Articles by: Dan DonovanDan Donovan
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.

OLM Editorial: The LeBreton Flats Fiasco and Why Melanie Joly Must Reform the NCC

February 3, 2016 1:55 pm
OLM Editorial: The LeBreton Flats Fiasco and Why Melanie Joly Must Reform the NCC

A concept image for Rendevous LeBreton.  For years the National Capital Commission (NCC) has been the most inept, closed, secretive, elitist and incompetent organization in the federal government. Their tagline should be “The NCC- We Never Miss an Opportunity to Miss an Opportunity.” The NCC board of directors has 15 […]

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Astana Emerges: Expo 2017

January 26, 2016 1:49 pm
Astana Emerges: Expo 2017

The most important green energy Expo of the decade takes place in Astana, Kazakhstan in 2017. Nursultan Nazarbayev President of the Republic of Kazakhstan is inviting the world to attend Expo 2017 in Astana, one of the world’s most modern and green cities. The Expo 2017 global gathering will showcase developments […]

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Ottawa Expertise on Display In Kazakhstan/Central Asia

January 21, 2016 2:59 pm
Ottawa Expertise on Display In Kazakhstan/Central Asia

Downtown Astana, photo by Ken and Nyetta. Kazakhstan is a country on the move. Kazaks are the ancestors of the great Genghis Khan. Today, their diverse multicultural society, with its historical tribes, numerous languages and religions and their international outlook in global affairs has made it one of the most compelling countries […]

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MPs and Ottawa Media – Some Advice

December 14, 2015 4:37 pm
MPs and Ottawa Media – Some Advice

There’s no place like home for the holidays and that’s where our “cover girl” likes to be at Christmas. The immensely talented mezzo-soprano singer Wallis Giunta is a global tour de force and renowned Ottawa photographer Paul Couvrette captured Wallis perfectly in our stunning cover shot. We have a wonderful story […]

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Turkey Welcomes Refugees with Open Arms

3:45 pm
Turkey Welcomes Refugees with Open Arms

The last 40 years have seen a rapprochement in the relationship between Canada and Turkey. The  economic, cultural and  trade relations between the two countries have blossomed and a deeper mutual understanding has resulted. His Excellency Selçuk Ünal, Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey to Canada, has travelled to all corners of Canada since […]

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Change

October 23, 2015 11:56 am
Change

Photo courtesy of Jean-Marc Carisse. Voters Decided It Was Sunny Ways Rather Than Rainbows and Unicorns Ten years is a long time for any government to be in power. Stephen Harper led Canada through some tumultuous times. He deserves a great deal of credit for guiding Canada through the 2008 […]

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Marion’s Way

September 14, 2015 2:19 pm
Marion’s Way

One of my favourite quotes is from U.S. President John Kennedy. He said: “One person can make a difference, and everyone should try.”That is a question every person in Canada should reflect upon as we watch the disastrous human tragedy unfolding before our eyes in Europe as millions of innocent […]

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Discover the Hidden Secret of the Dominican Republic at Casa De Campo

September 8, 2015 10:00 am
Discover the Hidden Secret of the Dominican Republic at Casa De Campo

If you are looking for first class hospitality, gracious service staff, luxurious accommodations and a Caribbean resort experience like no other, Casa de Campo is the place. Located on the southeastern coast of the Dominican Republic, this spectacular 7,000-acre resort, residential community and tropical playground is a golfer’s paradise and […]

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Win-Win Cooperation

July 20, 2015 12:00 pm
Win-Win Cooperation

Dan Donovan, Publisher of Ottawa Life Magazine, sat down to chat with Chinese Ambassador to Canada, Luo Zhaohui after his first year in Canada. OTTAWA LIFE: Ambassador Luo, you’ve been in Canada for one year now, what’s your impression of Canada? Ambassador: I have four general impressions. First, Canada is a […]

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In Defence of Parliament

July 13, 2015 10:00 am
Creative commons photo courtesy of Endlisnis

As I watch the frenzied, over-the-top media coverage of the supposed Senate scandal, I’m reminded of the famous Will Rogers adage. “All I know is just what I read in the papers, and that’s an alibi for my ignorance.” Lost in this mass media morass is balance and proportionality. There […]

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Chinese Ambassador and Canadian Veterans Commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Victory Against Fascism and Japanese Aggression

June 19, 2015 12:09 pm
Mr. George S. MacDonell, Ambassador Luo Zhaohui and Senator Joseph Day (left to right).

Mr. George S. MacDonell, Ambassador Luo Zhaohui and Senator Joseph Day (left to right).  In a touching ceremony on a sunny morning at the Hong Kong Memorial Wall at the corner of Sussex Drive and King Edward Avenue, Chinese Ambassador to Canada Luo Zhaohui thanked the 2000 Canadian soldiers who fought in the […]

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21st Century Lynching and Shakespearean Tragedy Take Centre Stage

May 15, 2015 5:31 pm
21st Century Lynching and Shakespearean Tragedy Take Centre Stage

The Mike Duffy trial is a public showcase for all the secrets and lies that are the realpolitik of the capital. Duffy has already been tried and convicted in the public eye. For theatre, he was first drawn and quartered by Canada’s national media in what can only be described […]

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An Exclusive with U.S. Ambassador Bruce A. Heyman

May 12, 2015 2:07 pm
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The United States Ambassador to Canada, Bruce A. Heyman, arrived in Ottawa last summer and has been one of the most active U.S. ambassadors in decades. In less than a year, Heyman has hosted seven senior United States cabinet members in Canada, including several visits by Secretary of State John […]

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A Walk Through Wales

April 1, 2015 2:01 pm
A Walk Through Wales

Above: Brecon Brecons National Park – photolibrary.com The combination of rich history, ruggedly beautiful coastlines and rich landscapes dotted with sheep combine to make Wales an unforgettable escape. The Welsh are at the top of their game when it comes to hosting tourists and travellers alike. They are proud of their heritage […]

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Trudeau Needs More “Nate’s”

March 13, 2015 4:03 pm
Trudeau Needs More “Nate’s”

For the Liberals, the Tories and the NDP, the nomination process is a political blood sport and intrigue and backroom manoeuvrings have defined nomination races in all parties since Confederation. All political parties have nomination issues. In Calgary, a former provincial Conservative minister defeated a sitting MP, Rob Anders, for […]

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Publisher’s Message: Poilievre Deserves A Shot

March 12, 2015 10:19 am
Publisher’s Message: Poilievre Deserves A Shot

Pierre Poilievre was first elected to Parliament in 2004 for the riding of Nepean-Carleton at the young age of 25, upsetting then Liberal Defence Minister David Pratt. As a parliamentarian, he has demonstrated an unwavering loyalty to Prime Minister Harper, Conservative values and a centre-right ideology. He has been very […]

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Publisher’s Message: Wrong

January 19, 2015 11:29 am
Publisher’s Message: Wrong

In January 2013, Ottawa Life Magazine featured Kathleen Wynne on its cover with the headline A Few Good Women. Wynne was running for the provincial Liberal leadership which she would end up winning later that month. Today, she is Ontario’s first female Premier and the first openly gay Premier in […]

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