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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The Real China — The New Silk Road, XinJiang and Religious Freedom

The Real China — The New Silk Road, XinJiang and Religious Freedom

Photos by Dan Donovan Different from the descriptions in narratives by Western analysts and media, China today is a complex, layered and at times contradictory country. However, the growth and infrastructure programs are all part of a vision of shared economic and social prosperity for all Chinese [...]

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Justina McCaffrey Runs for Tories in Kanata

Justina McCaffrey Runs for Tories in Kanata

One of the biggest names in Canadian fashion, Justina McCaffrey, is running for the Conservative nomination in the federal riding of Kanata-Carleton. McCaffrey’s wedding gown designs have drawn attention and comparisons with internationally renowned designers like Vera Wang and Oscar De La Renta. [...]

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The new BlackBerry KEY2 is a must and Ottawa Life explains why

The new BlackBerry KEY2 is a must and Ottawa Life explains why

This year, BlackBerry Mobile launched it's exceptionally well-designed BlackBerry Key2. With an improved keyboard, increased speed key and impressive battery, the device was designed for doing more on the go. Its profile is striking and its performance is excellent. With the BlackBerry KEY2, [...]

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The Night that Shook a Nation: Turkish Embassy Hosts Commemoration Ceremony in Ottawa on Second Anniversary of Failed Coup

The Night that Shook a Nation: Turkish Embassy Hosts Commemoration Ceremony in Ottawa on Second Anniversary of Failed Coup

Turkey’s Ambassador to Canada, his Excellency the Hon. H.E. Selçuk ÜNAL, members of the Turkish Diaspora in Canada, several Ambassadors and representatives from NGO’s, the government and community leaders attended a commemoration ceremony at Centrepointe Theatre in Ottawa on Sunday [...]

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It's Easy to Love Turkey

It's Easy to Love Turkey

Turkey’s historic and ancient Cappadocia region is situated on the rugged plateau north of the Taurus Mountains in east-central Anatolia, in the centre of present-day Turkey. A visit here guarantees an unforgettable visual and mystical journey. Cappadocia is famous for its moonlike landscape [...]

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Close to Home FAR From Ordinary -Much to Love About Toronto

Close to Home FAR From Ordinary -Much to Love About Toronto

All photos courtesy of Tourism Toronto There is much to love about Toronto. Hogtown, The Big Smoke, GTA or 416 as it’s known by the Drake generation has much to offer to visitors. Canada’s largest metropolis is a wonderfully multicultural and diverse, friendly, energy riddled, exciting, [...]

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Stupid is As Stupid Does for Chateau Laurier Extension and Ottawa Citizen Editorial Board

Stupid is As Stupid Does for Chateau Laurier Extension and Ottawa Citizen Editorial Board

The Citizen Editorial Board is supposed to represent the citizens’ perspective in Ottawa. They have completely lost their way. It’s pretty obvious to see the failings of Postmedia in Canada, which owns the Citizen and coordinates the majority of its news from offices in downtown Toronto. [...]

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Trump's Tariff Attack on Canadian Steel and Aluminium Will Harm 38 states and Risks Millions of American Jobs

Trump's Tariff Attack on Canadian Steel and Aluminium Will Harm 38 states and Risks Millions of American Jobs

Photo credit: Business Insider/Andy Kiersz, data from US Census Bureau A review of the US Census Bureau Report from late 2016 completely contradicts American President Donald Trump’s bellicose and at times false statements on the merits of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with [...]

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Top diplomat brings experience and insight — makes an impact in Ottawa

Top diplomat brings experience and insight — makes an impact in Ottawa

Konstantin Kavtaradze has been the Georgian Ambassador to Canada for only a short period but has had great success in raising the profile and ties between Tbilisi and Ottawa. Kavtaradze is one of Georgia’s most seasoned diplomats and for the past 28 years has been at the forefront of many of the [...]

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China: The Long Game

China: The Long Game

Chinese Ambassador Lu Shaye The Chinese Are Playing the Long Game in the Canada-China Free Trade Talks 冰冻三尺,非一日之寒 The Chinese have a saying Bīng dòng sān chǐ, fēi yí rì zhī hán - which literally translated means, Three feet of ice is not [...]

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