OLM Argued the Case Against Mike Duffy was Groundless Back in May

April 21, 2016 3:31 pm

Update: Today all 31 charges were dismissed against Sen. Mike Duffy. Below you can find an article Ottawa Life Magazine publisher Dan Donovan wrote last May, arguing that Duffy was being unfairly targeted by the media. Today, the judge confirmed this suspicion. 21st Century Lynching and Shakespearean Tragedy Take Centre Stage […]

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The Lebreton Flats Fiasco and Why Melanie Joly Must Reform the NCC

March 22, 2016 12:46 pm
RendezVous LeBreton Group

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 members, including the chairperson and the chief […]

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MPs and Ottawa Media – Some Advice

December 14, 2015 4:37 pm

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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October 23, 2015 11:56 am
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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
Refugee Camp

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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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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Publisher’s Message: Poilievre Deserves A Shot

March 12, 2015 10:19 am

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

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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Publisher’s Message: Gone Too Soon

November 25, 2014 2:02 pm

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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Publisher’s Message

September 15, 2014 2:32 pm
Dan Donovan by Claudia Salguero

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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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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Rail Safety in our Community

May 21, 2014 10:02 am
Trains -- Ottawa Life Magazine

photo by Frederic Dekkal Trains are as much a part of the fabric of Canada as the maple leaf. The railways are the steel ribbon that has connected Canada economically and socially from the post-Confederation days to the present. The majority of Canadians have been on a passenger train at […]

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

April 2, 2014 12:58 pm

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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Building a Better Canada

January 23, 2014 12:20 pm

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

November 28, 2013 1:51 pm
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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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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
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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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