story about the podcast interview subject, focusing on the Trout Lake development issue, see it HERE and comment at the bottom of the article.

Five sports ‘dudes’
with hockey bias
mull top 2023 story

Covid finally caught up to Lisa Boivin, host of Echo’s premier podcast To North Bay With Love, so producer Ben Sargent took over the studio for a Special Sports Episode. Joining him for a discussion about the top sports stories of 2023 are Cogeco’s Clarke Heipel, BayToday’s Chris Dawson, The Nugget’s Greg Estabrooks and Small Town Times editor Dave Dale (also Echo content director). Lisa returns Thursday.

BayToday had already decided its pick for the top story last year, but the panel members offered their input on the various options with each having their say and they went around the horn at the end with ‘honourable mentions’ that went off the script previously outlined.

Marketing video
contest deadline
looming …

The Business Centre is holding a Small Business Video Challenge to premiere Feb. 5, 2024 on @TBCNPS YouTube with a submission deadline of Jan. 15, 2024. It’s a follow up to the small business ad contest last February. See more details at the bottom of the newsletter.

Today’s Zen Suggestion: If you’re a Gen X and you’re arguing with a Gen Z, you should take a good, long look in the mirror and ask yourself: “Why?”


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To North Bay With Love:

Ever get a ‘feeling’ about something, although there’s no apparent reason, yet the decision turns out 100% on the money? Lisa Boivin, host of Echo’s premier podcast, To North Bay With Love, shares in last Thursday’s episode how she followed such a ‘gut-feeling’ and it changed her life for the better.

It was the perfect introduction to her interview guests, Kelly and Karen Sarlo, a mother-daughter duo offering medium, medical intuitive and psychic modalities services. They talk about the value of intuition and how we are programmed at a young age to ignore our natural abilities to feel and interpret the world, although we shouldn’t.

You can find links to their ‘Coffee with the Sarlos’ and ‘Sips of Sanity’ podcasts on their ‘The Sarlos’ website, or go straight to their YouTube channel HERE.

Canadore College Village poster for podcast

Check last Tuesday’s To North Bay With Love episode with Kelsey Lecappelain and Linda Coghlan from The Village at Canadore College. Kelsey and Linda explain how The Village is the first of its kind facility in Canada and how it’s helping seniors remain active and social.

For the directory of all episodes, visit the Echo website page HERE.


Cogeco has the Mississauga Steelheads vs North Bay Battalion game live on YourTV Thursday at 7 p.m.

More ‘Music North Bay Style’ shows are planned in 2024. You’ll see new episodes of ‘Now You’re Cooking’. North Bay City Council coverage resumes on Tuesday, Jan.16 starting at 6:30 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.

Backroads Bill:

‘Windex Lakes’ are a natural phenomenon around the world expressing a very unique blue-green-aqua colour and clarity. Last week on the Backroads Bill podcast, Getting a Taste of the Carribean in Your Own Backyard, Bill and Ben investigate ‘Windex Lake’ examples that are in Northern Ontario.

New podcasts drop Wednesday mornings. Listen on the Echo website HERE. You can also find the Backroads Bill podcast on Spotify, Apple, IHeart Radio, Spreaker, Google, and Amazon. Read the Backroads Bill column at

The Frontline:

The North Bay Mitsubishi After Action Report starts live immediately following the final whistle of each Battalion home game. Catch them after Thursday’s tilt against the visiting Mississauga Steelheads. And watch for the Battalion trade deadline podcast to drop before the game.

Art People Podcast:

The Art People Podcast is a five-episode series produced by actor Joe Drinkwalter, with interviews with Michelina Beam of Dreamcoat Fantasy Theatre, Brianna Lintner of BReal Studios, actor and director Rob McCubbin, singer and songwriter Hannah Grace, and Kelsey Ruhl, about the On the Edge Fringe Festival.

Cheap Seats:

Cheap Seats is an eclectic conversation between best friends, Drew and Nick, who love talking about movies and whatever else comes to mind. Their 27th episode Dec. 13 sums it up with the heading: The Giant Meatball, Curse the Universe and Who is Oppenheimer?

Events Echo

Tuesday, Jan. 9

  • Conspiracy of 3 literary reading circle featuring Susan Haldane and an Open Mic at the North Bay Public Library from 7 to 8:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 10

  • Birds of a Feather at Lou Dawg’s from 8 to 11:30 p.m. with $3 cover added to bill

Thursday, Jan. 11

  • North Bay Battalion hosts the Mississauga Steelheads at Memorial Gardens, game time is 7 p.m.
  • Acoustic open mic at Lou Dawg’s hosted by Shawn Sasyniuk from 8 to 11 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 12

  • Peter Cliche plays during dinner at Lou Dawg’s 4 to 7 p.m. and The Funkers follow from 8 to 11 p.m.
  • Self-care Workshop, Endaayaan Awejaa, 187 Main St. West. Register [email protected]
  • Nipissing Lakers women’s hockey team (15-2) hosts York Lions at Memorial Gardens, puck drops at 7 p.m.
  • The Jesse Thomas Band at New Ontario Brewery from 8 p.m.


(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].

Theatre Making North Bay says: Come and play with us! Indigenous Play Reading Series for Seniors: February 3rd, 10th and 17th.

Small Business Video
Challenge offers prizes

The Business Centre is holding a Small Business Video Challenge to premiere Feb. 5, 2024 on @TBCNPS YouTube with a submission deadline of Jan. 15, 2024. It’s a follow up to the small business ad contest last February.

Home-based and commercial-based small businesses in Nipissing and Parry Sound are encouraged to create a 30-second video (cell phone vertical style) that promotes what makes their business special. Once submitted, a selection of 10 will be featured in a podcast-style video with a panel of local experts providing feedback to the viewers and listeners about what makes each submission effective and engaging.

Three prizes will be awarded to the top video creators with points based on creativity, production value and business marketing with an extra prize for most engaging. Of course, each participating business wins by getting exposure in the contest, with both viewers and the other businesses. 

Sponsors are: North Bay EchoDigital Main StreetOBIAAOntario Government, The Business Centre Nipissing Parry Sound and TABIA. The link to submit videos is HERE, where you’ll also find more information.

Does your group
or business want
to have a podcast?

If you want your North Bay and area podcast or YouTube video stories/interviews included on the Echo Community Podcast Network, there are a few basic requirements: Shows need a track record with at least five previously published podcasts or videos; Descriptions of each episode are needed, as well as a general description with artwork; plus a specific playlist of up to 15 shows (so new shows are added to the website listing automatically).

We’re interested in promoting shows that want to expand and grow by capitalizing on promotion through the network and the Echo Essentials newsletter. We also offer a new show development service where we help create, brand and market podcasts for a fee. Inquire by email with [email protected]

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