Echo Essentials North Bay Edition

Jul 2, 2024

A handy package of curated 
news and podcasts.

The rules and ethics around using Artificial Intelligence are becoming clearer as issues arise from its use.

On the weekend, the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C. posted a Canada Day message using a stock photo of a holiday parade. The post was removed from X (formerly Twitter) because the artist used A.I. to create it but the social media post didn’t make that clear.

Do you think it’s important for all A.I.-generated images and text be labeled as such? Or does it even matter? Email your thoughts on the matter to: [email protected]

As you ponder digital realities, take a virtual trip with former Nugget photographer Paul Chivers by checking out his ‘Bushwacker Films’  YouTube channel. He has produced 11 gems so far.

“Relax and follow along as I experience the majesty of the land, stumble across unfolding beauty and and encounter adversity, all the while seeking serenity.”

Top Shelf

  • From the Caribbean to North Bay … but why?
  • The rise and crash of Abitibi Canyon explained


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Today’s Smooth Sailing

North Bay Yacht Club

The North Bay Yacht Club held a Canada Regatta off Lake Nipissing, which coincided with the city’s Canada Place unveiling on the Goulet Golden Mile of the waterfront. The North Bay Yacht Club is a private, member owned, self-help club located on the shores of Callander Bay. It provides a friendly, supportive atmosphere for boaters and sailors of all levels and promotes sailing, boating safety, and environmental protection. Sherry Tambeau Photo


Leaving the
Caribbean for
North Bay … Why?

Lidvene Smith is the first lady you will see if you go into the YMCA because she works the front desk like few others.

She has made a name for herself around town for her personality and customer service and she joins Lisa Boivin on the 2NBWL podcast to chat about her decision to leave the Caribbean behind and move with her two kids to a new country and a new career.

  • Lidvene joins to talk about her decision to move to Canada  2:20
  • How Lidvene chose North Bay 6:00
  • Her time at the YMCA 15:04

Abitibi Canyon:
A sudden rise
and crash

Tomorrow’s Backroads Bill podcast features Bob Hunter, who is more commonly known as ‘Abitibi Bob,’ to chat about the Abitibi Canyon.

Bill and Bob  discuss the reason Abitibi Canyon blew up in popularity but within a decade found itself with barely anyone still living there. Bob also goes into what it is like growing up in an isolated environment with few of the amenities that kids have now.




Today’s Zen Suggestion: If you’re too cool for school … you better find another way to learn how to deal with society’s miscreants and oppressors.


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To North Bay With Love:

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.

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Echo Essentials:

Last week’s Echo Essentials Podcast includes video clips of elected officials and a citizen presenter making comments at the June 18 North Bay City Council and Committee meeting.

Co-hosts Scott Clark and Dave Dale add their perspective, as well as some context.

Before the clips are played, Scott asks Dave about his city council beat role at the Nugget, including when it started and how it ended. Dave says he replaced a reporter who was eventually fired for “killing” with ink a former mayor of Mattawa (who wasn’t dead yet) and then adding fake colour into a court case story. And then Dave explains why he referred to the reporter as a ‘scab’ who crossed a picket line in Calgary before being hired by the Nugget.

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Backroads Bill:

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

For Ken, a member of Nipising First Nation, it was a deep, personal spiritual experience that he didn’t publicly share until now because he was a Indigenous chief of police at the time.

Listen on Spotify and the North Bay Echo website or watch on our YouTube channel.

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Northern Ontario Mining Showcase Podcast:

Host Dave Trafford catches up with Justin Alexander from Creative Fire to discuss ESG, reconciliation and sustainability in the mining industry, 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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Small Town Times:

More ‘Hugs and kisses’ and birthdays celebrated at 2024 St. Joseph’s Hospital employees reunion - Small Town Times with Dave Dale

Small Town Times hit paydirt on the weekend when it posted a video story with multiple interviews that were recorded at the St. Joseph’s General Hospital staff and medical employees reunion at Calvin Presbyterian Church last month. It achieved almost 300 views in 36 hours after being posted in the 13,000-member Facebook group, You know you’re from North Bay, Ont…if you remember…

More than 125 people attended to reminisce, with this being the eighth such gathering in 12 years minus a few years off for COVID.
Interviews included organizers Connie Russell and Diane Szewczyk, Joan Schiavone, Sandra Harkness and Les Wilkinson.

And there is a clip of Louise Gauthier speaking about the honour of being able to have the reunion before honouring those who had passed on recently with a minute of silence.

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Richard Fortin Presents:

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 now rotating on the schedule.

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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:

New episodes are available on Wednesdays.

Tomorrow is Episode 53: Just the Two of Us; U. N. I.; and What Happened to Ben?

For the Full Set

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.

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Echo Sports

The U16 North Bay Bulldogs stormed back from a 20-0 start in the first half to beat the visiting Peterborough Wolverines 28-20 at the Mike O’Shea Field, Sunday. See the game story HERE. The U16 Bulldogs (2-4) are in a playoff position in the OSFL U16 AA East and will face the Durham Dolphins (0-5) in Pickering on Saturday at 1 p.m.


Events Echo


Tuesday, July 2

  • Rose Erin Stokes playing at Kiwanis Bandshell to kick off 2024 Arts & Culture Nights | 7 p.m. | Free
  • Brian O’Kane Quartet at West Ferris Legion Br. 599 for Music at the Junction | 7 to 9:30 p.m. | $20 non-members

Wednesday, July 3

Thursday, July 4

  • Stroller Fit Along the Waterfront at the Rotary Shelter, instructor led for moms of all ages (bring water and yoga mat) | 9:15 to 10 a.m. | Free
  • Astronomy in Action at the North Bay Public Library Auditorium | Every 30 minutes between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. | $5



(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.)



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