Some gifts don’t suck!

June 25th, 2012 by joel.lamoureux

Looking down at the field I saw honorary survivor  Nancy Adams and Sgt. Kevin Thomspon leading hundreds around the track in the survivor’s lap.  Each and every person there affected by cancer in some way shape or forms.  But alive today because of the kind hand of God and medical intervention.  In the background there was laughter of children, smiles on faces and tears streaming down faces.

Mayor Al McDonald asked me to join his team for a few laps and I was absolutely humbled and honored to carry the survivor baton.  This is a baton that contained the names of survivors that battled cancer and won. 

As I held the small baton in my hand and we ran around the track a ray of sunshine hit the shiny metallic baton in my hand.  And that bright ray glimmered back into my eyes.  It was as if it was speaking to me.  Showing me that there are those glimmers of hope that we hang onto every day hoping to find a cure for cancer as many battle the disease head on and someday….ultimately…..Eradication of the disease. 

That ray of sunshine hitting the baton was symbollic and represented the millions of more smiles that survivors will have, the children and grandchildren giving many more hugs, more time with family to create memories and recognizing that special gift of life.

Thank God for second chances and the gift of life.

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Naked chicken

June 19th, 2012 by joel.lamoureux

 Picture this…you’re shopping…looking for the latest 2 for 1 can of tuna special when

Hundreds of naked shoppers walk into the grocery store and surround you. 


It happened at a store in Germany.  Not only did they walk in waving their naked coupons but they were also paying customers that were willing to take off all their clothes. 


That NEVER happens to me.  All I get offered is a piece of garlic cracker with a tender green sprig of parsley and some cream cheese.  And thankfully…the little old lady offering it to me is fully clothed. 


 It was a gimmick these nudists were doing to bring awareness to their plight and so all these customers were walking around the store buck naked. 



I don’t know….would you be willing to take all your clothes off for free groceries?


I’m sure you love a good deal like everybody else…but if I see myself naked in one of the mirrors in the store… the only thing I’m thinking is….I really gotta start eating more salads.    


And there is no way I’d be walking through the frozen food section.  You know what happens when its too cold don’t you.  Thank you but I’ll be standing near the hot chicken section.  If you’re going to be naked in the grocery store it might as well be near the other chickens with no clothes on.

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Hey sweet cheeks!

June 18th, 2012 by joel.lamoureux

I was watching some of the U.S. open golf tournament on the weekend.  I have HD tv which of course shows much more detail.  Most of those golfers that have been on tour for years have got terrible skin problems.  Ernie Els who is 42 years old has skin that looks like leather.  His face and neck are completely full of crevices and crows feet.  He looks much older.  So with summer coming up you make sure you put sun block on and cover up.   Unless you want to increase your risk of skin cancer and look like the bottom of your uncle ernie’s leather shoe.

A friend of mine is a dermatologist and we were talking about that a while ago.   He said that if you want to see what your skin would look like if it had zero sun damage, look at the skin on your butt.

Your butt is always covered.  Obviously if you go to tanning booths nude, there will be sun damage.  But your butt, since it is presumably, always covered, should be the least sun damaged part of your body.  Now I wouldn’t recommend doing that at the sun block section in the pharmacy or anything.  You might want to wait until you get home for the inspection.  Trust me….. they don’t look to kindly on you when you pull your pants down and walk around the aisles asking customers if they see any wrinkles.  NOT that I’ve ever done that……more than once.

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Kev’s Weekend Wrap

June 7th, 2012 by Kevin

Here’s what’s happening in and around North Bay this weekend!
Can Do Theatre presents “There are Two Sides to Every Tale”   The play features 8 cast members with Autism Spectrum Disorders and is presented in partnership with Autism Ontario.  Friday June 8th , at Chippewa Secondary School , 7:00 PM .
————————————————————————————————————————————————————–The Ninth Annual CARSTAR Soaps It Up for Cystic Fibrosis National Car Wash
23 Commerce Ct
Friday, June 8,
Car Wash event 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
North Bay Canoe Club Open house this Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm at the club house at Olmsted Beach
Stop by to get more information about programs

  • Paddle Camp
  • Sprint Racing
  • War Canoe
  • Adult Paddling

———————————————————————————————————————————————————-RunWalk4 Patrick Family Fest 
June 10, 2012
Location: Lee Park
7th Annual RunWalk4 Patrick Family Fest- Half-marathon run, 10K run/walk, 5K run/walk, 2K run/walk.

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Just exisiting isn’t enough

June 2nd, 2012 by Kevin

Its Saturday night and as I write this I’m saddened to hear that there has been a shooting inside the Toronto Eaton’s Centre.  Few details at this point but I can’t help but think of the many times I’ve walked thru that very food court.  It’s weeks like this that make me understand why people don’t listen (or read/ watch) the news.  At times it can be so depressing.   Horrific murder, angry protests, the stories of children who are victims of another senseless war, and now today’s shooting.  So what to do?  How do we handle a world where at times we’re surrounded by death and destruction.  Part of me wants to just turn off the lights and hide in the basement.  But there’s another part that says its time to stand up and do something about it.   JUST EXISTING ISN’T ENOUGH!  Living a normal, responsible, uneventful life won’t cut it anymore.  Its time to take a vow to make an honest difference in the world.  And it starts right HERE in our own backyard.  Stop complaining about things that don’t matter; rather then shake a fist, flash a peace sign; put love before hate.  Someone once said “Be joyful, because that s*%# spreads.”  An interesting summary but not all that far from the truth.  Maybe you’re rolling your eyes as you read this, maybe you think there’s no point, or maybe, (just maybe) you’ll agree that its time for a change.  It starts with each of us, and it starts NOW!  ~Kevin~ 

