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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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Detroit City – 21st Century Reinvention

Detroit City – 21st Century Reinvention

Detroit is back BIGTIME! Detroit's regeneration follows a major economic and demographic decline across the city in recent decades – caused by the departure of automobile production. The once famed Motor city, birthplace to Motown music and capital of the Art Deco Architecture phenomena [...]

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Why Haven’t The 8 Ottawa Police Constables Who Assaulted Roxanne Carr Been Charged?

Why Haven’t The 8 Ottawa Police Constables Who Assaulted Roxanne Carr Been Charged?

There are a lot of good police in this country. That is a fact. But there are also a lot of bad ones and the growing phenomena of the preponderance of police brutality and frankly, stupidity in Canada are reaching critical proportions. In Ontario, we have a weak kneed, wishy-washy politician styled Attorney [...]

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The Del: SAN DIEGO'S LEGENDARY TREASURE

The Del: SAN DIEGO'S LEGENDARY TREASURE

I’ve travelled to many sunny destinations, but San Diego, California is one of those exceptional places with a big-time wow factor. The first thing you notice is the natural beauty of the city, its amazing architecture, stately buildings and friendly vibe. San Diego one of the few places [...]

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Not Sharing The Burden

Not Sharing The Burden

OLM managing editor Dan Donovan visited a refugee camp close to the Syrian border in June of this year to prepare a story on the war and the refugees. Photos by Dan Donovan J.R.R. Tolkien once said: “Good stories deserve a little embellishment.” Nothing could be truer than applying [...]

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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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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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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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