Michael Bussière

Features Writer

Michael Bussière is a music producer who has worked for such labels as CBC, Naxos, and Polygram. He taught a program in digital music practices at Carleton University for many years where he also directed research into virtual conservatories and digital stages. Michael also writes about history and cultural mapping. His favourite possession is his Langford ottertail canoe paddle. 
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Despite criticism and FinTRAC review, OLG maintains they are operating within the law

Despite criticism and FinTRAC review, OLG maintains they are operating within the law

Ottawa Life published an article on April 4th that waved red flags about whether the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Commission (OLG) is being less than attentive to certain operations under its authority that may be in violation of the federal Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing [...]

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Feed your furry friends like true members of the family

Feed your furry friends like true members of the family

A lot of people just love their pussycats. Check out the catalog of feline entertainment products on the market if you don’t believe me. Activity centres, multi-storey scratching structures covered in shag carpet, wind-up toys, recreational catnip, all for a pet whose species is the greatest hunter [...]

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Creating stunning images by taking vector graphics to the extreme

Creating stunning images by taking vector graphics to the extreme

ABOVE: Forest by Ross Photography. ShapeVision is an Ottawa startup whose mission is to create photo-based art and applications with their unique Extreme Vector Graphics™ (EVG) software. Its founding partners, Martin Brooks and John Spence, have extensive experience in the Ottawa tech and education [...]

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Comedian Ron James rambles and ruminates from the Canadian Road

Comedian Ron James rambles and ruminates from the Canadian Road

Ron James needs no introduction. We Canadians have known him and loved him, it seems, ever since he was a pup. Well, Ron’s just released a memoir with plenty of heart about our country and the everyday folks who've put a smile on his face. All Over the Map: Rambles and Ruminations from the [...]

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The magical Woodlands style of Ojibwe artist Patrick Paul

The magical Woodlands style of Ojibwe artist Patrick Paul

ABOVE: Village Party, 66” x 36” • acrylic on unstretched canvas Patrick Paul is an Ojibwe artist who paints in the tradition of the Woodlands school of art, as introduced to the world by Norval Morrisseau, whose father Potan, a respected Shaman and elder, pioneered the style. It [...]

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Snappy makes running a restaurant a snap

Snappy makes running a restaurant a snap

Running a restaurant is a challenging business at the best of times. With a sharp increase in demand for take-out dining and delivery, plus in-house COVID protocols, plus multiple locations, owners have to juggle a lot of plates these days to keep things running smoothly. There are digital products [...]

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Who knew it was so easy to laugh in Ottawa?

Who knew it was so easy to laugh in Ottawa?

ABOVE: (CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT) Mark Breslin with Howard and Tammy Wagman; Mike MacDonald with Howard Wagman and Mike Wilmot; Russell Peters, Howard Wagman, Dave Martin, Derek Supple and Dean; Mitch Muirhead and Howard Wagman; A young Howard Wagman; Jason Rouse, Dave Martin, Bill MacInstosh, Howard [...]

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Lowertown be damned — we’re reducing harm!

Lowertown be damned — we’re reducing harm!

WARNING: This article contains language and scenes that some readers may find disturbing and offensive. (PHOTO: OLM STAFF) My cover story in the OLM summer issue was written in support of a fundraiser for the Shepherds of Good Hope that featured Kathleen Edwards. It began with an origin story set [...]

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The sheer lunacy of endorsing coal mining in the Rockies of all places

The sheer lunacy of endorsing coal mining in the Rockies of all places

ABOVE: Award-winning musician Corb Lund, an 8th generation Albertan with roots on the family ranch, is fighting Premier Kenney’s plan to allow coal mining in the Canadian Rockies. (PHOTO: Glean Productions) There is no more glorious drive in this vast country than that which heads west from Calgary [...]

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Invisible no more – The Tewin Project

Invisible no more  – The Tewin Project

ABOVE: Aerial image of the Tewin Development boundary. The Algonquins of Ontario and Taggart family partner on the uncharted path to reconciliation On February 10th, Ottawa City Council made a controversial move when it voted to bring 445 rural hectares of land from southeast Ottawa (near Carlsbad [...]

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