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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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Prime Minister Maxime Bernier? Pourquoi Pas?

Prime Minister Maxime Bernier? Pourquoi Pas?

Jean Chretien used to say that the biggest asset any politician has is their ability to be underestimated. He would know. In the early 1990s, Chretien was summarily dismissed by his critics and many members of the national press gallery as “yesterday’s man”. The “pundits” [...]

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Close to Home, Far From Ordinary The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa

Close to Home, Far From Ordinary  The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa

If you take a short four hour drive from the capital (via the beautiful Algonquin Park), you’ll come upon The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa, in an area formerly referred to as Red Leaves. The lakes, forests and rocky landscape that make up the Muskoka’s have attracted tourists, cottagers [...]

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Cancer Among Us

Cancer Among Us

The Ottawa Police Service (OPS), Ottawa Police Association (OPA) and the Ottawa Police Services Board (OPSB) are cancers that must be treated before the affliction causes irreparable and even terminal damage to the democratic principles and the quality of life in Ottawa. Make no mistake about it, this [...]

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Book Review: 1000 Places to See Before You Die

Book Review: 1000 Places to See Before You Die

Book Review: 1000 places to see before you die review • A traveler´s life list By Patricia Schultz 1197 pages • ISBN 978-0-7611-5686-4 There are tourists and there are travelers, Patricia Schultz is both. The world’s most popular travel writer is also the Global Brand Ambassador [...]

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CORRECT ME IF I'M WRONG Ep. 5: "Show Some Respect-Cut The Bracelets"

CORRECT ME IF I'M WRONG Ep. 5: "Show Some Respect-Cut The Bracelets"

Dan Donovan, Publisher and Managing Editor of Ottawa Life Magazine, speaks on the Ottawa Police Force bracelet controversy.

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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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