Echo Essentials North Bay Edition

Mar 19, 2024

A handy package
of curated news
and views.

‘Forever chemicals’ are in the news again.

The CBC did a piece this week about the City of North Bay and the Department of National Defence beginning a project this spring to ‘mitigate’ perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination at the airport property. It has also seeped into downstream private residence wells and Trout Lake, the city’s source of drinking water (as well as shoreline households drawing water directly from it.)

Next week, on Wednesday, March 27, there’s a public forum at the North Bay Public Library offering a PFAS primer.

Top Shelf

  • Today’s 2NBWL covers health care challenges, options and solutions
  • Are you into adventure? Backroads got ya covered tomorrow


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Today’s Awesomeness

rough legged hawk photo by pat stack

A stunning capture of a Rough Legged Hawk during a recent shoot by photographer Pat Stack, who recently marked three quarters of a century on this third rock from the sun. Happy belated birthday wishes.


Echo Essentials

Nipissing Wellness
is working to smooth
out health care wrinkles

How do we keep the doctors from burning out and how do we make sure patients are getting the care they deserve?

Wendy Clute-Smith joins Lisa Boivin on the 2NBWL podcast today to talk about how Nipissing Wellness, one of nearly 60 Ontario Health Teams in the province, fits into the provincial health care picture.

“The idea here is that all of those players (35 care providers and organizations in Nipissing) come together around a single virtual table and talk about how we can connect ourselves to be one seamless team,” she said, adding they are among 12 teams in Ontario picked to move forward to advance collaborative options for people.

“We have a really strong drive to have our primary care providers, which are both our physicians and our nurse practitioners and really engaged in the conversation because they’re the foundation of how we how we deliver care,” Wendy said, explaining how the old model that required doctors to be the single entry point for thousands of patients is driving new ones away.

Backroads Bill
talks adventure
with Adam Shoalts

adam shoaltz adventurer

Adam Shoalts joins the Backroads Bill podcast tomorrow morning to talk about his novel Alone Against the North and his journey that puts him in the running as one of Canada’s greatest explorers. He has led many expeditions including for the Royal Canadian Geological Society and has been listed as a best-selling author four times so far.

How did he become such an adventurer?

“I think it’s partly just a consequence of growing up in Canada,” Adam says. “I mean, I think a lot of kids all over Canada, whether you live in Ontario or B.C. or Newfoundland or indeed anywhere in between, we naturally gravitate towards the outdoors because we’re lucky enough to live in a country where we still have so many wild places and easy access to them in so much of the rest of the world, that’s not necessarily the case.”


Today’s Zen Suggestion: Every four hours, stop what you’re doing and reflect on the positives in your life … unless your job is to tighten the bolts on a Boeing aircraft.



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To North Bay With Love:

Protect yourself from CRA jail …

There are more than 50 episodes of the 2NBWL podcast to check out HERE.


Windsor Spitfires vs North Bay Battalion Mar 7th 2024 After Action Report - The Frontline

The North Bay Mitsubishi After Action Report starts live immediately following the final whistle of each Battalion home game. Harrison Clements and Ben Long break down all the action and react to player and coaches comments fresh off the ice.


Catch the next North Bay Battalion game against the visiting Barrie Colts on Wednesday at 7 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.

Watch for new episodes of Music North Bay Style with host Mike Gelinas on YourTV. Here are some air dates for several guests:

Mike Foisy:
Mar 19, 2024 21:00:00
Mon, Mar 25, 2024 21:30:00
Wed, Mar 27, 2024 13:30:00
Sat, Mar 30, 2024 13:30:00

Brian McDowell:
Tue, Mar 19, 2024 21:30:00
Tue, Mar 26, 2024 13:30:00
Thu, Mar 28, 2024 13:30:00

Jason Lamoureux:
Wed, Mar 20, 2024 13:30:00
Wed, Mar 20, 2024 14:30:00

Backroads Bill:

The Backroads Bill Podcast

Follow the Backroads Bill podcast in video form on the North Bay Echo YouTube channel, this website under the Echo network, Spreaker or Spotify.

Echo Essentials Podcast:

Mark your day calendar for Thursday’s upcoming show with Scott and Dave talking to BayToday’s Stu Champaigne about investigative journalism that matters. Until then, you’ll like this short clip from the interview with Deputy Mayor Maggie Horsfield where Dave asks her position (before being elected and after) about the West Ferris arena.

Wingspan Entrepreneur:

Wingspan Entrepreneurs Podcast

Wingspan Entrepreneurs by Joel Arndt is all about financial issues and provides the inspiration and information to lift your business to the next stratosphere. There are seven episodes so far. Check out Wingspan’s audio-only show on our website network page or follow on Spotify. If you have an established podcast and want to capitalize on extra eyeballs and episode promotion through the Echo network, email [email protected] to start the process.

Cheap Seats:

Cheap Seats Podcast

Rated as “Explicit”, the 37th episode of Cheap Seats is entitled: Whoopsie Doodles, Sidewalk Anxiety, & Have You Heard The ECHO?

Cheap Seats is an eclectic conversation between best friends, Drew and Nick, who love talking about movies and whatever else comes to mind.


3-Day Events Echo

Wednesday, March 20

  • Take the Lead, Equine Assisted Learning, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at 394 Highway 654, Callander. For more info, contact Paige Lockton at [email protected]
  • NU360 Speaker Night, learn about exciting research, at the NUSU Student Centre, 6 to 8 p.m., RSVP HERE
  • North Bay Battalion hosts the Barrie Colts at 7 p.m.

, Thursday, March 21

  • OutLoud North Bay presents Recipes for Kids – Cooking for Kids 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Super Fun Time Trivia at Moose’s Cookhouse 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Friday, March 22

  • North Bay is hosting a FIRST Robotics competition with 32 teams from across the province confirmed to attend the March 22 to March 24 public event at Nipissing University in the R.J. Surtees Student Athletic Centre
  • The Capitol Centre presents Irish Mythen at 7:30 p.m.
  • North Bay Museum opening reception for Service Clubs exhibits 1:30 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].


The North Bay Sports Hall of Fame’s 43rd Annual Induction and Awards Dinners are being held Saturday, April 27 and Saturday, May 11, both at the Davedi Club.

Inductees for April 27 are: Chris Bonany, Ken Cox, Len Gushe, Steve McLaren, and Isabelle Sauve. Inductees for May 11 are: Dominique Bouchard, Ann-Renée Guillemette, Sue Knight, Gary Kraft, John Loyst, and Brian Murray.

See the BayToday story for the list of award winners. Tickets are available from Larry Tougas at 705-303-8104 or any Hall of Fame Board Member. Tickets are also available at the Davedi Club by calling 705-474-4190.



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