Echo Essentials North Bay Edition

Dec 4, 2023

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  • Video contest for small business marketing
  • Two sides to every story, podcast host says
  • Echo Essentials newsletter looking for feedback

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Today’s Introspection

allan hirsh cartoon open to change

“What makes you think I’m not open to change?” – Allan Hirsh Cartoon

Echo Essentials

Video contest for
small business marketing

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.

2NBWL podcast host
provides greater context


Fiat iustitia, et pereat mundus is a Latin phrase, meaning “Let justice be done, though the world perish”.

“I’m not a judge, lawyer or journalist, but I did recently sit down with two journalists to speak about the legal system (and media). Stu Campaigne joined Dave Dale and I on To North Bay With Love to hear about their coverage of the recent Sheldon Forgette trial,” host Lisa Boivin says about the show that drops Tuesday morning.

Campaigne talked about BayToday’s decision to cover the assault and forcible confinement charges in the middle of an election last year and how he felt covering the trial, as well as the challenge of being objective after covering Forgette as an elected official and getting to know him over the years. And Dale wasn’t sure if having Forgette on for a Small Town Times podcast (for an unrelated matter) and referencing the court coverage in the newsletter would backfire if he was found guilty.

It was also complicated because intimate partner violence has been prevalent in the news as of late, Boivin explains.

“In 2021-Statistics Canada reported more than four in 10 women have experienced some form of intimate partner violence (IPV) in their lifetimes be it psychological, physical, or sexual violence. Violence of any kind is never ok and must be taken seriously immediately,” she said, noting “there are always two sides to a story.”

If you or someone you know is in a situation that is not safe, here are some resources that can maybe help:

What should we change?

Echo Essentials is nearing its three-month anniversary and that feels like a good time to tweak the product and focus in on what works for readers and lean away from what isn’t, how you say, “essential.” If you were the editor, what would you do?

Would you prefer this newsletter once, twice or three times a week? Which days and times are best?

Is the event section helpful? Is there anything specific you’d like us to keep track of for you, such as sports, entertainment or meetings (such as council or school board updates)?

A digital survey will follow next week, but we could use some advance feedback to help whittle down the questions if you have a few ideas to share by emailing [email protected]


Today’s Zen Suggestion: If you’re not humming Christmas carols as you run around town doing errands, please share your secret. Ear plugs, headphones or Grinch supplements?


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To North Bay With Love:

Last Thursday’s 2NBWL podcast was about the true meaning of friendship and how fun it is to play with swords. The 24th episode of To North Bay With Love podcast with host Lisa Boivin features the #fiftytwocoffees interview with Bobby Ray. Haven’t listened to all of the shows? We have a handy directory HERE.

The Frontline:

Catch the North Bay Mitsubishi After Action Report live after the Battalion hosts Kingston Thursday night: In last week’s Frontline podcast interview, Ben and Kortney are joined by a pair of imports from the North Bay Battalion, Alex Cajkovic and Ihnat Pazii. The duo discuss coming to North Bay, hockey experiences across the pond, languages, cultural changes, ice fishing and a whole lot more.


  • The second part of the Mike Gelinas interview with John McGale (who passed away last year) is out now and airing on YourTV. The next one is Dec. 6 at 1:30 p.m.
  • North Bay’s Santa Claus Parade will air throughout the month of December.
  • Char’s Kitchen & Now You’re Cooking have new episodes out as well running weekdays at 11:30 a.m. Queen’s Park Report will have a new episode starting Sunday at 5:30 p.m.

Backroads Bill:

Get your favourite pair of rubber boots out as Bill takes us through the best hiking trails in Ontario. He tells us all about interpretive signage and how it can enhance your experience and all of the volunteers who help to keep these trails intact for people to enjoy. A new podcast drops every Wednesday morning, this week Bill and Roy Slack, of the Canadian Institute of Mining, chat about the remedial work needed at old mine sites.

How far north can you drive a vehicle in Ontario (without using winter roads)? Find out in a recent Backroads Bill podcast. In other episodes this month, Bill and his road trip partner Brian Emblin share their quest to find the four corners of the province and Finding the Geographic Centre of Ontario.

Events Echo

Thursday, Dec. 7

  • North Bay Battalion hosts Kingston at 7 p.m.
  • Average Joe’s Presents – North Bay Singer/Songwriter/Performer Lynn Blunt 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • The Proscenium Club presents the Three Musketeers at Odyssee Theatre at 7 p.m. It’s actually sold out Thursday (there may be ticket resellers), same for  Friday and Saturday night, there may be a couple tickets left for the Saturday matinee at 2 p.m. Get tickets at Darkhorse Comics North Bay or at [email protected]

(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].


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