Echo Essentials North Bay Edition

Jun 25, 2024

A handy package of curated 
news and podcasts.

Two Nugget stories caught our eye this week:

The first one was about the lack of foster parents in the area, with the Nipissing Parry Sound District Children’s Aid Society spending hundreds of thousands of dollars annually to send kids to homes in southern Ontario. Included is the cost to commute staff and parents for visits and check ups. It makes us wonder why?

The second story was about a public tax bill that’s growing exponentially to cover funeral expenses for those who can’t afford services. Are more poor people dying or is it a matter of inflation? Inquiring minds want to know.

In unrelated news, circle Aug. 3 on your Civic Holiday weekend calendar. The North Bay Heritage Railway and Carousel Co. is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a special day of events, including the naming of its two-millionth rider. See the story HERE.


Top Shelf

  • Bringing the foods of Nepal to downtown North Bay
  • Former police officer shares Sabe (Sasquatch) story


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Today’s Eye Candy

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Mist rises gently from the Mattawa River at the Campion Rapids in the Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park. The photographer, Bill Steer, of the Backroads Bill podcast, says he likes to start his morning listening to the movement of the river as it passes by. “It has a melodious breaking sound as the rapids’ crests rise and fall…rise and fall again and again but never the same.” Share this newsletter if you like positivity mixed in with your daily grind.


Downtown restaurant
hosting multi-cultural
gathering Thursday

Laxmi Konwar, owner of the Northern Himalayan Cafe, joins Lisa to chat about moving from Nepal to North Bay and how it led to opening a restaurant in the airport.

After being named in the listing of the top 25 best airport restaurants in Canada, Laxmi moved into a downtown location and has started incorporating live music and other events into the cafe’s atmosphere.

See the poster at the bottom of the Events Echo listing about a multi-cultural gathering the Cafe is hosting Thursday.

  • Laxmi joins the show to talk about the Himalayan Cafe  1:50
  • The importance of good food healing the body 6:40
  • The cafe’s main street location and dealing with the construction 13:25
  • Laxmi is trying to revive the culture of community eating together 17:35


Former police officer
shares details of his
Sasquatch sighting

Ken Dokis joins the Backroads Bill podcast tomorrow morning to share his sighting of Sabe, the Anishinaabemowin word for Sasquatch and Big Foot.

For Ken, a member of Nipissing First Nation, it was a deep, personal experience that he hasn’t been able to fully share until recently because he was a Indigenous chief of police at the time.




Today’s Zen Suggestion: Nothing is black and white … especially people. Nobody will fit into your convenient ‘pigeon hole’ of understanding, no matter what narrative you embrace.


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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:

Featured on last week’s Echo Essentials podcast is Karin Pratte, the City’s Senior Environment and Facilities Engineer, who manages the water filtration plant, waste water treatment and Merrick landfill, among other things.

She describes the city’s role in cleaning up a PFAS ‘hot-spot’ at the airport, which is funded 97 percent by the Department of National Defence, which owned the property when firefighting foam exercises contaminated soils. The show was posted on Thursday afternoon as an open house was to taking place at Memorial Gardens. Other agencies sharing info included the Ministry of Environment and North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit.

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.

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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:

In episode 51, we learn about the new board game called TRIPPED created by Eric and Mark.

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:

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 based 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]

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 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


north bay bulldogs at hamilton 23-20 OT win

The NFC North Bay Bulldogs beat Hamilton 23-20 in double OT for a road win on the weekend, improving their record to 2-1 this season. Next home game is July 6 when Oakville visits the Steve Omischl Sports Field Complex. On Sunday, the Bantam Bulldogs blanked host Orangeville 32-0 and the junior varsity squad lost 19-14 to host Sudbury. See bantam pic below. This Sunday, the ‘Dogs host Peterborough for a bantam game at noon and JV clash at 2 p.m.

Events Echo


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Wednesday, June 26

Thursday, June 27

Friday, June 28



(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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