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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Close to Home FAR From Ordinary -Much to Love About Toronto

Close to Home FAR From Ordinary -Much to Love About Toronto

All photos courtesy of Tourism Toronto There is much to love about Toronto. Hogtown, The Big Smoke, GTA or 416 as it’s known by the Drake generation has much to offer to visitors. Canada’s largest metropolis is a wonderfully multicultural and diverse, friendly, energy riddled, exciting, [...]

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Stupid is As Stupid Does for Chateau Laurier Extension and Ottawa Citizen Editorial Board

Stupid is As Stupid Does for Chateau Laurier Extension and Ottawa Citizen Editorial Board

The Citizen Editorial Board is supposed to represent the citizens’ perspective in Ottawa. They have completely lost their way. It’s pretty obvious to see the failings of Postmedia in Canada, which owns the Citizen and coordinates the majority of its news from offices in downtown Toronto. [...]

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Trump's Tariff Attack on Canadian Steel and Aluminium Will Harm 38 states and Risks Millions of American Jobs

Trump's Tariff Attack on Canadian Steel and Aluminium Will Harm 38 states and Risks Millions of American Jobs

Photo credit: Business Insider/Andy Kiersz, data from US Census Bureau A review of the US Census Bureau Report from late 2016 completely contradicts American President Donald Trump’s bellicose and at times false statements on the merits of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with [...]

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Top diplomat brings experience and insight — makes an impact in Ottawa

Top diplomat brings experience and insight — makes an impact in Ottawa

Konstantin Kavtaradze has been the Georgian Ambassador to Canada for only a short period but has had great success in raising the profile and ties between Tbilisi and Ottawa. Kavtaradze is one of Georgia’s most seasoned diplomats and for the past 28 years has been at the forefront of many of the [...]

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China: The Long Game

China: The Long Game

Chinese Ambassador Lu Shaye The Chinese Are Playing the Long Game in the Canada-China Free Trade Talks 冰冻三尺,非一日之寒 The Chinese have a saying Bīng dòng sān chǐ, fēi yí rì zhī hán - which literally translated means, Three feet of ice is not [...]

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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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