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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Splendid “Türkiye” never disappoints

Splendid “Türkiye” never disappoints

ewABOVE: Ariel view of Turkey's largest city, Istanbul, at dawn from the European part of the city. (PHOTO: iStock) Türkiye’s Culture Route Festivals in Istanbul & Ankara are a treasure trove of arts and culture. One of my favourite destinations in the world is “Türkiye.” [...]

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Upgrading on Turkish Airlines brings flight comfort to another level

Upgrading on Turkish Airlines brings flight comfort to another level

Turkish Airlines (TA) is one of the top airlines in the world, and Türkiye has some of the most modern and efficient airports, including the world's largest airport—the Istanbul Airport—which is located at the Çatalca-Göktürk-Arnavutköy area, in the European [...]

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Maryland: A road trip to America’s past . . . and future.

Maryland: A road trip to America’s past . . .  and future.

ABOVE (CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT): The George Peabody Library, now part of Johns Hopkins University, opened in 1878 and features five floors of ornamental cast-iron balconies and a dramatic skylight. A great way to see “The Sailing Capital of America” is from the deck of a 74-foot schooner [...]

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The existential crisis in the Conservative Party

The existential crisis in the Conservative Party

ABOVE: (CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT) Conservative leadership candidates Scott Aitchison, Roman Baber, Patrick Brown, Pierre Poilievre, Leslyn Lewis, and Jean Charest. There is an adage that perfectly fits the Conservative Party of Canada today, “‘Do You Want to Be Right . . . or do you want [...]

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Can the Tories bring competency back to government?

Can the Tories bring competency back to government?

After almost seven years of a Liberal government led by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Canada has never been more divided. Mr. Trudeau clings to power with the support of barely 30 per cent of the electorate and has no support in Western Canada except for a few seats in B.C. Yet, he continues to rule [...]

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Canada’s band, Blue Rodeo returns to the capital with Many A Mile Tour

Canada’s band, Blue Rodeo returns to the capital with Many A Mile Tour

Blue Rodeo is coming to The Canadian Tire Centre on April 8th! Blue Rodeo’s 16th studio album, Many a Mile, their first in five years, was released by Warner Music Canada last December with the new song When You Were Wild. Between the band performing the song on YouTube combined with the release [...]

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Canadian think tank scolds Trudeau government for free spending ways

Canadian think tank scolds Trudeau government for free spending ways

C.D. Howe Institute concerned about mounting debt, calls for fiscal responsibility and economic growth In “Getting Serious: A Shadow Federal Budget for 2022,” authors William B.P. Robson, Don Drummond and Alexandre Laurin examine the federal government’s financial position and propose [...]

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The true spirit of We The North is alive in Toronto!

The true spirit of We The North is alive in Toronto!

Toronto is the business and investment centre of Canada and the capital of Ontario. It has world-class universities and colleges and is the headquarters for numerous global companies. Toronto is home Leafs, the Jays, the Toronto FC, and of course, the Raptors, who captured the imagination of the world [...]

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Chaos in the capital could have been avoided say experts

Chaos in the capital could have been avoided say experts

Provincial inquiry should be called into Ottawa Police Service and Chief Peter Sloly’s mishandling of the trucker convoy. The national media are now asking OPS Chief Peter Sloly if he will resign over chaos that has besieged the capital for the past 12 days. There appears to be a classic [...]

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Yucatán is calling: The rebirth of tourism begins here!

Yucatán is calling: The rebirth of tourism begins here!

One of the most beautiful, historically significant, and untouched destinations to visit in Mexico is the state of Yucatán. Most Canadians don’t have Yucatán on their radar as they generally head directly to the sunny beaches of Cancun or the Mayan Riviera without realizing that [...]

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