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.

RIU Resorts in Mexico Make for Great Family Vacations

April 15, 2014 2:32 pm
The beautiful RIU Palace Riviera Maya

Having three teenagers can be challenging at the best of times but getting away for a family vacation is a time for everyone to decompress and to enjoy each other’s company without the stresses and strains of daily life back home. Destination is key to a great beach holiday. Mexico’s […]

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The Embarrassment that is the Ottawa Police Association

April 7, 2014 10:38 am
The Embarrassment that is the Ottawa Police Association

Arrogant Attack on Carleton University Academic Freedom Shows OPA Care More About Protecting Members than the Public they Serve I am a proponent of the police. I believe that confidence of citizens in their local police force is one of the most important ingredients in a free and democratic society. […]

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Baird, Poilievre, Trudeau – Ottawa’s Cold Winter Parliament Warms Up For Ukraine

April 2, 2014 12:58 pm
Baird, Poilievre, Trudeau – Ottawa’s Cold Winter Parliament Warms Up For Ukraine

It’s been a busy season for politics during the deep freeze of winter. Ottawa West- Nepean MP and Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has been busy on the home front addressing the needs of his constituents while ensuring he represents Canada with a strong voice internationally. He leveled a stern […]

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HAVE YOU NO SHAME? The Disgusting Attack on General Andrew Leslie is WRONG WRONG WRONG

February 19, 2014 12:14 pm
HAVE YOU NO SHAME? The Disgusting Attack on General Andrew Leslie is WRONG WRONG WRONG

Lieutenant-General Andrew Brooke Leslie, CMM, MSC, MSM, CD is a retired Canadian Forces general officer who served with distinction and in harm’s way in many theatres in his career including Yugoslavia and Afghanistan. Among his military accomplishments and commands, he was assigned as a Canadian officer to the UN force in Yugoslavia as Chief for Sector South before […]

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Building a Better Canada

January 23, 2014 12:20 pm
Building a Better Canada

Welcome to 2014. This issue marks the beginning of our series on Building a Better Canada. Ottawa is where politicians and senior civil servants make the key decisions that directly impact the type of country we want Canada to be. How do we improve health care by making it more […]

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Philadelphia Freedom

December 2, 2013 12:13 pm
Philadelphia Freedom

So Much To Do — So Little Time It’s easy to get to by air but we decided to drive. Traveling through New York State is one of the great road trips you can take. You pass through a majestic landscape, wonderful rolling hills and low mountainous terrains. It is […]

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Past Its Expiry Date: Time to Get Rid of the National Capital Commission

November 28, 2013 1:51 pm
Past Its Expiry Date: Time to Get Rid of the National Capital Commission

Ottawa is changing in a good way. The increased urbanization of the core has re-energized communities like Westboro, Kitchissippi, Sandy Hill and parts of Lower Town. The renovation of Lansdowne Park proceeds apace, soon to breathe new life into the Glebe and the downtown core (much to the delight of […]

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How Much Is Enough?

October 1, 2013 9:27 am
How Much Is Enough?

At a time when Canadian banks are raking in astronomical profits from a combination of high service fees, low interest rates and a monopolized banking system that keeps out foreign competition, many Canadians are starting to wonder if there is any fairness left in the system for the average worker. […]

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The Top 25 People in the Capital Issue: Leadership

September 9, 2013 1:45 pm
Sep / Oct 2013

This is our 13th Annual Top 25 People in the Capital issue. The list is difficult to compile each year because we get so many suggestions from writers, readers and others across the city who send in names. We have always only numbered the Top 10, the rest being considered […]

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Rideau Carleton Raceway Beats the Odds Eugene Melnyk Upset as Mayor Jim Watson Makes Tough Call (but Wise Decision)

July 25, 2013 10:04 am
Rideau Carleton Raceway Beats the Odds Eugene Melnyk Upset as Mayor Jim Watson Makes Tough Call (but Wise Decision)

Just one year ago, the future looked bleak for the Rideau Carleton Raceway (RCR). Then-Ontario Finance Minister Dwight Duncan announced the termination of the Slots at Racetracks Program (SARP) that had contributed billions of dollars in earnings to Ontario’s health-care and education systems. Duncan announced that the partnership between the […]

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Amsterdam and The Hague: The Dutch Golden Age Continues

July 24, 2013 12:15 pm
Amsterdam and The Hague: The Dutch Golden Age Continues

In the 11th century, a tiny community of fishers settled along the Amstel River. By 1275, the residents had gained access to the ocean through a canal – the Zuiderzee, now called the IJsselmeer. Thus began a 200-year period of canal building and the commerce that came with it to […]

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SouthAsianFest Thrives While Eugene Melnyk Dives

July 23, 2013 4:46 pm
SouthAsianFest Thrives While Eugene Melnyk Dives

ttawa is Festival City: TD Ottawa Jazz Festival, the RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest, Rib Fest, Carnival of Cultures, Magnetic North Theatre Festival, Italian Week Festival, Ottawa Fringe Festival, the Ottawa Dragon Boat Race Festival, Ottawa Folk Festival, Escapade Music Festival, Music and Beyond, Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, Summer Solstice […]

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Great Big Sea! Amen.

June 10, 2013 11:00 am
Great Big Sea! Amen.

There are bands and then there is Great Big Sea (GBS). I first heard of them back in 1995 when I was working at a not-for-profit organization. A friend of mine came into my office one morning still excited about this group she had seen in concert the previous evening. […]

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Publisher’s Message: Spaces

March 20, 2013 10:00 am
Publisher’s Message: Spaces

Tanya Collins is one of the premiere interior design and decorating firms in Canada’s capital. Established in 2006,Tanya has quickly developed a clientele who appreciates her passion for style, design and her highly-personalized and intuitive approach. Tanya’s trademarks are her ability to see space used to its fullest potential and […]

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Publisher’s Message

November 13, 2012 2:15 pm
Publisher’s Message

Numerous Canadian public policy academics, public health experts and writers, including André Picard and Jeffrey Simpson at The Globe and Mail, claim that Canada’s health-care system is lagging behind other western countries. As Picard noted in a column last spring in The Globe and Mail entitled Dragging Medicare into the […]

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Letter from the Publisher

September 7, 2012 8:24 am
Letter from the Publisher

Twelve years ago when we started the first Annual Top People in the Capital issue. This year we continue in that tradition with an athlete, a foodie, business people and a politician. One thing never changes. Ottawa is home to some extraordinary people!

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Part Two: Norway Shows Canada a Better Way

August 14, 2012 4:23 pm
Part Two: Norway Shows Canada a Better Way

Continued from: Norway Shows Canada a Better Way On the entire issue of environ-ment policy, the Norwegian and Canadians are polar opposites. In Norway, the Cities of the Future project is a collaboration between the government and the 13 largest cities in Norway to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and make […]

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