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McGale was lost just as he found new inspiration

McGale was lost just as he found new inspiration

John McGale may be the most influential writer/musician in Quebec. He joined the most famous band in the province, called Offenbach, writing eight of the 11 songs featured in their first recording together. He also played guitar, saxophone and flute on these songs....

Slipping the surly bonds of Earth … briefly

Slipping the surly bonds of Earth … briefly

It was a perfect Sunday morning in late November, 1964. I was visiting my sister and brother-in-law, Edna and Stewart Scott at their home just outside Callander. There we were drinking coffee, chatting about the usual things with no sign that my life was about to...

Attitude key to amputee’s recovery

Attitude key to amputee’s recovery

Wayne Eyre, 71, considers himself lucky after falling off a roof two years ago. The retired paramedic broke his lower leg in five places and a nasty infection led to a below-knee amputation seven months later. But the head athletic trainer for the Nipissing Lakers...

Podcasters worth considering for your online library

Podcasters worth considering for your online library

There's a lot of junk online and it can be exhausting to sift through it. I understand your pain. My work takes me many places and it's getting harder and harder to keep my attention deficit in check. Making it worse for me, I'm a next level procrastinator. Especially...

Photography leads to politics on the hill

Photography leads to politics on the hill

It's been a while since I've attended a North Bay Mattawa Conservation Authority board meeting. Quite a few years, actually, reporters at the Nugget stopped going regularly a few years before I left in 2018. I parachuted into the Feb. 22 meeting and it brought back...

More than just another ‘cat’ video

More than just another ‘cat’ video

I was at the Corbeil hacienda tickling the keyboard on Wednesday afternoon, trying to write my last BayToday.ca column. The intention was to cap off what I hope is my first Village Media series that lasted 85-straight weekly opinion pieces. To be honest, I actually...

Winter 2022 edition takes flight

Winter 2022 edition takes flight

Just in time for a Christmas stocking stuffer and ice hut read, the Winter 2022 edition of Back in the Bay Magazine is hot off the Beatty Printing press with the first big wave of circulation beginning Dec. 15. The cover captures 1940s winter spirit with the...