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 Turkish Mediterranean — Antalya and the Turkish Turquoise Coast

The Turkish Mediterranean — Antalya and the Turkish Turquoise Coast

I have had the great privilege of traveling to many wonderful countries across the globe. Of all my travels, I’m most enamoured with Turkey and the nobility of the Turkish people. They are the most generous, hospitable and friendly people you will meet and the people of the Lycia top that list. [...]

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Wait Times Aren’t Worth It: Renowned Health City Cayman Islands hospital providing wait-time relief to Canadian patients

Wait Times Aren’t Worth It: Renowned Health City Cayman Islands hospital providing wait-time relief to Canadian patients

The Caribbean and the Cayman Islands have long been an annual vacation destination for thousands of Canadians seeking to escape the winter daze for a sunny respite. This is the home of the renowned Seven Mile Beach, known for its magnificent sunset views, resplendent hotels, calm turquoise waters and [...]

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Fake News, Real Death!

Fake News, Real Death!

This article was originally published on November 8th, 2017 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 [...]

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In Cyprus – It’s Time to Fish or Cut Bait

In Cyprus – It’s Time to Fish or Cut Bait

A reunified Cyprus could be a windfall for all Cypriots, especially with the recent discovery of billions of dollars’ worth of natural gas reserves off the coast of Cyprus. However, due to continued Greek intransigence, the possibility of a deal in 2019 seems remote. For the first time in decades, [...]

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Justin Trudeau — Genuinely insincere

Justin Trudeau — Genuinely insincere

"Because it’s 2015.” Remember that missive by our “feminist” Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau? Two key pillars in his election platform were his commitment to women’s issues and his commitment to Indigenous people in Canada. After becoming Prime Minister, Trudeau anointed [...]

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Between a Rock and a Hard Place - Meng Extradition a No Win for Canada

Between a Rock and a Hard Place - Meng Extradition a No Win for Canada

Acting U.S. Attorney General Matt Whitaker announces criminal charges against Huawei officials Photo credit: Joshua Roberts (Reuters) The U.S. Department of Justice laid out its case Monday against Huawei Technologies Vice President Meng Wanzhou who is the company’s chief financial officer and [...]

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Poking the Dragon For No Good Reason

Poking the Dragon For No Good Reason

Chinese Ambassador to Canada, Lu Shaye, hosted a two hour press conference at the Chinese Embassy in Ottawa last week where he answered questions from members of Canada’s national media on the ongoing diplomatic dispute between Canada and China over the December 1, 2018 arrest and detention of [...]

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Andrew Scheer: The Man Who Could Be Prime Minister

Andrew Scheer: The Man Who Could Be Prime Minister

Photo credit: Sean Sisk “The true guide of life is to do what is right.”— WINSTON CHURCHILL It's a sunny, colourful fall Friday afternoon and I had just arrived at Stornoway to interview Andrew Scheer, the leader of the official opposition and leader of the Conservative Party [...]

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Experience Montreal's famous joie de vivre at Hôtel Le Crystal

Experience Montreal's famous joie de vivre at Hôtel Le Crystal

Photo credit: Visit Montreal Montreal is a treat for tourists and locals alike. I’ve always loved that in less than two hours you can drive from Ottawa to Montreal to experience the many things Canada’s cultural capital city has to offer, whether it’s the historic sites of Old Montreal, [...]

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For Many in Canada, Medical Wait Times Conflict With Quality of Life

For Many in Canada, Medical Wait Times Conflict With Quality of Life

A 2017 report by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) that examined patient wait times for five priority medical procedures in 2016 determined that medical wait times have nearly doubled in Canada in the last 20 years. CIHI is a non-profit group with a mandate to collect and report on [...]

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