Echo Essentials North Bay Edition

Mar 14, 2024

A handy package
of curated news
and views.

If you’re looking for a very deep dive into the Israeli/Palestinian nightmare, check out Lex Fridman’s podcast released today. Four history experts debate points of contention. He has more than 3.7 million subscribers and it had more than 100,000 views within hours.

For a #throwbackthursday essay on the fourth anniversary of the COVID pandemic, try the West Nip Voice’s piece by Rejean Venne.

And if the monarchy is your thing, North Bay Mayor Peter Chirico has invited King Charles III and Queen Camilla to visit North Bay during its centennial celebrations in 2025. See the BayToday story HERE.

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#throwbackthursday: On March 14, 2020, the 406 Wing‘s St. Paddy’s Day party was one of the last public gatherings before Ontario shut down for the first time of the COVID pandemic. At the Grande Event Centre, Bob Wood celebrated his 80th birthday. See the Small Town Times video.


Top Shelf

  • Tax professional gives podcast host alarming insight
  • Budgeting with the Deputy Mayor
  • If necessary, Temagami should be a World Heritage Site


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Today’s Little Wrinkle
by Allan Hirsh

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Echo Essentials

Tax professional
gives podcast host
alarming insight

Dawn Lagesten joins the show after her keynote speech at the Queen of the North summit held at the Black Saddle Barn in Callander. She gives 2NBWL host, Lisa Boivin, a few pointers about tax issues for small business managers and sole proprietors … and Lisa realizes she could do much better about claiming expenses.

Producer Ben also corrects Lisa on her use of the word wind chill (not windshield) and what the Mandela effect is all about (although the editor suggests that the windshield vs windchill thing isn’t an example of Mandela effect.)

City budgeting
a balancing act,
says budget chief

Deputy Mayor Maggie Horsfield joins Scott and Dave to talk about the budget process the city is going through this year. She explains why they need tax increases and where that money goes. Scott suggests that the Summer in the Park Festival was actually a great bang for the public buck after Maggie says the Summer Concert series, Bay Block Party and Capitol Centre’s Blues Festival is good for now.

The hosts begin the episode chatting about what’s going on at city council with Dave ranting about procedural bylaw hypocrisy while Scott asks viewers: Whose cell phone on council would you like to look at if you had the chance?

Make Temagami
a World Heritage
Site, if necessary

mary laronde of teme-augama anishnabai temagami

Mary Laronde, of the Teme-Augami Anishnabai, says recent provincial and federal deals with the Metis Nation of Ontario circumvent the rightful Indigenous caretaker role her people have for their territory, n’DakiMenan.

Small Town Times posted an hour-long interview yesterday that was recorded at the North Bay Echo studio several weeks ago. She shares her understanding of the history of the area, from the hunting trails dating back more than 5,000 years, family lines and leadership dating back two centuries and how the land is long-coveted by resource capitalists.

Spring fed and bountiful, a rich watershed with old growth forests with rivers that flow in all directions, Mary said it should be considered a wonder and protected as a World Heritage Site if that is what it takes.


Today’s Zen Suggestion: If you’re an old Gen Zer or young Boomer, you probably look at today’s youth and shake your head in bewilderment. Just look at how they spend their spare time, a good example is HERE.



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To North Bay With Love:

Using a microwave to heat unpasteurized honey is damaging its natural medicinal properties on a molecular level, making it as benign as pasteurized products. That’s just one of the things 2NBWL podcast host Lisa Boivin learned while talking to Jaimie Board of Board’s Honey Farm. They spoke during a break at the Queen of the North Summit held Feb. 29 at the Black Saddle Barn venue in Callander. Listen to the podcast interview on this website HERE or follow on Spreaker or Spotify.


If you’re into baseball, check out The Frontline’s 3-2 Count. On this weeks episode, Matt, Brad and Kortney discuss the Blue Jays signing Joey Votto, the Dodgers moving Mookie Betts to short stop and in the Hit on History they look back at Josh Donaldson’s career and debate if the Jays made a mistake by trading The Bringer of Rain in 2018.

Check out The Frontline’s Mitsubishi After Action Report featuring Harrison Clements and Ben Long breaking down all the action after the North Bay Battalion play the Brantford Bulldogs Thursday at 7 p.m. Until then, check out the report posted Sunday after doubling the Sudbury Wolves 4-2.


Catch the next North Bay Battalion game against the visiting Brantford Bulldogs on Thursday 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. Airing now are interviews with Mike Foisy, Steph Leroux, Sam Harvey, and John MacDonald.

Backroads Bill:

Devil’s Rock on the west side of Lake Temiskaming near North Cobalt rivals the Barron Canyon in Algonquin Park and the Ouimet Canyon east of Thunder Bay. It is not just the sheer height of the cliffs that take your breath of the way. The 180°- plus panoramic view has an uninterrupted sightline in three directions.

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:

Last week, Bev Hillier, manager of North Bay planning and building services, talked about the Trout Lake Watershed Study and Management Plan. The interview, published March 7, addresses several items raised by the Trout Lake Conservation Association, which were the focus of a previous podcast interview with TLCA member Liza Vandermeer.

Wingspan Entrepreneur:

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:

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.

Small Town Times:

Some of the recent interviews include a memorial featuring Terry Lucenti HERE and another with Lea Bale and Ross Sawyer about Nipissing Junction.

See also the website story about the Ferris Business Network’s Lake Nipissing Ice-Off Challenge, which is offering a $3,000 prize package to the person who makes the correct prediction HERE.



3-Day Events Echo

Thursday, March 14

  • North Bay Battalion host the Brantford Bulldogs at 7 p.m.
  • Super Fun Time Trivia at Moose’s Cookhouse at 7:30 p.m.
  • Acoustic Open Mic at Lou Dawg’s hosted by Shawn Sasyniuk. No cover.
  • Local authors and their achievements celebrated at Conspiracy of 3’s annual International Women’s Day event at the Nipissing Student Centre – Bay Bistro 7 to 8:30 p.m. If interested, please contact Sadie Laporte: [email protected]

Friday, March 15

  • The Capitol Centre presents Big Sugar celebrating their groundbreaking double vinyl release ‘Five Hundred Pounds’ at 7:30 p.m.
  • Darius Murray plays at Lou Dawg’s at 8 p.m. with $2 cover added to bill

Saturday, March 16

  • North Bay Farmers’ Market at 222 McIntyre St. (Kennedy Building) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Allison the Bookman presents a Meet and Greet with local author John Champagne 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Martial Arts Weekend Saturday and Sunday at the Pinewood Ramada, spectators free. This is the 10th anniversary event organized by Marcea’s Martial Arts. Participant cost is $70. Call 705-840-3464
  • West Ferris Legion presents St. Paddy’s Day Dinner and Dance with Ghost Rider, $25 (or $5 at the door after dinner).
  • North Bay Public Library presents DIY Mitten Monsters for 12-plus years of age from 2 to 3 p.m. in the mezzanine. Register online, in person, or by phone at 705-474-4830.
  • Guerilla Grooves presents TOAN, Medussah and Napoleon! at Canadore College’s Weaver Auditorium, doors open at 6:30 p.m. $17 at Eventbrite

General Meeting on Monday, March 18 at 7 p.m., at Christ Church, 312 Greenwood Ave.
$5 at the door for the evening. Guest Speaker Silviculture Forester Andree Morneault. Annual membership $15 Single or  $20 per family.


(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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