Echo Essentials North Bay Edition

Jun 20, 2024

A handy package of curated 
news and podcasts.

If you missed the Armed Forces Day celebration in North Bay yesterday, we are providing the coverage links featuring articles, photos and video on BayToday, The Nugget, Cogeco YourTV and CTV.

An article about the North Bay and District Chamber of Commerce asking for some City of North Bay funding to assist a new immigration pilot program was followed by a Don Curry, Immigration Consultant, column today.


Top Shelf

  • Several agencies mixed into North Bay’s PFAS problem
  • Vic Pettella was a role model of a family man and entrepreneur


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Today’s Essential Cartoon
by Allan Hirsh

Allan Hirsh cartoon burnout


Several agencies
have roles in
‘forever chemical’ issue

North Bay is co-hosting a public open house on PFAS ‘forever chemicals’ today (Thursday, June 20) at Memorial Gardens, from 3 to 8 p.m., with a 4 p.m. presentation repeated at 6 p.m.

Featured on this podcast is Karin Pratte, the City’s Senior Environment and Facilities Engineer, who manages the water filtration plant, waste water treatment and Merrick landfill.

Joining the city at the public forum is the Department of National Defence, which owned the airport property when firefighting foam exercises contaminated soils, the Ministry of Environment and North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit.

Keeping a close eye on the PFAS issue is the Trout Lake Conservation Association, check out its latest newsletter on the subject. TLCANEWS_Summer 2024

As for the pre-interview banter between co-hosts Dave Dale and Scott Clark, the topic is about parking. Scott argues that it’s safer to back into your space and Dave pokes logical holes in his contention.


Son of beloved
shoe repair icon
shares touching stories

The late Vic Pettella of Vic’s Shoe Repair will be featured in the Summer 2024 edition of the Back in the Bay Magazine, scheduled for release July 10. Vic passed away Feb. 17, 2024, just a month short of his 83rd birthday.

The article will be founded on this Small Town Times interview with his son, Marcello, who worked alongside his father for most of the store’s 61 years. Add a comment about Vic, who was considered a skilled, kind and fair man adored by his friends and family, and some will be included in the print magazine feature. Email [email protected]




Today’s Zen Suggestion: ‘Turning the other cheek’ is not the same as ‘mooning’ the Canada Day parade … unless you’re among the feral Gen Zs, then anything goes.


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Echo Network

To North Bay With Love:

Bill Walton and Liz Humphrey join the show to discuss the Warriors of Hope and their personal journeys overcoming breast cancer.

  • Bill and Liz join the show  3:20
  • Bill talks about his journey with breast cancer 7:20
  • What Warriors of Hope is and dragon boating 15:00
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Echo Essentials:

New North Bay Police Chief Daryl Longworth joins Echo Essentials co-hosts Scott Clark and Dave Dale to talk about his background, why he took on the role after retirement in Woodstock, Ont. and his priorities.

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Backroads Bill:

On this week’s Backroads Bill show, Mark Harris from Waterfalls of Ontario describes what it took to create an interactive map featuring different waterfalls across Ontario.

Mark talks about his passion for waterfalls and how his online community has grown to over 40,000 people sharing their adventures on social media.

Check Out the Full Set

Northern Ontario Mining Showcase Podcast:

Host Scott Clark catches up with Jean Guy Perreault and Marc Perreault of Fabrithane to talk about expansion within the industry, custom products and more.

Host Scott Clark catches up with Jean Guy Perreault and Marc Perreault of Fabrithane to talk about expansion within the industry, custom products and more.

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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Echo Network Members


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.

Check Out the Full Set


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

Also watch for coverage of the Northland Wrestling Conquest VI on July 6 at 8 p.m. and the Kiwanis Citizen of the Year celebration on July 1 at 8 p.m.

Watch Video Stories on YourTV


GRYPHON: It’s the season 4 finale of the Frontline, and ohhhh boy, is it a doozy! Kortney is joined by Kassie and Ben to break down all the details and moves made by the North Bay Battalion, including a stunning move for the President’s position.

Kortney also sheds light on some issues that have come up the past few years.After, the trio discuss the Memorial Cup, and Ben has some ideas to change up the tournament!

Check Out All The Frontline Episodes

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:

Episode 51: Hate The Volume, Trading Snacks, & Should You Call the MINISTRY if the WARFARE is UNGENTLEMANLY?

This episode is in honor of those who wreck their bodies for our entertainment. Stunt performers! The boys also go through playground snacks, Drew does not like the Volume, Nick has his Last Dance, and PB tries to find the lie. Today’s featured film is “The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare” and we hope you join us!

New episodes are available on Wednesdays.

For the Full Set

Small Town Times:

From the archives, just in time for summer baseball, see last year’s interview with two of the city’s young diamond dynamos HERE.

For the latest men’s league coverage, see The Nugget.

For More Small Town Times Podcasts

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.

View All Wingspan Entrepreneur Episodes



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Echo Sports

bulldogs football poster

The North Bay Bulldogs are on the road this weekend. Saturday, the seniors are taking on the GTA All-Stars and the Jr. Varsity squad travels to Sudbury. On Sunday, the Bantam Bulldogs are in Orangeville. On June 30, the ‘Dogs host Peterborough for a bantam game at noon and JV at 2 p.m.

Events Echo


Thursday, June 20

Friday, June 21

Saturday, June 22


(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 June newsletter with month-long highlights HERE.)



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From the last newsletter, in case you missed it …

North Bay police are telling Birchhaven residents it’s not so bad here after a shooting in their neighbourhood. Meanwhile, three people died after a shooting near a North York daycare recently … here’s the year-to-date statistics for Toronto gun violence.

Don’t let the political spin confuse you about the new capital gains tax, the best explanation is HERE.

If you’re hot and bothered by the heat wave this week and don’t have a place to escape the humidity, drop by the city’s official cooling centres at Memorial Gardens from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the Transit Terminal from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.



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