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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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Fake News, Real Death!

Fake News, Real Death!

Absurd, ridiculous, fantasy, fiction, deplorable would be some of the kinder words one could use to describe Ottawa Lawyer Michael Edelson’s #FakeNews story in an Ottawa court two weeks ago to explain Abdirahman Abdi's fatal encounter with his client, Ottawa Police Constable Daniel Montsion. [...]

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BREAKING: RCMP Ignoring Report Cost Officer’s Lives

BREAKING: RCMP Ignoring Report Cost Officer’s Lives

New documents obtained by Ottawa Life Magazine from an ongoing investigation by the Mounted Police Professional Association of Canada reveal information not disclosed or made available by the RCMP or CRPA during a four month trial. New documents have been obtained by Ottawa Life Magazine that were [...]

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What Minister Lebouthillier Doesn't Know About Diabetes.

What Minister Lebouthillier Doesn't Know About Diabetes.

When my son was 14 he was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. It came out of nowhere. It was the long weekend before Labour Day; he was about to start grade 10. That summer he had an adolescent growth spurt. When a colleague met him that summer he jokingly asked him if had fallen asleep in the green [...]

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We Can’t Live in Glass Houses

We Can’t Live in Glass Houses

It has been nearly two years since the election of the Trudeau government and his legislative accomplishments are few and far between. Other than pushing the reset button to change the tone from the previous Harper government, nothing of real significance has been achieved. My 18-year-daughter recently [...]

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Refreshingly Candid: Lu Shaye, China’s New Ambassador to Canada

Refreshingly Candid: Lu Shaye, China’s New Ambassador to Canada

I recently met with Lu Shaye, the newly appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People's Republic of China to Canada. Shaye was previously the Director-General in Bureau of Policy Research, Office of Foreign Affairs for the Chinese government. This is the agency that develops [...]

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Calling All Neanderthals! The REAL BARBIE GERRY “The DITZ” RITZ

Calling All Neanderthals! The REAL BARBIE GERRY “The DITZ” RITZ

There is a great saying from the Maritimes that describes someone who is, well, STUPID. You refer to someone who is genuinely stupid as “dumber than a bag of hammers.” Now at work, I like to say to people that sometimes when bad things happen and you are trying to figure it out and you can’t, [...]

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Charlie Angus Would Be A Great Prime Minister

Charlie Angus Would Be A Great Prime Minister

The stakes are high. The choices between tens of thousands of NDP members in the coming days will determine whether or not the NDP will continue in their traditional spot as the third place party in Parliament, or will manage to return to their brief period of glory between 2011 and 2015 when they were [...]

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The Double Standard: Turkey As Viewed by the Western Media

The Double Standard: Turkey As Viewed by the Western Media

Feature Photo: OLM Managing Editor, Dan Donovan with Osman Okyay, Vice-Chairman, Kale Group of Companies. The painting depicts renowned Turkish businessman and Kale Group founder, Ibrahim Bodur (1928-2016). Osman Okyay is the Vice Chairman of the Kale Group of Companies and one of Turkey’s [...]

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Corruption by Any Other Name

Corruption by Any Other Name

“Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts... perhaps the fear of a loss of power.” ― John Steinbeck If Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne’s four hours of testimony in the bribery trial of two high-ranking Liberals in a Sudbury courtroom proves anything, it is that she and her Liberal [...]

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The Trudeau/Morneau Fairness Plan: Fairness As Defined By People Who Grew Up Privileged

The Trudeau/Morneau Fairness Plan: Fairness As Defined By People Who Grew Up Privileged

Prime Minister Trudeau and Finance Minister Bill Morneau like to wax eloquent about “fairness” in the tax system. However, their proposed tax changes to fix what they say gives a growing number of small-business owners an unfair tax advantage over other Canadians. This has millions of small [...]

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