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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Ottawa’s Tom Green performs Isolation

Ottawa’s Tom Green performs Isolation

Ottawa comedian Tom Green isn't letting COVID-19 slow him down. His latest endeavour, a song to fit the mood of the world at the moment, was released last night on his Instagram. Isolation is soothing and smooth and goes down like a late night limoncello — sweet and calming. The song has a [...]

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Nordgreen’s exceptional vintage-looking watches are timeless

Nordgreen’s exceptional vintage-looking watches are timeless

Setting your sights on an antique or vintage watch could run you into the thousands of dollars. On the other hand, you can invest in vintage-looking watches at a more reasonable price. Enter Demark's Nordgreen watches. Their watches are designed to hold their value. Their rounded edges and subtle [...]

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Magician Elliott Smith receives National Comedy Hall of Fame Museum award

Magician Elliott Smith receives National Comedy Hall of Fame Museum award

Ottawa Comedy Magician Elliott Smith was recently honoured by the National Comedy Hall of Fame Museum in Holiday, Florida by having his name added to the ‘Wall of The Great Touring Comedians’. The museum Founder and President, Tony Belmont presented Elliott with ‘a place on the wall’ [...]

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G20 meeting signals the end of the beginning of Covid-19

G20 meeting signals the end of the beginning of Covid-19

China, Russia, UK and other countries call for the world to fight the virus together Last Thursday, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres hosted an emergency video conference summit of the world’s 20 major industrialized nations (G20). He urged them to adopt a war-time plan to tackle the coronavirus [...]

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Memo to the Government of Canada regarding the Wet'suwet'en affair: Listen to Grand Chief Joseph Tokwiro Norton

Memo to the Government of Canada regarding the Wet'suwet'en affair: Listen to Grand Chief Joseph Tokwiro Norton

ABOVE: Two young Indigenous protester stand in solidarity with the Wet'suwtan'en of British Columbia (March 1, 2020 PHOTO: OLM STAFF) Grand Chief Joseph Norton of the Mohawk Council of Kahnawake is one of the great Aboriginal leaders in North America. An eloquent, effective and innovative [...]

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Shrove Tuesday was always called Pancake Tuesday at my home and meant cash!

Shrove Tuesday was always called Pancake Tuesday at my home and meant cash!

For Catholics, Shrove Tuesday is the day before Lent, which starts on Ash Wednesday. The name Shrove comes from the old middle English word 'Shriven' which means confession — for Catholics confession is where you get in a booth and confess your sins to a priest in private. The Priest sits [...]

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Scotland Slowly

Scotland Slowly

Our Adventure Canada blue shell jackets emblazoned with the distinctive Polar Bear logo kept the wind out and the warmth in as we jutted across the salty ocean waves in one of the Ocean Endeavour’s zodiac’s, mist spraying in our faces. It was the third week of June and we were off the Scottish [...]

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Canada’s fearless warrior journalist: Christie Blatchford has died

Canada’s fearless warrior journalist: Christie Blatchford has died

Our Friend and a giant in Canadian journalism, National Post newspaper columnist Christie Blatchford has died at 68 after a battle with late-stage lung cancer that was first diagnosed last November. Blatchford was born in Rouyn-Noranda, Québec. She went to high school in Toronto and then to Ryerson [...]

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Expressing concern and making declarations is not an achievement

Expressing concern and making declarations is not an achievement

Ottawa city councillor Catherine McKenney’s motion to declare a housing and homeless emergency in the national capital passed unanimously at city council on a cold night at the end of January. Typically, councillor’s changed the original motion to call it both a ‘crisis and an emergency’. [...]

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Given what we know, China’s response to the Coronavirus is commendable

Given what we know, China’s response to the Coronavirus is commendable

The myths and truths about coronavirus There is no doubt that Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) or the ‘Coronavirus’ is a global emergency. On January 30, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the 2019-nCov epidemic a “public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC)” [...]

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