Echo Essentials North Bay Edition

Jun 13, 2024

A handy package of curated 
news and podcasts.

Mark your calendar for two big events next week:

The 12th annual Armed Forces Day at the waterfront is on Wednesday, June 19, beginning at 10 a.m. It features the Snowbirds, the Canadian Armed Forces SkyHawks Parachute Team and the CF-18 Demonstration Team, as well as 22 Wing Band. It’s a special year because of the 100th anniversary of the RCAF.

There’s also a PFAS “forever chemicals” information open house co-hosted by the Department of National Defence and City of North Bay at Memorial Gardens on Thursday, June 20. Representatives from the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks and the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit will also be in attendance to answer questions from the public.

In related news, Karin Pratte, the city’s senior environment and facilities engineer, who also leads North Bay’s PFAS mitigation project, joins the Echo Essentials podcast set for June 20 to discuss the issue and plan moving forward. Keeping a close eye on the PFAS issue is the Trout Lake Conservation Association, check out its latest newsletter on the subject. TLCANEWS_Summer 2024


Top Shelf

  • Police chief says keeping officers well helps make city safer
  • Mom commutes to keep employer’s benefit plan to afford CF medication


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Today’s Observation
by Allan Hirsh

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“Honey, you seem a little distracted from our love making tonight”



New Police Chief
puts high priority
on officer wellness

New North Bay Police Chief Daryl Longworth joins Echo Essentials co-hosts Scott Clark and Dave Dale to talk about his background, why he took on the role after retirement in Woodstock, Ont. and his priorities.

Longworth, who made a presentation to council June 4, explained how high-profile cases in southern Ontario provided experience that shaped his perspective on helping officers cope with their traumas and networking with other public service agencies.

Before the interview, which was recorded June 6, Scott and Dave talk about their own experiences with police after critiquing City Hall’s odd-coloured glass replacement and toilet bowl design.

Mother commutes
3 hours daily to
keep benefits for kids’
Cystic Fibrosis medicine

Macrina Perron commutes three hours per day to Huntsville for work to maintain her employer’s benefit plan so she can afford life-changing medication for her two children who have Cystic Fibrosis.

Macrina joins the To North Bay With Love podcast today to share the challenges her kids go through daily and how medicine has evolved to allow her kids to live life to the fullest despite their disease.

To donate to Cystic Fibrosis Canada via Macrina, check out this LINK

  • Macrina joins Lisa to discuss CF  1:50
  • How Macrina dealt with the diagnosis at first 6:25
  • How the medication helps her kids  11:00
  • Macrina’s fundraising trip to Costa Rica 19:10




Today’s Zen Suggestion: You can plant your peas and beans now, the soil is warm enough to germinate seeds with a long season ahead to ensure a fall harvest. Or you can buy those GMO products that are ‘flash frozen’ in far off lands with carbon footprints bigger than Sasquatch. Your choice.


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Backroads Bill:

Ben Sargent and Mykayla King join the Backroads Bill podcast to share their Mattawa River Canoe Race experience on the weekend. Neither had paddled a canoe in years, although they had teenage experience to draw on.

They discuss the new records that were set and how they managed to get across Trout Lake, the first 10 kilometres of the 64-km trek, but ended up in the drink while trying to disembark at the Stepping Stones dock for a stretch. Video of their swimming moment is in the podcast show.

Check Out the Full Set

To North Bay With Love:

The Green Fox Kitchen was born after two teachers turned their passion for cooking into a full time business. The goal is to provide healthy and delicious plant-based meals to people in North Bay.

Cheryl Brisson joins Lisa Boivin on the 2NBWL podcast to talk about her and her husband Mike’s journey from teachers to entrepreneurs (with a pre-order and pick-up service).

At one point, Lisa describes how she likes fish and eggs too much for veganism, noting she has no trouble catching and preparing fish (although cow and sow are a bit much for her butcher’s block). Cheryl patiently explained that some of their clients are meat-eaters too, and their delicious plant-based meals help balance their diets.

