Publisher’s Message: Gone Too Soon

November 25, 2014 2:02 pm
Dan

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
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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
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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
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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
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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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SouthAsianFest Thrives While Eugene Melnyk Dives

July 23, 2013 4:46 pm
Dan_Donovan

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
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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
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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
Dan_Donovan

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
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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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Publisher’s Message: Canada Lives in the Centre

May 8, 2012 8:47 am
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Ottawa is still a small big town. Federal politics are deeply woven into the community and play a large part in the vibe of the city. Politics can be a nasty business and I believe that over the past two decades the political arena has become exceptionally partisan and toxic to a point where even reasonable people will take a pass on a good political discussion.

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Northern Lights, Spies and the Bright Light – Georgiy Mamedov – Russian Ambassador

January 31, 2012 4:00 pm
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Today, some of the most influential voices guiding the social and economic development of Canada’s North are women and the ones gracing our cover will attend the second Northern Lights conference in Ottawa – a business and cultural showcase celebrating Canada’s North and the eastern Arctic, including the regions of Nunavut, Nunavik, Nunatsiavut and Labrador.

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Note from the Publisher: Leaderless

November 22, 2011 12:57 pm
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As our cover story shows, there appears to be a systemic problem in policing across Canada. The last few years have seen a litany of disturbing cases of police in Canada assaulting its citizens. Poor judgment, poor training, aggressive and boorish behaviour, and a pervasive us versus everyone else mentality seem to be the norm across Canadian police forces.

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