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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‘Uncle Bob’ Cabana, Ottawa’s curator of musical cool

‘Uncle Bob’ Cabana, Ottawa’s curator of musical cool

Above: Photo of Uncle Bob by Sean Sisk Photography In a city where Gore-Tex is considered a fashion statement, ‘Uncle Bob’ Cabana has made it his mission to “funkify this town, one man at a time.” He’s been working hard at it for over 30 years. Wellington Street in Hintonburg [...]

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Huawei Canada operates at a higher wavelength, calls on competitors to do the same

Huawei Canada operates at a higher wavelength, calls on competitors to do the same

Canada’s dismal state of rural broadband service means life beyond a 75 km radius of any major city is excluded from the digital economy and its services. This is an embarrassing state of affairs for a G7 country, in North America no less, and the one in which Alexander Graham Bell made the world’s [...]

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General Jonathan Vance — Canada’s transformative general says adieu

General Jonathan Vance — Canada’s transformative general says adieu

ABOVE: General Jonathan Vance, Chief of the Defence Staff, followed by Chief Warrant Officer Kevin West, Canadian Armed Forces CWO, as well as Command Teams from 2 Wing and 3 Wing proceed to the inspection of the Guard of Honour at Canadian Forces Base Bagotville, on October 7, 2015. PHOTO: LS ALEX ROY, [...]

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Laurier’s “Washington of the North” is a crumbling disgrace

Laurier’s “Washington of the North” is a crumbling disgrace

Above: The disgraceful state of Ottawa's ByWard Market. “The Washington of the North” was how Sir Wilfrid Laurier described his vision for Canada’s capital. The ramshackle lumber town of his time lacked just about everything needed to make for a noble seat of government for a [...]

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Justina McCaffrey is Canada’s fashion tour-de-force

Justina McCaffrey is Canada’s fashion tour-de-force

ABOVE: Ottawa fashion designer Justina McCaffrey is taking her new collection to Paris fashion week — recently postponed due to C-19 until late February. Justina McCaffrey has enough energy to light up her entire neighbourhood, and with her creative business ambitions, she’s going to need [...]

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Crucial COVID supplies in our own backyard

Crucial COVID supplies in our own backyard

ABOVE: Mike Hothi is the owner of Trico Packaging and Print Solutions Inc. Trico Packing and Print Solutions Inc. is an Ottawa-based business with offices on Antares Drive. The company celebrated Canada Day with a ribbon-cutting ceremony commemorating the launch of its new product line; Canadian-made [...]

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CanadaDocks — Where fun on the water begins

CanadaDocks — Where fun on the water begins

The national capital region can boast about many things that make for a great standard of living. I’d say easy and quick access to lakes and rivers is at the top of the list. Name another major urban area where cottage country is only 30 minutes from the downtown core. The municipality of Val-des-Monts [...]

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Huawei Canada’s Next-G Video Contest celebrates up-and-coming video makers

Huawei Canada’s Next-G Video Contest celebrates up-and-coming video makers

Last spring, shortly after the country entered lockdown, Huawei Canada invited aspiring video directors to enter a competition and share stories of connection within the virtual reality of COVID-19. Almost 50 post-secondary students enrolled in video production programs across Canada submitted short [...]

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A Guide to Goldbergian management practices in Canada’s public service

A Guide to Goldbergian management practices in Canada’s public service

Evidence indicates that the federal public service has been quietly moving away from the classical Bureaucratic management approach based on principles devised by Max Weber. According to Weber, the rational, reason versus passion, approach to management is preferable to whims, irrational emotions and [...]

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“Be resilient.” An interview with Huawei’s Chris Pereira

“Be resilient.” An interview with Huawei’s Chris Pereira

The normal operations of companies and employers have been disrupted by the COVID-19 lockdown, but hiring continues in some sectors in spite of the new protocols. Huawei recently bucked the downward trend and on-boarded more than 100 new workers at its Canadian operations, and it did so without any in-person [...]

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