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Echo Essentials:

Coun. Mark King, chairman of the District of Nipissing Social Services Administration Board, joins the Echo Essentials podcast to discuss the issue with hosts Scott Clark and Dave Dale. King doesn’t support a consultant’s report that recommended a “homeless hub” of such services within three blocks of the downtown area where many homeless, often with mental health and addiction issues, receive medical, pharmaceutical and other support services.

King said the experience of having the “warming centre” in a variety of locations these past few years informs his viewpoint. He said the negative consequences for those living nearby or operating businesses is substantial.

Listen to the Full Show

Northern Ontario Mining Showcase Podcast:

Host Scott Clark catches up with Jason Welch of Timmins Mechanical Solutions to chat about services in house and in the field.


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.

View All NOMS Podcast Episodes



Echo Network Members


Richard Fortin Presents:

The Richard Fortin Presents 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 posted a video to its website about Scoliosis Awareness Day.

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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.

View All Marianne Vander Dussen Episodes

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. Check out the audio-only show on our website network page or follow on Spotify.

View All Wingspan Entrepreneur Episodes

Cheap Seats:

Episode 50: Cheap Seats Game Show – The Sequel 

The guys are set to play MANY games! From episodes 33 to 49, Drew has been making games to wrap up each show. Sometimes he has two ideas, but there’s only time for one. Now he’s emptying his closet. Nick & BEN are the constants on the second edition of the Cheap Seats Game Show!

New episodes are available on Wednesdays.

For the Full Set

Small Town Times:

Today’s Small Town Times podcast highlights the differences of opinion and common ground between former councilor Dave Mendicino and Coun. Mark King, current chairman of the District of Nipissing Social Services Administration Board.

Several weeks ago, STT host Dave Dale was trying to set up a podcast debate between the two but King was not having any of it. North Bay news hounds will recall that King and Mendicino were on opposing sides during the rift between the Casselholme Home for the Aged and a portion of council and staff regarding the $120-million reconstruction project.

King thinks Mendicino’s love for podcasting is just part of a long campaign to run for council again in two years. Also addressed in the STT show, the former councillor was asked to address whether or not he’s running for council again.

For More Small Town Times Podcasts



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Echo Sports

goalie resiliency tom hedican chris dawson rob graham

There’s a new podcast being produced in North Bay that could serve a larger audience base: Goalie Resiliency. The co-hosts are Rob Graham, left, author of the book The Mandate to be Great and Techno-Resiliency founder, and Chris Dawson, right, manager of the NOJHL Powassan Voodoos and operator of Dawstar productions, a video scouting service. Their guest in their second podcast was Tom Hedican, centre, a national university goalie champion and former local goalie coach who helped OHL Centennials netminders in the 1990s. Hedican was also working in Europe when he helped coach NHLer Cristobal Huet. Check out the Goalie Resiliency Podcast on YouTube HERE.


Chippewa Raiders NDA baseball champs team pic from 2022

The Chippewa Raiders baseball team, which won its first NDA diamond championship in 2022, is playing for the banner again on Friday, June 14. They take on the undefeated St. Joseph Scollard Hall Bears on the Veterans Park ONR field beginning at 5:30 p.m. The Algonquin Barons won the 2023 championship.

Events Echo


Thursday, June 13

Friday, June 14

Saturday, June 15

Sunday, June 16


(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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In the last edition, in case you missed it …

Local journalists published several noteworthy stories to start this week.

The Nugget followed up on the ‘State of Ontario’ address by Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli, which was delivered at the Grande Event Centre as part of the North Bay and District Chamber of Commerce speaking series: North Bay community is ‘fed up and wants action’ to deal with homelessness.

BayToday interviewed Fedeli about Canadore College’s planned Northern Ontario Addiction Treatment Centre of Excellence. The article, Fedeli promises update on Canadore’s delayed treatment centre, notes that the Ministry of Health and Canadore are not responding to requests for comment.

YourTV posted a video about Scoliosis Awareness Day, which took place Monday.



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