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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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Foote–Steps For Phoenix

Foote–Steps For Phoenix

Ottawa Life Magazine interviewed the Honourable Judy M. Foote, Minister of Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC), in December 2016, regarding the Phoenix pay debacle. Phoenix, the government's new computerized pay system, was launched in February 2016, leading to complaints by tens of thousands [...]

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Carleton Criminology Professor Darryl Davies Accuses Attorney General Yasir Naqvi of Corruption. Says Ottawa Police Constable Montsion Represents “Thug Policing”

Carleton Criminology Professor Darryl Davies Accuses Attorney General Yasir Naqvi of Corruption. Says Ottawa Police Constable Montsion Represents “Thug Policing”

Carleton University Criminology Professor and Police procedural expert Darryl Davies has written a strongly worded letter to Ontario Attorney General Yasir Naqvi, accusing him and others responsible for enforcing Ontario's Laws of corruption. Davies letter was copied to Ottawa Life Magazine and [...]

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"Wake up, Pretend I’m Okay, Sleep.”

"Wake up, Pretend I’m Okay, Sleep.”

Charlie Angus Would Be a Great Leader for the NDP and Canada Charlie Angus is the embodiment of the everyman or every-person MP. First elected to Parliament in 2004 in the Northern Ontario riding of Timmins–James Bay, the former punk-rocker, alt-country social activist and entrepreneur has been [...]

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CORRECT ME IF I'M WRONG Ep. 4: "Vince Li Absolute discharge... REALLY?"

CORRECT ME IF I'M WRONG Ep. 4: "Vince Li Absolute discharge... REALLY?"

Publisher and CEO of Ottawa life magazine Dan Donovan delivers a scathing indictment of the recent decision by the Manitoba Criminal Review board in the Absolute Discharge of Vincent Li.

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Martin Rondeau’s Confession Challenges the Taboo

Martin Rondeau’s Confession Challenges the Taboo

From Édouard Manet to William S. Burroughs, art has had the ability to provoke and cause a stir among the general public. What is erotic, and what is simply obscene? Can anyone truly make an objective distinction between the two? These are exactly the questions Martin Rondeau asks with his [...]

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CORRECT ME IF I'M WRONG Ep. 3: "More Harm Than Good"

CORRECT ME IF I'M WRONG Ep. 3: "More Harm Than Good"

Is it time to shut down the Federal Department of Indigenous and Northern Affairs for Gross Incompetence? Dan sits down and talks to Charlie Angus, MP for Timmins--James Bay about the avoidable deaths of Aboriginal children and promises made that were not kept.

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Correct Me If I'm Wrong - Episode 2: High Energy Bills in Wynne's Ontario

Correct Me If I'm Wrong - Episode 2: High Energy Bills in Wynne's Ontario

Dan Donovan talks to Buckhorn resident Kathy Katula about what's happened since her impassioned plea to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, in which she asked him to help her and others in Ontario who are overwhelmed by the Wynne Government's high electricity rates.

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Peaceful Easy Feeling

Peaceful Easy Feeling

If you a looking for a reprieve from winter and want to go somewhere for a week of comfort, calm and luxury, you can’t go wrong with the tranquil El Dorado Casitas Royale in Mexico’s Mayan Riviera. The Mayan Riviera remains one of my favourite southern destinations and I’ve been [...]

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Upset, But Calm – Judy Foote Carries On

Upset, But Calm – Judy Foote Carries On

Judy Foote is friendly, personable and authentic. She is also savvy and experienced and has excelled throughout her career in some exceptional roles. Foote served as the communications director for former Newfoundland Premier Clyde Wells. She represented the electoral district of Grand Bank in the Newfoundland [...]

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The Four Comprehensives

The Four Comprehensives

In In February 2015, Chinese President and General Secretary Xi Jinping’s introduced China’s new ideological directive, the “Four Comprehensives.” Canadian analysts, policymakers, business people and multiple Canadian law firms with satellite offices in China representing a plethora [...]

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