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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Halifax Police Chief Dan Kinsella is proof a fish rots from the head down

Halifax Police Chief Dan Kinsella is proof a fish rots from the head down

On November 29, 2019, just two months ago, Halifax Regional Police Chief Dan Kinsella (pictured above) appeared at a resplendent podium emblazoned with the Halifax Police Coat of arms. He was dressed in police formal attire with a bunch of self-aggrandizing medals to give what spinmeisters described [...]

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I taught myself to play so I could be where people danced — Jim Cuddy’s Countrywide Soul

I taught myself to play so I could be where people danced — Jim Cuddy’s Countrywide Soul

My favourite line from all the songs I know is, ‘I taught myself to play so I could be where people danced’. It’s from the song Rena, dedicated to Jim Cuddy’s wife, the actress Rena Polley, and is from Blue Rodeo’s 2005 album Are You Ready. ‘I look in through the window [...]

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The winnability factor—Charest, Poilievre, Ambrose are the early favourites in the Conservative leadership race

The winnability factor—Charest, Poilievre, Ambrose are the early favourites in the Conservative leadership race

The Conservative Party of Canada lost the 2019 election to a highly narcissistic Prime Minister who was found guilty of serious ethics violations twice in his first mandate, and who wore blackface on at least three occasions — as a young man and as an adult — including when he was a teacher [...]

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Video shows horror of terrorist attacks against innocent Chinese civilians in Xinjiang — China is fighting terrorism too

Video shows horror of terrorist attacks against innocent Chinese civilians in Xinjiang — China is fighting terrorism too

Since 9/11, few subjects have shaped the global narrative as much as terrorism. Terrorism is defined as unlawful violence or the systematic use of terror against civilians or politicians for ideological or political reasons, with the intention to create fear. Terrorism is practiced by nationalistic groups, [...]

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Song Dogs and Troubadours — Canada’s legendary Skydiggers

Song Dogs and Troubadours — Canada’s legendary Skydiggers

Legendary band, Skydiggers are one of Canada’s most prolific, talented, endearing and entertaining musical ensembles. They were formed in the late 1980s by singer Andy Maize and lead guitarist Josh Finlayson as a duo called West Montrose. Later, rhythm guitarist and singer-songwriter Peter Cash, [...]

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Canada — Trump’s China Pawn

Canada — Trump’s China Pawn

The American request for the arrest It was a year ago this month when the Trudeau government detained and arrested Huawei Technologies Chief Financial Officer, Sabrina Meng Wanzhou, in Vancouver at the sole request of the United States. Meng is the daughter of Ren Zhengfei, the founder of and CEO of [...]

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NATO, the US and Europe have failed Turkey — It’s not the other way around

NATO, the US and Europe have failed Turkey — It’s not the other way around

Put yourself in Turkey’s shoes and Operation Peace Spring makes sense In June 2017, I went to Gaziantep Turkey which is 90 minutes from the Syrian border and home to one of the largest Syrian refugee camps along the Turkish Syrian border. At time it was estimated that Turkey was hosting almost [...]

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UAE pilot Captain Aysha Alhameli is running to be the first female president of ICAO

UAE pilot Captain Aysha Alhameli is running to be the first female president of ICAO

(Ottawa) The Montreal-based International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is a United Nations specialized agency, established in 1944 to manage the administration and governance of the Convention on International Civil Aviation. The ICAO works with 193 countries and industry groups to establish international [...]

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Hit and misses —Trudeau minority government’s new cabinet leaves the best players on the bench

Hit and misses —Trudeau minority government’s new cabinet leaves the best players on the bench

Justin Trudeau’s new cabinet is a mix of hits and misses that leaves one to wonder if the Prime Minister was tone deaf during the election. More than anything, Trudeau needs competence and some outside-the-box thinking to bring some verve, freshness and a sense of purpose to his new minority government. [...]

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Acclaimed Algonquin artist Claude Latour's public art piece is installed at the Flora Footbridge

Acclaimed Algonquin artist Claude Latour's public art piece is installed at the Flora Footbridge

The sleek new Flora Footbridge (named after former the legendary Conservative MP and Foreign Affairs Minister Flora MacDonald) crosses Colonel By Drive and links the Old Ottawa East and Glebe communities via Clegg Street and Fifth Avenue. It opened with little fanfare in June 2019 and this new public [...]

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