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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NO SHAME: The Desperate Wynne Government Is Now Making Stuff Up on Doug Ford

NO SHAME: The Desperate Wynne Government Is Now Making Stuff Up on Doug Ford

Photo credits: Wiki Commons We get a lot of news releases and information every day at Ottawa Life Magazine from all the political parties. Usually the information relates to a particular party position or issue they are advocating on behalf of or is a press release slamming something the government [...]

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Canada’s Best Steakhouse is Popular and Influential Beyond Toronto

Canada’s Best Steakhouse is Popular and Influential Beyond Toronto

Photos courtesy of Harbour 60 Forty-seven percent of Torontonians speak a mother tongue besides English. This multicultural smorgasbord contributes to the immense diversity of Toronto’s food scene and has made it one of the world’s great cuisine cities. Within ten blocks of downtown [...]

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Conservative Goldie Ghamari is the Smart Choice for the New Riding of Carleton

Conservative Goldie Ghamari is the Smart Choice for the New Riding of Carleton

Goldie Ghamari is Authentic, Intelligent and Impressive Doug Ford and the Ontario Provincial Conservatives have some impressive candidates running in the national capital region in the June Election. Golsa (Goldie) Ghamari is at the top of that list. She is campaigning for the seat in the newly [...]

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Mexico’s Hidden Gem, Vivo Resorts near Puerto Escondido

Mexico’s Hidden Gem, Vivo Resorts near Puerto Escondido

Photos courtesy of Viva Resorts Puerto Escondido is a beautiful resort port town on Mexico’s Pacific coast in the state of Oaxaca. It is ranked as the No. 3 surfing destination in the world and the current world champion surfer, Jhony Corzo, is a 19-year-old from Puerto Escondido. This [...]

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Mike MacDonald: Canadian Comic Legend and a Damn Fine Fellow

Mike MacDonald: Canadian Comic Legend and a Damn Fine Fellow

In 1986, I tried out new talent night at Ottawa’s Yuk Yuks. That first time on stage I cracked it so club owner Howard (Howie) Wagman asked me to come out again. A week later, I did and I bombed — like really bombed in front of over 230 people. I was so humiliated and embarrassed that I thought [...]

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Canadian Government Declares ???????2018 the Year of Canada-China Tourism 

Canadian Government Declares ???????2018 the Year of Canada-China Tourism 

In 2016, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Chinese Premier Li signed a joint declaration to pronounce 2018 as the China-Canada Tourism Year in order to further promote two-way tourism exchanges and friendship between our countries. China and Canada have had strong diplomatic ties since 1970 and this [...]

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Little Risk Big Reward - Why Caroline Mulroney is the Smart Choice for Conservatives

Little Risk Big Reward - Why Caroline Mulroney is the Smart Choice for Conservatives

The four candidates running to replace former Progressive Conservative Party leader Patrick Brown will face off in Ottawa today in the second and final debate before the leadership vote begins this weekend, with the result to be announced March 10. The party was thrown into chaos after the resignation [...]

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Facts Don’t Lie — Institutional Prejudice is Part of Canada’s Justice System

Facts Don’t Lie — Institutional Prejudice is Part of Canada’s Justice System

The acquittal of Gerald Stanley, a white farmer, in the shooting death of Colten Boushie, a 22-year-old Cree man from Red Pheasant First Nation, in Saskatchewan should be of concern to us all. The case is not cut and dry and the particulars matter as they should. For example, I wonder why the Crown went [...]

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Book Review: Modern Whore by Andrea Werhun

Book Review: Modern Whore by Andrea Werhun

Photo credit: Nicole Bazuin In my sex fantasy, nobody ever loves me for my mind. Nora Ephron Andrea Werhun’s contrarian disposition on all matters related to sex and society is liberating, exasperating, provoking, authentic, truthful, debauched, funny and outrageously honest. At times [...]

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Ontario Chamber of Commerce Report says Ontarians Feeling Impact of Regressive Wynne Economic Policies

Ontario Chamber of Commerce Report says Ontarians Feeling Impact of Regressive Wynne Economic Policies

The Ottawa Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) released the second annual Ontario Economic Report (OER), a comprehensive analysis of data and emerging trends on the economic health of the province and the news is not good for the Wynne government. The original [...]

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