Dan Donovan

Publisher and Managing Editor

Dan Donovan is the founding Publisher of Ottawa Life Magazine, the capital’s largest and longest running (est. 1996) general interest and lifestyles magazine. His work has been featured in The Globe and Mail, Financial Post, Sun, Ottawa Citizen, Masthead Magazine and The Hill Times. He is a regular guest commentator on public policy matters on CFRA, 1310 AM and the Corus networks Charles Adler Radio Show. He is a former Vice President of Government and Public Affairs at Magna International. He served as Chief of Staff to the former federal minister of youth and labour and as Director of Publications and Communications at the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy. He is a former Director of Environment Policy at The International Chamber of Commerce in Paris, France. Dan holds degrees from both the University of Ottawa and the Université de Strasbourg (Institut d’Etudes Politique et Economie). He is a past member of the Executive Committee and the Board of the Conference of Defence Associations Institute, former member of the Board of the National Cycling Centre and a former governor of the Canada's Sports Hall of Fame. His first book, True Grits, New Grits was published by Hemlock press in 1993.
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For Many in Canada, Medical Wait Times Conflict With Quality of Life

For Many in Canada, Medical Wait Times Conflict With Quality of Life

A 2017 report by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) that examined patient wait times for five priority medical procedures in 2016 determined that medical wait times have nearly doubled in Canada in the last 20 years. CIHI is a non-profit group with a mandate to collect and report on [...]

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Canadian Government Should Intervene - Huawei Executive Meng Wanzhou Should be Released Immediately

Canadian Government Should Intervene - Huawei Executive Meng Wanzhou Should be Released Immediately

Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Chinese technology giant Huawei, was arrested by Canadian officials in Vancouver two weeks ago because she is wanted in the U.S. on allegations of fraud. Wanzhou should be released forthwith. The Americans are accusing her of using an unofficial subsidiary [...]

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Calling Ottawa: Kanata is the goose that laid the golden egg  

Calling Ottawa: Kanata is the goose that laid the golden egg  

A study released by Ottawa-based Doyletech Corp says that Kanata’s total economic impact on Canada’s GDP has almost doubled in the past three years from 7.8 billion in 2015 to 13 billion in 2018. Amy MacLeod, Vice-President of Strategic Communications at Mitel and co-chair of the Kanata [...]

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The Emperor Has No Clothes  

The Emperor Has No Clothes  

The NDP are in freefall. With just ten months until the next election the question for many party members is whether or not they should jettison Jagmeet Singh now and bring back Thomas Mulcair, or recruit Alberta Premier Rachel Notley as the NDP federal leader before the party walks off a cliff. Singh [...]

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Ottawa Life interviews Canada's most influential union leader, Jerry Dias

Ottawa Life interviews Canada's most influential union leader, Jerry Dias

As president of Unifor — Canada's largest private-sector union — Jerry Dias has been at the forefront of the most pressing economic, social and workplace issues the past decade. He began working at de Havilland Aircraft (now Bombardier Aerospace) in 1978, becoming a steward and eventually [...]

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Deepening China-Africa cooperation and boosting Africa’s development

Deepening China-Africa cooperation and boosting Africa’s development

This past September, the Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) was held in Beijing. Chinese President Xi Jinping and African leaders from more than 50 countries; including 40 presidents, 10 prime ministers and the chairperson of the AU Commission, with ministerial senior officials [...]

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Meet Jill Scheer: A quick Q+A

Meet Jill Scheer: A quick Q+A

Photo credit: Sean Sisk OLM: How are you adjusting to your role since Andrew won the leadership? Jill Scheer: It's fine, we are a busy, active family and it can be crazy busy sometimes but overall its good. Since winning the leadership we are back in Ottawa with the kids and that is all working [...]

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Justin Trudeau and the Peter Principle

Justin Trudeau and the Peter Principle

Photo credit: Adam Scotti (PMO) The former Stephen Harper government was very competent but lacked a soul. After nine years, Canadians tired of this prickliness and wanted change. Justin Trudeau was the change. The son of Pierre Elliott Trudeau, one of Canada’s most transformative prime ministers [...]

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Andrew Scheer: The Man Who Could Be Prime Minister

Andrew Scheer: The Man Who Could Be Prime Minister

Photo credit: Sean Sisk “The true guide of life is to do what is right.”— WINSTON CHURCHILL It's a sunny, colourful fall Friday afternoon and I had just arrived at Stornoway to interview Andrew Scheer, the leader of the official opposition and leader of the Conservative Party [...]

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Jim Watson has done a superb job —Tierney, Fleury and Qaqish should be tossed for new blood

Jim Watson has done a superb job —Tierney, Fleury and Qaqish should be tossed for new blood

Photo credit: @jimwatsonottawa (Facebook) For the past four years, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson has done an exceptional job. He has delivered on his commitment to hold taxes to an annual 2 per cent increase, overseen the successful construction of the multi-billion-dollar O-train project which is the largest [...]

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