Echo Essentials North Bay Edition

Dec 6, 2023

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Top Shelf

  • Downtown developers making strategic decisions
  • Do abandoned mines get cleaned up?
  • 34th anniversary of Montreal massacre hits close to home

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Today’s Awesomeness

gerry gooderham photo of lake temagami ice

Photographer Gerry Gooderham captures the first ice of the season in a Lake Temagami bay. Contact him via email: [email protected]

Echo Essentials

Downtown developers
making strategic decisions

How often do you take a shopping road trip to bigger cities or shop online because of a lack of options in North Bay?

North Bay Vision Development Inc. is trying to change that by developing parts of North Bay to entice big brands and more economic traffic to our city.

Ben Farella, one of the managing partners, joins Lisa, host of To North Bay With Love, to talk about how this project started and his hopes for the future of North Bay. The episode drops first thing tomorrow morning (Thursday, Dec. 7).

BayToday posted a story today featuring a related discussion featuring Rod Bilz, of Remedy Developments and Building Blocks.

Do abandoned mines
get cleaned up?

six site mine

Roy Slack, of the Canadian Institute of Mining (CIM), joins Backroads Bill Steer for an interesting discussion about abandoned mines in this week’s podcast.

Slack, former president of Cementation, and Steer, focus on the Renabie Gold Mine, which was reclaimed by nature under the 1992 Mining Act. They drill into the impact of mining on the environment as well as what regulates mining companies once the ore is tapped out.

Mining in space was also discussed.

34th anniversary of
Montreal massacre
hits close to home

The father of the Sault Ste. Marie woman killed in October’s mass shooting travelled to Quebec this week to mark the 34th anniversary of the Montreal massacre with survivors. The 1989 femicide at École Polytechnique claimed the lives of 14 women.

Brian Sweeney, father of intimate partner violence victim Angie Sweeney, has also penned a letter that will be sent to all Canadian senators, urging them to vote in favour of strengthening Canada’s gun control laws. See the story HERE.

What should we change?

Echo Essentials is nearing its three-month anniversary and wants feedback about what we can do better. If you were the editor about to tweak this publication, what would you do? Our first response after telling readers we are seeking feedback:

“To date I haven’t listened to the podcasts. Not that they’re uninteresting…I just prefer doing other things and forget I could be listening when I’m cooking, etc. I like the newsletter and prefer frequent editions.  I also like the events listed.  Very helpful to know what’s happening in and around the environs.”

If you have a few ideas to share. Email  [email protected]


Today’s Zen Suggestion: Learn to project calmness when under pressure or in the company of someone who is stressed and anxious. Body language and controlled breathing are key. Or throw gas on the fire and see what happens. Your choice.


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Echo Network

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 Three Musketeers play, which premiers tomorrow, was the hottest ticket in town and sold out. 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 is Monday, Dec. 18
  • 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 Capitol Centre presents National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation at 7 p.m. Advance tickets $7, day of show $10.
  • 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]

Friday, Dec. 8

  • Peter Cliche is playing at the Match Eatery at 8 p.m.
  • Verdon Vaillancourt plays at Gateway City Brewery 7 to 10 p.m.
  • Trinity Arts and Near North Voices present Christmas, A Humbug? from Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol at 7 p.m. (sing-a-long at 6:30):

Saturday, Dec. 9

(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].




Small Business Video Challenge offers prizes

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.

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