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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Cry, for beloved Lebanon and Syria

Cry, for beloved Lebanon and Syria

ABOVE: Green Line, Beirut 1982 (PHOTO: James Case, flickr.com) My grandmother used to say the world would end in the Middle East. ISIL had that in mind when it systematically massacred villages like hers because they embraced a building with a cross on it. Her village in the southern Beqaa Valley was [...]

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BC’s Elevate brings the Ultimate spirit to Ottawa

BC’s Elevate brings the Ultimate spirit to Ottawa

“Ultimate changed my life many times over. I only began to grow as a person because I was playing ultimate. And while my journey with it has had ups and downs, I'm only the person I am now, because of it.” — Clayton Cheung ABOVE: Clayton Cheung is a coach, player, and a regional [...]

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Is it time to reinvent policing? Edmonton Chief of Police Dale McFee thinks so.

Is it time to reinvent policing? Edmonton Chief of Police Dale McFee thinks so.

The numbers tell the story. A report published in August 2020 by the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) found that while Black people comprise 8.8 per cent of Toronto’s overall population, they represent almost 32 per cent of people charged by Toronto police. The numbers are based on the Toronto [...]

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Ottawa Catholic Teacher Antoinette Nehme champions democracy and multiculturalism

Ottawa Catholic Teacher Antoinette Nehme champions democracy and multiculturalism

Antoinette Nehme is an elementary French Teacher at St. Bernard School of the Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB) in Gloucester. She brings an amazing personal story to her classroom. Antoinette was born in the Maronite Catholic village of Kahale, located 13 kms up in the mountains overlooking Beirut, [...]

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Ottawa Catholic Teacher Gabriel Leury brings a love of the arts to the classroom

Ottawa Catholic Teacher Gabriel Leury brings a love of the arts to the classroom

Gabriel Leury knows how to captivate a classroom and an audience. He’s been with the Ottawa Catholic School Board since 2005, and is a teacher at Holy Trinity Catholic School in Kanata where he instructs primarily as a music and band specialist at the Grade 7-8 level. Gabriel teaches what is known [...]

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Mélanie Albert: a beautiful profile in courage

Mélanie Albert: a beautiful profile in courage

PHOTO: SEAN SISK PHOTOGRAPHY The world is sick right now. There we were, happily going about our business when the human race got an unexpected phone call from the World Health Organization informing us that a rogue organism has been detected in our system. Nature had randomly generated something [...]

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LeBreton Flats. Where dreams go to fizzle out.

LeBreton Flats. Where dreams go to fizzle out.

Above: View of LeBreton Flats (PHOTO: c.1892, photograph: silver gelatin, Bytown Museum, P752) Ottawa is the only G7 capital that features a gigantic ghost town within sight of its parliamentary precinct. This peculiarity is not the result of some natural disaster, but rather the good intentions of [...]

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Chris Pereira and CEI. A unique Canadian-led business ecosystem.

Chris Pereira and CEI. A unique Canadian-led business ecosystem.

Business has been anything but business as usual, a fact seen in the profound transformation that started long before COVID-19, and a reality that Chris Pereira knows and understands very well. Chris has spearheaded a smart and effective response to the head-spinning challenges facing entrepreneurs and [...]

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Moooove over traditional vodka. Vodkow is here!

Moooove over traditional vodka. Vodkow is here!

It sounds like a Trivial Pursuit question. Q: “What did the Mongols ferment into alcohol over a thousand years ago?” A: “Milk sugar, also known as lactose.” While milk sugar produces a cleaner, smoother spirit, this ancient recipe is rarely used today because of its cost and [...]

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Fostering knowledge, equity, and a true sense of belonging

Fostering knowledge, equity, and a true sense of belonging

Chuks Imahiagbe’s professional resume outlines a long list of responsibilities and activities. Teacher, mentor, Science Department Head at St. Joseph High School in Barrhaven, founder and co-chair Black Educators Network of the Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB), Coordinator of its Black Student [...]

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