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Kev’s Weekend Wrap June 1 to 3

May 31st, 2012 by Kevin

Here’s a listing of some of the great things happening around North Bay this weekend!
Friday is 22 Wing, Armed Forces Day at the North Bay waterfront.   This year’s event includes a parade in the city, static displays at the waterfront and an air display.  Students will be arriving at 11a.m. and lunch will be served.  The parade will arrive at approximately 11:30 a.m.  
Ontario Special Olympics Dance
Where:  Elks Lodge
When:   Friday, June 1, 2012,   7pm to 11pm.
Tickets:  $5 at the door.
8:00 am until noon
130 King St., Callander
In support of Ryan’s Superheroes For Hope
 1st Annual “Forget Us Not” Memorial Ride
Saturday June 2nd, 2012
This ride is for anyone who has lost a loved one….Let’s keep their memory alive!!!
The ride will start at the Hawk & Fox In Powassan with departure time at 9:30 A.M. sharp
The ride will continue on to Burk’s Falls where the south end riders will join in,and depart there at 10:30 A.M. sharp from the Tim Horton’s.
It will continue on through to: Magnetewan, Parry Sound, Port Loring and end at the Restoule Provincial Park at approx. 4P.M.
No bike? Join in with your classic car or whatever you have.
For more information call Ted Booth@ 705-724-5384.
———————————————————————————————————————————————————-MADD Strides for Change Walk (June 2)
Kiwanis Bandshell
9am registration, walk begins at 10am
info go to
CENTRAL TRUXX hosting a used tire collection event until Saturday June 2 where all tire fees associated with each tire dropped off will be donated to the Sunshine Foundation of Canada.   CENTRAL TRUXX is at 412 Birchs Road.
Burger World (both locations)
50 cents from each breakfast on Sunday, June 3rdwill go towards the North Bay Relay For Life to be held June 22nd
World’s Finest Shows midway is set up in Lee Park all weekend.

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Do they make ribbons for 87th place?

May 24th, 2012 by joel.lamoureux

Maxim magazine is out with their Hot 100 list. Inside you’ll see scantily clad pictures of Jennifer Lawrence, Blake Lively and Rihanna. Who else made the cut? Wayne Gretzky’s daughter Paulina. Did I miss something? Like when the definition of ‘sexy’ changed.   Let me get this right….. a twenty something, rebelious spoiled kid with decent looks that thinks it’s cute and sensible to lay across two guys spread eagle in a bikini is one of the sexiest ‘women’ in the world? Sheesh….that’s not what I thought was sex appeal.

From my chair sexy is attitude, appeal with class and grace. Not crotch shots on a boat. Maybe I’m just a little old fashioned that way.

By the way Paulina Gretzky came in at number 87 on the top 100. Wouldn’t it have been ironic if she had been 99.

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Kev’s Weekend Wrap

May 24th, 2012 by Kevin

We get a lot of information sent our way in the form of notices and alerts for local community events and fundraisers.  With summer unoffically here there’s always lots going on.  I thought I’d start something new where every Thursday I’ll post a list of some of the events happening this weekend in North Bay and area.   Here’s what’s coming up!


The Gathering Place “A Taste of Paris” fundraiser
Sat, May 26, 8:30am to 10:30am
Royal Canadian Legion, First Ave
$7.50 per person includes French crepe breakfast

Saturday, May 26, Marks Work Wearhouse on McKeown will be hosting Jumpstart Day.  They are raising money for the Canadian Tire Jumpstart Program, which helps kids in the community get involved in sports. 100% of the donations stay in our community!  In the Marks parking lot, they’ll have a ball hockey game set up where kids will have the opportunity to get involved and win prizes.

A bake sale will be held on Saturday, May 26th from 9:00 – 1:00 at the JBL Associates Hair Salon at 2515 Trout Lake Rd.  All proceeds will go towards the Jessica’s Warriors Relay for Life Team.   This year’s Relay for Life will be held on June 22nd.

Run for the Cure committee is hosting a yard sale this Saturday at 8am at 1787 HWY 654W, aka Wasi Rd in Callander.

The second edition of A Sound of Hope, a charity concert run by teenagers and young adults happens Saturday at the Granite Club on Trout Lake Road.  10 local acts will perform to raise money for the relay for life team the “Luggy Lovers”

Sunday, May 27, Lace Up for Someone You Love at the MS Walk
Rotary Waterfront Pavilion
Come out and walk in support of MS research and people living with MS. Last year more than 300 people walked in this event and raised $56,000 in support of MS in this community.

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Do they make ribbons for 87th place?

May 24th, 2012 by joel.lamoureux

Maxim magazine is out with their Hot 100 list.  Inside you’ll see scantily clad pictures of Jennifer Lawrence, Blake Lively and Rihanna. Who else made the cut? Wayne Gretzky’s daughter Paulina.

Did I miss something?  Like when the definition of ‘sexy’ changed.  Let me get this right….. a twenty something, rebelious spoiled kid with decent looks that thinks it’s cute and sensible to lay across two guys spread eagle in a bikini is one of the sexiest ‘women’ in the world?  Sheesh….that’s not what I thought was sex appeal.

From my chair sexy is attitude, appeal with class and grace.  Not crotch shots on a boat.  Maybe I’m just a little old fashioned that way.   

By the way Paulina Gretzky came in at number 87 on the top 100.  Wouldn’t it have been ironic if she had been 99.

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How to play pickle ball?

May 17th, 2012 by joel.lamoureux

I saw a story online about a senior’s group that ran a Pickle Ball tournament on the weekend.  I have no idea what this is.  So I thought it might be a chance to make a phone call and investigate a little further. 

Thankfully, she seemed to have a great sense of humour! 

Joël’s pickle ball call

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