Articles by: Dan DonovanDan Donovan
Dan Donovan is the founding Publisher of Ottawa Life Magazine (www.ottawalife.com) 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 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 Universite de Strasbourg (Institut d’Etudes Politique et Economie). He is a Member of the Executive Committee and the Board of The Conference of Defence Associations and sits on the Board of the National Cycling Centre. His first book, True Grits, New Grits was published by Hemlock press in 1993.

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
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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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The Ardennes in Belgium

December 16, 2014 2:33 pm
The Ardennes in Belgium

Featured Image: Wikipedia The interest in the exploits and sacrifices of Canadian soldiers and other allied veterans on the battlegrounds of Europe is increasing as the veterans of WW2 continue to shrink with each passing year. We wanted to take a trip allowing us to spend a week leisurely travelling […]

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Publisher’s Message: Gone Too Soon

November 25, 2014 2:02 pm
Publisher’s Message: Gone Too Soon

Two things I really love in life are playing pickup hockey with my pals and working at the magazine. The past couple of months have seen sad events on both counts. Harvey Chartrand, a longtime editor of Ottawa Life Magazine passed away suddenly last month. Harvey was a funny, gentle […]

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Pipeline Construction – The Federal Stance

October 14, 2014 11:49 am
Pipeline Construction – The Federal Stance

Energy exports, particularly oil and gas, are a key pillar of the Canadian economy, support hundreds of thousands of jobs in Canada and provide great wealth to the nation. With the 2015 Federal election just around the corner, Canadians are focused now more than ever on the three major federal […]

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Publisher’s Message

September 15, 2014 2:32 pm
Publisher’s Message

Illustration: Claudia Salguero This is Ottawa Life Magazine’s 14th Annual Top People in the Capital list. This year our theme was “under the radar.” We wanted to select people who make great contributions to our city but who often go unnoticed or unrecognized. Take, for example, our number one pick […]

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Mazda’s CX-5 is Top of its Class for Smaller SUVs

August 28, 2014 11:53 am
Mazda’s CX-5 is Top of its Class for Smaller SUVs

Like millions of Canadians, I am a fan of smaller compact SUVs. What I look for in a SUV is a combination of fuel-efficient power matched with performance that provides comfort smooth handling and a maintenance regimen that is not going to cost me hundreds of dollars every time I […]

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Publisher’s Message

July 16, 2014 12:02 pm
Ottawa- an international city with plenty of room for proper etiquette.

It’s summer, and for many that means heading to the cottage, to the beach or to the local park to enjoy the sun, to read and to relax. This summer issue has something for everyone, whether it’s Lainie Towell’s sole-searching piece on Fluevog shoes or our Wood in Weird Places […]

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Not Malevolence but Massive Mind Numbing Incompetence by City Hall Civil Servants

July 11, 2014 1:45 pm
Not Malevolence but Massive Mind Numbing Incompetence by City Hall Civil Servants

Kirkpatrick or the Council–One of Them or BOTH Have to Go Ottawa city Manager Kent Kirkpatrick is (over) paid at $330,000 per year. That he has no shame and has yet to submit his resignation in light of yet another complete debacle under his guidance as the top city civil […]

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Céad Mile Fáilte: A Hundred Thousand Welcomes

May 30, 2014 9:48 am
A view of the port city of Cobh with The Cathedral of Saint Colman in the background.

I’m of Irish descent and like millions of other Irish Canadians, the pull towards visiting my ancestral homeland has always been strong. My great great grandparents came to Canada from Waterford in County Cork in the mid-18th century at the height of the potato famine and my Irish heritage has […]

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