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Every magazine is an adventure …

There’s an eclectic blend of nostalgia and current events in the Summer 2021 Back in the Bay Magazine. Editorial content includes features with dozens of familiar names in North Bay and Callander, all representing the interlacing communities of theatre, volunteer...

‘Artist’ topped Joe Cundari’s bucket list

Joe Cundari’s work ethic and creative spirit served him well as a North Bay home renovator and builder for 42 years.  One of his childhood passions, however, was set aside while focusing on his contracting business and family priorities. “I wanted to be an artist all...

Artistic creators fusing talents, spirits

The World Culture Fusion Fest is off and running toward its fall celebration in North Bay. It started Saturday, July 3 with a dozen creators fusing together at Lee Park and virtually. From there, they take 15 separate journeys to create original electro-ethnic fusion...

Free flow of information solves problems

I’ve been reading news reports about municipal councils concerned about the cost of Freedom of Information (FOI) requests.  I wrote about the Integrity Commissioner process before and although FOI appeals are already handled by a central office, the Information and...

Split decisions

I’ve got a thing for firewood. My wife knows it. When we’re driving through the country, and she sees a long row of firewood, she looks at me and says, “You’re thinking about that firewood, aren’t you?” She knows me too well. I’ve got a load of wood in the back yard...

VIDEO: Snake haven a calming place

This is a popular spot for snakes. Numerous cracks in the rock and holes made by tree roots provide great overnight sleeping areas. I've seen a dozen (garter snakes and water snakes) in the area in just 30 minutes of quiet sitting as they head towards their various...

Shadflies emerge early from Lake Nipissing, photo contest prize value tops $300

Shadflies have emerged from Lake Nipissing a bit earlier than usual this year. These photos were taken near the boat launch in Callander Bay, Saturday June 12 where they've been seen since June 8. Residents of the area are used to the 'shads' stealing the show and...

Name the porpoise at the Kiwanis Playground

One of those #52coffee networking meetings turned into a two-hour conversation that covered local and global topics in the shade of Lee Park trees at the Kiwanis Playground the other day. Ralph Celentano and I just couldn’t stop sharing community involvement tales and...

Exercising my right to speak

“When I talk to the cat, we don’t have long conversations.” My wife: “We??” “Sometimes I can’t get a word in edgewise.” She thinks I might be losing it, and that’s a distinct possibility, given that I’ve worked from my dining table for most of the past year or was it...

Do you care about the truth?

The Catholic Church needs to come clean with all its records pertaining to residential schools for Indigenous students in Canada. Same for the other religions involved in this shameful legacy. There’s no reconciliation without truth and knowing where they buried all...

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